Signs Patent Cross-License Agreement with The NOVOMATIC
LONDON, U.K. (March 13, 2018) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT), holder of the largest
slot game feature patent portfolio in North America, announced that it has
signed a patent cross-license agreement with the NOVOMATIC Group; a
full-service provider in all segments of the gaming industry. Under the
agreement, the NOVOMATIC Group can offer games including patented game features
from the IGT portfolio, and will pay ongoing licensing fees to IGT. Financial
terms of the agreement are confidential.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
"Reaching this cross-licensing
agreement with IGT enhances our global expansion strategy with access to
compelling product features that have proven to be successful in North America
and international markets," said Thomas Graf, CTO of NOVOMATIC AG. "We
are very pleased to have this opportunity to expand our creative capacity with
this vast portfolio of game features."
"We welcome NOVOMATIC to a
comprehensive group of gaming industry leaders who have created a vast resource
of game features patents," said Michael Prescott, IGT Senior Vice President
and General Counsel, North America Gaming & Interactive. "IGT's
collaborative effort to build upon North America's largest slot game feature
patent portfolio now encompasses a global patent pool that we believe can
foster continued industry-wide innovation."
IGT (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs around 25,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann
F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in 45 countries and exports high-tech
electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group
operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 2,100 plus gaming
operations as well as via rental concepts.
Through its numerous international
subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming
industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its
partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based
gaming products and services, management systems and cash management,
online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting
solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and
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Education Lottery Commission Selects New Executive Director
RALEIGH, NC (March 13, 2018) -- The
N.C. Education Lottery Commission on Tuesday named M. Mark Michalko, a 30-year
gaming industry veteran with both U.S. lottery and international gaming
experience, as the new executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.
The appointment of Michalko, vice
president and managing director of International Game Technologys
operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, came as the commission
concluded a search to replace the current director, Alice Garland. Garland is
retiring at the end of March after more than seven years as executive director.
Michalko becomes the third executive
director of the N.C. Education Lottery and assumes the top job as the lottery
completes its 12th year of operations.
|M. Mark Michalko
Courtney Crowder, chairman of the
commission, said the commissions selection of Michalko concluded a
national search. He said Michalkos experience with two state lotteries,
his perspective from working on both the customer and supplier sides of the
gaming industry, and his leadership skills singled him out from other
Marks decades of
service in the lottery industry, both nationally and internationally, brings a
wealth of experience to the N.C. Education Lottery, said Crowder.
Hes a proven leader. Were looking forward to our lottery
benefiting from that experience, leadership, and his commitment to
Michalko served early in his career
as an attorney with the Ohio Lottery and was the founding executive director of
the California Lottery. During his career in the gaming industry, he has been
involved in the launch of new gaming companies, product innovations,
international market launches, and strategic alliances. He has worked with IGT
since 2012, and assumed his current role in 2017.
While based out of IGTs London
office, Michalko chose to make his home in Chapel Hill. He received a
bachelors in government and political science from John Carroll
University and a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Michalko will join the Education Lottery on March 26.
The Education Lottery has grown into
a $2.4 billion business, increasing sales every year of operations and raising
now more than $600 million a year for education. In December, the
lotterys commitment to building the best practices in responsible gaming
into all of its operations earned it the highest level of responsible gaming
certification recognized internationally.
CONTACT: Van Denton, T: (919)
SOURCE: The N.C. Education
Florida Lottery Celebrates Latest Milestone of $33 Billion in
Contributions to Education over 30 Years
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 12,
2018) -- The Florida Lottery announced today it has reached the $33 billion
mark in total contributions to the states Educational Enhancement Trust
Fund over the past 30 years. Since the Lotterys inception, Floridas
public schools have received more than $11.6 billion, colleges and universities
have received a combined total of more than $8.4 billion, and more than $5
billion has been used to fund the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, sending
over 775,000 students to college since 1997.
Governor Rick Scott said,
Todays news that the Lottery has reached $33 billion in total
contributions to education means that more Florida students will have the
opportunity to get a great education in our state. The success of the Florida
Lottery has a direct connection to the continued success of Floridas
scholarship programs and world-class education system. Just this month, U.S.
News & World Report again ranked Florida as the best state in the nation
for higher education and this latest milestone achievement will help us
continue the important work of making sure that every student has access to a
great education in Florida.
As the Lottery celebrates
its 30 years in operation, we are especially proud of this milestone moment in
education funding, said Secretary Jim Poppell. We are
thankful to Governor Scott for his leadership, our loyal players, hardworking
retailers and dedicated employees who allow us to help Florida students achieve
their dreams of a brighter future.
The Lottery has established itself
as a committed and dependable funding source for public education; contributing
more than $1 billion annually for the past sixteen consecutive years, while
remaining one of the most efficiently operated lotteries in the country. The
benefits continue to be felt in communities across the state.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $33 billion to education and sending more than
775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The
Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Lottery Drawings Produce $5.9 Million in Winnings in February
While Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11 Million
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (March 5,
2018) -- Buying a drone and booking a trip to Italy were just a few of the
plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $11 million in
scratch-off prizes claimed in February. The Lottery also reported more than
$5.9 million won during drawings held in February.
Februarys draw-style game
winnings included six Powerball match-4 + PB prizes totalling $300,000 and 52
Powerball match-4 prizes totalling $5,200. There was also one Mega Millions
match-4 + MB + Megaplier prize of $30,000; one Mega Millions match-4 + MB prize
of $10,000; and 26 Mega Millions match-4 prizes totaling $13,000. Ninety-three
players won Lotto match-5 prizes totalling $176,304, helping to bring
Lottos monthly total winnings to $511,188. Pick 3 winning tickets
totalled $2,085,470 and Pick 4 winning tickets totalled $1,515,300.
One player won an Easy 5 jackpot
prize of $132,099, which brought the games monthly total winnings to
$257,211 with an additional $118,171 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option
available for an additional $1.
Over 29,000 Power Play
purchasers won a bonus total of $255,570 in addition to their regular Powerball
prizes, Lottery President Rose Hudson said. Over 15,000 Megaplier
purchasers won a bonus total of $161,858 in addition to their regular Mega
Millions prizes, including the Mega Millions match-4 + MB winner. The
Power Play option offers Powerball players the chance to increase any
non-jackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on multiplies nonjackpot Mega
Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected during the drawing.
In total, draw-style game winnings
from drawings held in February were $5,961,720. Lottery draw-style game players
have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those
We encourage players to
sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and to check them
promptly after the drawing. Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could
have won another prize, Hudson added.
In addition to $11,019,435 in
scratch-off cash prizes paid during February, players also claimed $1,929,081
worth of free-ticket prizes. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are
closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days
from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. A list of
current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on
While actual game performance and
the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery
allocates nearly 53.4 percent of sales to fund prizes. At least 35 percent of
sales is transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program
that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid 5.6 percent
compensation, and the Lottery retains approximately 6 percent of sales to
Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to
play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and
family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for
help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Blaine Preston Senior Client
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 12, 2018)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Blaine Preston
Senior Client Services Representative. In his new role, Preston will be
responsible for delivering the highest level of customer service to key gaming
and lottery clients.
Preston brings more than 15 years of
professional experience in regulatory technical compliance, risk management,
and security operations to his new role with GLI. Most recently, Preston served
as Director of Security for the Missouri Lottery where he managed the Missouri
Lotterys security staff, investigations, and system security compliance
program. Additionally, Preston was responsible for conducting in-depth
licensing and background investigations, as well as managing lottery security
oversight for more than 4,800 licensed retailers throughout Missouri.
Previously, Preston served as
Enforcement Manager for the Missouri Gaming Commission. His responsibilities
included regulatory compliance and enforcement, drafting rules and regulations,
conducting investigations, and ensuring regulatory oversight of 13
Missouri-based casinos and corporate entities.
Its with great
pleasure that we welcome Blaine to our growing GLI Client Services
team, said GLI Director of Client Services, Michael Capen.
His depth of experience working for both the Missouri Lottery and the
Missouri Gaming Commission further enhances our ability to provide the
world-class results and unmatched service our valued clients and customers have
come to expect from GLI.
Preston obtained a Bachelor of
Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University
and is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) trainer. He is the 2015
recipient of the Missouri Lottery Executive Directors Award for
successfully implementing Missouris statewide lottery system.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTBQ
certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Lottery Welcomes DC2 to Family of Numbers Games
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 9, 2018) --
The DC Lottery is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to its
family of Numbers Games. Ticket sales for DC2, a two-digit draw
game, begin on the morning of Sunday, March 11th. The first drawing will be at
2:20 p.m. that afternoon.
DC2 is easy to play simply
select two digits each between zero and nine, and place a wager of .50 or $1.
The game offerssix bet typesincluding Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Front
Number, Back Number, and Combo.
DC2 is also easy to win. The
games standout feature is its favorable the odds of 1:100 for a straight
$1 wager--the best odds of any game in DC Lottery history. In addition to the
$50 top prize, there are additional prizes ranging from $5 to $25.
DC2 is drawn twice daily 2:20
p.m. and 8:35 p.m. -- at the same time as DC3, DC4, and DC5, and can be played
at any DC Lottery retailer.
For more information about the DC
Lotterys family of Numbers Games, visit dclottery.com.
Founded in 1982, the DC Lottery is
the District of Columbia Government agency that regulates the sale of gaming
products and charitable gaming activities in the District of Columbia. Since
its inception, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3 billion in prizes,
transferred more than $2 billion to the Districts General Fund which
supports essential services in the District, and has helped local non-profits
raise more than $131 million in support of social causes. Visit
detailed information about the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control
CONTACT: Agnes Moss, T: 2018
202-230-9527, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: DC Lottery.
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2018 in New Delhi, India - Closing on March
Dear friends of APLA
(March 12, 2018) -- Heres a
gentle reminder that registration for the APLA/WLA Seminar will close on 25
March 2018, we strongly urge you to quickly register if you have not done so
yet. Do note that time is required to apply for your travel visa and the
duration required varies. So, please dont wait any longer!
To recap, the details for this event
are as follows:
- Date: 8 11 April 2018
(Business Program on 9 10 April)
- Venue: Shangri-Las Eros
Hotel, New Delhi
- Theme: Lotteries Beyond
The easy link to the event write up,
e-brochure, hotel link, etc. is
This Seminar is being hosted
and organized by APLAs Indian members, both Sugal & Damani and Future
Gaming and they have arranged key speakers to share insights with us on our
industry. Panelists comprising of representatives from WLA and APLA will also
present on why Asian Lotteries need retail innovation, Challenges for
convergence of Lottery and Gaming and many other interesting topics.
We are pleased to also announce that
our APLA representative on the WLA Responsible Gaming (RG) Working Group, Ms
Emilia Mazur will also be attending the Seminar. For those of you interested to
move up the RG Certification from level 1 to level 2 or from Level 2 upwards,
this will be an opportune time to speak to Emilia personally to find out more.
Is your bucket list to visit all the
Seven Wonders of the World? Well, we will be visiting one of the Seven Wonders
of the World for our Networking day. Be awed by the famous Taj Mahal on the 11
Do browse through the e-brochure and
also keep checking the APLA website for more announcements (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com).
See you all in New Delhi!
Hurry and register now!
Beh Swan Swan
APLA Secretariat Administrator
SOURCE: APLA Secretariat
Aristocrat Files Suit to Defend Buffalo Brand and
Intellectual Property Against Trademark and Trade Dress
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 8, 2018) --
Aristocrat has filed a suit in the United States District Court in Nevada
against AGS, LLC and PlayAGS, Inc. alleging federal trademark and trade dress
infringement, as well as unfair competition.
Aristocrat is defending its
proprietary Buffalo brand, franchise, and intellectual property.
Aristocrats Buffalo is one of
the most popular and recognized brands in the gaming industry. The Buffalo
series includes the original Buffalo game, as well as many subsequent versions,
such as Buffalo Stampede and Buffalo Grand.
We will aggressively
protect our market-leading brands and intellectual property in every
jurisdiction. Buffalo is an iconic game franchise and an enduring player
favorite. With this suit, Aristocrat is defending the brand and standing up
against trademark and trade dress infringement, consistent with the best
interests of customers and our company, said Matt Wilson, Managing
Director of the Americas.
Aristocrat filed the complaint on
March 6, 2018 and has requested a jury trial. Aristocrat is seeking that AGS be
preliminarily and permanently enjoined from all trademark infringement, false
designation of origin, and unfair competition. Aristocrat is also seeking
damages and other relief.
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a
subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a leading global provider
of land-based and online gaming solutions. The Company is licensed by more than
200 regulators and its products and services are available in more than 90
countries around the world. Aristocrat offers a diverse range of products and
services including electronic gaming machines and casino management systems.
For further information, visit the companys website at:
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute, T: +1 (702) 413-4278.
SOURCE: Press release provided by
Steinbeck Communications/Red Wagon Institute.
and Miller Progress Bacta Case in Whitehall
LONDON, U.K. (March 8, 2018) --
Bacta has followed up its meeting with former Conservative party leader, Iain
Duncan Smith, with another appointment at Whitehall, this time with Tracey
Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil
The member for Chatham and Aylesford
and the politician with responsibility for the gambling industry in all of its
guises, met with Bacta chief executive John White and vice president James
Miller in a meeting which provided an opportunity for the trade association to
present its empirically based arguments on a range of issues including the
central importance of reducing the maximum FOBT stake to £2 and the need
to re-examine the stake and prize levels for cranes, pushers and non-cash
Reporting on the meeting, John White
said: Its very important for Bacta to have access to decision
makers and influencers and Im pleased that we have been able to reinforce
our arguments with two senior politicians in the space of a week.
While the precise details of our
conversations clearly have to remain confidential, Tracey Crouch and before
her, Iain Duncan Smith, have displayed a progressive outlook and an
understanding of the social responsibility commitments made by our members, the
important role that family businesses play in local communities and the
commercial pressures they are facing as major contributors to the tourism and
He added: Obviously the FOBT
issue is very timely and the Centre for Economics and Business Research report
provides a progressive case for a £2 stake which is far removed from the
initial impact assessment quoted by the government and which takes into account
the costs of addressing the significant social problems caused by FOBTs.
However, most of our time with
Tracey Crouch was spent explaining why stake and prize increases for cranes and
pushers are warranted and necessary.
As requested we will be submitting
further evidence to support our case. As the PwC player research demonstrated
our industry is about Fun which is the huge point of difference between our
businesses and the bookmakers: Im confident this fundamental point is
being recognised by government.
Bacta represents the amusement and
gaming machine industry in the UK, encompassing high-tech and creative
manufacturers, machine suppliers for pubs, clubs and bingo halls, as well as
operators of Family Entertainment Centres and over 18s Gaming Centres.
Bacta members include the whole of
the amusement machine supply chain in the UK, which has a collective turnover
of nearly £2bn across more than 500 companies, operating in excess of
SOURCE: Bacta press release.
Veikkaus Year 2017: The First Year of the New Veikkaus
Went According to Expectations
FINLAND (March 12, 2018) --
Veikkaus financial result for the year 2017 turned out as expected,
amounting to EUR 1 021.3 million. During its first year of operations, Veikkaus
invested especially in the smooth functioning of the gaming operations,
integration of the game systems and ways of operating, as well as the
development of responsible gaming tools. The new Veikkaus was born when the
three former gaming operators Veikkaus, RAY, and Fintoto were integrated at the
beginning of 2017.
- Turnover EUR 3 230.9 million
- Profit EUR 1 021.3 million
- A new veikkaus.fi online store was launched in
2017. All the games were united under one game account.
- Veikkaus has over 2 million Loyal Customers.
- Slot Machines and Instant Games, and Skill Games
are especially popular among our customers.
- Of the turnover, 58% come from the retail sales
network, 42% from the digital channels.
The profit of the new Veikkaus
exceeded the projected amount to be distributed to the beneficiaries, recorded
in the State Budget 2017, which was EUR 1 003.5 million.
The first year of the new
Veikkaus was successful in spite of the challenges associated with the
integration, and we were able to generate the projected profit to our
beneficiaries, says Veikkaus President and CEO Olli
The share of identified gaming of
all playing of Veikkaus games went up to 40.6% (+1.6 percentage points).
Increasing identified gaming is one of Veikkaus core strategic
Identified gaming helps us
to offer our customers even more responsible tools for gaming management. Last
year we renewed the Veikkaus Card, which now enables our customers to play
identified even on slot machines, says Sarekoski.
In 2017 we also adopted tools for
the management of online gaming, which are unique in an international setting;
and the Loyal Customer Programme, which has two million members, was
supplemented with new features supporting responsible gaming. Further, Veikkaus
made a decision to launch a strategic project, which aims at as extensive
identification as possible on decentralised slot machines starting from January
The Finnish gaming market totalled
ca. EUR 1 978 million in terms of GGR in 2017. This meant a growth of one
percent. Veikkaus share of the total market was ca. 90%. There is
competition especially in the field of digital gaming, where even foreign
operators are active.
Gaming moving increasingly over to
One of the years most
significant achievements was the launch of the new online store veikkaus.fi,
and the integration of the old operators game accounts. Veikkaus.fi
online service had an average of 525 000 buying customers a week, and a total
of 1.3 million customers during the year. Mobile gaming is increasing in
popularity, and at the end of the year, 44% of the digital sales came from
gaming on mobile appliances.
Among the game groups, our customers
favoured especially Slot Machines and Instant Games, and Skill Games. The games
to increase their popularity most were fixed odds betting games, table games,
and digital slot machine games. The launch of Kulta-Jaska 2 slot machine game
was particularly successful, both on slot machines and at veikkaus.fi. The
popularity of the new Lucky game, Kaikki tai ei mitään, also exceeded
Financial profit to society
Veikkaus direct financial
profit to society during the year under review can be calculated to amount to a
total of EUR 1 273.8 million. The company returned EUR 537.8 million to the
Ministry of Education and Culture, EUR 436.3 million to the Ministry of Social
Affairs and Health, and EUR 40.6 million to the Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry. Further, the company paid EUR 212.8 million in lottery tax to the
State, and the financial result was affected by the cost impacts of a total of
EUR 46.3 million of VAT paid.
Veikkaus is a Finnish gaming company
with a special mission. We want people to play our games safely and with
Almost all adult Finns play our
games; we have over two million loyal customers.
Thanks to the players, over one
billion euros a year are accumulated for the common good. The gaming revenue is
used to offer people chances for better lives.
SOURCE: Veikkaus Oy (www.veikkaus.fi/company).
Florida Lottery Introduces Two New Fast Play Games the Fastest Way to
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 12,
2018) -- The Florida Lotterys newest Fast Play games, FAST CASH and FULL
OF 100S, are on sale today! At just $2 per ticket, FAST CASH offers top prizes
of $10,000. FULL OF 100S offers top prizes of $100 for just $1 a play.
Fast Play game tickets print
on-demand from the Lottery terminal, and can be played immediately. If the
ticket is a winner, the prize can be claimed instantly! FAST CASH and FULL OF
100S can be purchased at any of the Lottery's more than 13,000 retailer
To play, simply ask a retailer for a
Fast Play ticket for the FAST CASH or FULL OF 100S game; or present a Fast Play
play slip, tear-away sheet, or Fast Play barcode to the retailer and a ticket
will print automatically.
Follow the instructions printed on
the ticket to determine if you are a winner.
The overall odds of winning a FAST
CASH prize are one-in-3.53 and the odds of winning the top prize are
one-in-360,000. The overall odds of winning a FULL OF 100S prize are
one-in-4.62 and the odds of winning the top prize are 1-in-480.
Prizes up to $10,000 can be claimed
at any Florida Lottery office and prizes less than $600 can be redeemed
immediately at any Florida Lottery retailer. Fast Play game prizes must be
claimed within 60 days after the official end of game.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than
775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
The Florida Lottery reinvests 98
percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts,
commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to
education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion
in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information,
please visit: www.flalottery.com
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery.
Marking 46th Anniversary, PA Lottery Prepares for iLottery,
Keno, Virtual Sports Monitor Games
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (March 14,
2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery is marking the 46th anniversary of its first
drawing, which took place on March 15, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has paid
nearly $48 billion in prizes and generated more than $28 billion to benefit
"As we reflect on 46 great years,
we're hard at work to build the Pennsylvania Lottery of the future," said
Executive Director Drew Svitko. "In coming months, we'll launch an iLottery
online gaming platform and new types of draw games that will help us to
modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older
Planned for launch in May, iLottery
games will offer players located in Pennsylvania a new way to play and win from
a mobile device or computer.
The Lottery is also recruiting
retailers to offer Keno, a new draw game scheduled to begin sales in May.
Virtual sports monitor games, expected to launch in June, will show simulated
sporting events that depict the outcome of random computerized drawings.
Traditional draw games, scratch-offs
and Fast Play games will not be sold through iLottery at launch, but will
continue to be available at more than 9,400 retail locations.
"Adding iLottery games, Keno and
virtual sports monitor games will help us to remain competitive in a rapidly
changing business climate, but lottery games sold at retail will remain the
foundation of our business and generate the majority of funds to benefit older
Pennsylvanians," Svitko added.
These planned developments are the
latest major steps in a decades-long evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery,
which started with just one game.
On March 7, 1972, sales launched for
a 50-cent ticket with weekly drawings for a $50,000 top prize and periodic
drawings for $1 million. The first $1 game, Lucky 7, launched that November and
featured a weekly drawing.
The first scratch-off game, aptly
named Instant Lottery, debuted in 1975. Nightly televised drawings debuted in
1977 with The Daily Number now known as PICK 3.
The Lottery's original purpose was
to provide property tax relief for older homeowners.
Today, proceeds are directed to five
main program areas: property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care
services, prescription assistance, and a variety of local services provided
through Area Agencies on Aging across the state.
These benefit programs help to make
a significant improvement in the quality of life for older adults who receive
"We're excited to develop new
types of games that will bolster support for programs that benefit older
Pennsylvanians," Svitko said. "We know that future generations of
seniors will be counting on us to be there to help."
Find a full timeline of Lottery
highlights online at our History page at palottery.com. The website offers
details on dozens of games, chances of winning, winning numbers, and how to
claim a prize.
About The Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the
only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older
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Laboratories International (GLI®) Becomes First Test Lab to Issue IP
Blocking Certificates for Philippines Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) License
MANILA, Philippines (March 15, 2018)
Gaming Laboratories Internationals (GLI®) Asia-Pacific (APAC)
operations, led by GLI Australia, is proud to announce that it has become the
first independent accredited gaming test laboratory to successfully complete
and issue IP Blocking Certificates for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator
(POGO) Licensees, pursuant to Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp
(PAGCOR)s existing POGO Rules and Regulations.
GLIs testing and resultant
certificates were undertaken in accordance with a Memorandum issued by PAGCOR
to all POGO Licensees, requiring them to ensure that their IP address(es) used
for offshore gaming operation were not accessible within the jurisdiction of
the Philippines, on or before March 15, 2018.
GLIs Vice President of iGaming
Salim Adatia said: We are honored to be the first PAGCOR-accredited
gaming laboratory to test and certify various IP blocking protocols and
solutions for POGO Licensees. We knew the importance PAGCOR placed on this
mandate and how paramount IP blocking integrity is to this jurisdiction, which
now hosts the largest number of online gaming operators in the APAC
Through our Adelaide,
Sydney, and Macau test facilities, we are delighted to provide PAGCOR POGO
license holders with the highest quality and most effective IP blocking testing
services in the industry, added GLI Asias General Manager of
Client Services, Marina Wong.
GLI is authorized to provide
independent testing and professional services to the Philippines, all
Australian states and territories, New Zealand, Macau, Singapore and other APAC
gaming jurisdictions. With more than 20 years of operations in APAC, GLI is the
most qualified and experienced independent gaming laboratory in the region. GLI
has offered extensive expertise and services to online licensees relating to IP
Blocking Testing, Game, Platform, RNG, and Live Dealer testing. The lab also
provides training through GLI University®; field inspections; responsible
gaming; and security audits of all sorts including penetration testing,
vulnerability analysis, and threat and risk assessments.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) is committed to the Asia Pacific and delivers world-class
independent testing and certification services to more than 475 global
jurisdictions. For nearly 30 years, the company has helped ensure integrity in
the industry with more than 1,100 highly trained professionals. GLI holds
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards
for technical competence in the land-based and online gaming, wagering and
lottery industries. For more information about GLIs growing portfolio of
services, please visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Yggdrasil Continues Italy Expansion with Lottomatica
MALTA (March 14, 2018) -- Yggdrasil
Gaming has further expanded its presence in Italy after agreeing a deal with
the countrys largest online operator, Lottomatica.
Yggdrasils portfolio of
certified slots will be available to customers of the lottomatica.it and
totosi.it brands, with the operator also gaining access to Yggdrasils
collection of in-game promotional tools, BOOST.
Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik
Elmqvist said: Italy has quickly emerged as one of Europes most
important igaming markets, and major operators like Lottomatica have played an
important role in this process.
This partnership enables us
to build upon our favourable growth in Italy, and develop a long-lasting and
fruitful relationship with Lottomatica.
About Yggdrasil Gaming
Yggdrasil Gaming is a provider of
superior online and mobile casino games. It has emerged as one of the
industrys most respected and acclaimed suppliers and provides games for
some of the worlds biggest operators, including: bet365, Betsson Group,
bwin.party, Cherry, LeoVegas, Mr Green, Casumo and Unibet.
The company is headquartered in
Malta, with a major development office in Krakow, Poland and regional offices
in Stockholm and Gibraltar. The firm holds licences in Malta, Romania,
Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.
Yggdrasils slots are renowned
for their outstanding graphics and gameplay and many have become global hits.
They are integrated via the industry-changing iSENSE 2.0 HTML client framework
which allows for simultaneous launches on desktop and mobile, and is supported
by BOOST, a collection of promotional tools focused on engagement and
retention via concepts such as Missions, Super Free Spins and Cash Race,
and BRAG, an industry-first concept which allows for the promotion of games via
iSENSE 2.0+, launched in April 2017,
includes a number of industry-leading features, including retina support for
crisper visuals, a new minimalistic mobile UI with a sleek and fresh feel, and
a new and easy in-game deposit process.
Yggdrasil was the winner of
Innovator Supplier of the Year at the 2017 and 2018 International Gaming
Awards, Slot Provider of the Year at the 2016 and 2017 EGR B2B Awards, Gaming
Software Supplier of the Year at the 2016 International Gaming Awards and
Software Rising Star at the 2015 EGR B2B Awards.