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Vol. 86 No.9 - Monday March 4, 2019

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First New Nightly Lottery Draw Game in Seven Years Now On Sale

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (February 25, 2019) -- The Kentucky Lottery has launched the first new in-state nightly draw game in seven years. Kentucky’s Quick Bucks is now available at all Kentucky Lottery retailers.

The $1 game, available only in Kentucky, will be part of the Lottery’s nightly draw offerings taking place at 11 PM Eastern every night. The draw show can be watched on the Lottery’s website at kylottery.com.

Much like the Powerball or Mega Millions games, Kentucky’s Quick Bucks players will pick numbers drawn from two different machines.

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They will pick four numbers from a field of 31 in one machine, and one Kentucky Ball number from a field of five in the second. Players can win from $2 for matching only the Kentucky Ball, and up to the top prize of $50,000 by matching all 4 numbers plus the Kentucky Ball.

Several features of the game make it unique, including the ability for players to win additional prizes if their numbers are drawn in the same order displayed on their tickets, and the ability to place a $5 WHEEL bet where players get all five Kentucky Ball numbers on their ticket (and are guaranteed a minimum $2 win). Kentucky is the first state to ever offer this type of wager.

The game joins Pick 3, Pick 4, CashBall 225 and 5 Card Cash which are also drawn every evening.

We hope players like this new draw game, and I think the WHEEL bet is going to be a unique component they’ll really respond to,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “As is the case with everything we do, any additional revenue we can generate from new games like this helps send kids to college. That’s a motivator which drives us every day.

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The Kentucky Lottery has earned over $5.3 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989.  KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and education programs. Visit kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

 

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The Florida Lottery Introduces a New $30 Scratch-Off Ticket to Join the Gold Rush Family

$15,000,000 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION & three other Scratch-Off games on Sale Today!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 25, 2019) -- Following the success of the GOLD RUSH CLASSIC family that launched in January, today the Florida Lottery introduces the new $15,000,000 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION Scratch-Off game!

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This new $30 game features six top prizes of $15 million - the largest Scratch-Off top prize offered by the Florida Lottery - and 24 prizes of $1 million.

The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.60.

Additionally, players can enter any non-winning GOLD RUSH CLASSIC and GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION tickets into the "Gold Rush Classic" Second Chance Promotion.

In each drawing, one player will win $30,000, two players will win $10,000, four players will win $5,000, and 30 players will win $1,000.

Players can also earn up to 25 extra entries per entry period by entering a special Facebook "promo code" that will be posted to the Florida Lottery's official Facebook page during each second chance promotion entry period.

For more information about these games and the second chance promotion, visit www.flalottery.com

The Florida Lottery is also launching three additional Scratch-Off games today that offer more than $117.8 million in total cash prizes.

All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $5 game, $1,000,000 LUCK, features eight top prizes of $1 million and over $72.8 million in total cash prizes! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.04.

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For just $2, players can win up to $30,000 with TRIPLE CA$H. There are over 5.2 million winning tickets totaling more than $32.7 million in cash prizes!

The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.54.

MONEY BAGS offers 420 top prizes of $1,000 and more than $12.3 million in total cash prizes! This $1 game features over four million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-4.86.

Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2017-18, and comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $34 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $61.2 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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North Carolinians Can Nominate a School Hero for a $10,000 Award

Program celebrates those who help our students achieve their dreams

RALEIGH, North Carolina (February 27, 2019) -- A program is underway to recognize and honor N.C. School Heroes - those who help our students achieve their dreams – with awards of $10,000 to ten School Heroes and $10,000 to their schools.

The N.C. Education Lottery created the program as part of its support of public education in North Carolina and to help raise awareness of how the money raised by the lottery benefits the state.

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“Every school has their heroes,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Every day they stop at nothing to help our students achieve their dreams. This year, we’re proud to offer to North Carolinians a chance to say, in a big collective way, thanks for all of what they do.”

The web site, ncschoolheroes.com, allows people to post a story about their School Hero and a photo and then vote on the ones they like the best. North Carolinians have until March 31 to post a nomination or vote on their favorites.

More than 1,300 nominations have already been posted at the N.C. School Heroes website, with at least one from 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Many more are expected over the coming weeks. Thousands of votes already have been cast for the most popular School Hero stories.

Money raised by the lottery assists many of those School Heroes, including $385 million this year that supports the work of school support staff such as office assistants and custodians. This year additional money raised by the lottery is helping to build and repair schools, supporting the N.C. Pre-K program for at-risk four-year-olds, providing college scholarships and grants based on financial need, and supporting school transportation.

As North Carolinians share their School Hero stories, they can discover on the website how money raised by the lottery benefits their own communities. All 100 counties of the state get support for education programs from money raised by the lottery. Last year, the lottery raised more than $670 million for public education.

“It’s important for the mission of the lottery that North Carolinians can see and understand how lottery money is used,” said Michalko. “To help get that information to the public, we created the School Heroes campaign. Along the way, we get to spotlight the work of a lot of good people in our schools.”

 

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CONTACT: Van Denton, Director of Communications, Brand Management & Communications, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: North Carolina Lottery.

 

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Hundreds Slated to Attend Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) 19th Annual Regulators Roundtable

  • Annual Conference Staged March 6 & 7 at Luxor Las Vegas;
  • VP/Director of Panasonic Hollywood Labs Ron Martin to Deliver Keynote Address

 

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LAS VEGAS, NV (February 27, 2019) – For two eventful days in March, hundreds of attendees and dozens of global gaming industry’s foremost thought-leaders will converge on Las Vegas for meaningful discussions, enlightening presentations, and intense education at Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) 2019 North American Regulators Roundtable.

The annual affair is a hallmark of excellence on the industry’s calendar, and this year’s event is staged March 6-7, 2019 at Luxor Las Vegas. Registration is available now at gaminglabs.com/roundtable2019.

Vice President and Director of Panasonic Hollywood Labs (PHL) Ron Martin will deliver a keynote address on the topic, “The Idea of an Idea, Technology, and Experience Design.” Martin is considered a leading global authority on imaging systems and solutions. He brings 40 years of experience in imaging technologies that include broadcasting, production, post-production, and visual effects.

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Panel discussion topics will address the most relevant issues in today’s gaming landscape and include omni-channel convergence, operational impacts, sports betting, and the top 10 technologies that now affect or will soon affect gaming.

Separate from the panel discussions, breakout workshops present attendees with intimate settings to gain first-hand knowledge on crucial topics including cybersecurity frameworks, eSports, forensic investigations, mobile in Class II gaming, modernization projects, and sports betting/event wagering.

Additionally, an Innovation Room will provide attendees with close-up looks and hands-on experiences with new and emerging technologies, systems, and games from a range of suppliers and from future industry innovators from UNLV.

The Roundtable is presented by GLI University® and is known worldwide as the largest educational and networking event of its kind for gaming and lottery industry regulators. It draws hundreds of attendees from across the industry spectrum and from all corners of North America and the world and provides discussion on provocative, industry-driven topics.

Space is limited, and attendees are encouraged to reserve the space today. More information and registration are available at gaminglabs.com/roundtable2019.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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; +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Neopollard Interactive Shortlisted for Lottery Supplier of the Year at Upcoming 2019 EGR North America Awards

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LANSING, Michigan (February 28, 2019) -- NeoPollard Interactive (“NPi”) announced today that it has been shortlisted for Lottery Supplier of the Year at the 6th annual eGaming Review (“EGR”) North America Awards, which will be presented at an awards ceremony on April 11, 2019, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The EGR North America Awards recognize excellence in the North American online gaming industry. The Lottery Supplier of the Year category celebrates suppliers who have demonstrated outstanding performance and innovation in the delivery of market-leading solutions for lottery operators. Primarily, the judging criteria considers product integration and delivery, product quality, commercial success and innovation in the last 12 months.

With approximately 80% market share in terms of iLottery revenues in the U.S., NPi has perfected the requisite technology, operational expertise and industry-leading game development to support our lottery partners as they introduce iLottery programs in their states.

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NPi is proud to pave the way with our customers as they continue to prove that the iLottery channel is a vital source of significant incremental revenue for the worthy causes that they fund.

NPi is honored to be shortlisted in this year’s Lottery Supplier of the Year category of the EGR North America Awards. We recognize the significant contributions of all nominees in this category to the growth and innovation of the lottery industry that we are privileged to serve,” said Liz Siver, General Manager of NeoPollard Interactive. “The partnerships that we have built over the past five years have given us the opportunity to lead the industry through the delivery of innovative iLottery solutions in support of our customers’ good causes. Our vision to elevate player experiences in the digital space is what drives our passionate team. On behalf of the talented team at NPi, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to have our commitment and achievements recognized through the EGR Awards.

About NeoPollard Interactive

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

CONTACT Information for Neopollard Interactive:

 

Doug Pollard

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 1-204-474-2323

E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

Moti Malul

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 1-734-353-4275

E-mail: moti.malul@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: Neopollard Interactive press release.

 

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Virgin Islands Lottery Community Enrichment Initiative

St. Thomas, VI (February 21, 2019) – The Virgin Islands Lottery is a Proud Sponsor of Community Enrichment Programs:

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  • Cultural Programs;
  • Educational & Vocational Programs;
  • Athletic Programs
  • Arts, Music, Dance & Theatre Programs; and
  • Health & Social Awareness Programs.

 

Each year the VI Lottery makes significant financial contributions to organizations within our community. 70% of the VI Lottery revenue supports the Virgin Islands’ community.

Playing the VI Lottery is a true WIN-WIN all around – not only are you providing an opportunity for yourself to win cash for education, travel, home improvement or paying off bills, but you are also supporting many community enrichment initiatives as well.

  • Jamila Russel, ADA Coordinator Cultivating Inclusion:
    --- “The Virgin Islands Lottery has played an important role in making sure children with disabilities have not been forgotten or overlooked.
  • Dr. Larry Larson, President, Ten Sleepless Knights, Inc.:
    --- “Our efforts of supporting young people would not be possible without the support of the Virgin Islands Lottery.
  • Michael Wilson, Executive Director, Caribbean Museum Center of the Arts:
    --- “Thanks to the money we received from the VI Lottery, we were able to provide that experience through dynamic, culturally grounded, and educational programming.

 

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SOURCE: Virgin Islands Lottery.

 

 

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Malvern Man Claims Second Spot in Lottery’s Billion Dollar Challenge

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 22, 2019) --Robert McAlister of Malvern was randomly selected today as the second of two winners of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s (ASL) Willy Wonka Billion Dollar Challenge™ Second-Chance Promotion. He will travel to Las Vegas in April for the opportunity to play for $1 billion. McAlister’s dad, who he hasn’t seen in 12 years, lives in Las Vegas so he is looking forward to reconnecting with him.

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We have stayed in touch, but we just haven’t been able to get together,” McAlister said. “It is great that winning this trip will give me the opportunity to see him. My 15-year-old son has never met his granddad so I would love to take him with me if possible.

McAlister is actually an alternate since one of the two winners drawn for the prize on Jan. 31 did not claim the prize by the deadline. So McAlister feels extra lucky.

He entered non-winning Willy Wonka Golden Tickets™ into the promotion through the ASL’s player’s club, The Club.

His prize includes round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas April 14-17, 2019, three night’s accommodations at a deluxe hotel, and $1,000 spending money.

The Billion Dollar Challenge™ is scheduled for April 16 with prize-winners from other participating lottery jurisdictions.

McAlister will have a chance to win a cash prize from $1,000 up to $1 billion along with Albert Pyle of Mabelvale who also won Arkansas’s Second-Chance Promotion trip to Las Vegas.

McAlister said he is involved with his son’s athletic activities and enjoys being able to help other youth who maybe don’t have the money to buy football shoes or a meal after a game.

“I want to help those who need it,” he said.

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About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas.

Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $781 million for more than 302,000 college scholarships, more than $2.8 billion in prizes to players, about $240 million in retailer commissions and more than $122 million state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free.

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).

To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at 501-683-1646 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Arizona Lottery Goes Native with Newest Scratchers® Game- Arizona 7

Players are treated to beautiful $5 tickets designed by Artist-In-Residence

PHOENIX (February 22, 2019) – Players and retailers alike are enjoying the new $5 Arizona 7 Scratchers game, admiring the local beauty depicted on these tickets and dreaming of winning big!

There are three different tickets, each with a beautiful rendering of iconic Arizona objects and native wildlife: a whimsical 7-shaped piñata with candies to scratch off, a 7-shaped Gila monster crawling across the desert sand with eggs and cacti to scratch off, and a Cactus Wren (Arizona’s state bird) perched on a blooming cactus, forming a 7 with shining suns and cactus flowers to scratch off. Besides celebrating the unique flavor of the Grand Canyon State, Arizona 7 is also about winning, with a top prize of $50,000.

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Some people may not even want to scratch their tickets, though, as each one is a work of art from our own artist-in-residence Emily Costello.

Emily is the artist behind last year’s beautiful and fun Lucha Libre Loot Scratchers tickets, and she is especially in-tune with the culture and the beauty of Arizona.

Playing Arizona 7 is simple: If a player matches any of the numbers to any of the four winning numbers they win the prize shown for that number and, if they find a “7” symbol, they win double that prize!

This new Arizona 7 Scratchers ticket is just the latest in a series of games the Arizona Lottery is developing to showcase the art and culture of our great state in ways that celebrate our heritage,” Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery Gregg Edgar said.

We are excited to bring these works of art to the people of Arizona while also helping to fund vital programs and services that would otherwise rely on taxpayer dollars.

Players can purchase their Arizona 7 tickets from any Arizona Lottery retailer.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $4 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — over $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services.

The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

CONTACT: John Turner Gilliland, (480) 921-4438 desk, (602) 702-2758 cell, Email: jgilliland@azlottery.gov

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

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Court Determines Promotional Text for Online Gambling Equates to Advertising

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (February 21, 2019) -- The Court of The Hague has determined in a recent judgment that promotional texts for online games of chance are seen as advertisements. They therefore fall under 'promoting' games of chance. The Betting and Gaming Act prohibits this if the game of chance in question does not have a license. This is an important statement for the Gaming Authority: it makes it easier to combat illegal online gambling.

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The Gaming Authority (Ksa) had imposed a cease and desist order on the Content Publishing Limited company in Malta. This company published promotional texts for online gambling on various websites. They are illegal in the Netherlands. From the websites of Content Publishing it was possible to click through to the sites on which the online games of chance could actually be played. With the cease and desist order the Ksa wanted to ensure that Content Publishing would stop this activity; there was insufficient hearing on previous reminders from the Ksa.

'Editorial information'

Content Publishing challenged the Ksa in court. Content Publishing argued that the Ksa explained the prohibition of promotion in the Betting and Gaming Act too broadly and that it was 'editorial information'. The judge did not take part in this: it appears 'sufficient that the primary goal (..) consisted of forwarding potential players to online casino game providers'. The judge says that the Ksa rightly stated that this is a form of promoting games of chance.

Important statement

René Jansen, chairman of the board of directors of the Ksa, says that this is an important statement. "This is the first time the judge has ruled in a case like this. Now it is clear that publishing a promotional text is seen as advertising. This statement offers the Ksa possibilities to act if advertising is made in this way for games of chance that do not have a license. '

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SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.

 

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Largest National Safer Gambling Campaign “Bet Regret” Launches

Bet Regret aims to support 2.4m young men, the group at highest risk, to avoid developing a gambling problem by driving self-reflection about their gambling

LONDON, U.K. (February 21, 2019) – GambleAware, the independent charity tasked with reducing gambling harms in Great Britain, has launched ‘Bet Regret’, a safer gambling campaign designed to raise awareness of impulsive betting in order to encourage moderation and reduce gambling-related harm.

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The ‘Bet Regret' campaign is one of a number of commitments to come out of the Government's Gambling Review to ensure that the sector is socially responsible and doing all it should to protect consumers and communities.

Bet Regret describes the universal feeling of remorse sports bettors often get when they make an impulsive bet – the kind of bet that bettors say they will know they will kick themselves for the moment they made it.

Targeted at the audience estimated at 2.4m young men aged 16-34 who gamble regularly on sport, mainly online, the campaign aims to drive self-reflection, as well as help their friends and partners recognise the warning signs of Bet Regret.

The campaign was developed after extensive research, consultations with academic experts and several waves of focus groups with frequent sports bettors.

Around 2 million adults suffer some level of harm related to gambling, including 340,000 that are considered to be problem gamblers.

A survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of GambleAware provides a snapshot of the current attitudes and behaviours of younger male sports bettors. 63% of respondents also said that there are too many opportunities to bet nowadays, with 67% agreeing that it is easy to get drawn in to make impulsive bets (see notes for sample details, questions and data tables).

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Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies said: "This groundbreaking joint campaign will make people think hard about their betting habits, assist to remove the stigma around gambling addiction and give people more courage to say they need help.

It is crucial that we both focus on prevention as well as cure and this campaign will help to educate people to recognise risky play.

I am determined to deliver more collaborative work to help to change behaviours to reduce the threat of problem gambling."

Professor Sian Griffiths, GambleAware Trustee and Deputy Chair, Public Health England (interim) said: “The Bet Regret campaign is about raising awareness of behaviours that people might not always recognise as impulsive or risky, such as sports betting when drunk, bored or chasing losses.

We want people to identify with the campaign, realise they too have those kick-yourself moments when betting and reflect on their behaviours, thus preventing future ill-considered bets which are so often the pathway towards harm.”

The three adverts at the centrepiece of the Bet Regret campaign identify the environments and situations that can lead sports bettors to make the type of impulsive bets that they immediately regret in a relatable way that will invite gamblers to think twice before placing such bets.

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The first advertisement reveals a bettor furtively moving from sofa to kitchen as a bet he has made is lost. As he seeks to win back his money by chasing his losses, he finds himself pitch side at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium, facing questions about his decision to do so from BT Sport’s Matt Smith and former international footballers Dean Saunders and Danny Gabbidon.

GambleAware established the Safer Gambling Board, which is made up of representatives from Public Health England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the London South Bank University Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research and GambleAware itself, after being

invited by the Minister responsible for gambling policy to design and deliver a campaign, based on best practice in public health education.

The campaign is being funded through specific, additional donations to the charity, in line with a commitment given to the government by the broadcasting, advertising and gambling industries.

It is one part of GambleAware’s wide-ranging actions to reduce gambling-related harm by considering individuals, the products and the environment in which they are found.

The new campaign will run in parallel with ongoing advertising and outreach activities to promote the help and support available for those who experience problem gambling, and their friends and family, through BeGambleAware.org and the National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020133.

For tips on how to keep betting in check, visit BeGambleAware.org/BetRegret

SOURCE: Gamble-Aware.

 

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ALEA Defines Its Agenda in the Prevention of Money Laundering

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (February 21, 2019) -- On February 21, the Asset Laundering Prevention Unit met at the Lottery headquarters of the City of Buenos Aires (LOTBA SE), to agree on the annual agenda, at the beginning of a year of intense inter-institutional work.

Chaired by Dr. Martín García Santillán, President of LOTBA SE and the Coordination Unit for the Prevention of Washing of ALEA, the meeting was attended by representatives of the regulatory agencies of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Corrientes, Chubut, Between Rivers, Jujuy, La Pampa, Mendoza, Black River, Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

In the beginning, Dr. Martín García Santillán thanked those present and especially his predecessor, CP Guillermo Dubra, Director and Compliance Officer of the IAFAS, with extensive experience in the area.

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García Santillán highlighted the continuity as a line of work and said, 'in addition to presenting ourselves as Unit Coordinator, I want to thank my predecessor, and clarify that the spirit is to coordinate, therefore, continue with the same task with enthusiasm of having assumed this role.

From the Government of the City the guideline is to emphasize in deepening in this table that conforms in ALEA, that we can contribute nuances and singularities of each territory, in which we agree in many aspects and not others. Therefore, to deepen the coincidences'.

For its part, the Dra. Carolina Galtieri, Head of the Unit of PLA / FT of LOTBA, indicated 'for us it is an honor to accompany what we have been doing in ALEA, with the union of the 24 jurisdictions that make up the Coordinating Unit, for the relevance of the topic of prevention of money laundering and because we are all committed to fighting this scourge, with the challenge of collaborating in prevention policies at the national level with the Financial Information Unit (FIU) and preparing for 2021, year in which the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) comes to our country to evaluate us. Therefore, it is very important to work on risk matrix, manuals, training and other relevant issues that we will address in this meeting and also thank all those present here.

It should be noted that the meeting allowed those remotely who could not be present to participate through online streaming. And so they did from Chubut, Santiago del Estero and Entre Rios staff.

At a good pace, the topics were listed on the agenda and the work teams were defined that continue open to add those who could not attend.

The project to reform the specific regulations of the gaming sector to be presented to the Financial Information Unit (UIF), the evaluation of the risk matrix, the communication and dissemination (internal and external), and the updating of the Typologies Manual, Together with the regional trainings, they were the axes of work agreed upon at the meeting.

SOURCE: Association of State Lotteries of Argentina (ALEA).

 

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Comprehensive Report Shows Gaming Industry’s Commitment to Communities

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Dear Gaming Colleague,

As leading employers, community partners and entertainment providers, gaming companies have a rich history of creating careers, driving economic activity in communities across the country and ensuring that gaming patrons have the tools they need to engage in our offerings responsibly.

Of course, that may be preaching to the proverbial choir, but the industry’s commitment to these important endeavors is often overlooked. To better define our collective efforts, the AGA is proud to release a first-of-its kind, comprehensive industry responsibility report.

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While many of you release CSR reports annually, we are one of the first industries in the country to collectively do this, and the results are impressive:

  • Our employees contribute nearly five times more volunteer hours per person than the tech industry, for a grand total of more than 422,000 hours per year;
  • AGA members give generously to support community causes, reporting more than $367 million in charitable giving last year alone; and
  • We outpace most private sector industries in our commitment to instituting green building and water conservation programs, diverting more than 100,000 tons of waste away from landfills last year.

 

This report reflects input from AGA members, so we know it only begins to scratch the surface of the economic and social impact of the industry’s responsibility efforts. But we are proud to begin a more proactive effort of telling this story and look forward to adding to the many significant metrics and impressive stories included in this first report.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to this effort and to all gaming industry professionals and companies whose commitments truly make the industry stand out in the critical area of responsibility.

 

Sara Slane

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs

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Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 15 - 18 April 2019 in Danang, Vietnam is Now Open!

 

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Dear friends of APLA

We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 2019 APLA/WLA Seminar is now open!

The details for this event are as follows:

  • Date: 15 – 18 April 2019 (Business Program on 16 – 17 April)
  • Venue: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, Danang, Vietnam
  • Theme: Lotteries in the digital world - Disintermediation, Disruption or Transformation

 

This Seminar is being hosted and organized by both Singapore Pools Private Limited and Vietnam Lottery (Vietlott). You can expect a very exciting business program line up and an interesting experiential social program specially recommended by Vietlott.

A renowned industry leader Mr. Tim Kobe (Founder of Eight Inc,), who is popularly known as the visionary behind Apple’s iconic stores has been specially invited to be our Keynote Speaker. To quote an article, “Kobe believes that studying the humanities can help build empathy. A lack of empathy often goes hand-in-hand with a lack of awareness about the human experience that a particular piece of technology creates, which will restrict its widespread adoption, thus preventing true innovation. Tech companies and products, even entire countries, Kobe said, need to be designed with human experience in mind.”

Various Industry experts will also present on how we can captivate and reach out to the Digital Natives via channels that are pervasive to them.

Panelists comprising of representatives from WLA and APLA will also present on how digitalization have brought forth both opportunities and challenges to the Lottery industry.

We hope you will take home nuggets of knowledge and updates and embark onto your own Organisation’s transformational journey if you have not already started.

The Networking day will take us to Ba Na Hills, an area founded by the French colonials at 1919 and only lately, investors have transformed this whole place which is now referred to as the ‘climate pearl’ of Vietnam. It's located 1487m above the ground and boasts of chiller weather and fresh air.

Check out the ebrochure and also keep checking the APLA website for more announcements (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com).

Do hurry and register and as they say, Early Bird catches the worm…..

N.B. It is important to note that for the Hotel booking link, you can only book for nights from 15th to 18th April. If you need to arrive before 15th or stay past 18th, you will need to email to the hotel to request the room booking extension, the special room rates are valid from 12th to 21st April.

 

See you all in Danang.

 

Regards

Beh Swan Swan

APLA Secretariat Administrator

www.asiapacific-lotteries.com

 



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