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Lottery’s 1st Quarter Proceeds Bring Total Raised for Education to More Than $4.7 Billion

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (October 16, 2018) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation has announced its first-quarter transfer to education of more than $98 million, which brings the total raised since inception to more than $4.7 billion. Total sales and total proceeds for education for the period of July 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2018, were the second highest for this period since the Lottery began on Jan. 20, 2004.

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“These results are great news for students and education in Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “The Lottery continues its commitment to success, and we are off to a strong start to this 15th fiscal year.”

Additional highlights from the first quarter include instant ticket sales of $342.1 million -- the highest first quarter since inception -- and total sales of $418.1 million, the second highest for any first quarter since inception.

More than 130,000 students benefited from Lottery-funded programs during the past academic year, and more than 1.3 million scholarships and grants have been awarded since 2004. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.2 billion in retailer commissions since inception.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation press release.

 

 

Instant Scratch-Its Launches Limited Edition Ticket Collection to Share the Joy This Christmas

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Queensland, Australia (October 17, 2018) -- From present gift tags that could be worth up to $10,000 to stocking fillers offering top prizes of up to $100,000, there are plenty of ways Australians can share the joy this Christmas with Instant Scratch-Its.

Launching this week, the limited edition Instant Scratch-Its Christmas range features bold colours, metallic finishes and Australiana inspired designs provide the perfect accompaniment to, or present for, friends, family and loved ones this Christmas.

This year’s Instant Scratch-Its Christmas range features three different games – something for every ticket-gifting occasion, including:

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  • $1 Merry Christmas, an Instant Scratch-Its that also doubles as a gift tag with a pre-cut hole for ribbon and a to/from section for names.
  • $2 Festive Fun, which can be used as a tree ornament, gift tag or table decoration.
  • $5 Christmas Wish, which features four different scenes and is the perfect size to pop inside a Christmas card.

 

Not only does the ticket range give players a chance to win multiple top prizes of up to $100,000, there are also tens of thousands of smaller prizes waiting to be won from the combined prize pool of more than $10.5 million.

 Instant Scratch-Its spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said the range was perfect for any Christmas gifting opportunity.

This year’s Instant Scratch-Its Christmas ticket range also delivers fun and decorative treats designed to complement any Christmas decorating theme,” she explained.

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We know many of our customers will love adding a festive flourish to their Christmas wrapping with a $1 Merry Christmas gift tag or including a $2 Festive Fun ticket on a Christmas Day lunch napkin.

There is nothing that says ‘share the joy’ more than seeing someone’s face when a $5 Instant Scratch-It falls out of the inside of a Christmas card when it is opened.

Another favourite gifting option for our customers is a Christmas ‘Scratchie’ Tree – a miniature tree decorated with lots of Instant Scratch-Its – which is why we have specialised trees available for purchase from our retailers.

And for those who want a last-minute gift with no fuss, simply grab a few of the Christmas collection from a retail outlet and ensure you pick up a matching complimentary envelope.”

The Instant Scratch-Its Christmas ticket range is now available at Instant Scratch-Its outlets in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

NOTE: Not all games are available in all jurisdictions.

 

About Instant Scratch-Its

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The world’s first scratch off ticket with instant prizes was introduced in the USA in 1974 and into Australia in 1978.

Instant Scratch-Its tickets are priced from $1 to $20. Within this price range there are a range of game types, from quick fun plays to extended play games.

Each ticket series or game has a specific prize structure consisting of several prize levels, ranging from top prizes of up to $1 million down to thousands of other smaller prizes. In most instances, the top prize represents approximately 10 per cent of the total prize pool available in that game.

Chances of winning on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket range from 1-in-2 to 1-in-4, which creates millions of moments of instant joy each year.

The sign of Australia’s Official Lotteries, the Lott operates and markets Australia’s leading lottery games customers know and love creating everyday winners, winning every day.

Last calendar year, 74 million winners took home a total of $2.7 billion in prize money from their favourite games which include Saturday Lotto, Monday and Wednesday Lotto, Powerball, Oz Lotto, Set for Life, Lucky Lotteries, Keno and Instant Scratch-Its.

For more information please CONTACT:

 

Bronwyn Spencer

the Lott

Senior Public Relations Executive

0457 731 671

bronwyn.spencer@thelott.com

Matt Hart

the Lott

Head of Public Relations

0412 404 626

Matthew.hart@thelott.com

 

SOURCE: the Lott press release.

 

 

Michigan Lottery Awards Neopollard Interactive iLottery Contract Extension

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LANSING, Michigan (October 17, 2018) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”) is pleased to announce a four-year extension to the iLottery technology and related services contract between Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”), with NeoGames S.a.r.L. (“NeoGames”), and the Michigan Lottery. Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote and NeoGames will continue to serve as the providers of the Lottery’s iLottery platform, games, and managed services through their joint venture, NeoPollard Interactive, through July 2022.

Pollard Banknote and NeoGames first teamed up with the Michigan Lottery to launch their turnkey iLottery 360° Solution in 2014, providing the platform, managed services, and games required to deliver a comprehensive interactive solution to players throughout the state.

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Since then, NPi and the Lottery have worked collaboratively to establish the top-performing iLottery program in North America. Initial unaudited results for the 2018 fiscal year show iLottery generated over $100 million in net win (wagers minus prizes paid and promotional costs), helping the Michigan Lottery provide its fourth consecutive record contribution—approximately $930 million—to its beneficiary, the state School Aid Fund. More than 890,000 players have registered for the Lottery’s online services.

Under the extension, NPi will continue to provide the Michigan Lottery with leading technology that evolves to meet the changing needs of the Lottery and its players, including customer engagement marketing and innovative game development, and operational services. Closely collaborating with the Lottery through its headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, NPi delivers 24/7 customer service to players throughout Michigan with live chat, email, and phone support, and oversees all operational services, including banking and payments, and claims and compliance.

We are thrilled to continue our collaborative relationship with the Michigan Lottery as its iLottery provider,” said Liz Siver, General Manager, NeoPollard Interactive. “Since the launch of iLottery in 2014, the Michigan Lottery has become a leader within the digital space, providing innovative digital products to players and continuing to seek out new experiences to enhance its technology, games, and services. In fact, the performance of the Michigan Lottery’s iLottery platform has become the benchmark of the industry, with other lotteries launching similar operations.”

About the Michigan Lottery

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Since it was established in 1972, the mission of the Michigan Lottery has been to maximize revenue to support public schools by providing fun and entertaining games of chance. The Lottery contributed a record $930 million to its beneficiary, the School Aid Fund, in the recently ended 2018 fiscal year, according to initial unaudited results. This was the Lottery’s fourth consecutive record contribution, topping the previous record of $924.1 million set in the 2017 fiscal year. Since its inception, the Michigan Lottery has provided more than $22 billion to support public education. To learn more, visit: www.michiganlottery.com.

About NeoPollard Interactive

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

For more information about Neopollard Interactive, CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Moti Malul

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +972-3-6072571

E-mail: moti.malul@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: Neopollard Interactive press release.

 

 

Skilrock Creates Flutter in G2E, Las Vegas with Vibrancy of Its New Logo That Truly Reflects Its Belief and Solutions it Offers

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GURGAON, India (October 19, 2018) -- Team Skilrock is back after exhibiting at G2E Las Vegas, one of the world’s most prestigious gaming extravaganza. This was Skilrock’s maiden exhibition at G2E and was made even more special as Skilrock unveiled its new brand logo. The launch of this new brand identity is more than symbolic as it represented a transformation in its belief and outlook that will be exciting for all the stakeholders. The new approach to innovation coupled with smart offerings, were well appreciated by the seasoned business participants as well as the new takers. The event recorded presence from every nook and corner of the gaming industry and visitors comprised operators, suppliers, industry veterans as well as new generation of entrepreneurs and players.

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Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Executive Director at Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd, commented

Launch of our new logo was an instant hit. Everyone ranging from our clients to complete strangers appreciated our new Logo that they believe is a true reflection of who we are and our belief in being innovative - immersive – intelligent.

Those who could not visit us at G2E, watched the video of our launch and appreciated every bit of what we explained as constituent of our logo.

As an organization we find ourselves fully transformed as every employee has adopted a new found enthusiasm to internalize our logo within themselves. Teams from different offices were fully charged up to overcome the time zone differences to be part of the launch and the tempo has continued!

With our belief to bring smiles to the faces of every direct or indirect stakeholder that we serve, the impact will be huge. As every one of them is adopting digital transformation and adoption of new technology, they will find a matching partner in us

About Skilrock Technologies

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

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

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies press release.

 

 

New Lotterywest and Healthway Chairperson Appointed

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PERTH, Western Australia (October 16, 2018) -- Professor Peter Klinken AC to take the helm as Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson

New chairperson to serve across both organisations following alignment of Lotterywest and Healthway boards

Outgoing chairperson, Heather Zampatti remains Healthway Board Commissioner

Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have welcomed the appointment of new Lotterywest and Healthway chairperson, Professor Peter Klinken AC.

Professor Klinken will assume his role as chairperson this week for a three-year term - leading the Lotterywest and Healthway Board of Commissioners.

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The announcement follows the integration of the Lotterywest and Healthway boards as part of efficiencies and service rationalisation to deliver more benefits to the WA community.

Professor Klinken's contribution to the State extends beyond his role as Chief Scientist of Western Australia in which he is responsible for attracting Commonwealth and industry investment into WA science, building the State's scientific capacity and promoting its initiatives across academia, industry, government and the community.

Professor Klinken is highly regarded for his work in medical research, health and new discoveries, and holds a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Both Lotterywest and Healthway operate under their own legislation.

Lotterywest provides and administers the State's official lottery service. It supports the WA community through its grants program and maintains a strong State-wide retail presence.

In 2017-18, Lotterywest delivered a total of $260 million in grants including $104 million to 785 not-for-profit community organisations and local governments across Western Australia.

Healthway promotes and facilitates good health and activities that encourage healthy lifestyles for Western Australians. It partners with organisations in health, research, sports, the arts and the community to address preventable health issues, and support health promotion activities and research.

More than $19 million worth of Healthway grants and sponsorships were provided last financial year.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Professor Klinken is a prized appointment and brings a unique skill set to enable him to chair both Lotterywest and Healthway to ensure they continue to deliver benefits to the community.

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"I would like to thank Ms Zampatti for her contribution to Lotterywest during her full term of service.

"More than $260 million was returned to the WA community through Lotterywest grants and $463 million was shared among WA lottery winners in the last financial year.

"Lotterywest is an asset to the entire WA community and I'm pleased my Government has moved to secure its future by introducing new laws to protect WA lotteries from synthetic lotteries. These new laws prevent betting on the outcome of lotteries in WA and will enable Lotterywest to continue to contribute to our State."

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

"Professor Klinken is a recognised leader in medical research and will bring great insight and passion to the agenda of Healthway.

"I welcome Professor Klinken to his new role as he works with the Board of Commissioners to ensure Healthway maximises opportunities to promote health and wellbeing, and support best public health outcomes for WA."

CONTACTS:

Premier's office - 6552 5000

Health Minister's office - 6552 6500

SOURCE: Office of the Premier press release.

 

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Texas Lottery Receives National Certification for Responsible Gaming Tactics

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AUSTIN, Texas (October 15, 2018) – The Texas Lottery has announced that its responsible gaming initiatives have been verified by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Texas is one of only 14 lotteries to achieve this certification.

“We are very proud to have our responsible gaming efforts verified by these two national organizations,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

As a component of our mission, responsible gaming practices are implemented in all aspects of our business, including the design process and advertising strategies for our games. Last fiscal year, the Texas Lottery generated more than $5.6 billion and as an organization of this size, we take responsible growth seriously and are committed to NASPL and NCPG’s principles of responsible gaming.”

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The Responsible Gambling Verification Program was launched by NASPL and NCPG in 2016. To achieve verification for 2018-2020 at the Planning Level, the Texas Lottery was evaluated in eight areas, including research, employee training, retailer training, player education, engagement and awareness, product oversight, advertising and budget.

The Texas Lottery provides awareness training for retailers and employees and makes resource information available to players and retailers through the dedicated PLAY RESPONSIBLY page on its website. Responsible gaming messages are also featured in employee communications and on the Texas Lottery’s official social media accounts. The Texas Lottery is a Silver member of NCPG and participates in its holiday campaign to prevent underage gambling.

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 $101 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. PLAY RESPONSIBLY.

Editors/News Directors, note: The Texas Lottery’s Responsible Gaming Verification Standards certificate from NASPL and NCPG is attached in PDF format.

 

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CONTACT: Media Relations, T: 512-344-5131, E: mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery press release.

 

 

Novomatic Lottery Solutions Chosen To Supply Million Flax Game To Norsk Tipping

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WIEN, Austria (October 11, 2018) -- NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a modern full-service lottery supplier, has won Norsk Tipping’s recent mini competition to supply the digital version of the lottery’s most popular scratch game “Million Flax”.

“Million Flax” is one of the core products in Norsk Tipping’s portfolio of physical scratch games and it has won a great brand recognition since its launch in 1995.

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NLS offered not only a smooth transition of all elements from the physical ticket to its digital version but also proposed attractive and playful animations that can further enhance players’ retention.

We are very happy that once again our offering has proven to be the best fit for Norsk Tipping’s sophisticated online games portfolio. It was a competitive bid and the fact that we won based on quality is another validation of NLS’ innovative approach to the eInstant game category” - commented Pall Palsson, Director of Product Management at NLS.

This win falls within the contract that NLS signed with Norsk Tipping in March 2017, following a competitive tender procedure. Under the terms of the contract, NLS supports the growth and diversity of lottery’s e-Instant portfolio and provides business development expertise in the area of interactive games.

ABOUT NLS

NLS is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets. NLS delivers games and services using state-of-the-art technology that allows for easy integration with any 3rd party systems and games. The NLS system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly Omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability.

NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group with around 30,000 employees and activities in more than 75 countries. NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a major player in the international lottery business.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) press release.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Sales Dip Slightly In Q1

Current Powerball and Mega Millions runs are closing the gap

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (October 11, 2018) -- In today’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Board of Directors, it was announced that first quarter sales for FY19 (July 1 thru September 30) dipped 2% compared to the previous year.

Overall sales for the period were $250.6 million, which is $5.2 million less than the same period in FY18. According to Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison, Powerball was the big culprit. “That game was really an outlier, dropping 47.1% or $12.1 million alone,” she said. “This is due primarily to a nice Powerball run that was ongoing during that period last year. However, we’re currently in very healthy jackpot runs in both the Powerball and Mega Millions games, so we will close that gap.”

The lottery’s largest-selling product line – scratch-off tickets – rose $3 million (2.1%) in the same period to $148.2 million.

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In other business, the board approved:

  • A two-year extension with IGT Global Solutions Corp. for secondary Scratch-off production and related services;
  • Compensation for President and CEO Tom Delacenserie, including a 6% salary increase, a lump sum incentive bonus of 10% of base salary for FY18, and performance metrics for FY19;
  • A memorandum of agreement with Kentucky State Police for assistance with ticket integrity testing;
  • Funding for the third year of a contract with The Buntin Group for advertising and related services for digital media, and;
  • Rules and regulations for nine scratch-off tickets, three Instant Play tickets, and updated rules and regulations for the Powerball, Mega Millions and Keno games.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be December 14. 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 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 (www.kylottery.com) press release.

 

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Cibelae Celebrates 30 Years; Elects Luis Gama – Director Nacional de Loterías y Quinielas de Uruguay as President for the Third Consecutive Term

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (October 17, 2018) -- Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE) celebrates its thirty years of existence on October 17th. In these 3 decades, the entity that brings together 29 countries, with its 33 Regulators and 30 companies, said that "it has worked at the service of its members: public entities, regulators, operators and companies belonging to the Games of Chance industry."

The General Assembly of CIBELAE unanimously elected Luis Gama - Director of the National Department of Lotteries and Quinielas of Uruguay - as President of the Corporation for the third consecutive term.

The voting took place within the framework of the XVI Congress that began yesterday morning with the development of the Meeting of the Board of Directors , in the afternoon, of the General Assembly and the inauguration of the exhibitors' fair with the presence of the TecnoAcción companies, Novomatic, IGT; Gi Tech; Skilrock; GLI, Carmanah Signs, Idemia, Smartplay, Oasis Entertainment and EPPL.

In the morning, the meeting of the Board of Directors of CIBELAE was held , with the presence of representatives of regulatory bodies and gambling operators from Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Argentina, El Salvador, Spain (SELAE), Uruguay, Panama, Spain (ONCE) and Paraguay and the General Assembly were joined by the National Children's Trust (PANI) of Honduras, the National Lottery of Nicaragua, the Lottery des Pacifique des Jeux and the companies La Banca and AAQUI of Uruguay.

The new Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 biennium was formed as follows:

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  • President: National Direction of Lotteries and Quinielas of Uruguay, in charge of Luis Gama.
  • Vice-president 1 °: SELAE, Spain, in charge of Inmaculada García.
  • 2nd Vice-president: Caixa Economica Federal, Brazil in charge of Deusdina dos Reis Pereira.
  • Vice-president 3 °: National Lottery of Beneficence, Panama in charge of Armando Guerra.
  • General Secretary: National Gaming Commission, Paraguay, by Javier Balbuena Estigarribia.
  • Treasurer: ALEA, Argentina in charge of Alfredo Mónaco.

 

Members:

  • National Organization of the Blind of Spain, Spain by the Executive Director Alfonso Galiano Martínez.
  • Loteria Nacional de Beneficencia, El Salvador by Rogelio Fonseca Alvarenga. Santa Casa Da Misericordia of Lisbon, Portugal by Edmundo Martinho.
  • National Lottery of Mexico
  • National Board of Children of Honduras, by Golda Sánchez.
  • Pacifique des Jeux in charge of its CEO, Thierry Gabarret.

 

It was also decided to move the regional office that operates in the Dominican Republic to Panama, created the figure of Vice-president 3 °, it was considered to change the profile of the Executive Director, the incorporation of ColJuegos of Colombia and the financial statements of 2015 and 2016 was approved .

At the end, the President, Luis Gama said that "I make a very positive assessment, we have grown, approved a strategic plan, the work commissions are with clear work objectives and we incorporate new members. A new stage is coming, we have already grown and we have to give it content and rationale internally."

From now on "we will seek to generate a new structure for the next two years. Promoting joint actions, generating documents on responsible gambling, illegal gambling, online gaming and topics that serve the region. They are two very important years for the internal structure, to generate value," culminated Gama.

SOURCE: Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE).

 

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Study Shows More Americans Support Legalized Sports Gambling

Published By: Jules Norwood (ECU News Services)

GREENVILLE, NC (October 16, 2018) -- A new report using data from the Life, Liberty, and Happiness survey conducted by East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research confirms that many Americans support legalized gambling on professional sports. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports gambling, and the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and West Virginia responded by legalizing sports betting.

The survey results show differences of opinion based on gender, age and income, but not along political lines. Men, younger Americans and those with household incomes above $120,000 are more likely to agree that gambling should be legal. Republicans (50 percent) and Democrats (48 percent) fall within the range of statistical error.

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With nearly half of the U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Congress, now currently considering sports betting legislation, the issue of legalized sports gambling is likely to remain a major legislative issue at the state and federal levels for months, even years to come,” said Dr. Peter Francia, director of the Center for Survey Research. “The current state of public opinion on legalized sports gambling is thereby an important political matter.”

The ECU Life, Liberty and Happiness Project is a nationwide survey of more than 1,100 Americans conducted in May and June by the Center for Survey Research at ECU using mail, internet and phone surveys to reach adults across the country. Results are weighted to be representative of the U.S. population.

The project’s purpose is to highlight shared experiences among Americans as well as identify differences.

The initial report on the Life, Liberty, and Happiness survey, released in July, showed that a majority of Americans are satisfied with their lives, that only 23 percent trust the media, and that 1 in 10 adults live in a home with unsecured and loaded firearms.

After Murphy V. National Collegiate Athletic Association

The State of Public Opinion on the Legalization of Professional Sports Gambling

Survey findings include:

  • More Americans agree than disagree that gambling on professional sports should be legal, by a margin of 47 percent to 26 percent.
  • There is little partisan divide on this issue, with only a 2 percent difference between Republicans and Democrats.
  • Men are more likely to agree than women, by a margin of 57 percent to 38 percent.
  • Only 28 percent of Americans over age 75 support legalized gambling, compared to 57 percent of those between age 18 and 24.

 

Download the report here.

SOURCE: East Carolina University.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System President Discusses the Business of Sports Betting in the US

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 12, 2018) -- GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, attended the Sports Betting Symposium at the Global Gaming Expo on October 11th  2018 in Las Vegas, US. Ludovico discussed with a high-level panel of US Sports Leagues and Gaming Industry stakeholders the status of the US Sports Betting legalization process

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Ludovico, in his attendance, highlighted how the divergent firm positions of the various key actors could jeopardize the creation of a sustainable regulatory framework in every US State.

He emphasized how individual vested interests should necessarily give way to a more constructive, responsible and forward looking approach, which would eventually lead to a sustainable fiscal, operational and commercial environment able to compete against the massive and undetected US black market.

The mission to uproot US illegal operators is paramount and should prevail over all since it will without a doubt bring benefit to every individual stakeholder.

GLMS promotes regulated and sustainable betting markets and will continue to support and sponsor every effort made in this direction by all public and private stakeholders providing its global experience in the definition of sustainable betting regulatory processes.

Watch a video with the full intervention of Ludovico Calvi here.

CONTACTS:

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• Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary: giancarlo.sergi@glms-sport.org

• Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary, evangelos.alexandrakis@glms-sport.org

 

About GLMS

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GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents.

GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

GLMS currently has 31 individual Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,  Loterie Nationale – Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija – Croatia,  Danske Spil – Denmark, Veikkaus – Finland, La Française Des Jeux – France,  Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern – Germany, Opap SA – Greece,  Szerencsejatek – Hungary, Islenk Getspa – Iceland,  Israel Sports Betting Board  - Israel, Lottomatica – Italy, Sisal – Italy,   Maltco Lotteries Ltd – Malta, Norsk Tipping – Norway,  Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa – Portugal,   STOLOTO – Russia, Sportna Loterija – Slovenia,  Svenska Spel – Sweden,   Loterie Romande – Switzerland, Swisslos – Switzerland,  Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands,  Hong Kong Jockey Club – Hong Kong, Singapore Pools – Singapore,  Ktoto Co – South Korea, China Sports Lottery – China, Loto-Québec- Canada,  Polla Chilena de Beneficencia – Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo – Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco,  Loterie Nationale du Sénégal – Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System.

 

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REPORT: World Lottery Authorities Meet to Finalize Details for WLS 2018

CÓRDOBA, Argentina (October 13, 2018) -- On October 11, in the sub-office of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, President ALEA and Lotería of the province of Buenos Aires, Mr. Matías Lanusse, presided over the meeting of the Board of Directors, which included the special participation of authorities of the World Lottery Association (WLA) and of CIBELAE, and the presence of representatives of 17 jurisdictions.

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Lanusse welcomed and thanked, especially, the WLA President, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, the General Secretary, Lynne Roiter for his presence and Alfredo Monaco for the work done on the WLS 2018.

The Executive Director of ALEA, Mario Trucco, underlined that in the framework of the last inspection visit of the authorities of the WLA, prior to the realization of this important world event, the objective of this meeting was to dialogue with all the jurisdictions present and with Luis Gama, President of CIBELAE, specially invited to the meeting. And he highlighted the importance of WLS for the region, which brings together the representatives of CIBELAE and ALEA.

Moner-Banet, President of the World Lottery Association said: 'We are very happy to be here for the second time and meet again with the members of ALEA. We were at the first meeting a year ago. Then, a few months ago we were here with the organization and now they are left alone in about six weeks. We are approaching the event. '

And he continued: 'I want to thank ALEA and Alfredo Monaco, we think that the Congress will be a success. As you know, the WLA is a global organization that carries out its flagship event once in each continent and this time it is in South America. '

Greater participation of Latin America and Central

The President of the WLA continued by pointing out that they expect the participation of around 800 people, from five different continents.

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Everyone shares the values and ideals of the WLA. We are very pleased to share with those who will come from Asia, Africa and America. In the WLS you will have the opportunity to be trained with a complete business program that reflects the issues of importance, both current and future. In parallel sessions, in the trade show in which the most important suppliers will exhibit the technology of the future of the industry.”

For his part, Luis Gama, President of CIBELAE and the National Lotteries and Quinielas of Uruguay, congratulated Mr. Lanusse for his position at the helm of ALEA. And he stressed that 'it is good news that they are working together, I always say that if ALEA grows, the region is strengthened. We think the commitment they have made is very important and, without a doubt, Buenos Aires, the city that never sleeps, will welcome you with open arms. It will be an unforgettable event for all the regions that make up the association. '

On the end of the visit, Lynne Roiter, stressed that participants of the event coming from Latin America and Central America, despite not being members of the WLA can access the value of members, with a reduced cost. 'In these coming weeks it would be wonderful to increase the participation of Argentina and the member countries of CIBELAE to access this unique event that provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world, as was done in Asia in the last WL S. Therefore, we want to increase the participation of this continent. It would be wonderful if everyone could attend. ' With applause, the WLA and CIBELAE authorities were dismissed.

Integrated commissions

Next, the agenda of local issues that included the integration of the Special Advisory Committees, the reconsideration and status of the Strategic Plan, the report of the Executive Director and, finally, the definition of date and venue were dealt with. of the 64th Extraordinary Assembly.

Regarding this last point, it was defined that, on the occasion of the presence of ALEA representatives in the city of Buenos Aires by WLS 2018, the meeting will take place on Thursday, November 22, at the headquarters of the association.

 

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SOURCE: Association of Argentine State Lotteries (ALEA).

 


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