IGT Signs Four-Year Contract Extension with the Colorado Lottery to
Provide New Lottery Software and Equipment
LONDON, U.K. (July 8, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary,
IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a four-year
contract extension to provide the Colorado Lottery with new, leading lottery
technology through July 12, 2025. The wide array of products include new back
office solutions and the rollout of the GameTouch 20 terminal, IGT's
newest self-service lottery vending machine.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
"We look forward to enhancing our
current lottery solutions and technology, and bringing added convenience for
our retail partners and players through this contract extension with IGT,"
said Colorado Lottery Senior Director Tom Seaver. "Throughout the last five
years, IGT has delivered its expertise and reliable technology to benefit all
of our Lottery stakeholders and we are happy to continue to partner with them
for the next several years."
"This contract extension enables
IGT to continue assisting the Colorado Lottery in achieving its sales
objectives, and bringing further efficiency, convenience, and innovation to
retailers and players," said IGT Chief Operating Officer, North America
Lottery, Jay Gendron. "We're pleased to continue our partnership with the
Lottery and help it maximize funds toward good causes in Colorado such as the
environment, recreation, and education."
Under the terms of the agreement,
the Colorado Lottery will receive a full suite of new back office solutions and
enhanced business intelligence solutions to continue to grow sales and provide
convenience to the player and retailer. In addition, IGT will deliver GameTouch
20 terminals, the Company's most recent lottery innovation built specifically
to meet big box retailer requirements.
IGT will continue to provide full
system support for all Colorado Lottery draw games, claims, and payments.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital
and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial
investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise
and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100
countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000
employees. For more information, please visit
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Arkansas Lottery Sets New Records in Proceeds for Scholarships and
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 10,
2019) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating recording-breaking
achievements in multiple categories for fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30.
The most important of these records is the amount of proceeds raised for
We broke the previous
proceeds record of $97,582,528 set in 2012, which means more scholarship money
for deserving Arkansas students this year, said ASL Director Bishop
Woosley. Under the leadership of Governor Hutchinson and the
Department of Finance and Administration and along with our staff, we have
worked hard to continue to operate as lean as possible, maximizing every
opportunity to enhance proceeds responsibly, which is our
The ASL also exceeded several sales
records in FY19, including $516,236,823 in total sales more than $16
million over last years total, which was record-breaking at the time. New
records were also set this year in sales of scratch-off tickets and draw games.
Draw games provide the greatest percentage of revenue to proceeds.
We have provided more than
$803 million for the Academic Challenge Scholarship program, which equates to
more than 542,000 scholarships in our almost 10 years of existence,
Woosley said. And that number will increase next month when the
Arkansas Department of Higher Education awards scholarships to Arkansas
students for the 2019-2020 school year.
Since 2009, the lottery also has
awarded more than $2.9 billion in prizes to players, about $252 million in
commissions to retailers and more than $126 million in state and federal tax
Woosley added that the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery staffs hard work contributed to the record year.
Our excellent staff worked
extremely hard this year, he said. Every division played a role in
Woosley is also proud to announce
the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery recently received Responsible Gambling
Certification from the North American Association of State and Provincial
Lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling. The certification
involves a multi-step verification program to ensure the lottery provides best
practices in training for lottery employees and retailers and treatment options
for players who may have a gambling
To read the entire financial report
presented to the Arkansas Legislative Council Lottery Oversight Subcommittee
today, visit MyArkansasLottery.com and click on June 2019 Monthly
Disclosure Reports under LOC Reports. Link to Reports Page
About the Arkansas Scholarship
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
New Mexico Lottery Thanks Senators John Arthur Smith and Jacob
Candelaria with Legislator of the Year
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (July 7,
2019) -- The New Mexico Lottery Authority Board has recognized two notable New
Mexico Senators as Legislator of the Year.
The recognition represents the
Lotterys gratefulness to Senators John Arthur Smith (Doña Ana,
Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra counties) and Jacob Candelaria (Bernalillo county)
for their contributions and efforts to maximize revenues for Legislative
Lottery Scholarship students.
For the last five years, Senator
John Arthur Smith has sponsored and promoted legislation with the intent to
increase revenues for New Mexico students. Senator Smith shared a political
will, stating: The desire to provide greater opportunities to generate
additional lottery revenue has not been as successful as I had hoped, but the
Legislature will continue to look for ways to increase funds for
In 2019, Senator Candelaria
sponsored Senate Bill 283, a bill proposed to increase Lottery accountability
and maximize revenue. Senator Candelaria played a critical role, working with
students, community groups, and the Legislature to craft a compromise bill that
addressed student concerns and ensured a minimum return amount for the
While the Lottery bills have not yet
made it to the Governors desk, Senator Candelaria stated, I will
continue to educate my peers and the public about the need to generate
additional scholarship dollars for students and how we can accomplish this
worthy goal through legislative enactment.
David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO
said, On behalf of New Mexico students and players, we want to thank
Senators Smith and Candelaria for their leadership and belief that together we
can raise more funds for Legislative Lottery Scholarships. Change is hard.
Its often easier to stay the course than forge a new path.
Dr. Dan Salzwedel, the New Mexico
Lotterys Board Chairman, said, The Lottery Board is tremendously
grateful to Senators Smith and Candelaria for their efforts and the time they
have dedicated for our students. We thank them for not just their legislative
role, but also their educational role to help others understand how the lottery
can provide more scholarship dollars for students.
All profits from the sale of New
Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program. Since
1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $818.9 million for education and more
than 122,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery
More information about Legislative
Lottery Scholarships is available at www.nmlottery.com.
Follow the New Mexico Lottery on
SOURCE: The New Mexico Lottery.
New Supply of Tickets Added to Our Silverado
DES MOINES, IA (July 3, 2019) -- Our
Silverado scratch game is officially a summer hit so much so
that weve ordered more tickets in it!
The Silverado game went on sale here
in Iowa on May 6 and its selling quickly. You likely know that the game
is tied to our Summer of Silverado promotion where were
giving away trucks and cash prizes in drawings that run through
But within the games first
month of sales, five of its top prizes had already been claimed and with its
tickets selling so fast, we were afraid the supply wouldnt last as long
as our promotion!
So, we placed a re-order. There now
are more Silverado tickets available to purchase and that also means there are
more prizes to win! You may have noticed that the total number of top prizes in
the game went up this week from the initial eight to the current 11.
Thats due to the additional
tickets that have been added to the mix.
The prizes at the games other
prize levels (ranging from $5 up to $1,000) also increased, but its the
top prizes that generally catch the most attention.
Click here to see the list of
remaining prizes in Silverado, our other scratch games, and our InstaPlay and
So, game on! Thanks for playing, and
good luck with your lottery tickets.
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Tina M. Kilmer
Senior Director of Engineering
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 8, 2019)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) announced that Tina M. Kilmer, PE,
has been named Senior Director of Engineering.
Kilmer has more than 20 years of
global gaming experience and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with a
proven record of success in developing a culture of compliance and delivering
exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Her areas of expertise
include technical compliance, program management, product development, project
management, and strategic planning and execution.
Before joining GLI, Kilmer was Vice
President of Product Compliance for Scientific Games (formerly Bally
|Tina M. Kilmer, PE
She was a key member of the
executive team responsible for global regulatory management and technical
compliance of advanced technology-based gaming devices and systems, table games
and utility products, and mobile devices. She also served as Vice President of
Previously, Kilmer held senior
leadership roles with Aristocrat Technologies (formerly Casino Data Systems)
and Harrahs Entertainment. Before entering the gaming industry, she
served in various roles with Argonne National Laboratory and Dow Chemical.
Kilmer earned a B.S. in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a
member of the Society of Women Engineers and Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi
national honor societies. Kilmer has also authored a variety of professional
and industry articles, as well as received numerous accolades, including the
Patty Becker Global Gaming Women Pay It Forward Award; the Society
of Women Engineers Bee Legacy Award; and the Great Women of Gaming Proven
Leader Award. She currently serves on the Global Gaming Women Board of
Directors and the Dress for Success Southern Nevada Advisory Council.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman,
Vice President of Global Marketing; +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Excitement Builds for 30-Year Celebrations on 13 August
SYDNEY, Australia (June 28, 2019) --
There are less than two months until the biggest hospitality and gaming event
in Australia. Celebrating its 30th year, the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE)
will showcase many of your favourite suppliers, give you access to new and
innovative industry providers, and present to you the latest in thinking.
Keeping your venue in sync with your customers' expectations.
You'll get hands-on experience with
the latest in cutting-edge gaming design from Australia's leading gaming
machine makers. Compare machines on the show floor, and gain insights into
Australia's product innovation roadmap from the developers and regulators
through the presentations and panel sessions in the seminar rooms.
You'll also see many new names on
the show floor including Cellarmasters, RTC Foods, MJ Playgrounds, HOLOGATE,
and Power Knot. You'll hear about customer expectations and learn about
sustainability and what it means for your bottom line. You may even walk away
the winner of a trip for two to G2E in Las Vegas theres a new draw
Celebrate with your industry peers.
The AGE's 30th milestone is a testimonial to the people and businesses that are
Whether it's your first time to the
AGE or you are a 30-year veteran, the variety of products and information
available will leave you informed, inspired and ready to take your business
here to attend.
The Australasian Gaming Expo is on
the 13th to the 15th August 2019. Visitor registration is available at
www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Registration
line on 02 9211 7430.
NOTE: The Australasian Gaming
Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.
GTAs primary members are
Ainsworth Game Technology, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock
Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp,
For further information contact:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Gaming Control Board To Hold Category 4 Satellite Casino Auction On
HARRISBURG, PA (July 10, 2019) The
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Boardtoday announced that it will hold an auction
for the right to apply for a Category 4 casino license.
The announcement was made following
the ratification by the Board at its public meeting to re-implement the auction
process that ended in April of 2018.
The first auction in this round is
scheduled for September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. just prior to the start of its
regularly scheduled Board meeting. The auction will be held in the PGCBs
Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in
Harrisburg. All current holders of a Category 1, 2 or 3 casino license in
Pennsylvania are eligible to participate in this auction.
Under the Gaming Expansion Act of
2017, the Gaming Control Board was authorized to award up to 10 Category 4
(satellite) slot machine operator licenses through an auction process which was
conducted from January to April 2018, resulting in five successful auctions
garnering $127 million in bids to secure the right to obtain a Category 4
license. The successful winners and their bid price are as follows:
- Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC,
which operates Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, is seeking a
license to construct a satellite casino in Springettsbury Township, York County
- Stadium Casino, LLC, which is constructing a
Category 2 casino in Philadelphia, is seeking a license to construct a
satellite casino in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County ($40,100,005);
- Mount Airy #1, LLC which operates the Mount Airy
Casino Resort, is seeking a license to construct a satellite casino in Big
Beaver Borough, Beaver County ($21,188,888.88);
- Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., which
operates the Parx Casino, is seeking a license to construct a satellite casino
in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County ($8,111,000); and,
- Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC
was a successful bidder a second time and was awarded a Category 4 license on
June 12, 2019 to construct a satellite casino in Caernarvon Township, Berks
The Board will stream the
auctions live via its web site.
The Gaming Expansion Act 42 of 2017
established a minimum bid price of $7.5 million for Category 4 slot machine
licenses. A separate certificate for table games can then be obtained
through Board approval for a fee of $2.5 million. A Category 4 facility may
have between 300 and 750 slot machines along with a maximum of 30 table games
at opening with the capability of adding an additional 10 table games after its
first year of operation.
Following the auction process,
winning bidders must pay the winning bid amount no later than 4 p.m. on the
second business day after the date of the auction. They then have up to six
months to submit an application for the Category 4 slot machine license which
includes an exact location of the proposed satellite casino.
The procedures to be followed in
this and any subsequent auction will be posted on the Boards website.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the states casino industry. In
addition to slot machine and table games gambling, this now includes sports
wagering offered through land-based sportsbooks at eight locations and through
three online outlets. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives,
expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42
of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
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 over 16,000 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 Pennsylvania
Additional information about both
the PGCBs gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias gaming
industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.
You can also follow the agency on
Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Veikkaus: Innovating Through Collaborative
|Niklas Hatje (left) and Julian Suttner (right) of GameBuddy,
Germany took the grand prize at the end of the Veikkaus Innovation Challenge
BASEL, Switzerland (July 5, 2019) --
Innovation is critical to keeping lotteries profitable, and finding new ways to
innovate is just as important. Finlands Veikkaus tackled the challenge
head-on by inviting collaboration through their new Innovation Challenge
Earlier this year, Finnish lottery
operator, Veikkaus, announced their intention to host Innovation Challenge
Week, during which chosen startups would have the opportunity to develop,
produce and present ideas and solutions around esports betting.
Following a scanning process of
hundreds of startups globally and a follow-up interview with seventeen
shortlisted candidates, seven finalists were selected to participate.
The world of sports is no longer
limited to playing fields and stadia, and the growing global interest in
esports means lotteries are looking closely at esports betting options (see
"The esports opportunity" feature in the WLA blog).
Veikkaus took matters into their own
hands during May with the launch of Innovation Challenge Week, a
startup-focused project aimed at finding innovative, collaborative gaming
solutions for esports players, teams and fans.
Worldwide, lotteries have made
limited inroads into the esports betting arena; however, Veikkaus was among the
first five operators to embrace this new and exciting gaming opportunity.
Offering legal esports betting
options since 2014, the lottery has taken such forward-looking steps as
organizing their own hosted StarCraft II tournament, broadcasting esports on
their channel, VeikkausTV, and making betting options available on a staggering
13,000 esports matches in 2018 alone.
Nevertheless, Veikkaus felt there
was room to grow and broaden their esports offerings and solutions, and chose
to open the playing field to startups, with the grand prize being the chance to
collaborate with Veikkaus on developing the solution.
The contest was opened to both
Finnish and non-Finnish startups, and the seven selected participants were
Finlands 8-bit-Sheep, Reason Solutions, and Bono Health, Finnish-U.S.
Evasyst, Finnish-Canadian Fandom Sports, GameBuddy from Germany, and the
Belgian startup Zender.
Heidi Ioannidou, VP of Business
Development and Innovation at Veikkaus, speaking on the startups chosen:
We picked a very heterogeneous group of startups that complement each
other in terms of both their size and ideas. The chosen companies are
developing products that are associated with esports, or they are otherwise
strongly connected to esports. While some of the companies already have
products that are nearly finalized, others are still working on their initial
From May 2024, 2019, the seven
startups participated in the challenge week at Veikkaus head offices in
Helsinki. Working alongside specialists from Veikkaus, the startups developed
The individual works were judged by
a seven-member jury comprising: Timo Kiiskinen, SVP of Business Operations,
Veikkaus; Heidi Ioannidou, VP of Business Development and Innovation, Veikkaus;
Jani Karjalainen, Esports Specialist, Veikkaus; Olli-Pekka Villa, CEO,
Starsquad Event; Lasse Salminen, CEO and Co-founder, Havu Gaming; Kenneth
Lehtinen, Founder and Owner, NHLGamer; and JP Virtanen, Founder and Managing
Partner, Avanto Ventures. At the end of the week the jury unanimously selected
German contenders, GameBuddy as winners.
The duo of Niklas Hatje and Julian
Suttner proposed a social community platform that allows users to search game
buddies, gather data on their gaming, and bet on how they and their buddies
GameBuddys idea has a
strong social dimension, and it has potential of going viral. They have a clear
vision of how they could offer something extra to the players gaming. The
entire jury found this idea thrilling, says Olli-Pekka Villa, CEO,
I am very excited and very
happy as well; this is such an honor. We had a different approach to esports
betting than anyone else ever had so far. I think that this may turn out a
completely new way of betting on esports games, says GameBuddys
CEO and co-founder Niklas Hatje.
GameBuddy receives EUR 30,000 to
further develop their platform and will be supported by Veikkaus in this
Many innovative ideas were also
found among the submission of the other competing companies. Veikkaus is very
satisfied with the outcome of the Innovation Challenge Week and will continue
to strengthen its networking with start-ups.
SOURCE: World Lottery
Gambling Commission Refreshing Its Gambling Application
MELBOURNE, Australia (July 5, 2019)
-- Here at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR),
as part of our commitment to continuous improvement were making updates
to a number of our gambling application forms. (DOCX, 75.97 KB)
As part of this refresh:
- updated application forms will be introduced from 1
July 2019 through existing channels
- questions will be grouped by category with relevant
sections of the form expanding if the applicant is required to provide
- some forms will introduce new questions about an
applicants exclusion from a casino or racecourse, or whether an applicant
is the guarantor for a loan or debt
- there will be increased consistency across
different types of application forms
The online forms provide intuitive
questions based on an applicants response and enable the application to
be saved and returned to for up to 14 days.
The new application forms will be
available from 1 July 2019 so be sure to use the new forms from this date
SOURCE: Victorian Commission for
Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
SYNOT Games Now Certified in Sweden
BRNO, Czech Republic (July 4, 2019)
-- SYNOT Games continues to increase its global footprint by being granted new
The comprehensive gaming portfolio
is now freshly certified under Swedish legislation and given green light to go
live on this tightly regulated market.
The development will see SYNOT Games
content launched through several landmark deals with key operators.
Swedens market has been
recently hit by regulation which changed the whole landscape. New gambling
regulation came into effect in Sweden on the 1st January 2019 and the online
sports betting market, online casinos and other digital products are only open
to those that qualify for a license.
We are happy to announce
that we have successfully completed all legal requirements in order to enter
this significant market and we cant wait to introduce our games to
Swedish players through existing and also new acclaimed operators,
commented Ivan Kodaj, CEO at SYNOT Games.
SYNOT Games is an established
content supplier with a growing market presence and is licensed by the Malta
Gaming Authority and certified in markets across Europe. Our comprehensive
portfolio boasts with more than 40 exciting titles and is available in 24
languages and live in over 70 casinos.
Learn more about the certified games
or visit our
SOURCE: SYNOT Games.
Iowa Lottery Leader Expects a Strong Year When Books Are
DES MOINES, IA (July 6, 2019) --
Radio Iowa reports Lottery CEO Matt Strawn says the fiscal year that ended June
30th was a good one for the organization.
Strawn declined to give an actual
figure, as he says the numbers arent yet final. The Iowa Lottery
is well positioned to have one of the strongest years its ever had in
terms of not just sales but in terms of proceeds it is able to deliver
to the state, Strawn says.
The lottery reported total sales of
371 million dollars in the previous fiscal year and the second highest amount
ever returned to the state at $87.1 million.
The Iowa Lottery had projected in
budget discussions that $70 million in profit that would go to the state.
Strawn says the projection can be
impacted by big jackpots that drive up sales.
Thats the challenging
thing when you are putting budgets together, trying to rely on accurate revenue
assessments for the lottery. So much of it ebbs and flows on whether its
a big jackpot, according to Strawn.
The big jackpots do impact the
bottom line at the end of the fiscal year, but the original scratch ticket is
still the top seller.
Last fall we had that huge
Mega Millions jackpot which really drove sales at the end of last year.
But, at the end of the day, the
bread and butter of the Iowa Lottery still remains those old school scratch
tickets, Strawn says.
Iowans like going into their
convenience store, the grocery store and buying one of those scratch tickets
and having some fun with it.
Strawn was appointed by the governor
in January to take over leadership at the Iowa Lottery following the retirement
of previous CEO Terry Rich.
SOURCE: Radio Iowa.
New State Support for Families of Fallen Peace Officers, Fire
DES MOINES, IA (July 2, 2019) -- A
new law that took effect this week will mean additional help with insurance
costs for the families of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters who have died
in the line of duty.
Under the new law, a state program
called the Iowa Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund has been created. The fund
will provide grants to organizations that provide assistance to help pay the
costs of accident or health care insurance coverage for the surviving family
members of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters killed on the job. The program
will receive funding each year through the proceeds that the Iowa Lottery
raises for state causes.
The Iowa Lottery joined the Iowa
Department of Public Safety and state lawmakers at the Iowa Peace Officer
Memorial near the state Capitol today to highlight the new program.
The Survivor Fund is the latest
development in a years-long discussion about insurance for the surviving
spouses and children in these tragic situations. Until 2018, if an Iowa peace
officer or fire fighter died in the line of duty, the state, county or city
government for which the person worked was sometimes not authorized to continue
accident or health insurance coverage for that persons family.
In 2018, state law was changed to
allow that continuing coverage option and for the state, county or city
involved to pay the full cost or a portion of the insurance costs involved.
Family members can opt to pay any remaining expense themselves.
Logo But some families and small
communities have had difficulty paying those costs, and thats where the
new Survivor Fund comes in. The Iowa Department of Public Safety will award
grants through the fund each year, with half the money going to non-profit
organizations that help with ongoing insurance costs for surviving families of
peace officers killed in the line of duty, and half going to non-profit
organizations that help with those costs for the surviving family members of
fire fighters killed in the line of duty.
The Iowa Lottery will provide
$100,000 in proceeds each year to the Survivor Fund. During discussions of the
concept in this years legislative session, state lawmakers said they
think $100,000 in state support will be enough to help with insurance costs for
the families involved.
The Iowa Lottery will make its first
transfer to the Survivor Fund in late October as part of its initial quarterly
proceeds transfer to the state for the 2020 fiscal year. It will continue to
transfer proceeds to the fund each October.
Many of the details regarding the
new fund are still being finalized, including the administrative rules for its
operation. Once those rules have been adopted, DPS will open the application
process for non-profit organizations interested in receiving grants from the
fund. DPS hopes to begin the application process in late calendar year 2019 or
early 2020, and will make a grant application form available at that time.
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Lottery Drawings Produce $7.3 Million in Winnings in June While
Louisiana Scratch-Off Winners Claim $11.5 million
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (July 3,
2019) -- Purchasing a new bike and paying for a wedding were just a few of the
plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the more than $11.5 million in
scratch-off cash prizes claimed in June. The Lottery also reported over $7.3
million won during drawings held in June.
Junes draw-style game winnings
included one Powerball match-5 prize of $1 million, one Powerball match-4 + PB
prize worth $50,000, and 55 Powerball match-4 prizes totalling $5,500. There
were also five Mega Millions match-4 + MB prizes totalling $50,000 and 23 Mega
Millions match-4 prizes totalling $11,500. Ninety-one players won Lotto match-5
prizes totalling $204,561, helping to bring Lottos monthly total winnings
to $588,336. Pick 3 winning tickets totalled $2,172,150 and Pick 4 winning
tickets totalled $2,037,000.
Two players won Easy 5 jackpot
prizes totalling $150,000, which brought the games monthly total winnings
to $283,557 with an additional $124,518 won on ezmatch, an instant-win option
available for an additional $1.
More than 29,000 Power Play
purchasers won an extra $186,498 in addition to their regular Powerball
prizes, Lottery President Rose Hudson said. More than 19,000
Megaplier purchasers won a bonus total of $102,992 in addition to their regular
Mega Millions prizes. The $1 Power Play option offers Powerball
players the chance to increase any nonjackpot winnings. The $1 Megaplier add-on
multiplies non-jackpot Mega Millions prizes by a multiplier number selected
during the drawing.
In total, draw-style game winnings
from drawings held in June were $7,306,432. Lottery draw-style game players
have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the winnings from those
We encourage players to
sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing and to check them
promptly after the drawing. Even if a ticket does not win the jackpot, it could
have won another prize, Hudson added.
In addition to $11,508,581 in
scratch-off cash prizes paid during June, players also claimed $2,018,378 worth
of free-ticket prizes. According to Lottery policy, scratch-off games are
closed when all top prizes are claimed, and scratch-off players have 90 days
from the official game closure date to redeem a winning ticket. A list of
current scratch-off games, prizes remaining and claim deadlines can be found on
While actual game performance and
the amount of prizes claimed will vary from month to month, the Lottery
allocates nearly 53.7 percent of sales to fund prizes. At least 35 percent of
sales is transferred to the state treasury for the Minimum Foundation Program
that funds K-12 public education in Louisiana. Retailers are paid 5.6 percent
compensation, and the Lottery retains less than 6 percent of sales to
Hudson reminded ticket purchasers to
play responsibly, encouraging anyone who has a gambling problem, or friends and
family of anyone with a gambling problem, to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for
help. Ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of
SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.
Gambling Commission Announce Key Role for GREO to Support the
BIRMINGHAM, England (July 5, 2019)
-- To support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, the Gambling
Commission has announced a key new role for independent research dissemination
specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO).
GREO will develop a programme of
activity to support the new strategys two priority areas
Prevention and Education, and Treatment and Support, and will focus on the
dissemination of research, applying research to policy and international
Tim Miller, executive director at
the Gambling Commission said: The new role for GREO to support the
National Strategy is a perfect example of the collaboration we called for in
the Strategy. GREO is a well-respected independent research organisation with a
wealth of experience in gambling research and dissemination. Ultimately, their
expertise, networks and insight will help us and our partners to accelerate
progress over the next three years.
Trudy Smit Quosai from Gambling
Research Exchange added: We are thrilled to announce our work as part
of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. It means we will be working
with the best thinkers around the world to help tackle the issue and provide
independent, evidence-based research to support the strategys
Funding for the work will come from
Gambling Commission regulatory settlements.
For more information please visit:
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Growing Incremental Revenue with Fast Play
Article By: John Turner
Gilliland, Public Information Officer, Arizona Lottery
PHOENIX, AZ (July 11, 2019) --
Lotteries across North America are all facing differing challenges. Some are
struggling with their state legislatures to implement i-Lottery. Others are
working to start up Keno or sports betting. Still more are looking to develop
new ways to work around restrictions that bring them into conflict with public
and private gaming interests.
Opportunities to introduce new games
that promise to bend the sales trajectory upward are limited in Arizona due to
state statute and tribal gaming compacts. In early 2018, the Arizona Lottery
revived the Fast Play game line with their then newly-contracted (2016) vendor,
Scientific Games, replacing two under-performing games with a game that was
already performing well in other states.
Developing and launching Fast Play
was broken down into overlapping phases spanning seven months, from inception
to gameplay: Product and Game Structure Development, Creative Strategy
Development and Production, Software Development, Education and Awareness. Each
was narrowly focused and data-driven to ensure the highest probability of
Detailed focus group research
identified key components that would be crucial to Fast Plays
success: Easily understood play mechanics, a hybrid play style (a draw
games prize structures with the spontaneity of Scratchers® ticket
play), improvements to the user interface and security, frequent payoffs, and
good odds of winning.
The focus groups also showed that
educating both players and retailers would make or break Fast Play. Important
points included informing players on the odds of winning (similar to
Scratchers) and making retailers knowledgeable enough about the new line to
familiarize players with it.
Getting that retailer buy-in was the
ultimate aim of the online education program and promotion. Arizona Lottery
took care to instruct retailers and address their service cycle fears while
preparing them to sell Fast Play, providing them the tools (sell-in sheets,
instructional videos and training) needed to make this new game a
Nielsen Prime Lingo (Phoenix
Designated Market Area) data pointed to millennials as the target demographic
for this education strategy, as 90% own smartphones and account for 40% of
Arizona service workers, with almost half (45%) working in C-stores and grocery
stores and watching videos on their phones in the past month. With this in
mind, the Arizona Lottery designed a promotion for these retail employees, not
unlike a player-facing second chance promotion, that rewarded them for viewing
videos about the Fast Play line. The Arizona Lottery tracked 1,036 entries from
182 retailers, each representing a training session for a clerk to more capably
and confidently sell Fast Play.
The Arizona Lottery then conducted a
statewide soft launch to educate players and give retailers an opportunity to
put their education into practice before the crush of the crowd that would come
with Fast Plays subsequent hard launch and advertising campaign. A
training script facilitated uniform communication from retailers to players and
the Arizona Lottery began selling the game. A concurrent consumer awareness
promotion awarded Powerball and Mega Millions players free Fast Play tickets to
introduce this new line to draw game players and create awareness.
The Arizona Lottery then implemented
the hard launch with events in Phoenix and Tucson. This included print, radio,
television, direct mail, and out of home (OOH) advertising, as well as less
conventional marketing channels, such as aggressive social media marketing,
Facebook Live videos and brand ambassadors at hundreds of select stores.
Branding centered on Windfall Willie, an award-winning live-action
mascot portrayed as a typical Arizona frontier prospector, with a decades-long
history associated with the Arizona Lottery.
This marketing strategy represented
a significant investment: $2.166 million, almost 14% of the Arizona
Lotterys total marketing budget ($15.5 million) in FY18, and it paid off.
Fast Play sales exceeded $20 million in the first calendar year (2018-2019),
adding a revenue stream that is more profitable than much of the Scratchers
line. Retailer and player education efforts helped both groups get ahead of
Fast Plays learning curve, which further spurred sales. This innovative
and comprehensive marketing campaign was recognized by industry professionals
with a Gold ADDY from the American Advertising Federation for Best Integrated
Campaign in the Phoenix area in March, 2019.
As this white paper shows, retailer
buy-in is critical to foster knowledgeable gameplay and induce player trial.
These efforts demonstrated the demand and profitability of this line for
retailers and further incentivized their efforts to sell the game. Fast Play is
also having a positive effect on other games while operating within the tight
bounds of state statutes and tribal compacts, providing the Arizona Lottery a
template to apply to maximize success when bringing new games to market.
Click here to read the full Arizona Lottery white paper.
Article By: John Turner Gilliland,
Public Information Officer, Arizona Lottery.
Svenska Spel Supports Gambling Addiction Research - Projects Can
Share SEK 5 Million
VISBY, Sweden (July 5, 2019) -- At
the Research Day in October, the country's foremost researchers and actors in
gambling addiction gather. Here are also presented the projects that received
grants from the Research Council.
The Swedish Games Research Council
has granted research funding to five new research projects within gambling
addiction. They are allowed to share SEK 5 million.
It is with great pleasure
that we have selected projects that have the potential to contribute to
increased knowledge about gambling addiction, says Sara Lindholm,
Chairman of the Research Council.
A project will map the dependence on
elite players in Swedish ice hockey, another will develop a new internet-based
treatment for gambling addiction, and a third will investigate the connection
between trauma and gambling problems in women. It is three of the five Swedish
research projects that will have a share of SEK 5 million, granted by Svenska
Spel's independent Research Council.
I see that the Research
Council's long-term work to increase knowledge in the area has had an impact in
the public debate, it is gratifying, says Sara Lindholm.
Svenska Spel started the Research
Council 2010 in order to increase knowledge and understanding of gambling
problems and how to best prevent them. The Council consists of experienced
researchers and representatives from social interests. They have been
commissioned to assess and grant applications for research funding based on
scientific quality and societal relevance.
At Svenska Spel we strive
to offer safe games and gaming environments. To be able to develop our gaming
responsibility, it is a prerequisite to support research. Through the Research
Council, we want to increase the knowledge and understanding of gambling
problems, says Scarlett Roa, Sustainability Manager Svenska Spel.
The research projects will be
presented on Research Day, 7 October.
SOURCE: Svenska Spel.