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Governor Justice Appoints John Myers as Director of the West Virginia Lottery

CHARLESTON, WV (September 18, 2018) -- Gov. Jim Justice has appointed John Myers as Director of the West Virginia Lottery.

Myers has been serving as Secretary of Administration for the Justice Administration.

Prior to that appointment he worked at the West Virginia Lottery from 2008-2017 and was Acting Director from 2015-2017.

Before he started his career in public service, John was the manager of corporate administration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Buffalo, West Virginia.

 The appointment is effective immediately.

SOURCE: Office of Governor Justice.

 

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IGT: Transforming Play with North America's Lotteries at NASPL 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio

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LONDON, U.K. (Sept. 17, 2018) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) will showcase breakthrough solutions to enhance the player experience and help lotteries take advantage of growth opportunities for their business in its booth themed "Transforming Play" at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference, Sept. 25-28, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

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...

"In this game-changing year for the industry, lotteries have the potential to offer more options for play than ever before," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "At NASPL 2018, attendees can see and experience the results of IGT's investment in forward-looking platforms, content, and services to help lotteries in any jurisdiction offer a more seamless play experience and open a dialogue with new player demographics."

In response to consumers' growing expectations for the fun and convenience of digital play, IGT will present:

  • IGT PlayDigital interactive platform and solutions to support lotteries in entering or expanding into the digital world ─ featuring the PlaySpot™ mobile solution to provide fun, convenient, and secure digital play within any licensed retail location, and a rich game and product portfolio to drive success in a digitally connected world.
  • PlayShot™ end-to-end sports betting solution, a complete turnkey solution built with player insights and more than 350,000 hours of development to tailor this enterprise-class solution to the U.S. market. From mobile and online to self-service betting and traditional sportsbooks, PlayShot gives customers the power to capture the potential of this emerging market.

 

In addition to new digital play solutions, IGT will feature:

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  • The launch of Big Money Spin, the exclusive new linked program for Wheel of Fortune® ─ a player favorite that continues to attract new audiences. Offering players a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Big Money Spin is a fully supported turnkey program, including a suite of customizable marketing components and IGT's on-site, white-glove hosting of Grand Prize packages to Los Angeles, where players will experience the excitement of being on the set of the iconic television show and have the chance to take home a guaranteed $1 million prize at multiple Big Money Spin events.
  • Cash Pop™, the new draw game from FutureGame, IGT's proprietary game development process. Cash Pop offers fun and excitement, with multiple ways to play in one draw game. Players can choose one digit to keep it simple, or play combinations for more ways to win. Visit the IGT booth to see why 8 out of 10 players surveyed liked the game, and 92% said Cash Pop is easy to play.
  • GameTouch™ 20 and GameTouch™ Draw vending machines to expand self-service and help lotteries position for further expansion. GameTouch 20 is optimized for corporate chain retailers. GameTouch Draw features a design and footprint that suits social spaces such as bars and restaurants, enabling the sale of draw games and keno in nontraditional retail locations.
  • BizApps ─ A synchronized and flexible suite of complementary tools that leverage consistent analytics across all of a lottery's stakeholders, delivering rich, actionable insights that drive sales. Developed using IGT's depth of experience managing lotteries, retailer networks, and lottery sales forces in jurisdictions around the world, the tools in the BizApps suite give lotteries the power to better manage the activities that accelerate growth.
  • Experienced teams to support lotteries in optimizing their game portfolio, gaining new player insights, improving sales operations, maximizing revenue through retail relationships, and more. IGT's teams are trusted partners for the full range of lottery customer needs.

 

"Our goal is to support customers in taking an integrated, flexible approach that maximizes every area of opportunity to grow responsibly," said Gendron. "We welcome all attendees to explore the latest IGT solutions to drive sales and manage their business for ongoing growth in keeping with the rapid changes taking place in the industry."

The NASPL 2018 program will feature a number of IGT executives:

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  • Matthew Whalen, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Lottery, joins a distinguished group of world lottery industry leaders as one of five new inductees into the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame for 2018. The induction ceremony will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at the Hilton Hotel, Hope Ballroom E. "I'm honored and grateful to be included among those in the Hall of Fame, and to work in a dynamic industry with so many devoted and talented people," said Whalen. "I love the challenge of finding elegant solutions to complex problems. I'm proud to have been a part of some truly significant achievements in this business, and I believe we are only scratching the surface of what we will ultimately be able to achieve."
  • Jay Gendron, Chief Operating Officer, Lottery, will participate in the Associate Member Panel Discussion in the General Session on Wednesday, September 26, from 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Atrium Ballroom A/B of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
  • Charles Cohen, Vice President, IGT PlayDigital Sports Betting, and Paul Riley, Vice President, Innovation and Lottery Transformation, will present on the topics of sports betting and innovation during the General Session on Thursday, September 27, from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. in Atrium Ballroom A/B of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

 

Find IGT at Booth #100 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland for a closer look at products and services to transform play and fuel lottery growth.

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to facebook.com/IGTLottery.

About IGT

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 Digital 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 www.IGT.com.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

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INTRALOT Presents its Next-Generation Products and Services at NASPL Exhibition / Cleveland Ohio

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ATHENS, Greece (September 20, 2018) -- INTRALOT ushers in the Digital Transformation era for Lotteries through its Next Generation of Products and services in its booth #124 as Level I associate partner at North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference, on 25-28 September 2018, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. INTRALOT will present its novel Sports Betting and Lottery Solutions along with a variety of gaming technology innovations such as Cashless transactions, Retailer optimization, business analytics, in-Lane solution, superior Trading Managed Services and best in class terminals, including the newest self-service gaming solutions, such as DREAMTOUCH Lite, simplified betting concept of TAPnBET and WINSTATION 30, the first in the market vending machine with a capacity of 30 scratch tickets games.

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INTRALOT’s new Intelligent Ecosystem of Lottery and Sports Betting Solutions is designed to drive growth. Our solutions offer a personalized player’s experience adhering to the principles of Responsible Gaming with flexible, reliable, and secure offerings to address Lotteries’ modernization needs in the digital era.

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Our 25-years of experience in Sports Betting has guided the development of our next generation, flexible and scalable sports betting platform at the heart of an integrated Sports Betting Solution that incorporates advanced content, PAM, reporting and security functionalities.  The platform offers pre-integration with multiple commercial feeds, event creation, markets pricing, resulting, and in-play incidents. Our CMS and PAM carry the latest security and transparency features, KYC and geo-fencing, and payment provider integration capabilities. The Sports betting solution with its cross-channel capabilities can easily integrate with the Lottery platform and provide both cross-selling opportunities and economies of scale to State Lotteries in the United States. INTRALOT’s experience in running Sports Books covers more than 65 sports supported with different pricing models for over 24 sports, 24,000 In-Play events and 30,000 Pre-Game events per month capacity and more than 800 different market types. Our Betting entertainment portfolio includes Racing,

Virtuals, and Pre-recorded propositions that increase player’s life time value.

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In the Lottery area, the latest version of flagship Retail Terminals are exhibited with Self-Service and Vending terminals offering major improvements to players’ experience with their new features.

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The new INTRALOT Lottery Solution comprises new platforms, our CMS and our analytics software focusing on cross-channel functionalities and fast go-to-market, along with a modern touchpoint philosophy. With the use of Bluetooth/ WIFI technologies and mobile solutions, along with traditional retail solutions we transform customers’ journey. The new mobile lottery native app offers players new ways to seamlessly prepare and submit playslips and deliver benefits for all digital game offerings. A new, fully responsive web-portal for all viewports and games expands operator presence in all online channels.

During the conference, INTRALOT’s Executive members will discuss further on the Digital evolution and the complex challenges of Lotteries’ modernization:

  • Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO - will participate in the Associate Member Panel Discussion in the General Session on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Atrium Ballroom A/B of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
  • Mr. Nick Papadoglou, VP CCO, together with Mr. Scott Hoss, Senior Marketing Manager, INTRALOT Inc. will be presenting “Celebrating Ohio: A leading example of modernizing lotteries in a digital world.” on Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:15am -Associate Member Presentations (Level I) at Atrium Ballroom A/B, of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

 

INTRALOT’s Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris stated: “We are very proud about the digital evolution of our portfolio and the next-generation, flexible, and scalable suite of products in Lottery and Sports Betting that we will be presenting during NASPL. Our geographic refocus on the developed markets and especially in North America provides tremendous potential and opportunities for growth to operators that can be easily achieved through our rich and diverse products and services portfolio and experience”.

We invite you to experience a unique customer journey through the Lottery and Betting zones and learn more about our next-generation solutions designed to support Lotteries’ modernization by focusing on simple holistic solutions. Our specialists will be available to offer insights about our player-centric approach.

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About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.1 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

For more info: Mr. Chris Sfatos, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: sfatos@INTRALOT.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.INTRALOT.com).

 

 

Neopollard Interactive Congratulates the New Hampshire Lottery on iLottery Launch

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LANSING, Michigan (September 18, 2018) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”), a leading provider of iLottery technology, managed services and engaging interactive games, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the New Hampshire Lottery to provide a complete iLottery solution.

Just launched recently, the New Hampshire Lottery’s iLottery program leverages NPi’s platforms and a full suite of NPi services including Customer Engagement Marketing, Player Support and NPi’s Games Studio which will give players throughout the state access to a full suite of engaging, interactive scratch games, as well as draw games such as Powerball® and Mega Millions. The launch of the iLottery program provides the Lottery with exciting new opportunities to enhance its product offering, increase player engagement, and maximize revenue for public education in the state.

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NeoPollard Interactive is one of the most experienced providers of iLottery solutions, currently providing online games and services for several lotteries across North America. The New Hampshire Lottery will leverage NPi’s turnkey iLottery 360° Solution to enable players to conveniently access and play their favorite lottery games through web and mobile channels. The New Hampshire Lottery’s iLottery solution will also feature sophisticated CRM capabilities that support the cross-promotion of traditional lottery products with interactive games, enhancing and strengthening the Lottery’s retailer network.

We have long viewed ourselves as a player-centric lottery,” said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “Our focus in everything we do is how best to make our products entertaining and accessible to our customers by creating a strong and positive play experience. Launching iLottery is the critical next wave component in enhancing our players direct interaction with our games. We wanted to get it right and believe our choice of NeoPollard Interactive would best ensure a successful rollout and early adoption of the online lottery experience. NPi’s domestic and international experience in this space has demonstrated critical best practice technology and created an enhanced player experience in that online space.

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We are thrilled to be working with the New Hampshire Lottery to deliver iLottery to its players,” said Liz Siver, General Manager, NeoPollard Interactive. “We are pleased to introduce iLottery strategies and products that will strengthen the Lottery’s portfolio and increase sales across all channels. With the launch of an iLottery platform, the robust interactive and mobile components of our solution will provide new insights into player preferences and behaviors, while our responsible gaming initiatives will support the New Hampshire Lottery’s mission of providing secure and entertaining gaming products.”

Since its inception in 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has been dedicated to supporting education throughout the state through the sale of scratch games and various lotto-style games. To date, the Lottery has directed nearly $2 billion in revenue to schools in New Hampshire. To learn more, visit www.nhlottery.com.

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive”) is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.a.r.L. (“NeoGames”). Established in 2014, NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services suited to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services that enable regulated lottery clients to generate revenues for good causes.

For More Information About Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard   Ilan Rosen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Doug Pollard   Ilan Rosen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive LLC.

 

 

The Win Place Show Mobile App Demo is Ready for Download

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 17, 2018) -- Watching races from the convenience of a mobile phone is one of the core appeals of Win Place Show, our lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.

While you still can’t buy tickets until March 24, 2019, today we celebrate the release of the demo version of our mobile app.

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It is now ready to download onto your Apple or Android mobile devices.

Click the icons below to download now or search for "Win Place Show" in the app store servicing your mobile device.

This demo version features all of the basic functionality of the app as it will be made available to players once Win Place Show is initially launched on a trial basis at 45 retailers through the Kentucky Lottery in March.

This version allows you to scan tickets (actually, any QR code or barcode will do for this demo), watch races connected to the game (races in the demo version are all replays) and check winnings.

It’s as easy as Scan, Watch, Win! You can see a list of “upcoming” and “past” races, watch those past race videos and find the nearest retailer with our retailer locator once our list of Win Place Show retailers is set and made public.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this mobile app experience. If you have any suggestions or issues with the app, please email us at support@equilottery.com.

SOURCE: EquiLottery Games.

 

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Skilrock to Unveil Transformation at G2E Vegas

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GURGAON , India (September 19, 2018) -- G2E at Las Vegas has increasingly become a global melting pot for the Gaming Industry. With the recent changes in the gaming landscape in North America the show has become indispensable for the industry players. After receiving an overwhelming response at various shows across the world, Skilrock has decided to exhibit its innovative solutions at G2E, Las Vegas, Nevada, between October 9 - 11.

Skilrock offers solutions that can transform any lottery or gaming operator anywhere in the world. Living with this character, Skilrock will be unveiling its new brand logo with an upgraded technology solution that is designed to bring a paradigm shift in how operators would like to transform themselves.

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With an increased focus on Americas, this will be the’ third major event in a series of major lottery and gaming events in the region this year where Skilrock will be exhibiting. This will be closely followed by its participation as a ‘Gold Contributor’ in the World Lottery Summit at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director at Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd, commented “New opportunities are like catalyst for any industry, consequently North America with its newfound vibrancy is set to transform our global gaming industry with far reaching consequences. Skilrock is an agile technology solution provider, who believe in meeting the exact needs of its clients and transform their imagination into reality with its innovative platform, latest technology components and custom development.”

Leaving a mark of this epoch that will be a turning point for the industry, Skilrock has decided to launch its new Logo and range of solutions that will be exciting and transformational for our clients. We want to demonstrate our commitment to the region and therefore we will be showcasing our range of products and solutions that are designed to maximize the local aspirations of every stakeholders - players, operators and regulators.”          

About Skilrock Technologies

Skilrock Technologies is a leading technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with its R&D centres located at global IT hubs. It is technology arm of $2 billion Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery & gaming operations.

The WEAVER Omni-Channel Gaming Platform of Skilrock serves RETAIL, iGAMING & SELF SERVICE channels with equal ease and at the same time supporting a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo, Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. More than 120,000 retail touch points and over 5 million iGaming players across 22 jurisdictions have been serviced using Weaver Platform.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

 

Szrek’s Trusted Draw Solution and Electronic Draw System Attested for Nonrepudiation and Conclusive Fault and Fraud Detection

EAST GREENWICH, RI (September 19, 2018) -- Bulletproof, a GLI company, recently evaluated Szrek2Solutions’ RNG solution, Trusted Draw™ and Trusted Audit™.   The final report ‘Independent Review of Security and Non-repudiation of the Szrek2Solutions Electronic Draw System (EDS)’ validated Szrek’s RNG draw solution as meeting or exceeding the best practices by providing conclusive auditability and proof of integrity.

To quote from the executive summary of the report:

The assessed electronic draw system, Trusted Draw, utilizes cryptographic hardware and algorithms in its methodology to provide proof of integrity through non-repudiation in the generation of random numbers [italics added for emphasis by Szrek2Solutions]. It creates unpredictable, unmodifiable data which is independently verifiable. Hardware as well as software faults and attacks against the RNG and its components are conclusively detectable.

The use of the independent Trusted Audit system completes the chain of trust in random number generation through validation and independent audit of the draw results. It verifies the seed for the random number generation and the supplied result data. Then it recreates the draw results and thus provides conclusive proof of integrity and non-repudiation in the random number and draw result generation process.”

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The capability to detect hardware faults, software problems and fraud attempts, and to reproduce or verify the draw results, are key integrity factors in the Szrek2Solutions EDS. In Bulletproof’s experience, primarily protective security measures have been the focus in EDS solutions in the industry so far, lacking reproducibility and conclusive verifiability of the draw results.”

Bulletproof concluded its evaluation report:

Transparency in the EDS and RNG process through auditability, proof of integrity by non-repudiation and effective fraud prevention and detection are the current key industry security and integrity best practices for electronic draw systems. Bulletproof concludes that the assessed Szrek2Solutions Trusted Draw and Trusted Audit system provides conclusive auditability and proof of integrity and thus meets or exceeds the current industry best practices for EDS and RNG technology and all relevant security standard requirements at the current time.”

The Szrek2Solutions’ RNG has been certified by several independent U.S. and international labs and deployed successfully since 2005 by numerous lottery operators and state licensed lotteries in the world. Customers include IGT Global Solutions; Texas Lottery, Oregon Lottery, and Iowa Lottery in the United States; Scientific Games International in Austria; ONCE in Spain; Lottomatica and Sisal in Italy; Loterie Nationale in Luxembourg; and Ithuba in South Africa.

In addition to Trusted Draw™ and Trusted Audit™, Szrek2Solutions’ Product Suite includes Trusted Play™, a high performance RNG server for generating outcomes for e-instant games and multiplayer games, Trusted Transactions™ for securing lottery transactions, and Trusted Ticket™ for authenticating lottery tickets. Headquartered in Rhode Island (USA), with a European office in Portugal, Szrek offers reliable RNG product implementation, deployment, and support.

CONTACT: Tel: +1 (401) 398-0395, Email: info@szrek.com.

SOURCE: Szrek2Solutions press release.

 

 

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Investing In New Digital Foundation

TORONTO, Ontario (September 13, 2018) – Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is improving the customer experience and ensuring it is responsive to changing customer expectations by investing in digital technology and product solutions.

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Following a competitive procurement process, OLG has selected Bede Gaming Canada Limited to provide a new enterprise-wide digital foundation.

Bede will provide a new platform that will act as a central point of integration for OLG’s products and channels,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “This platform will allow OLG to add new games, improve our online offering and enable mobile responsiveness. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Bede as OLG continues its digital transformation.”

I’m absolutely delighted to welcome OLG to Bede and am extremely proud of the team effort involved in bringing this agreement to fruition,” said Michael Brady, Co-Founder, Bede Gaming.

It is a huge recognition of the strength of our offering and firm proof of our status as a leading gaming platform in the industry. This is a landmark contract win for Bede and I am sure will be the start of a long and successful relationship with one of the most respected names in the worldwide lottery sector. We are looking forward to supporting OLG in achieving digital excellence.”

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The new digital platform will add to OLG’s existing digital capabilities in areas like player registration and player accounts. It will also have world-leading Responsible Gambling (RG) options built in, giving players the ability to set limits, self-exclusions and other supports tailored to their needs.

These RG tools will comply with requirements of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and uphold OLG’s track record as a world-class responsible operator.

OLG expects the new player platform to be in place in early 2020.

Throughout the player platform procurement process, OLG engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

Bede Gaming is a leading supplier of software to the online gambling industry, powering some of the sector's biggest brands. Bede provides world class solutions to operators looking to achieve significant digital ambitions.

The platform processes hundreds of millions of transactions a month. It is scalable, modular and adaptable allowing operators to integrate any third-party software into the platform or use its bespoke tools.

The platform also integrates into land-based systems offering a genuine omni-channel convergence solution.

Bede, which is certified to ISO 27001, is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the heart of the North East of England, UK.

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It is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and is an approved supplier of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, as well as registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to conduct business as a gaming supplier in Ontario.

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario.  Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres.

OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes.

Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) press release.

 

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Camelot Launch New Brand Platform to Re-assert the Amazing Effects of The National Lottery

UNITED KINGDOM (September 14, 2018) -- This weekend Camelot is launching a major new brand promise for The National Lottery, as it looks to firmly establish playing the lottery as something everyone in the country can feel great about.

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The new strategy and strapline, ‘Amazing Starts Here’, which has been created by adam&eveDDB and which will be rolled out across all of The National Lottery’s games and brands, aims to bring the purpose of The National Lottery to life by highlighting the fact that it makes ‘amazing’ happen for people – for the winners of prizes of all sizes and the Good Causes that The National Lottery supports, such as charities, museums, the British film industry and grassroots community projects.

The new campaign will break this Saturday, 15th September, with a two-minute film during The X Factor on ITV. The film tells the story of a hardworking fisherman whose wife strikes it lucky with a winning ticket.

The ad, which was shot by the director Mark Molloy in Macduff in Scotland, will be supported by a multi-channel campaign – with a series of TV, online, social and outdoor ads featuring people at the moment they realise they are winners.

This will be quickly followed by newly-created TV spots to promote Lotto Rollovers, which will feature newsagents around the country in their shops celebrating the announcement of the Rollover with everything from confetti canons to laser shows.

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Further National Lottery ads will air later this year, including a 60-second TV spot supporting a Good Causes beneficiary and a new ad for EuroMillions, which will break in October.

The multi-channel campaign will also encompass digital, social, print, cinema and radio activity – with the new ‘Amazing Starts Here’ strapline also being rolled out across all National Lottery touchpoints, from tickets and Scratchcards, through to winners’ cheques.

Hayley Stringfellow, Head of Brand at the National Lottery, said: “The strategic review we carried out last year showed that we need to make The National Lottery more relevant to both players and the wider public. We’ve worked with adam&eveDDB to come up with a really inspiring strategy to show what The National Lottery is all about. ‘Amazing Starts Here’ brings to life the amazing things that The National Lottery makes possible for everyone – the unique combination of people winning prizes plus funding for projects the length and breadth of the UK – and it all starts with someone buying a National Lottery ticket.

Sam LeCoeur, Managing Partner, adam&eveDDB, said: “The moment we started working with Camelot, our shared ambition was simple – to build a new emotional relationship with our audience that shows the amazing things that can happen for families, communities and the nation, as a result of simply buying a National Lottery ticket.”

 

 

About adam&eveDDB

adam&eveDDB is a creative agency based in London who work with a range of clients including Camelot, John Lewis, Samsung, Google, Marmite, H&M, Waitrose, Foster’s, Lloyds Bank, Volkswagen and CALM.

For more information: Jemima Monies, Head of New Business & PR, adam&eveDDB: jemima.monies@adamandeveddb.com / 07730 319 515

SOURCE: adam&eveDDB press release.

 

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International Concern Over Blurred Lines Between Gambling and Video Games

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (September 17, 2018) -- Global gambling regulators have teamed up to voice their concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games.

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Fifteen gambling regulators from across Europe, as well as Washington State Gambling Commission, have signed an agreement to work together to address the risks created by the blurring of lines between gaming and gambling.

Tackling unlicensed third-party websites offering illegal gambling linked to popular video games is a priority and the regulators are calling for the video games industry and technology platforms to play their part in helping crack down on these websites.

Games providers must also ensure that features within games, such as loot boxes, do not constitute gambling under national laws.

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive and signatory for the Gambling Commission on the declaration, said: “We have joined forces to call on video games companies to address the clear public concern around the risks gambling and some video games can pose to children. We encourage video games companies to work with their gambling regulators and take action now to address those concerns to make sure that consumers, and particularly children, are protected.

Neil adds: “We want parents to be aware of the risks and to talk to their children about how to stay safe online. For example, unlicensed websites offering skins betting can pop up at any time and children could be gambling with money intended for computer game products.”

Read the full declaration.

CONTACT:  press office on T: 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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American Gaming Association Release New Research on Economic Impact of Gaming Industry

Report shows 9.5 percent increase in economic output; industry now supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2018) -- Today, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released a new study examining the striking impact the gaming industry has on the U.S. economy – providing stable jobs to nearly two million Americans and generating billions of dollars in tax revenue. This is the first comprehensive report on the gaming industry’s national economic impact since 2014. 

Oxford Economics’ 2018 study found that the U.S. gaming industry:

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  • Contributes $261 billion to the U.S. economy, a 9.5 percent increase since 2014;
  • Supports nearly 1.8 million jobs, up from 1.7 million jobs in 2014; and
  • Generates $40.8 billion in tax revenues to federal, state and local governments.

 

Gaming companies across the country are enabling long-lasting careers for their employees and making a huge impact on their communities through innovative partnerships with local nonprofits, volunteerism and the generation of revenue that supports critical services. The industry’s tax revenue alone provides enough funding to hire 692,000 new teachers,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “Since our last study in 2014, casino gaming has expanded into new markets, offered innovative new entertainment options and enhanced its position as a key contributor to local, state and federal economies.”

The research was commissioned by AGA and conducted by Oxford Economics. More information about the study can be viewed here.

About AGA:

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

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SOURCE: The American Gaming Association press release.

 

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ECA Vice-Chair Hoscher Calls for Increased Action Against Unlicensed Online Gambling Providers at National Level

BRUSSELS / Malta (September 17, 2018) -- On the occasion of the 12th Conference of the European Association of the Study of Gambling (EASG) on Malta, ECA Vice-Chair Prof. Dietmar Hoscher gave a keynote on the challenges of illegal online gambling and the need for strong national actions.

As Hoscher highlighted, relevant case law and secondary legislation at EU level clearly underline the principle of subsidiarity and requirement for national licenses for the legal provision of online gambling services without mutual recognition. Despite the successes of some countries in stopping illegal gambling, the available data shows that the provision of illegal online gambling is on the rise in many EU countries where the issue is not yet sufficiently tackled.

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The continued provision of unlicensed online gambling services has led to an undermining of consumer protection measures, regulatory efforts at national level and puts tax contributions and funding for good causes at risk.

There is also a threat of links to organised crime and money laundering in connection with illegal online gambling.

Reacting to these challenges, Hoscher argued in his keynote that: “Policy-makers, regulators and all stakeholders involved need to join forces and stop the provision of illegal online gambling. This requires strengthened enforcement of national gambling legislation through blacklists, IP blocking and payment blocking, as well as cooperation with online platforms and intermediaries. There is clearly a need and willingness to cooperate between regulators, the licensed gambling industry and other stakeholders to effectively tackle the issue.”

The EASG conference came ahead of the annual conference of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) in Copenhagen, Denmark where these issues will also be on the agenda1.

In addition, the ECA has published a position paper on illegal gambling, as well as a report on the “Use and effectiveness of enforcement measures against unlicensed gambling operators in Europe”. Both can be found here.

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The European Association for the Study of Gambling is a think tank at the intersection of academia, industry, regulators and politics that organises the conference every two years with experts from across the globe.

Besides the conference, the association also conducts research projects to support sound policy-making in the area of gambling. ECA Vice-Chair Prof. Hoscher is also a board member of the EASG.

About the ECA

The ECA represents licensed land-based casinos in Europe, with 28 members and over 70,000 direct employees supporting local economies across Europe. It has members from nearly all EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. The main purpose and objective of the ECA is to address and promote issues related to casinos and promote the positive contribution of the industry.

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For more information, please CONTACT: Hermann Pamminger, ECA Press Coordinator, Email: info@europeancasinoassociation.org

SOURCE: ECA press release.

 

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Have You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?

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It is already July, and WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires, the lottery event of the year, will soon kick-off in grand style.

If you have not yet registered for this important event, we encourage you to do so today. As a member-based association with a global reach, a key goal of the WLA is to provide our members with a platform for learning international lottery best practice, as well as a forum for networking with lottery colleagues from around the world. There is no other event in the industry that meets these goals better than the World Lottery Summit.

In the interest of our attendees, we have negotiated excellent room rates. We recommend you to act now and take advantage of this great offer, which will only last until October 12, 2018.

The WLA together with host ALEA look forward to welcoming you in Buenos Aires for WLS 2018, the WLA’s flagship event.

To register, please CLICK HERE.

Further information about the convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at: www.worldlotterysummit.org

 

See you in Buenos Aires!

 

Sincerely,

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet

WLA President

 

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2018 APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration OPEN!

Dear friends of APLA

Hurray! We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 2018 APLA Regional Conference is now open!

The details for this event are as follows:

  • Date: 8 - 12 October 2018 (Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
  • Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Theme: Rumble in the Jungle

 

This Conference is being hosted and organized by Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd.

A very interesting and varied business program has been drawn up to keep the attention of the delegates' interests on all 2.5 days.

Have a read at the ebrochure attached and you will find we have invited a Global Keynote Speaker, Guest speakers with domain knowledge on the topics selected, our very own Panelists from our peers to share their experiences, our popular debate with a thought-provoking topic and a special half day workshop on Design Thinking. Not forgetting the sharing from our valued Sponsors on their commitment and direction towards embracing which new technologies.

Do keep checking the APLA website for more announcements and updates (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com) and note that the Closing Date for the Conference Registration and Hotel booking is 24 September 2018.

See you all in Kuching!

Regards

Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat Administrator

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