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Hoosier Lottery Transfers Record $306 Million to the State

Lottery contributions to State grow 50% since sourcing agreement

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 INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 14, 2018) -- Hoosier Lottery officials today announced that the Hoosier Lottery has transferred a record-setting $306 million to the State of Indiana for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 based on record sales of $1.27 billion.

Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, included the information in her report at a meeting of the State Lottery Commission of Indiana.

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Taylor noted that the statutory mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize revenue to the State of Indiana in a socially responsible manner.

The preliminary and unaudited FY 2018 financial results show that draw game sales exceeded budget, driven by six large jackpots that ranged from $390 million to $759 million.

That sales increase combined with continued strong Scratch-off ticket sales generated the Lottery’s record income of $1.27 billion.

After paying prizes, retail commissions and Lottery operating expenses, the preliminary and unaudited Surplus Revenue to the State totalled $306 million.

Bill Zielke, chairman of the Lottery Commission, explained that FY 2018 was the fifth full year of operations under the Hoosier Lottery’s Integrated Services Agreement with IGT Indiana to provide product development, marketing, sales and distribution services.

He noted that the outsourcing has been successful in meeting the net income thresholds established in the Agreement.

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Lottery contributions to the State have increased from $205.25 million in FY 2012 – the last year before entering into the Integrated Services Agreement - to the record $306 million in FY 2018.

The success has resulted in IGT Indiana earning its first incentive payment of $9.1 million by exceeding the $300 million incentive net income threshold for FY 2018.

By statute the funds from the Hoosier Lottery are distributed annually to the State Teachers Retirement Fund ($30 million), to the local police and firefighters’ pension fund ($30 million) and the balance to the Build Indiana Fund.

Currently the Build Indiana Fund is used to reduce auto excise taxes by up to 50 percent for all Hoosiers when they renew their vehicle registrations.

Some of the Fund is also used for library and school technology projects. 

CONTACT: Dennis Rosebrough, Director of Public Relations, Hoosier Lottery, T: 317-503-4453, E: drosebrough@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery

 

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Texas Lottery Contributions to Veterans’ Assistance Top $100 Million

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AUSTIN, Texas (August 15, 2018) – The Texas Lottery announced today that its cumulative contributions to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) have exceeded $100 million. From the sale of scratch ticket games since 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed $100,154,229 to the FVA.

Generating more than $100 million for Texas veterans and their families is a major milestone that we are thrilled to celebrate,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

In addition to generating more than $22 billion for public education in Texas, support for our veterans is at the core of the Texas Lottery’s mission. We will continue to work and collaborate with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to provide support for veterans in our state.”

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The Texas Lottery first launched scratch ticket games supporting Texas veterans on Nov. 9, 2009, following the passage of a bill during the 81st Legislature.

Since that time, 32 scratch ticket games have launched with the proceeds supporting the FVA.

Aces and 8s, the newest lottery game benefiting Texas veterans was released on June 25, 2018. During the 2018 fiscal year alone, $17.1 million has been transferred to the FVA.

The Texas Veterans Commission values our great partnership with the Texas Lottery Commission,” said Thomas P. Palladino, executive director of the Texas Veterans Commission.

With their contribution and others, over 250,000 veterans and their families received vital services from over 400 non-profits and local governments through Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grants.”

The FVA, which is administered by the TVC, makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.

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Pictured from left to right: Commissioners, Robert Rivera, Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, Doug Lowe, Chairman, J. Winston Krause.

With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselling and housing assistance.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $28 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $57 billion in prizes to lottery players.

Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $22 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.

As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $100 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games.

For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery press release.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Announce 2nd Quarter Results

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WINNIPEG, Canada (August 8, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard") today released its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, achieving strong levels of revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA.

"Our second quarter results reflected the success we are achieving in pursuing our strategic plan," stated John Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, "as both our core instant lottery ticket business and recent acquisitions are performing very well.  Our instant ticket production volumes remained very strong, surpassing the high levels achieved in the second quarter of 2017 and driving revenue levels to almost $87 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018.  We achieved a solid gross margin percentage consistent with what was attained in the first quarter of the year and continued to generate significant levels of operating cash flow."

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"As noted last year and in previous communications, the stand alone second quarter results of 2017 were positively impacted by a significant amount of product in transit to international customers at the end of the first quarter.  This had the effect of considerably boosting the revenue and earnings of the second quarter while negatively impacting the first quarter.  A more appropriate benchmark for 2018 is to look at the first six months of 2017 compared to the first six months of 2018 to normalize for the quarterly impact of that unusual in transit activity."

"Revenue for the first half of 2018 is up over 23% reflecting the impact of our two acquisitions as well as approximately 5% growth in our underlying instant ticket volumes.  Our gross margin percentage during the first half of 2018 reached 23.9%, up over 170 basis points from the prior year because of improved efficiencies and the impact of our acquired companies.  Adjusted EBITDA has increased from $19.4 million to $27.1 million in the same six month period of 2018, a noteworthy achievement combining organic growth of our existing instant ticket business with the additional incremental earnings generated from Diamond Game and International Gamco."

"The integrations of both Diamond Game and International Gamco are proceeding smoothly and we remain very excited about the long-term prospects of expanding our charitable electronic gaming machine product line and building upon our new leadership position in the charitable gaming market.  We continue to look at further expanding our organization through the use of selective, accretive acquisitions as a key part of our strategic plan. During the second quarter we renewed our bank facility for a 3-year term, including increasing the amount of capital available to fund our future business needs and providing additional flexibility to grow through acquisitions. We also repaid the remaining principal of the subordinated debt during the quarter."

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"In addition to growing instant ticket volumes, we continue to invest in additional products to support our lottery partners as they expand and grow their businesses," commented Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer.  "Particularly in areas of digital engagement, we remain focused on developing tools and expertise to help guide lotteries along a successful digital road map, through the use of effective loyalty programs, appealing digital game apps and, of course, fully developed iLottery solutions. We are excited to be launching our third state jurisdiction iLottery offering later this fall in New Hampshire and are responding to increased lottery interest across the broad spectrum of internet based gaming."

"We are very pleased with our operational and financial results for the first half of 2018," summarized John Pollard, "and we expect these trends will continue going forward for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.  We believe the foundation we are building through organic growth and strategic acquisitions will support our vision to be the partner of choice for the lottery and charitable gaming markets."

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Pollard is one of the leading providers of products and services to lottery and charitable gaming industries throughout the world.  Management believes Pollard is the largest provider of instant tickets based in Canada and the second largest producer of instant tickets in the world. With the acquisition of International Gamco, Inc. ("Gamco"), on February 1, 2018, management believes Pollard has also become the second largest bingo paper and pull-tab supplier to the charitable gaming industry in North America.

The selected financial and operating information has been derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the condensed consolidated unaudited interim financial statements of Pollard as at and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.  These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Accounting Standards ("IFRS" or "GAAP").

On February 1, 2018, Pollard acquired International Gamco, Inc. ("Gamco").  Therefore, Gamco's financial results have been included in Pollard's consolidated financial statements since acquisition. Also included in the consolidated financial statements are the results from INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. ("INNOVA", "Diamond Game"), which Pollard acquired on August 3, 2017.

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SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Welcomed more than 80 Representatives from 19 Countries to its 11th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable

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LIMA, Peru (August 16, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) welcomed more than 80 representatives from 33 government entities and 19 countries from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain to its 11th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable. The three-day event took place in Lima, Peru with the collaboration of the Directorate of Games of Chance and Casino Games (DGJCMT), Peru´s gaming regulator.

This year’s record-setting event featured representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  CIBELAE (Corporation of Iberoamerican State Lotteries) was also in attendance.

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We are overjoyed with the results of this year’s Roundtable,” said Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Director of Latin American and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development. “We were very pleased to have such a diverse range of government sectors represented, which included gaming and lottery regulatory entities and government lotteries, and also the financial and AML supervision bodies that participated with a strong local representation. The Roundtable traditionally shines for its learning, collaboration and networking qualities, and especially in this occasion, it became a window into the current status of the gaming and lottery industries of the countries represented in the conference; and it has contributed in building to the efforts we are all doing toward the legitimization of our industry.

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Manuel San Román Benavente, General Director of the DGJCMT and his team, for working with us hand-in-hand in the months prior to the event, and for the warm welcome and hospitality as a host regulator. We are thankful to all the regulators who collaborated to create the agenda and to the speakers who contributed to the content of the conference with their knowledge and experience. We are inspired to make the 2019 Roundtable an even bigger success.”

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Peru’s General Director of the General Direction of Casino Games and Slot Machines, Mr. Manuel Antonio San Román Benavente said, “I would like to extend my greatest recognition and gratitude to GLI for the XI Regulators Roundtable that took place in the city of Lima. As the host country, we are proud that Lima was chosen as the host city. It will always be a pleasure to share with the regulators in attendance, a space for exchange of experiences and opinions on the games of chance industry. Only the ones that are part of this industry know our commitment and permanent mission, to show the society the strengths of a regulated industry in the constant fight against problem gambling and money laundering activities. These Roundtables have contributed to the fellowship among regulators where, in genuine team spirit, we share our experiences.”

Presented by GLI University®, the conference featured 28 speakers representing some of the most respected and brightest names in the Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish gaming and lottery industries. These experts were joined by GLI’s President and CEO James Maida, and GLI´s global team of experts representing Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australasia, and North America.

GLI is already planning for next year’s Roundtable with the collaboration of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish government entities.

About GLI

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s 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: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Tenth SAINTS Louisiana Lottery Scratch-off Boasts Instant Cash Prizes Plus Second-Chance Game-Day Experiences & Autographed Merchandise Prizes

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Louisiana (August 15, 2018) -- The Louisiana Lottery is proud to announce the launch of its tenth consecutive Saints-branded scratch-off game, $5 SAINTS, on sale now. The latest game includes three ticket scenes that prominently feature the team’s iconic fleur de lis logo with metallic gold ink, four top prizes of $100,000 and the opportunity to enter nonwinning tickets into a series of three second-chance drawings to win unique game-day prize experiences or official autographed Saints merchandise. In addition to the specialty ink, this year’s ticket will also include high definition images and symbols underneath the scratch-off material to provide a more engaging play experience.

Coming up on a decade now, the Lottery has launched a New Orleans Saints themed scratch-off game in conjunction with the season,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.

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A fan favorite, these games are among our top performing $5 games, averaging $5.4 million in revenue year after year, 35 percent of which directly benefits K-12 public education.”

Besides thousands in cash prizes, the game includes three second-chance drawings, which involve a total of 38 winners­. The type of experiences to be given away depends upon the entry period.

Participants in the first second-chance drawing, whose entries are received by Oct. 8, will be eligible to win one of three 2018 Saints Suite Access Prize Packages to the Nov. 18 game against Philadelphia, including four tickets to the exclusive Louisiana Lottery 300 level suite and a visit by a former Saints player.

One lucky name will also be drawn then to be the winner of the 2018 Saints Tunnel Team Prize Package for the winner and three friends, to the Nov. 18 game, including four Plaza Club sideline tickets, four entertainment passes allowing the winner’s crew to stay on the field even longer, one parking pass, one-night hotel accommodations (two rooms) and $500 spending cash.

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Entries received from Oct. 9 through Nov. 19 will be eligible to win one of five 2018 Saints Suite Access Prize Packages to the Dec. 30 game versus Carolina, including four tickets to the Louisiana Lottery 400 level suite and a visit from a Saints’ alumni.

Also during the second drawing, one winner will be selected to receive a 2018 Saints Deluxe Prize Package, including four Plaza Club Sideline tickets, four pregame field passes to the Dec. 30 game, one-night hotel accommodations (two rooms), limo transportation to and from the game, accompanied by a former Saints player, four authentic Saints jerseys and $500 spending cash.

Entries received from Nov. 20 until the to-be-announced deadline will be eligible to win one Saints 2019 Season Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline tickets for the 2019 football season, four pregame field passes for every home game, a 2019 parking pass and a VIP tour of the Saints practice facility. The winner and three guests will receive round-trip limo service to the facility in Metairie (or overnight accommodations if the distance exceeds 75 miles) where they will also view a team practice and have lunch in the team cafeteria.

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During the first and second drawings, additional entries will be drawn to receive one of the following prizes: an official autographed Saints jersey, football or helmet. Twelve winners will be randomly chosen during the first drawing and 15 during the second.

We are proud to have Louisiana Lottery as one of our corporate partners. Their games speak to the same kind of excitement our fans expect with the Saints brand,” said New Orleans Saints President Dennis Lauscha.

To enter the second-chance drawings, players should complete the information on the back of non-winning $5 SAINTS scratch-off tickets and mail one ticket per envelope (no larger than 4.5" by 9.5") to the drawing address printed on the back of the ticket. Players can enter as many times as they wish, but each entry should be mailed in a separate envelope.

The Lottery printed 1.2 million tickets, and approximate overall odds of winning an instant prize on the game are 1 in 3.97. Complete game and second-chance drawing entry rules can be found on the Lottery's website, www.louisianalottery.com/saints. Lottery ticket purchasers and second-chance drawing entrants must be at least 21 years of age. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available by calling 1-877-770-7867. For security purposes, the Lottery encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery | New Orleans Saints.

 

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PA Lottery Introduces Xpress Football and Car Racing Games

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (August 15, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery has launched Xpress Sports, a new category of fast-paced games drawn every five minutes. Xpress Football and Xpress Car Racing are now on sale at all Pennsylvania Lottery retailers.

"Following Keno's very strong start, we expect that our Xpress Sports games will also be a big hit with our players," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "These games are part of our continuing mission to modernize our business and generate new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians."

Xpress Sports games use ultra-realistic animation to depict the outcome of random computerized drawings that take place every five minutes.

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Xpress Football: Random drawings simulate a drive inside the 20-yard line between two virtual football teams. Each drive will result in a touchdown run, touchdown pass, field goal, or turnover. Players win prizes for correctly choosing one or more of the 16 possible outcomes listed on the playslip. For a $1 play, prizes will range up to $250 and players can play up to 20 consecutive drives. See the required playslip for additional details.

Xpress Car Racing: Random drawings simulate a two-lap race of 12 cars around the Pennsylvania Lottery speedway. Each race results in a first-, second-, and third-place finisher. Players win prizes for correctly choosing the car numbers that will place, with a $250 prize for choosing the top three finishers in exact order. Play starts at $1 and players may play up to 20 consecutive races. See the required playslip for additional details.

Xpress Sports may be played at any Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Players can watch drawing results in real-time on big-screen monitors at 1,500 locations, with more on the way.

"We're continuing to add new monitors at stores, bars, clubs and restaurants," Svitko added. "If you don't see these games offered at your favorite stop or hang-out, encourage the business to apply to become a Lottery retailer."

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Players can check Xpress Sports tickets at any Pennsylvania Lottery retailer. Visit the Xpress Sports page at palottery.com to learn more about how to play, chances of winning and prizes.

Pennsylvania Lottery players must be 18 or older. Check every ticket, every time.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed $29 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Play online at pailottery.com. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

Kentucky Lottery Sales and Proceeds Set New Record In Fiscal Year 2018

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 10, 2018) -- In today’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s Board of Directors, the group learned the results of Fiscal Year 2018 sales. These included:

  • Sales of $1,042,512,000 (up $42 million or 4.2% from FY17)
  • Cash dividends to the General Fund of $253,000,000, which is $11.4 million or 4.7% more than FY17.

 

Both of these numbers are record levels in the Lottery’s 29-year history.

Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game category, finishing the year at $613.1 million. This is a $9.3 million (1.5%) increase from the previous year. Mega Millions saw the largest percentage increase of any game, rising 36.9% ($10.7 million) to $39.8 million. The increase was due in large part to several large jackpot runs over the course of FY18. Powerball also saw solid jackpot performance, helping that game realize $77.9 million in sales (up 8.0%).

Daily draw games continued to perform strongly, as Pick 3 sales rose to $149.7 million (up 3.0%) and Cash Ball 225 sales rose to $11.5 million (up 10.7%). Pick 4 sales declined slightly to $43.5 million (down 2.6%).

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Keno continued its positive growth trend, ending the year with $82.8 million (up 9.3%). iLottery internet sales also rose from $5.2 million in FY17 to $10.3 million in FY18.

Several new initiatives really helped push sales to this record-breaking level,” said KLC President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “An increased emphasis on marketing and in-store messaging, changes in prize structures that players really liked, and new measures implemented by our outstanding staff and retailers are the reason for this increase. FY18 was a year where we laid the groundwork for continued success, so we look to continue this growth pattern into FY19.”

In other business, the board approved rules and regulations for eight scratch-off tickets and seven iLottery games, along with amended Powerball and Mega Millions rules. The board also re-elected Mark F. Sommer as chair and Jan Buddeke as vice chair.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be October 11. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:00 AM EST, as well as the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.

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The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $5.1 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989. KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery press release.

 

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Gambling Commission Calls for Industry to Collaborate on New Research to Prevent Harm

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (August 8, 2018) -- The Gambling Commission is supporting new research exploring whether some gambling products and environments are more harmful than others.

Information about consumer gambling activity will be used as part of an extensive research project, jointly supported by the Commission’s expert advisors the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), and commissioned by GambleAware.

Gambling operators will be asked to provide the data so it can be used to understand how products, environments and characteristics vary – and importantly, identify those more associated with harmful play.

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The aim is to strategically request data from operators that can potentially be reused, where relevant, for further research projects.

Working with the Commission, RGSB has published a research brief, which sets out the proposed approach to the research. Once the research team is in place, operators will be contacted by the Commission to explain how they can get involved at an early stage.

Ben Haden, programme director at the Gambling Commission said: “Our strategy sets out our commitment to preventing harm to consumers from the risks gambling can pose. Success of this relies on growing our evidence base to better understand the types of gambling products and services that present more of a risk of harm to consumers than others. Gambling firms have an important role to play in achieving this as they hold comprehensive data that is vital to this research. It goes beyond simply analysing the data which is already reported to us by operators and we will be encouraging the industry to get involved.”

Clare Wyllie director of research commissioning at GambleAware said: “GambleAware is pleased to be working with the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board on a project that will help us to better understand gambling behaviour across different products and to know what characteristics are most strongly associated with harm - focusing on the online sector in the first phase and moving onto other sectors in subsequent phases. For the first time, we will be able to look comprehensively across the gambling industry to understand where the risk of harm lies and by making data available to researchers, industry can gain new insights to prevent harm and to ensure customers gamble safely.”

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

SOURCE: The Gambling Commission.

 

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Three Casino Operators Approved By Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to Offer Interactive Gaming

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HARRISBURG, PA (August 15, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today awarded Interactive Gaming Certificates to three casino license holders.

The approvals were the first made by the Board for Interactive Gaming in its plan to consider all nine petition requests by casino operators at its August, September and two October 2018 public meetings. The Board has yet to establish a date in which Interactive Gaming will commence.

Gaining approval today were:

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  • Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia
  • Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx; and,
  • Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of the Mount Airy Resort Casino.

 

All three of the approved certificate holders can conduct:

  • Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates slot machines;
  • Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates table games; and,
  • Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates poker.

 

The license fee for each of these approved certificates is $10 million and is due no later than 60 days after today’s Board approvals.

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The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.

These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play.

The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

European Commission Concludes Tax on Admission Fees to Public and Private Casinos in Greece from 1995 to 2012 Does Not Involve State Aid

BRUSSELS, Belgium (August 10, 2018) -- The European Commission has concluded that the system of levies on admission fees applied by casinos in Greece until November 2012 does not constitute State aid within the meaning of EU rules.

Since 1995 all casinos in Greece have been required to charge a regulated admission fee to customers. Casinos then have to pass on 80% of the admission fee to the Greek State as a tax, while retaining the remaining 20% as remuneration for issuing tickets and covering expenses.

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Until November 2012, the general regulated admission fee was €15. However, state-owned casinos were subject to a lower regulated admission fee of €6.

Following a complaint by a private casino operator, the Commission opened a formal investigation into the differentiated tax levied on admissions to public and private casinos in Greece.

In May 2011, the Commission found that the measure constituted incompatible State aid in favour of public casinos, and ordered Greece to recover the unlawful aid. This Commission decision was overturned by the General Court in September 2014.

The European Court of Justice confirmed the General Court's judgment in October 2015. Today, the Commission has adopted a new decision, in line with the findings of the European courts.

The Commission has concluded that the differentiated tax levied on admissions to public casinos and private casinos did not confer a selective advantage to public casinos. This is because the amounts due to be paid to the Greek State by private and public casinos corresponded to the same percentage (80%) of the different regulated admission fees charged to customers by the two categories of casinos.

In November 2012, the differentiation between admission fees for private and public casinos in Greece was abolished and a €6 admission fee set for all casinos. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the State Aid Register under the case number SA.28973.

For more information CONTACT: Ricardo Cardoso, Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Astuti – Tel: +32 229 55344).

SOURCE: European Commission.

 

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European Casino Association and UNLV/UNR Executive Development Program Announce Cross-Atlantic Partnership with Launch of Gender Diversity Scholarship with ECA, Clarion Gaming and AGEM

BRUSSELS / LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2018) -- In an effort to promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, the European Casino Association (ECA), Clarion Gaming, and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) have partnered up with the Executive Development Program (EDP) to offer the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship; together, the organizations will award one aspiring female gaming employee aiming to take the step to the next level a full-ride scholarship to EDP—the prestigious gaming leadership course that will take place November 10-18 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

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Currently in its 28th year, EDP is a partnership program between UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for prospective gaming executives to explore new industry ideas, leadership strategies, and an opportunity to network with other gaming professionals from around the globe By creating and awarding this scholarship to a female talent aspiring to the highest executive levels, these partners in gaming are demonstrating their support of industry diversity. The recent scholarship announcement coincides with the publication of an academic paper from UNLV IGI researchers Toni Repetti and Shekinah Hoffman. The full paper, which examines gender disparity in both commercial and Native American casinos in the United States, shows a significant gap in women’s leadership roles in casinos—particularly in departments like maintenance, IT, security, operations, and food and beverage.

UNLV IGI’s executive director Bo Bernhard says, “It’s research like this, funded by IGI research fellowships, that demonstrates our commitment to an inclusive leadership future. It also points to the significance of EDP in helping hundreds of female leaders achieve their career goals. The EDP team is proud to work with Clarion, the ECA, and AGEM on this important global conversation about the importance of diversity of thought in an increasingly diverse and globalizing gaming world.”

Read the entire press release.

SOURCE: European Casino Association press release.

 

 

Australasian Gaming Expo Abuzz on First Day at ICC Sydney

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (August 14, 2018) --Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) opened to an enthusiastic crowd at ICC Sydney this morning (Tuesday 14), with over 10,000 attendees expected through the doors over the next three days. Now in its 29th year, AGE is the cornerstone for all suppliers and buyers working within the hospitality and gaming industry.

After a welcome address from Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association; Gadigal Elder Uncle Allen Madden; and Joyce DiMascio, CEO, Exhibitions and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA), the event kicked off with a sold-out exhibition floor and seminar program.

Mr Ferrar presented the first seminar, ‘Australia: State of The Nation’, acknowledging the most pertinent issues and challenges facing the industry in 2018. Also speaking on the first day, Justin Baird, Managing Director of R&D, Technology and Innovation, Accenture; Neil Spencer, Managing Director, Gaming Consultants International; David Ford, Commissioner for QLD Liquor and Gaming, and more.

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The afternoon featured an IMGL Masterclass chaired by Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers Sydney and President, IMGL, which focused on the international and domestic legal trends for the gaming industry.

Day One presented an overall sense of optimism within the industry, encouraging agility, responsiveness, innovation and engagement, framed by a globally-minded outlook to the future.

Scoring in the top 15% of trade shows worldwide for visitor and exhibitor satisfaction according to a recent Explori report[1], AGE stands for future sustainability and growth of the industry. This is highlighted by its sell-out show floor, offering the latest gaming and hospitality technologies and solutions for visitors to experience.

With over 200 exhibitors from all sectors of the industry, the show floor was bustling with trade and technical demos. Global innovator, Simtech Creations showcased a jaw-dropping curved LED visual display with spinning globe, changing the realities of visualisation, while nearby, local Signature Floors covered the interior and décor sectors with their cutting edge carpet designs. Vetron demonstrated their 3D Bare-Eye content development and signage solution to great effect, transforming the interactive content experience to awed visitors.

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Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association, tips the 2018 show to be the best yet, “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.”

Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council, will moderate the “Spotlight on Responsible Gaming” panel on Day Two of the show, “Responsible gambling is a somewhat contested term. The panel discussion will examine the challenges and trends in responsible gaming.”

Australasian Gaming Expo is the largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow in the southern hemisphere and will take place at International Convention Centre Sydney, 14-16 August 2018.

For more information or to register, visit austgamingexpo.com.

About Australasian Gaming Expo

13 – 15 August 2019, International Convention Centre, Sydney

Established in 1990, Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the world’s third largest hospitality and gaming tradeshow. Featuring well over 200 exhibitors, welcoming more than 7,000 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.

DECLARATION: Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

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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

www.asiapacific-lotteries.com

 


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