Georgia Lottery Transfers more than $1.14 Billion to
profits fund HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Pre-K programs
ATLANTA, Georgia (July 19, 2018) --
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. transferred its
fiscal year 2018 profits, a total of $1,143,514,000, to the State
Treasurys Lottery for Education Account. This is the largest annual
transfer on record, bringing the total funding raised for education programs to
more than $19.8 billion during the 25-year history of the Georgia Lottery.
Since 1993, the Georgia
Lottery has funded critical education programs to prepare todays students
to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow, said Deal. By providing
more than $19.8 billion of total funding for education, the lottery has given
millions of our youngest learners a head start in their education while also
keeping the best and brightest students in Georgia after high school.
With this years
record-breaking profit transfer, the Georgia Lottery is continuing its
exceptional work to help millions of children in Georgia attain a quality
education from start to finish for a lifetime of opportunities.
The Georgia Lottery celebrated its
25th anniversary in June, commemorating 25 years of funding Georgias HOPE
Scholarship Program, Georgias Pre-K Program and capital outlay projects
including technological upgrades for schools and universities across the state.
More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE and more than 1.6 million
4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
Our achievements are truly a
team effort, said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin.
We are grateful to Gov. Deal and the legislature for their support. I
also want to acknowledge our dedicated board of directors, employees, retail
partners, business partners, and of course, our players. We remain focused on
our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K. We understand that our
success means success for Georgias students, families and
Fiscal year 2018 marks the third
consecutive year that the Georgia Lottery has surpassed $1 billion in profits
for education and the seventh consecutive year of growth in profits for
CONTACT: Office of Communications,
T: (404) 651-7774.
SOURCE: Office of the Governor.
Arizona Lottery Sets New Sales and Payout Records in
Retailers sell almost $1
billion in Scratchers® & draw tickets, more than $210 million paid to
vital programs & services!
PHOENIX, Arizona (July 19, 2018)
The Arizona Lottery is celebrating a record-breaking Fiscal Year 2018
(July 2017 through June 2018), with combined sales from instant-win and draw
games totaling $981 million! Of that nearly $1 billion, more than $210
million benefits 18 vital Arizona programs and services, including: the
Arizona Game and Fish Department, through the Heritage Fund; the Internet
Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC); and the Court Appointed
Special Advocates of Arizona (CASA). Additionally, lottery revenue
generated more than $65 million in retailer commissions across the state.
The Arizona Lottery has
worked hard, since the very beginning, to help make dreams come true for
everyday Arizonans, by paying billions in prizes and awarding billions more to
beneficiary agencies, which would otherwise rely on tax dollars to provide
vital services to our most vulnerable populations and cherished natural
resources, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery Gregg Edgar
We are always looking for
creative ways to expand our partnerships and serve our players for
everyones benefit in Arizona.
This record-breaking sales-year puts
the Arizona Lottery on a path to meet or exceed fiscal year 2020 goals of $1
billion in sales and $250 million in return to beneficiaries.
Scratchers® is a registered
service mark of the California Lottery.
About Arizona Lottery
Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and
its retail partners have generated more than $3.9 billion in net funding in
support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of
Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales nearly $4 million per week
fund programs in education, economic development, environmental
conservation and health and human services.
The mission is to support Arizona
programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible
manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.
CONTACT: John Turner Gilliland,
(480) 921-4438 desk -- (602) 702-2758 cell E:
SOURCE: Arizona Lottery press
Lottery Awards Two-Year Contract Extension To International
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (July 23,
2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to announce that its subsidiary, International Gamco, Inc.
(International Gamco) and its Oasis Gaming division, have received
a two-year contract extension from the Idaho Lottery Commission (Idaho
Lottery) for their PullTabs program. As a result, the International Gamco
contract will be extended through June 30, 2021.
International Gamco has provided
paper pull-tabs to the Lottery since 1995 and became the Lotterys sole
supplier in 2008. In 2012, the Lottery added electronic pull-tabs, available in
age-controlled social establishments. Under the current contract, International
Gamco provides pull-tab games, as well as overall service and support for the
International Gamco and
their staff in Idaho have been great partners for the Lottery, said
Jeff Anderson, Director of the Idaho Lottery. Their professionalism
and dedication to the Lotterys PullTab program has been paramount in
achieving consistent and growing player acceptance of the games year in and
We truly appreciate the
confidence the Idaho Lottery has in our company and our products,
said Scott Henneman, Vice President of International Gamcos Oasis Gaming
Division. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the
Idaho Lottery and the contribution our products have made to the States
Public Schools and Permanent Building Fund. We look forward to the continued
growth of the PullTab program and in providing the best possible products and
support to the Idaho Lottery.
The Idaho Lottery aims to
responsibly provide entertaining games with a high degree of integrity to
maximize proceeds for education programs in Idaho. Since its inception in 1989
to FY 2017, the Lottery has returned more than $792 million to the States
Public School Building Account and the Permanent Building fund. For more
information, please visit idaholottery.com.
About International Gamco and
International Gamco, a Pollard
Banknote company, is a major supplier of charitable and lottery paper pulltab
games in the United States and international markets. Known for its game
innovation, quality products and customer service, International Gamco has
provided pulltabs for over 35 years. Oasis Gaming, a division of International
Gamco, is an industry leader in digital finite, central determination gaming
for over 25 years. Oasis Gaming has provided gaming solutions to lotteries and
charitable gaming in various United States and international markets.
For more information on Oasis
Gaming, visit: www.oasisgamingusa.com.
Learn more about International Gamco
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and a full suite of digital offerings
ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery
solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company
is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to
maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard
Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and
its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and
other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is
owned approximately 67.6% by the Pollard family and 32.4% by public
shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information,
please visit our website at
For more information CONTACT:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
President/CEO James Maida Honored with OIGAs Modern Day Warrior Award in
Recognition of 20+ Years of Dedication to Oklahoma Indian
GLI Appearing at OIGA
Trade Show; GLI Experts to Address Attendees
LAKEWOOD, NJ (July 24, 2018)
Gaming Laboratories Internationals (GLI®) President/CEO James Maida
has been a supporter of Oklahoma Indian gaming for more than 20 years, and now
the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association has honored Maida as a recipient of the
organizations prestigious Modern Day Warrior Award.
I am honored to be named a
Modern Day Warrior by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Maida
said. Working in the Oklahoma gaming industry over the last 20 years
has been my absolute privilege, and I am humbled to get this award from this
incredible group of people.
Maidas involvement with
Oklahoma Tribes dates back to the beginning of tribal gaming in the state.
Maida served as a fact witness in multiple cases in Oklahomas pre-compact
era, such as the landmark Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma et al v. the National
Indian Gaming Commission et al and cases involving Mega Mania, Lucky Tab II
Pull-Tab Game, Tab Force, and Wild Ball Bingo. These cases set the stage for
gaming in Oklahoma as it is known today, and Maidas testimony, along with
many others, was critical to the proceedings.
|GLI President/CEO James Maida Honored with OIGAs Modern
Day Warrior Award
GLI was involved with both parties
in helping negotiate their initial compacts and the language adopted by
referendum by the voters of Oklahoma. GLI has been doing testing for Oklahoma
Tribes since 2004, and the company has issued more than 66,500 certifications,
helping Tribes ensure compliance and protect their investments.
Sheila Morago, Executive Director,
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, said, The Modern Day Warrior Award
is the highest honor OIGA bestows upon individuals who have dedicated tireless
effort and support to champion the cause of Oklahoma Tribal Gaming. James Maida
has been on the front line of defense for the rights and sovereignty of the
nations that comprise the Indian Gaming Industry, and we are pleased to honor
him for his dedication and leadership.
Mike McBride III, Chair of the
Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group at Crowe & Dunlevy, added,
James Maida has been at the forefront of gaming technology and
regulation. He is a modern-day gaming pioneer. In Indian gaming he has helped
fight to protect maximum flexibility with the emergence of new
technology for Class II gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. He has
led and helped to craft a stable regulatory regime that has allowed Indian
gaming to flourish across the country.
GLI will be in booth #1015 at the
OIGA trade show discussing its many tribal-focused products and services. The
company has been testing Class II gaming products since 1989, longer than any
other test lab, is a longtime OIGA supporter, and has been an Associate Member
of NIGA since 1999.
Leading GLIs presence at OIGA
is Senior Client Services Representative Blaine Preston. Preston, who is a
member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, brings more than 15 years of
professional experience in regulatory technical compliance, risk management,
and security operations to GLIs clients.
GLI experts will lend their insights
to three panels during the show. First, Vice President of Government Affairs
and General Counsel Kevin P. Mullally will moderate a timely sports-betting
panel titled The Post-PASPA Era Begins.
Then Vice President of Global
Marketing Christie Eickelman is co-presenting with the President and Chair of
Global Gaming Women on the subject Essential Skills for Workplace
Success. Last, Compliance Manager Peter Wolff is participating on the
panel Ball and Dice What You Need to Know! which will
cover the legal, regulatory, and electronic rules pertaining to Craps and
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. For more
information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E;
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Massachusetts State Lottery Produces Estimated $986
Million-Plus in Net Profit for the Commonwealth
result in highest ever commissions and bonuses for retailers and all-time prize
payout for players
MASSACHUSETTS (July 24, 2018) --
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Massachusetts State Lottery
produced an estimated $986 million-plus in net profit for the Commonwealth
during the 2018 fiscal year which began on July 1, 2017 and ended June 30,
2018. This would be the third highest total in the Lotterys 47-year
history, with the potential to become the second highest when the final
statement of operations is completed. The Lotterys record net profit of
$1.035 billion was set in the 2017 fiscal year.
Lottery revenues rang in at an
estimated record high of $5.285 billion, surpassing the previous record of
$5.233 billion in FY 2016 by approximately $52 million and topping last
years total of $5.097 billion by approximately $188 million. It is the
fourth consecutive year that revenues have eclipsed the $5 billion mark.
The performance of the Lottery
is critically important for all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth,
said Treasurer Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
I am proud that we have continued to maximize essential funding for
unrestricted local aid in a challenging retail environment.
The Lotterys network of
retailers earned a record $302.9 million in commissions and bonuses in FY 2018,
surpassing the $300 million mark for the first time ever. With approximately
7,500 retailers, that amounts to an average of $40,000 in income for each of
the Lotterys retail partners.
FY 2018s record-setting
revenue figure was bolstered by the continued growth of Keno and several
high-performing new instant tickets, led by the $50, $100 and $500
Blowout tickets that featured prizes exclusively of those amounts, the
first game of its kind in Massachusetts. Overall, instant tickets
accounted for an estimated $3.593 billion in sales, a 2.1 percent increase over
last fiscal years total of $3.517 billion.
Monitor game sales, which include
the Keno and All or Nothing games, hit the $1 billion mark for the first time
since the launch of Keno in 1993, combining for an estimated $1.006 billion in
sales. With estimated sales of $996.9 million in FY 2018, a new record for Keno
sales was established. Keno sales increased an estimated 9.0 percent over last
fiscal years total of $914.7 million.
With an estimated 73.6 percent of
all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY 2018, the Lottery
set another record by paying out an estimated $3.891 billion in prizes.
Prize payouts can fluctuate from year to year based on the schedule or rate at
which players cash in their prizes.
Lottery players won 194 prizes
valued at $1 million or more, highlighted by the record-setting $758.7 million
Powerball jackpot won by Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee on August 23, 2017.
Wanczyk chose the cash option on her prize and received a lump sum payment of
$480,500,936. (The prize liability on jackpot prizes in multi-state games is
shared by all participating lotteries based on their respective sales).
The net profit and prize payout
totals both include a $1 million a year for life prize (20-year minimum) that
was awarded in FY 2018 in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster instant ticket game
that ended in March of 2018.
The Lotterys administrative
costs remained approximately 1.9 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any
Additionally, during FY 2018 the
Lottery began replacing the 20-year old agent terminals. Approximately 75
percent of the new terminals are in place and the project remains within its
budget and on schedule.
With record-setting revenues,
near record net profit, and a $758.7 million jackpot winner, all while
implementing a major operational conversion, this has been a very exciting year
for the Lottery, said Michael Sweeney, the Lotterys Executive
Director. These accomplishments are made possible by the hard work
and dedication of our workforce and retail partners in collaboration with the
strong support provided by the Treasury and our commissioners.
While the FY 2018 figures have not
been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially
once that annual review process is complete. Lottery officials anticipate
completing the finalized financial statement of operations by
The Massachusetts State Lottery was
created in 1972 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the
Commonwealths cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery
has returned more than $26 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth. For more
information about the state Lottery, please visit
SOURCE: The Massachusetts State
WyoLotto Transfers Another Record Breaker to
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (July 23, 2018) --
On July 5, WyoLotto transferred $1,474,346.49 to the State
Treasurers Office, where the funds will be distributed to Wyomings
cities, towns and counties. This is the highest amount ever transferred to the
state since the launch of the Wyoming Lottery in 2014, barely beating out the
last transfer (April 2018) that was also a record breaker at the time.
Its big news for us
on the lottery team to break records with back to back transfer
amounts, Jon Clontz said.
Our team is extremely
motivated to deliver great games and products to our Wyoming players, but we
are also equally motivated by the amounts we are able to transfer quarterly
back to the state we all love. Its rewarding, Clontz
Its not just the cities, towns
and counties that are winning in Wyoming, so are the players. Since the lottery
opened its doors, it has paid more than $43,000,000 in winnings to players
across all four products the lottery sells.
The latest WyoLotto big winner has
chosen to remain anonymous, but hit a $2 million Powerball ticket at the
Maverik convenience store in Mills on the May 5th drawing.
When asked what took the winner so
long to come forward, they stated I put the ticket in my wallet to get
home, then added it to the other tickets on the table. I only check my
tickets every couple of months and could not believe it when I finally checked!
The whole thing is very surreal! they added.
To receive updates and notifications
about Cowboy Draw, Mega Millions, Powerball or Lucky for Life visit
About Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a
corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative
session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as
a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money.
State law requires Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and
counties based on ticket sales.
CONTACT: Brooklyn Schacht, WyoLotto,
Phone: 307-365-8260, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery
2018: Record Sales & Prizes to Players in a Well-Rounded Year for Iowa
Results Are in Its Overall Top 2
CLIVE, Iowa (July 20, 2018) --
A fourth straight year of record sales for instant-scratch tickets led the Iowa
Lottery to achieve record sales overall and annual results in its Top 2 as it
finished fiscal year 2018 well ahead of budget projections, amid other
We have just finished an
astounding year on several fronts, Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said
Friday. With strong sales, another clean audit, strong support for
play responsibly messages and an international award for gaming
compliance in the long-running jackpot investigation case, it was a
well-rounded, successful year for our organization.
Preliminary figures released Friday
show that the Iowa Lottery generated nearly $87.1 million in proceeds to state
causes in FY 2018, which ended June 30. That was second-highest proceeds total
in the lotterys 33-year history and the fifth time that its annual
proceeds topped the $80-million mark.
Total annual lottery sales were a
record $371 million, exceeding the $300-million mark for the seventh year in a
row. And, lottery players won a record $227.5 million in prizes during the
Iowa Lottery Board Chair Mary Rathje
of Marion, manager of her familys construction company there, said she
was gratified to see positive results on several fronts, including a clean
audit for the lottery for FY 2017 from the State Auditors Office, and
record exposure for play responsibly messages in March as part of the
lotterys support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Success for an organization
is measured in many ways, and as Board members we look to see that the lottery
is positioned well, she said. The gaming-compliance award
that the Iowa Lottery received in April emphasized the security and integrity
behind its games, and the lottery also had the chance to emphasize responsible
play throughout the year. Those are factors that I believe mean the lottery can
continue to serve Iowa well.
The unaudited results released
Friday show that Iowa Lottery sales in FY 2018 increased 5.3 percent from the
previous years total of $352.2 million. Lottery proceeds to state causes
for the year increased 7.8 percent while prizes to players increased 5.5
percent from the previous years total.
In general, the type of lottery
product that sells best in a given time period has a big impact on overall
In a year like FY 2018 when scratch
tickets sell particularly well, lottery profits overall will likely be a
smaller percentage of total sales simply because scratch games have a smaller
profit margin. Sales in lotto games are largely jackpot driven and can
therefore fluctuate greatly from week to week and year to year, while sales of
scratch games, pull-tab games and InstaPlay games are more consistent over
Scratch-game sales in Iowa, which
have set records consecutively since FY 2015, totalled $244.3 million, an
increase of nearly $7 million from the previous record for that product set the
year before. Rich noted that sales growth for scratch games in Iowa is far
outpacing the rest of the country. He said that scratch-ticket sales in Iowa
increased 89 percent from FY 2007 to FY 2017, compared to the national average
58 percent increase during that same timeframe.
Those results are something
that truly shows the strength of our teams efforts, Rich said.
By working to keep a mix of game themes, price points and playstyles
in the field, and by coming up with some really inventive game ideas,
weve driven the success of our leading product.
Powerball and Mega Millions, both
lotto games offered across the country and known for their large jackpots, saw
sales increases in FY 2018 in Iowa.
Rich thanked retailers for their
work in serving lottery customers and selling tickets, noting that local
businesses across the state received $24.2 million in annual sales commissions
from the lottery, an increase of about 5.7 percent from the previous year.
Another highlight for the year was
the $2.5 million the lottery raised for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund to benefit
our states veterans and their families. The lottery now has raised nearly
$25 million for the Veterans Trust Fund since it began providing proceeds to
that cause in 2008.
Here is a year-to-year comparison of
annual lottery sales by product:
* The All or
Nothing game ended sales on June 30, 2017, while Hot Lotto ended on Oct. 28,
2017. The Lotto America game debuted Nov. 12,
Since the Iowa Lottery's start in
1985, its players have won nearly $4.2 billion in prizes while the lottery has
raised nearly $1.9 billion for state programs.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have
three main purposes: They provide support for our states veterans and
their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; help for a variety of
significant projects through the state General Fund; and backing for the Vision
Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and
community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.
For additional information, CONTACT:
Iowa Lottery External Relations, Mary Neubauer, T: (515) 725-7906, E:
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery press
Wisconsin Lottery Packers Scratch-Off Games Offer Fans a Chance
to Win Packers Club Seat Season Tickets
Celebrating nine years of
partnership with the Green Bay Packers
MADISON, Wisconsin (July 19, 2018)
-- The Wisconsin Lottery announces new Packers scratch tickets that offer fans
a chance to win Club Seat season tickets for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
regular season home games at Lambeau Field.
The Packers scratch games are some
of the Lottery's fastest and best-selling scratch games. Since the Lottery
began teaming up with the Packers in 2010, it has sold more than $63 million
worth of tickets, which goes towards property tax relief for Wisconsinites. "We
appreciate our partnership with the Green Bay Packers and look forward to
another successful year," said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin.
Packers Scratch Games Sales
- Ninth year the Wisconsin Lottery and Green Bay
Packers have partnered to offer unique Lottery tickets
- 2017 sales: $11.4 million
- Total sales since 2010: $63.1 million
Sales of the $1 "Go Scratch Go!"
ticket, the $5 "Pack Attack" ticket, and the $10 "100 Seasons" ticket, start
Friday, July 20. Players who don't win instant cash prizes on these three 2018
Packers instant scratch games can mail in $5 worth of non-winning tickets to
the address on the back of the ticket for a chance to win the Super 2nd Chance
2019 Bonus Drawing Grand Prize
Club Seat Season Tickets Prize Package:
- Winner will receive two Club Seat tickets for two
seasons (2019-2020 and 2020-2021) to all Green Bay Packers regular season home
games at Lambeau Field:
-- One parking pass for each home game in each of
the two seasons
-- Two pre-game field passes for one game in each of the two
-- Post-season home game ticket allotments for each of the two
-- One $1,500 Club Level food and beverage vouchers for each of the
-- One two-night hotel stay for each of the two seasons in a
Green Bay area hotel o
-- One $3,000 MasterCard gift card for weekend
entertainment (spa, golf, etc.)
-- One $3,000 Packers Pro Shop or
PackersProShop.com gift card
-- One Green Bay Packers Helmet autographed by
a current Packers player
-- One Green Bay Packers swag bag
- 95 MVP tailgate party packages to either the
Festival Foods MVP Deck or Miller Lite Lounge for one 2019-2020 Packers regular
season home game includes:
-- Food and non-alcoholic beverages
pre-game field passes to participate in holding the American Flag during the
-- One $50 Packers Pro Shop gift card o One Green Bay
Packers Helmet autographed by a current Packers player
-- 100 five-hundred
dollar ($500) gift cards to be used at the Packers Pro Shop or
-- $1 Go Scratch Go ticket: win up to $700
-- $5 Pack
Attack ticket: win up to $30,000
-- $10 100 Seasons ticket: win up to
Entries must be received through
U.S. Mail by Tuesday, February 29, 2019
Winners will be announced on
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The 2018 Grand Prize winner of an
Ultimate Packers Weekend Package was Scott Anderson of Racine. He will receive
four Club Seat tickets for one 2018 Packers regular season home game, food
& non-alcoholic beverages, four pre-game sideline passes, four passes for a
private behind-the-scenes tour of Lambeau Field, Saturday lunch for four,
dinner for four with two Packers
Alumni, four passes for the Packers Hall of Fame, two hotel rooms for four days
and three nights, one $3,000 MasterCard gift card, one $4,000 Packers Pro
Shop or PackersProShop.com gift card, one autographed Green Bay Packers helmet
and one autographed Green Bay Packers jersey.
More information on the Wisconsin
Lottery Packers games is available online at
CONTACT: Wisconsin Lottery
Communications, T: 608.261.8412 or, E:
SOURCE: Wisconsin Lottery.
Svenska Spel Report Continued High Growth in Mobile Phone
SWEDEN (July 19, 2018) --
Svenska Spel's second
quarter is characterized by continued high growth in the mobile phone,
increased sports offer, turnover beyond expectations in connection with the
World Cup, and preparations for a new gaming market.
Online gaming revenues are reduced
to SEK 2,082 million, which is 3.9 percent lower than the same quarter last
year. The result of MSEK 973 represents a decrease of 11.5 percent, and the
operating margin is 19.1 percent lower than the previous year (21.1). It is
mainly revenue stakes for Vegas vending machines that affect earnings and that
preparations for a new gaming market are ongoing with high intensity, which
also results in significantly higher costs.
Sales online grow by 20 percent, of
which mobile phone sales increase by 42 percent compared with the same quarter
"Customers respond positively to
the news we deliver, online gaming revenue excluding Vegas is on par with last
year, despite the fact that more and more volunteers turn off or break from
gaming," says Lennart Käll, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.
During the quarter Svenska Spel
launched Rubbet, a new package of all song games in a purchase, and the range
of sports games has been expanded in terms of life games. Throughout June,
approximately 44,500 matches and sporting events have been offered, compared to
25,900 the same period last year. The World Cup has made a lot of commitment in
all categories of customers and the turnover target has already been exceeded
before the championship is finished.
In parallel with the regular
activities, Svenska Spel is working with the adaptation of the business to meet
the legal requirements of the new gaming market, which will enter into force on
January 1, 2019. As of June 1, the Group has been divided into three business
areas, Sports & Casino, Tour, and Casino Cosmopol & Vegas, to create a
clearer focus and secure the competition law aspects of a new gaming
"We are still strong as the
entire Swedish people's gaming company and meet customer demand for gaming
experience with an expanded range and product development. Customers continue
to give us high ratings in our satisfied customer index, and with broad margins
we have the highest image value of the gaming companies. We look forward to the
new gaming market, says Lennart Käll.
Swedish Spel CEO Lennart Source
resigns as previously announced in this interim report and Patrik Hofbauer
appointed new President and CEO by mid-December 2018.
In the period until the Swedish
Spel's current Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Marie Loob acting
April - June in brief
- Net gaming revenues for the Group amounted to 2,082
MSEK (2, 167), a decrease of 3.9%.
- Net gaming revenue online increased 20 percent,
with mobile phone increased by 42 percent compared to the same quarter last
- Net gaming revenue for Vegas Vegas decreased by 71
MSEK, a decrease of 24 percent.
- Increased costs for switching to new gaming market
and adjustment to GDPR amounted to MSEK 51 during the quarter.
- Operating profit for the Group amounted to MSEK 975
(1 100), a decrease of 11.4%.
- The result for the Group amounted to 973 MSEK (1
100), a decrease of 11.5%.
- The operating margin was 19.1% (21.1).
Significant events during the
- New sponsorship agreements signed with the Swedish
Football Association and Elitfotboll Dam. The agreements amount to a total
value of SEK 385 million and apply until 2023.
- New cooperation agreement signed with Svenska
Handbollförbundet and Swedish Elithandboll. The agreement lasts for three
years at a value of approximately 36 MSEK.
- A new three-year agreement with the Swedish E-Sport
- About 22 700 customers were voluntarily suspended
from games by the end of June (the previous quarter approximately 21 100).
Here you can read Interim Report January - June 2018.
SOURCE: Svenska Spel press
AGTechs Lottery Terminal Wins Two More Hardware Bids in
Zhejiang Province and Jilin Province
HONG KONG, SAR (July 19, 2018)
AGTech Holdings Limited (AGTech or the Company,
HKEX stock code: 08279) is delighted to announce that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd. (GOT), has won
two more lottery hardware bids for China Sports Lottery in Zhejiang Province
and Jilin Province, bringing the total number of successful bids for GOT in
2018 to 10 following the winning bids in Guangxi, Jilin, Hunan, Guizhou,
Shanghai, Hebei, Henan and Jiangsu.
The successful bids further solidify
the continued competitiveness of AGTechs lottery terminals. With over
66,900 lottery terminal units manufactured by GOT currently in use today, GOT
has nearly half of China Sports Lotterys lottery hardware terminal market
share nationwide, reaffirming our industry leading position and continued
commitment in Chinas lottery hardware market.
John Sun, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of AGTech, said, In 2018, GOT has already won 10
tenders in various provinces, municipality and autonomous region across China,
further demonstrating our hardware divisions continued dedication to and
leading position in Chinas lottery industry. As we continue to enhance
product innovation, safety and R&D compliance of lottery hardware, we
expect to continue to contribute to the overall healthy development of China's
About AGTech Holdings
AGTech was incorporated in Bermuda
and its shares are listed on the GEM (Stock Code: 08279). AGTech is an
integrated technology and services company engaged in the lottery and mobile
games and entertainment market with a focus on China and selected international
markets. A member of the Alibaba Group with around 400 employees, AGTech is the
exclusive lottery platform of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Group.
AGTechs businesses are broadly
divided into two categories:
Lottery (including games and
systems, hardware and distribution); and
Games and Entertainment.
AGTech is a Gold Contributor of the
World Lottery Association (WLA), an associate member of the Asia Pacific
Lottery Association (APLA), an official organizer and operator of the
competition card games Guan Dan and Two-on-One Poker in China, and an official
partner of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA).
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Baden-Württemberg Report 4.4 Percent Increase for 1H
CEO Says: Gambling
Supervision Requires More Staff
(July 17, 2018) -- The stakes at the
State Toto-Lotto GmbH
Baden-Württemberg increased in the first half of the year. The Tipper
in the southwest compared to 2017 about 21 million euros more. However, the joy
is restrained by managing director Georg Wacker.
The lottery boss is critical of the
illegal gambling providers who aggressively promote themselves throughout the
country: Wacker demands: "Gambling supervision must eliminate the lawless
From January to the end of June,
Baden-Wuerttembergers invested 494.7 million euros in the state-owned company.
This is an increase of 20.7 million euros or 4.4 percent compared to the first
half of 2017. The European lottery Eurojackpot contributed significantly to
this result. By contrast, the core product Lotto 6aus49 recorded significant
Lotto CEO Georg Wacker said: "We
are pleased about the plus, but must not hide the growing threat to
state-regulated gambling. Online providers of tax havens are increasingly
digging our way with illegal lottery betting and aggressive
Gamblers on these "black lottery
bets" bet on the Internet on the outcome of the state's original lotteries.
"Most Tipper do not know that they play with illegal product pirates,"
emphasized Wacker. Also because the providers, especially in private television
and large tabloids massively promote themselves - despite clear
The lottery boss stressed that the
consistent enforcement of the existing laws in the gambling sector is overdue.
Especially with regard to the staffing of the supervisory authorities, there is
considerable pent-up demand compared to other European countries.
236 million euros distributed to
the tippers / common good benefits with 188 million euros from the
The State Toto-Lotto GmbH
distributed in the first half-year 235.9 million euros to the players in
Baden-Württemberg. The gaming company generated around 187.8 million euros
for the country. The amount is made up of 82.9 million euros in lottery tax and
104.9 million euros in profits.
The country's betting funds are used
to promote sport, art and culture, preservation of monuments and the social
sector in Baden-Württemberg - in the 2018 financial year, totalling 132.4
Nine million goals, 22
Lotto-sixes and 85 winnings over 100,000 euros
In 2018, Lotto
Baden-Württemberg has so far received 85 profits of 100,000 or
more. 22 lottery players succeeded in the proverbial "sixes". There were nine
million goals across all varieties, all of which were paid out. A tipster from
the vicinity of Freiburg achieved in March the largest single win of the year
in the southwest. The lucky guy was happy about exactly 14,033,931.60 euros
from the classic Lotto 6aus49 - completely tax-free and paid in one fell
The Baden-Württemberg citizens
were also successful in the European lottery Euro Jackpot: Millions of profits
were generated here in Mannheim, near Heidelberg, in the district of Reutlingen
and Radolfzell on Lake Constance. Vortex caused the Euro Jackpot an
exceptionally long jackpot phase. The lottery's profit pot capped at 90 million
euros remained in May, June and July in seven consecutive drawings untouched.
That never happened before.
Geolotterie Logeo is set
No future in the product portfolio
of the country company has the Geo Lottery Logeo. The last draw of the weekly
lottery is on the 30th of July. "So charming the game idea of a geobased
lottery, so little expected this product," said Wacker. To exceed the
break-even point, more than 40,000 game orders would have had to be submitted
On average, only about half of them
received. "That's why we had to pull the ripcord for business reasons," Wacker
continued. The idea of Logeo was to achieve the guaranteed top prize of 100,000
euros with the geo coordinates of his home address. The lottery was based on
the model of Scandinavian countries in March 2017 in Baden-Württemberg at
years Best and Most Innovative Technologies on Show at the Australasian
SYDNEY, Australia (July 18, 2018) --
Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will showcase the latest technologies and
educational seminars changing the way we do business at ICC Sydney. The
three-day event, now in its 29th year, will be held 14-16 August and is the
must attend event for all suppliers and buyers working within
hotels, clubs and casinos.
Experts within the gaming industry
will discuss a range of pertinent topics relating to all levels of the sector,
to generate robust conversation on the impact of new technologies, gaming,
regulation and streamlining F&B.
On the back of strong seminar and
educational sessions, 2018 will see further emphasis on education and
professional development. This years program will host representatives
from government, regulation, technology, gaming, communications, research and
more, to offer an informative and holistic view of the industry.
Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive,
Australasian Gaming Council, will moderate the Spotlight on Responsible
Gaming panel on Day Two of the show,
The panel will examine the
challenges and trends in responsible gaming and provide and the purpose they
serve. Responsible gambling is a somewhat contested term, this discussion will
explore the important role in limiting consumption under safe
Scoring in the top 15% of trade
shows worldwide for visitor and exhibitor satisfaction according to a recent
Explori report, AGE stands for future sustainability and growth of the
industry. This is highlighted by its sell-out show floor.
AGE exhibitors will showcase their
latest technologies, newest products and unique thrills for everyone heading to
IGT are showcasing the next
evolution of the popular CrystalDual-i cabinet, the CrystalDual-i 27, along
with a stellar selection of new games; Wheel Shot, Star Stax and
Fortune Gong. Also featured are IGTs overseas offerings;
skill-based, 3D and 4D gaming experiences.
SprintQuip is NGS $50 ready. They
will be featuring a new beta cash recycling product that facilitates a
streamlined and cost-effective approach to managing cash in transit.
Cocktails Machine demonstrates how
cocktail making has become an artform. With the touch of a button on the app,
bar staff can prepare cocktails with confidence following simple step-by-step
instructions to create and serve even the most sophisticated cocktails.
Cashpoint Payment Solutions will
feature myPOS, Point of Sale solution software that with your existing gaming
systems and provides cash management information, stock and warehouse control
and real-time reporting at your fingertips 24/7.
Innova Group will be showcasing
invigorated light-base gaming stools a result of 18-months
of research and development to deliver what the industry was crying out
Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive
Officer, Gaming Technologies Association, tips the 2018 show to be the best
AGE strives to deliver a
bigger and better show year on year for all of our stakeholders. With a core
focus on technology and the sustainability of the gaming industry, we believe
2018 will deliver maximum value and a truly enjoyable experience for visitors,
exhibitors and sponsors.
Australasian Gaming Expo is the
worlds third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow and will take place
at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14-16 August 2018.
For more information or to register,
About Australasian Gaming Expo
14-16 August 2018, International
Convention Centre, Sydney
Established in 1990, Australasian
Gaming Expo (AGE) is the worlds third largest hospitality and gaming
tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 6,000
attendees across 19,000m2 of exhibition space, AGE is the biggest event of its
type in Australia.
AGE is the place to see new
international products and services, network, attend thought-provoking
seminars, seek business partners and generate sales.
SOURCE: Australasian Gaming