Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.4
Record Profits of $1.15
billion for Education
CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 5, 2019) --
Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald announced Monday a record sales year for the
Ohio Lottery and a historic $1.15 billion transfer to the Lottery Profits
Education Fund which supports K through 12, vocational and special education
programs in Ohio.
Ohio Lottery traditional sales
combined with video lottery net win reached a record $4.4 billion in Fiscal
Year 2019, beating the previous record by more than $271 million.
The scratch off category led with
sales of $1.66 billion, an increase of $62 million over the previous year. New
scratch off game Fastest Road to $1,000,000 and the Decade of
Dollars family of scratch offs spurred the growth. The Lotterys
KENO® category reached a record of $453.9 million, besting the previous
record by $32.7 million. Lottery sales also benefitted from multiple high
jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games, resulting in sales of $192.7
million and $143.3 million respectively.
Ohios seven racinos enjoyed a
record year with gross gaming revenue exceeding $1 billion for the first
This fiscal year proved
successful thanks in part to new additions to our scratch off games and the
recruitment of new retailers. Our sales staff added several chain
restaurant/bar locations to our retail partners. We continue to strive to make
playing our games and cashing prizes fun and convenient for
customers, McDonald said.
In January, the Ohio Lottery became
the first U.S. lottery jurisdiction to offer cashless purchases at the counter
and self-service machines in all retail locations.
All figures are preliminary and
unaudited. Audited figures are expected to be released in October.
Information on VLT revenue can be
ABOUT THE OHIO LOTTERY:
The Ohio Lottery has contributed
over $26 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio
Lottery and its contribution to education, visit
CONTACT: Danielle Frizzi-Babb, E:
or the Office of Communications, T: 216-774-5685.
SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.
New Jersey Lottery Fiscal Year 2019 Sales Set New
TRENTON, NJ (August 6, 2019)
The New Jersey Lottery today announced record sales of just over $3.48 billion
during the Fiscal Year that ended on June 30, 2019, an increase of
approximately 5.5% compared to the prior year.
The Lottery generated more than
$1.06 billion in profits for the state, which are dedicated to bolstering New
Jerseys public employee pension system for teachers, police, fire
personnel, and other public employees.
The results are unaudited figures
and the total amount of the final contribution to the state is expected to
increase when the Lotterys Fiscal Year 2019 financial audit is
Highlights during the past year
- Total sales increased to just over $3.48 billion,
compared to $3.29 billion in FY18, a 5.5% increase.
- The contribution to the states public
employee pension system increased to $1.060 billion, compared to the final
contribution amount of $1.030 billion in FY18, a 3% increase.
- Traditional Lotto games sales (including Mega
Millions, Power Ball, Pick-6, and CASH4LIFE) increased to $635 million from
$516 million the prior year. The increase was driven by the record-setting $1.6
billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018, and by strong Pick-6 sales.
- Prizes paid to New Jersey players totaled $2.08
billion, including a player from Alpha, who won $267 million in March playing
Mega Millions and a family from Bayonne who won $29.5 million playing Pick-6 in
- The Lottery paid commissions to more than 7,000
retailers totaling $197 million.
In addition, in May 2019, the
Department of the Treasury and the Lottery entered into an amended service
agreement with the Lotterys sales and marketing vendor, Northstar New
Jersey Lottery Group, which is projected to save approximately $100 million
over the life of the contract with Northstar. The amendment to the contract
increases the performance targets that are used to calculate any incentive
payment to Northstar, thereby creating a higher performance bar to be reached
before Northstar receives an incentive payment. The total amount of the
incentive payment to Northstar for Fiscal Year 2019 will be determined when the
Lotterys financial audit is complete.
CONTACT: MaryAnn Rivell, Public
Information Office, E: PublicInfo@lottery.nj.gov,
Phone: (609) 599-5875.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
Veikkaus is Making Significant Changes to Its
Veikkaus' marketing has
recently spoken negatively in the public, both traditional and social
HELSINKI, Finland (August 6, 2019)
There is no reason to deny the facts. We have made mistakes. Some
of our ads have been such that they do not comply with the company's approved
marketing guidelines. We take responsibility for them, we are really sorry for
the anger we have caused, and we will learn from our mistakes, says Olli
Sarekoski, CEO of Veikkaus .
Veikkaus makes every effort to
prevent similar mistakes from happening again.
We have already begun a study
with an external operator, which will take a really close look at all of our
marketing processes, audit our current policies, interpretations and operations
and make any necessary changes to them quickly.
Veikkaus has already made one big
We will put all of our other
purchased advertising on hold until the end of September, except for lotto,
Eurojackpot and Vikinglotto pot marketing, and brand and liability marketing.
The decision applies to all purchased advertising space on television, radio,
print, online, outdoor advertising and social media. Advertising is going down
fast this week, says Sarekoski.
Over the next one and a half
months, we will look into the smallest details of where we need to improve our
processes in the future.
Particularly careful assessment is
made of Veikkaus' product information practices for the so-called Red Games.
They will be the subject of further specific discussion with the supervisory
authority, the Police Board, once the external evaluation has been
Once the overall evaluation of
our marketing is completed and the results are obtained, corrective action will
be decided. Only after these decisions will we return to the new normal,
Colombian Gaming Regulator Coljuegos Reports More Than US$97 Million
Raised in June to Support the Countrys Health
Colombia (August 1, 2019)
Cibelae reports the president of Coljuegos, Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo,
explained that the regulator of the games of luck and chance in Colombia,
raised the month of June of this year, resources that They amount to $320
billion which will allow the $610 billion of revenue to be raised at the end of
the year to finance the Subsidized Health System of Colombians.
According to Pérez Hidalgo,
this collection for exploitation rights of the monopoly of games of chance and
chance allows to show a growth compared to the same period of 2018 of 13%,
having collected in the first half of 2018 a total of $278,057. 682,985.
We highlight the collection
of the Localized Games (casinos, bingos), which represent the largest for
exploitation rights of the national luck and chance games, which for the first
half of 2019 corresponded to $186,289,455,344, representing a growth of 9
% compared to the first half of 2018. Similarly, it is important to highlight
the behaviour of online games, which showed the highest growth from one term to
the other, with a collection from January to June (2019) $ 29,796,728,462
(growth of 63% compared to the first half of 2018) and in the same way the
behaviour of the Superastro game, for which Coljuegos raised $ 44,123,308,060
(13% growth), said the official.
The president of Coljuegos also
highlighted that in the first quarter of 2019, thanks to the collection made by
the entity, the different municipalities of the country's departments, as well
as the governorates, $ 308,333 million were transferred through the different
funds ($308,333,140,260.00) with which the health of Colombians is
The departments that receive these
resources to a greater extent from the games of luck and chance are: Antioquia,
Valle Del Cauca, Cundinamarca, Santander, Córdoba, Nariño, Norte
De Santander, Tolima, Caldas and Risaralda.
"We continue to reiterate to the
country the message that Coljuegos established as its slogan: legal play is to
bet on the health of Colombians," said the president of Coljuegos.
Fight against illegality
The president of Coljuegos, in the
same way, highlighted the important efforts in favor of the fight against the
illegal exploitation of the games of luck and chance, in which the regulator
based on the articulation of institutional efforts with the Attorney General's
Office , Mayors, Governments, Police, Army and other institutions, has achieved
during the first half of 2019 blunt blows against organized criminal structures
that steal the health resources of the most vulnerable populations in the
During the first six months of the
year, 1,957 elements of luck and chance games that operated without
authorization of Coljuegos, 1,343 illegal electronic slot machines, 42 modules
of online sports betting, 572 bingos chairs have been seized.
It is very important to
emphasize that according to Coljuegos estimates, when calculating the
exploitation rights of the elements of localized games (slot machines and
bingos), resources were stopped being taxed in a year for the order of $4.210
million. In addition, the entity initiated sanctioning administrative processes
to those who operated such unauthorized gaming elements and imposing penalties
for evasion of exploitation rights, for $89,446 million, in accordance with the
provisions of article 20 of Law 1393 of 2010 , Pérez explained
The president of Coljuegos, Juan B.
Pérez Hidalgo, also indicated that during the validity of the entity
3,074 orders for blocking websites that operated illegally were issued, with
support from the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications MINTIC
and the National Police Cyber Center.
"It should be noted that all
these actions against illegality in games of chance and luck, is achieved from
all inter-institutional cooperation agreements and the efforts of the actors of
the table of the legality of the sector of luck and chance games and the
institutionalization of the 19 Covenants for Legality that have already been
carried out with 24 territorial entities (municipalities and departments) with
which we give forceful blows against organized criminal structures that
undermine the collection for rights to exploit the games of luck and chance,
which are transferred to the health system of the most vulnerable populations
in the country, said Pérez Hidalgo.
The president of Coljuegos, Juan B.
Pérez Hidalgo, also reported that the value of expired or uncollected
prizes has increased by 21%, having raised $10,802,358,551.
Taking into account the
Colombian legislation, Law 1393 of 2010, the winners have a maximum term of one
(1) year, counted from the date of the draw, to claim a prize before becoming
Caduco, which means that these resources for $ 10,802 million have already
fulfilled this term and will therefore go on to finance the country's health
sector, said Pérez Hidalgo.
The games of luck and
chance although they are a source of resources for the country's finances, we
have reiterated that they are an entertainment option, with which the players
can also win, that is why we make a call to those who know or believe that
could have been from the different national games to verify and validate their
tickets. Those who have been winners, in raffles before a year has passed they
can collect their prizes before they become expired, added the
president of Coljuegos.
Pennsylvania Lottery Sales and Profits Hit New Record; Proceeds to
Benefit Older Pennsylvanians Top $1 Billion for Eighth Consecutive
Middletown, PA (August 1, 2019) --
The Pennsylvania Lottery sold a record of more than $4.5 billion in games in
the 2018-19 fiscal year, from which it generated a record profit of more than
$1.14 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians. In addition, a record of more
than $2.9 billion in prizes was paid to winners.
Pennsylvanians every day is more than just our mission statement. Families
across the commonwealth rely on the vital senior programs that are funded by
the Pennsylvania Lottery. That is why we are extremely proud to have set a new
profit record while exceeding $1 billion in proceeds to benefit older adults
for the eighth consecutive year, said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive
Director Drew Svitko.
As we strive to do more for
our older population in the next fiscal year, we are grateful for the support
of our players, business partners and the entire Lottery team for making this
record year possible.
Overall results of the fiscal year,
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, include:
- Traditional game sales totaled more than $4.5
billion; up by $302.7 million or 7.2 percent year-to-year and breaking the
previous sales record of $4.2 billion from the 2017-18 fiscal year.
- Profit generated for the Lottery Fund totaled more
than $1.14 billion, an increase of $49.6 million from the prior fiscal year.
The previous record profit was set in 2015-16, which totaled $1.12
- Traditional game prizes paid to winners grew to a
record of more than $2.9 billion, an increase of $193.3 million. A total of 70
players won prizes of $1 million or more during the fiscal year.
- More than 9,700 licensed Lottery retailers
statewide, many of them small and family-owned businesses, earned an estimated
$266 million in sales commissions, an increase of more than $41.8 million from
the prior fiscal year, 2017-18.
By-category sales summaries are
- Sales of Scratch-Off games totaled a record of more
than $2.9 billion, up by $165.5 million, or 5.9 percent, from the previous year
and surpassing the previous record of $2.8 billion set in 2017-18. These games
accounted for over 66 percent of total sales.
- Sales of Draw Games including the PICK
family of games and Wild Ball, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Millionaire
Raffle, Cash4Life®, Powerball®, and Mega Millions® totaled
close to $1.4 billion for the fiscal year, up $109.4 million, or 8.7 percent,
from the previous years total. Highlights from the category include:
-- Sales of multi-state games (Powerball®, Mega Millions® and
Cash4Life®) grew by more than $82.2 million, or over 19 percent, from the
prior year. Several large Powerball® and Mega Millions® jackpots helped
to grow revenues for this category.
- Lotterys modernization efforts, including PA
iLottery and its monitor games, Keno and Xpress Sports, generated more than $40
million in profits in their first full fiscal year:
-- Sales through PA
iLottery, online games played on a computer, tablet or mobile device, saw more
than $381 million in play in its first full fiscal year, generating an
estimated $31.3 million in profit. More than 91,100 players created online
accounts this fiscal year, and more than $332 million in prizes were paid out
to iLottery winners.
-- Sales of monitor games, which include Keno and
Xpress Sports games, totaled an estimated $46.7 million in their first full
fiscal year, generating an estimated $10 million in profit.
We are thrilled that the
new and exciting games that were authorized by Act 42 of 2017 are proving to be
a tremendous success, added Svitko. Were always
working hard to find innovative ways we can responsibly grow profits to benefit
The Pennsylvania Lottery operates as
a bureau within the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Financial statements
are available at palottery.com, under About Us & News,
then Annual Sales & Benefit Reports.
About Us: The Pennsylvania
Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that
benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed
more than $30 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation,
care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior
centers and meals.
Players must be 18 or older. Please
play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a
compulsive gambling problem.
Visit palottery.com for winning
numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club to play
online or enter for second chances to win. Install our Official Mobile App,
like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery. Use the
hashtag #palottery to share your messages with us.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.
Pollard Banknote Invites Lotteries to Enter a New Dimension of
Game Offerings with the Twilight zone
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (August 7, 2019)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is
pleased to announce the addition of The Twilight Zone, one of the most
celebrated and influential television series in history, to its storied
portfolio of licensed brands. Available now via an agreement with CBS Consumer
Products, The Twilight Zone is a natural fit for lotteries wishing to offer
their players the opportunity to engage with the timeless, imaginative brand in
an entirely new way.
The Twilight Zone originally aired
from 1959 to 1964 on CBS, with 156 episodes over five seasons. The shows
durable themes of time, technology, and human nature, as well as its trademark
thought-provoking storytelling style, has captivated generations of viewers and
inspired legions of fans since its debut. The series has been named as one of
the greatest TV shows of all time by both Rolling Stone and TV Guide.
In the 60 years following its
introduction, The Twilight Zone has transcended its genre, becoming a familiar
pop culture reference and spawning multiple television revivals, as well as
films and books. In 2019 viewers entered another dimension with Jordan Peele
and Simon Kinbergs modern re-imagining of the series for CBS All Access,
featuring a star-studded cast. As proof of the brands enduring
popularity, a second season is already on order.
Pollard Banknote will incorporate
the brands signature style and graphics into mind-bending instant ticket
designs and promotional merchandise. The whimsical nature of The Twilight Zone
lends itself to complementary playstyles that engage and entertain players,
while social media contests and prize options offer limitless possibilities for
fun and excitement. Experiential prizes may incorporate attractions such as The
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror thrill ride, located in the infamous
Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disneys Hollywood Studios, and The Twilight Zone
by Monster Mini Golf entertainment venue at Ballys Las Vegas.
A proven classic with an established
and expanding fan base, The Twilight Zone is an ideal addition to Pollard
Banknotes portfolio of nostalgic, player-favorite licensed brands.
We are thrilled to help lotteries invite their players into a new
dimension of game play, said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales
& Marketing, Pollard Banknote. The Twilight Zone is a proven
classic that lends itself particularly well to a Halloween-themed program, as
well as exciting second chance and experiential prizing, which we look forward
to exploring with our lottery clients.
Pollard Banknotes Licensed
Products team offers a comprehensive turnkey program that includes the design,
programming, and printing of themed tickets, as well as various options such as
second chance draws, a POS program, and broadcast and digital marketing.
TM & © 2019 CBS
Broadcasting Inc. THE TWILIGHT ZONE and related logo are trademarks of CBS
Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail
merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from
game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including
strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator
and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement,
sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab
tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket
machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America.
Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the
Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the
TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
The Florida Lottery Invites Players to Cash in on the Countdown to
Enter the Limited-Time
POWERBALL® New Years Eve Promotion Now!
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (August 1,
2019) -- The Florida Lottery announces the launch of the new POWERBALL® New
Years Eve Promotion. All Florida POWERBALL and POWERBALL with Power
Play® tickets purchased August 1 through August 31, 2019, can be entered
into the promotion for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip to New
York City to ring in 2020! But thats not all winners also have the
opportunity to become the First POWERBALL Millionaire of the Year(SM)!
Players can enter their tickets by
scanning the barcode using the Florida Lottery Collect N Win App or by
entering the ticket number on the Lotterys website at
Each ticket will randomly generate
2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 symbols. When four symbols have been collected on a game card,
the player will earn an entry into the drawing.
One drawing will be held at the
conclusion of the promotion period for all entries received, and 50 Florida
winners will each receive a four-day VIP experience to New York City. Winners
will also have the chance to win $1 million in a random drawing occurring just
after midnight on January 1, 2020, during the live broadcast of Dick
Clarks New Years Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest! The First
Powerball Millionaire of the year will be selected from approximately 300
POWERBALL New Years Eve Promotion winners from across the country.
The once-in-a-lifetime four-day VIP
experience includes round-trip airline transportation for two; three
nights hotel accommodations; two tickets to the Christmas
Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall;
two tickets for a holiday dinner cruise on the Hudson River; two tickets to an
exclusive New Years Eve dinner party, with a view of the ball drop; $250
in spending money; and ground transportation to and from airports, hotel, and
activities while in New York City. To learn more about this promotion, or any
Florida Lottery games, please visit www.flalottery.com.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible
for contributing more than $35 billion to education and sending more than
808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
The Florida Lottery reinvests 98
percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts,
commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.
Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $65 billion in prizes and
made more than 2,500 people millionaires.
For more information, please visit
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).
EMIRAT AG: Supporting Trust in Lotteries for 15
MÜNCHEN, Germany (August 1,
2019) -- The world has changed a lot since 2004, when Netflix still posted
DVDs, the iPhone wasnt invented and EuroMillions had just made its lotto
debut. As EMIRAT AG, the worlds leading risk management specialist in
covering lottery jackpots, marks its 15th anniversary, the company reflects on
how lotteries have evolved, the need to differentiate across diverse regions,
and why Trust will always be the name of the jackpot insurance game
Founded in 2004 in Munich,
Germany, EMIRAT AGs core business focused on covering a large number of
prize and redemption risks from hole in ones, right up to big consumer
Frank Herold, EMIRAT AGs
Business Development Manager explains how the companys journey and
corporate DNA has evolved since its inception. We always see ourselves as
part of the team with our clients, he explained. So you need a lot
of experience and passion for the job to set up tailor-made insurances.
Thats how you exceed the needs of every individual client in long term
We have had so many
highlights, many of which were unexpected at the beginning. For me it is an
absolute highlight being part of a successful growth story together with our
clients. Some of these clients have been with us from our first days offering
lottery jackpot insurance. Obviously its not always about the highs but
you need to have patience at the beginning of a lottery project as legal
requirements and payment procedures need a lot of management attention. So
setting up a proper business plan is crucial.
2018 saw EMIRAT AG enter a strategic
partnership with RNG Worldwide, the internationally recognised random number
generator, a collaboration which has increased EMIRAT AGs insurance
options through a fully certified API solution as well as enhancing
transparency for the industry. Our partnership with RNG Worldwide is a
perfect fit, stated Herold. In the gaming and lottery business
everything is about Trust with a capital T. So, in this case, our clients get a
state-of-the-art product with maximum flexibility and transparency for
individual live draws. We have a really strong customer focus. So thats
the reason why we continue to be recommended by our existing clients and the
lottery and gaming board authorities as well.
Looking forward, we definitely
have new and exciting partnerships on the horizon in the future and we look
forward to talking about these as soon as we are allowed to announce
EMIRAT AG continues to provide
financial security for lotteries all over the world working with recognized
leading specialists and removing the financial risk of jackpot winners,
covering in excess of 100 billion Euros in 2015 alone.
Commenting on the companys
ongoing ability to innovate in the field of protecting prize and redemption
risks, Herold said: As lottery continues to progress we believe that
every one of our clients and operators will have more and more individual
needs. So we will not have just one successful lottery project. We will deliver
many different ones that cannot simply be copied.
If you look into different
countries of the world, lottery business isnt far behind land-based
machines as it is now also on the mobile market too, he continued.
Through our partnership with RNG worldwide we can offer state of the art
technology including insurance products. All of this comes together into how we
support Trust in this industry.
The company, which covers some of
the worlds most well-known global jackpots such as Euro Millions,
Powerball and the UK National Lottery, has been recognised over the last 15
years for its ability to tailor covered jackpots and consumer marketing
campaigns to a wide variety of customers in many diverse regions. Commenting on
their strategic growth within Europe and beyond, Herold said: As
Ive mentioned before, you need a lot of experience to enter a new market
successfully. Our team comes from different parts of the world and know about
the very precise needs across all these specific markets. In addition
were very interested in market requirements that will change in the
future, such as with the legal side of the industry.
He concluded: With potential
changes occurring in European and international lotteries and the
implementation of a new regulations, we continue to look into these changes
very carefully as thats one of the most important issues for our clients.
On the other side you need to differentiate. The requirements are different
from country to country and from region to region and as a company we look
forward to continue being different and creating Trust for another 15 years and
SOURCE: EMIRAT AG. media
West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award
for 22nd Year in a Row
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 2, 2019)
-- The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has
been awarded to the West Virginia Lottery by the Government Finance Officers
Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual
financial report (CAFR) for the 22nd consecutive year.
Earning this honor for 22
consecutive years is a testament to the West Virginia Lotterys
long-standing commitment to the publics trust, West Virginia
Lottery Director John Myers said.
Our mission is to generate
proceeds that benefit the people of West Virginia and our staff takes great
pride in the quality, transparency, and accuracy of our financial reporting to
those we serve.
The GFOA established the Certificate
of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in
1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the
minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare
comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency
and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed
in achieving that goal. The goal of the program is not to assess the financial
health of participating governments, but rather to ensure that users of their
financial statements have the information they need to do so themselves.
Reports submitted to the CAFR
program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and the
GFOA Special Review Committee (SRC), which comprises individuals with expertise
in public sector financial reporting and includes financial statement
preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance
The West Virginia Lottery operates
as a business enterprise within the framework of State laws, rules and
regulations. Its mission is to generate revenue to fund programs benefiting
education, senior citizens, tourism and other programs the West Virginia
Legislature may determine. Since its establishment in 1986, the West Virginia
Lottery has produced more than $10 billion in proceeds for the People of West
The West Virginia Lotterys
CAFR for fiscal years ended 2018 through 2011 are available online at
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional
association serving more than 20,000 government finance professionals with
offices in Chicago, Ill., and Washington, D.C.
SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.
Regulatory Announcement: OPAP S.A. Announce Appointment of New Chief
ATHENS, Greece (August 1, 2019) --
OPAP S.A. announces the appointment of Mr. Pavel Mucha as Chief Financial
Officer. Pavel Mucha will succeed Michal Houst, who will leave the company by
the end of September 2019.
Currently, Mr. Mucha is holding the
position of Chief Financial Officer in Czech company Sazka, the national
lottery operation of Czech Republic, which is a member of SAZKA Group.
In total, he has 26 years of
professional experience, holding finance roles, in consultancy, pharmaceutical
and FMCG companies. Additionally, he has four years of professional experience
in the gaming market.
Mr. Mucha will officially assume his
role as Chief Financial Officer at OPAP S.A., on 1 October 2019.
SOURCE: OPAP S.A.
Global Gaming Women Names GLIs Christie Eickelman its New
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 6, 2019)
Gaming Women (GGW) has named Christie Eickelman its new President of its
Board of Directors. Eickelman is Vice President of Global Marketing at Gaming
Laboratories International (GLI®) and will serve as GGWs Board
President for a two-year term.
Eickelman takes the place of Phyllis
A. Gilland, SVP & General Counsel at Golden Entertainment, who served as
GGWs president for the past two years. She said, I am very proud
of the number of women GGW has been able to reach out to and affect through the
GGW educational and event opportunities GGW has provided, and of how we have
grown GGWs presence and structure. Im grateful to have had the
opportunity to work with the past and present Board members whose continued
support is so important to mission of organization.
Eickelman was one of the founding
members on the Global Gaming Women Board. Previously she served as Vice
President & co-chair of the Events Committee. She said as President her
primary goal will be to ensure the financial future of the organization.
Global Gaming Women has a
strong mission statement, and our guiding principles of courage, integrity, and
leadership continue to inspire our Board and the women we serve. We are
grateful to the many companies and individuals who back GGW, and as we broaden
our donor structure, we will ensure we will have the resources necessary to
support the development of women at all levels throughout the
industry, Eickelman said.
Giving back to her community is a
passion for Eickelman. She is a member of the Andson Foundation Board and on
the Executive Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association-Go Red for
Women Luncheon of Southern Nevada. Recently the Oklahoma Indian Gaming
Association honored her contributions to the Indian Gaming Industry with the
2019 OIGA Modern Day Warrior Award.
Eickelman has been blazing a trail
for women to follow in the gaming industry since 1992, first serving as
Marketing Manager for Sodak Gaming Inc. and at Wolf Gaming LLC as Vice
President of Marketing and Public Relations.
She joined GLI in 1999 as Marketing
Manager, shaping GLIs brand in North America. In 2001, she was promoted
to Director of Marketing and Development, overseeing the North American
development team in their daily responsibilities. In June 2007, she was
promoted to Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing, and in September 2012, she
was promoted to Vice President.
As GLIs VP of Global
Marketing, she directs and implements all marketing programs for GLIs
worldwide locations and for the GLI Group of companies. Her responsibilities
include building the corporate brand and establishing and directing marketing
functions in accordance with GLIs policies, regulations and sound
In 2005, she was selected as a Great
Woman in Gaming by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and in 2008, Global
Gaming Business magazine named her one of the 25 People to Watch in Gaming.
About Global Gaming Women
Global Gaming Women (GGW) supports,
inspires and influences the development of women in the Gaming industry. GGW
brings together women from all segments of gaming in an effort to enrich their
professional and personal lives. Established by the American Gaming Association
to create a broad network that allows peers to connect with their colleagues,
GGWs goal is for female gaming professionals to learn from one another,
create lasting connections and nurture emerging women leaders. In 2016, Global
Gaming Women launched as an independent charitable organization to deliver high
impact programs and events on a global scale that support, inspire and
influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industry. Visit
GlobalGamingWomen.org for more information.
CONTACT: Felicia Gassen, Executive
Director, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Global Gaming Women
How Weve Grown! Australasian Gaming Expo Turns
"Win a Trip to Vegas"
SYDNEY, Australia (August 6, 2019)
-- The first Australasian Gaming Expo was held in 1990 and back then it
comprised only about 100 exhibitors who managed to fill one hall of the Sydney
Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) at Darling Harbour. In its inaugural
year it attracted around 1,500 visitors which was considered back then, to be a
Fast forward to 2019 and AGE has
grown to become the worlds third largest gaming and hospitality industry
trade show. With 19,000 square metres of floor space and 229 exhibitors,
were excited at just how big it has grown.
Last year the visitor count at the
show was 8,638, which is a 600% increase over our inaugural year and this year
looks like being another bumper year with our pre-show visitor registrations
running at about the same as last year.
A highlight for this year will be
the 30 year celebrations starting with several exhibitors who have been with us
for the 30 years being acknowledged at a special event.
Increase your chances to win a trip
for two to Las Vegas.
Australia's Leading Gaming CRM
supplier, RedeemX, has partnered with the AGE to deliver a unique experience to
AGE visitors. Utilising RedeemX solutions, visitors will be able to earn extra
tickets to the daily "Win a Trip to Vegas" promotion at various kiosk locations
on the expo floor, as well as engaging via SMS and playing games. The more
visitors engage the more chances they have to win a fantastic trip to Vegas.
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 Help 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
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
Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).
Pragmatic Play Live With Suprnation
Supplier signs slot
content deal across number of casino brands
GIBRALTAR (August 6, 2019) --
Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots, live
casino and bingo, has launched its slot games with SuprNation.
The operators customers will
now have access to the providers full portfolio of award-winning
videoslots, including successful recent releases John Hunter and the Aztec
Treasure, Sweet Bonanza and Pirate Gold, as well as portfolio favourite Wolf
Pragmatic Plays titles will be
available to players across SuprNations casino brands, Voodoo Dreams, NY
Spins, and Duelz.
Yossi Barzely, Chief Business
Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: We are thrilled to have
signed this agreement with SuprNation, who operate across the continent.
We are delighted to further
extend our reach across regulated markets, and look forward to a long and
illustrious relationship with SuprNation.
Rasmus Hammar, Casino Manager at
SuprNation said: Pragmatic Plays slot portfolio is one of the
best available in the market and we are very pleased to be able to offer it to
They consistently develop
some of the best innovative slot content in the market, and we cant wait
to work with them.
About Pragmatic Play
Pragmatic Play is a leading content
provider to the iGaming industry. Pragmatic Play offers a multi-product
portfolio of innovative, regulated and mobile-focused gaming products.
Our passion for premium
entertainment is unrivalled. We strive to create the most engaging and
evocative experience for all our customers across a range of products,
including slots, live casino and bingo, all of which are available via a single
Pragmatic Plays Games Library
contains unique in-house content consisting of over 100 proven HTML5 games,
available in all currencies, 26 languages and all major certified markets. We
release three new video slots every month, with plans in place to further
SOURCE: Pragmatic Play press