Hoosier Lottery Transfers Record $306 Million to the
Lottery contributions to
State grow 50% since sourcing agreement
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.
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 Lotterys 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 Lotterys Integrated Services Agreement with IGT
Indiana to provide product development, marketing, sales and
He noted that the outsourcing has
been successful in meeting the net income thresholds established in the
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
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:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery
Lottery Contributions to Veterans Assistance Top $100
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
In addition to generating
more than $22 billion for public education in Texas, support for our veterans
is at the core of the Texas Lotterys mission. We will continue to work
and collaborate with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to provide support for
veterans in our state.
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
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
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.
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
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
Pollard Banknote Announce 2nd Quarter
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
"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."
"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
"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
POLLARD BANKNOTE LIMITED
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.
Click here to view the
complete 2nd Quarter Financial Results
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Laboratories International (GLI®) Welcomed more than 80 Representatives
from 19 Countries to its 11th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Regulators
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 years 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.
We are overjoyed with the
results of this years Roundtable, said Karen Sierra-Hughes,
GLIs 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
Perus 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
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 GLIs
President and CEO James Maida, and GLI´s global team of experts
representing Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Australasia, and North
GLI is already planning for next
years Roundtable with the collaboration of the Latin American, Caribbean,
and Spanish government entities.
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI also holds ISTBQ
certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
SAINTS Louisiana Lottery Scratch-off Boasts Instant Cash Prizes Plus
Second-Chance Game-Day Experiences & Autographed Merchandise
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 teams 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 years 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.
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
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
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 winners crew to
stay on the field even longer, one parking pass, one-night hotel accommodations
(two rooms) and $500 spending cash.
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.
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
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
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
Lottery Introduces Xpress Football and Car Racing Games
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.
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."
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
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
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:
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Kentucky Lottery Sales and Proceeds Set New Record In Fiscal
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 10,
2018) -- In todays meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporations
Board of Directors, the group learned the results of Fiscal Year 2018 sales.
- 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 Lotterys 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%).
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
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 KLCs
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.
The Kentucky Lottery (www.kylottery.com)
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
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 Commissions 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.
The aim is to strategically request
data from operators that can potentially be reused, where relevant, for further
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
CONTACT: press office on 0121
230 6700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: The Gambling Commission.
Casino Operators Approved By Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to Offer
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:
- Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator
Harrahs Casino Philadelphia
- Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.,
operator of the Parx; and,
- Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of the Mount Airy
All three of the approved
certificate holders can conduct:
- Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates
- Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates
table games; and,
- Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates
The license fee for each of these
approved certificates is $10 million and is due no later than 60 days after
todays Board approvals.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania
Gaming Control Board is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the
PGCBs Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry
Square in Harrisburg.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the states 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 Commonwealths 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 PGCBs gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias 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
European Commission Concludes Tax on Admission Fees to Public
and Private Casinos in Greece from 1995 to 2012 Does Not Involve State
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
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
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
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
SOURCE: European Commission.
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 EDPthe prestigious gaming leadership course that
will take place November 10-18 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
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
womens leadership roles in casinosparticularly in departments like
maintenance, IT, security, operations, and food and beverage.
UNLV IGIs executive director
Bo Bernhard says, Its 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
Read the entire press release.
SOURCE: European Casino Association
Australasian Gaming Expo Abuzz on First Day at ICC
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
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
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
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
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, offering the latest
gaming and hospitality technologies and solutions for visitors to
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.
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,
About Australasian Gaming Expo
13 15 August 2019,
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 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.
Lottery Insider is a media partner for the Australasian Gaming Expo.
You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?
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 WLAs flagship
To register, please
Further information about the
convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at:
See you in Buenos Aires!
APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration
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
- Date: 8 - 12 October 2018
(Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
- Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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!
Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat