Vanna White Kicks-Off Wheel 0f Fortune Ticket Sales in
LOUISVILLE, KY (September 26, 2019)
-- Vanna White spent Monday in Louisville KY interacting with fan and doing
media interviews on behalf of the Kentucky Lottery. She was there to kick off
sales of the new $5 Wheel of Fortune Scratch-off ticket.
White attended what the Kentucky
Lottery billed as Kentuckys Largest Wheel Watch Party.
She was set to watch that nights episode of Wheel on a Jumbotron in the
YUM! Center Arena, along with a small group of VIP second-chance winners in a
In a preview of her visit, White
said in the Louisville Courier-Journal, "I've never done this before,
watched the show with a room full of fans. This will be my first time to
experience and be a part of a large watch party, and I think it is really going
to be nice to see how people react to what happens on the show that
Fans lined up for an hour and a half
to meet the legendary TV personality and get photos and autographs, and she
answered questions during a Q&A session hosted by Kentucky Lottery
President and CEO Tom Delacenserie.
White also spent an hour doing a
large number of five-minute one-on-one interviews with media from across the
state. In the 24 hours surrounding the event, Whites appearance landed
more than 40 radio and TV news stories seen or heard by a Neilsen audience of
846,000, generating a calculated publicity value in excess of $42,000.
White was one of 200 women selected
to audition for Wheel of Fortune" in 1982, selected by show creator Merv
Griffin because he liked her chemistry with host Pat Sajak. In 1992, she was
recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as "Television's Most Frequent
Clapper". Averaging 720 claps per episode, she puts her hands together more
than 28,800 times per season.
We were so excited to
welcome one of the most recognizable TV personalities in America to
Kentucky, said Delacenserie. The fan response to Vanna was
fantastic, and our players really enjoyed spending time with her.
Vannas appearance and
the accompanying publicity has led our Wheel ticket to be a fantastic
seller, he said. Delacenserie added the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-off
has been the Kentucky Lotterys top-selling instant ticket since it first
hit the market two weeks ago, outselling even $20 and $30 price-point
As Lottery proceeds in Kentucky fund
college scholarship and grant programs, if all tickets in the run are sold,
approximately $21 million will be generated to help students in the
Commonwealth pursue their higher education efforts.
CONTACT: Chip Polston | Sr VP
of Communications, PR and Social Responsibility: T: +1 502 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.
IGT Extends Sports Betting Footprint to Arkansas with PlaySports
Deployment at Saracen Casino Annex
IGT PlaySports technology
makes legal sports betting a reality for operators in ten U.S.
LONDON, U.K. (Oct. 2, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that the
Company extended its U.S. sports betting footprint to Arkansas with the recent
IGT PlaySports deployment at the Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff, Ark. The
unique Quapaw Nation-operated facility sits adjacent to the Tribe's
in-development, Saracen Casino Resort, and is processing retail sports bets
through the PlaySports platform and the venue's PlaySports kiosks. IGT is
contracted to also provide sports betting technology at the Saracen Casino
Resort when the venue opens in 2020.
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..
"The market-readiness of the IGT
PlaySports solution and the experience of our team enabled IGT to make sports
betting a reality at the Saracen Casino Annex on an accelerated timeline,"
said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "Adding Arkansas
to the growing list of states with IGT PlaySports deployment was another
important milestone that validates IGT's leadership as a B2B platform provider.
We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Quapaw Nation when the
Saracen Casino Resort opens next year."
With this deployment, IGT PlaySports
is now powering sports betting in ten U.S. states and at a range of betting
venues in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey,
Mississippi, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Nevada.
To learn why winners choose
IGT PlaySports visit IGT.com.
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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
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Idaho Lotterys 30th Anniversary Family of Games Named
NASPLs Best New Instant Game of 2019
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (October 2, 2019)
-- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is proud
to recognize and congratulate the Idaho Lottery on its 30th Anniversary family
of Scratch Games being awarded Best New Instant Game of 2019 by the North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).
The winner of the Best New Instant
Game category was announced on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at NASPLs
annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. All entries were evaluated based on
a variety of criteria including innovative aspects of the game, cost/benefit
analysis results, strategic insight, and visual appeal.
The Idaho Lottery launched the 30th
Anniversary family at the $5, $10, anda first ever for the
Lottery$30 price points with a multitude of features and support that
contributed to its tremendous success. Since 2019 marks the Idaho
Lotterys 30th anniversary, these three tickets led the celebration with
their sparkling, colorful design centered around the Lotterys anniversary
logo to convey a fun party theme. The design was further enhanced by Pollard
Banknotes Scratch FX® innovationa patented cold foil process
that gives tickets a vibrant shine that cuts through retail clutter.
In the spirit of innovation, this
family of games was also supported by an omni-channel marketing approach
including various social media, retail, and mass media campaigns, as well as an
xtraplayGAMES experience powered by Pollard Banknote that offered an
engaging 2nd chance opportunity through the Lotterys app allowing players
to take part in an interactive game for a chance to win cash prizes. Players
appreciated the excitement and heightened entertainment provided by these
games, which surpassed all of the Lotterys engagement goals and together
generated over $1 million in weekly sales for six straight weeks!
Were excited to see
the 30th Anniversary family of games named NASPLs Best New Instant
Game, said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard
Banknote. Like Pollard Banknote, the Idaho Lottery is driven by
innovation. This game is a perfect example of their dedication to creating
outstanding player experiences for everyone. We have worked with the Lottery to
provide many innovative games and look forward to continuing this successful
partnership that will benefit Idahoans for years to come.
The 30th Anniversary family
of games was an incredible success, surpassing all of our
expectations, said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.
The Lotterys anniversary gave us an opportunity to celebrate
with three unique tickets featuring Pollard Banknotes Scratch FX®
print technology as well as utilizing their expertise in creating exceptional
digital player experiences. In addition to connecting with our players on a
great celebration, this family of games created $2.8 million in dividends for
our beneficiaries, Idaho public schools and the states permanent
The Idaho Lottery responsibly
provides entertaining games with a high degree of integrity to maximize
proceeds for education in Idaho. Since its inception in 1989, the Lottery has
returned more than $906 million to the States Public School Building
Account and the Permanent Building Fund. For more information, please visit
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
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SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Gaming Laboratories Internationals (GLI®) General Manager
of Asia-Pacific Named to GGBs 2019-2020 Class of Emerging Leaders of
ADELAIDE, Australia (October 2,
2019) Samantha Powell, Gaming Laboratories Internationals
(GLI®) General Manager of Asia-Pacific, has been named to GGB
Magazines 2019-2020 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under
Powell was recently promoted to
General Manager. This honor is the latest in a series of recent awards received
by GLI staff and underscores the development of top leaders, a core value at
We are thrilled that
Samantha has been recognized for her unrelenting passion, infectious
commitment, and inspiring leadership, said GLI President/CEO James
Maida. At GLI, we like to say we will walk through walls to help our
clients, and Samanthas dedication to our clients and the work we do for
them is a perfect example of our approach to every client everywhere in the
According to its website, the Class
of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 is a program that recognizes young
professional gaming leaders under the age of 40 who are making significant
impacts in the casino gaming industry and are on track to be the
industrys next generation of leaders. The emerging leaders of gaming are
selected by The Innovation Group and Global Gaming Business magazine.
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. GLI also holds ISTQB
certification. Through previous philanthropic efforts, GLI was a founding
partner of the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation. For more
information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman,
Vice President of Global Marketing,
T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
5 Star Draw Idaho Lotterys Newest Draw Game Has First
BOISE, Idaho (October 1, 2019)
--Tonight marks the first draw for the newest Idaho Lottery game, 5 Star Draw.
This is an Idaho-only Draw Game with a jackpot prize that begins at $250,000
and continues to grow until there is a winner. Tickets for this game are
only available from licensed Idaho Lottery retailers. Sales for 5 Star
Draw tickets began on Sunday, September 29, 2019. 5 Star Draw is the
first new in-state Draw Game launched by the Idaho Lottery since Idaho Cash in
February of 2017.
Our players really enjoy
Idaho-only Draw Games with big prizes, said Idaho Lottery Director
Jeff Anderson. This game, which gives players two chances to win for
$5, or 10 chances for $20, was already creating a lot of excitement before we
launched it. Were looking forward to it being successful, not only for
our players, but also for our beneficiaries Idahos public schools
and the permanent building fund.
5 Star Draw is played in similar
fashion to other jackpot Draw Games. Players select five numbers from 1
to 45. They receive two lines of play for $5 or ten lines of play for
$20. In the game, players try to correctly match all five numbers drawn to win
the jackpot prize. Players may select their own numbers or ask for a
quick pick. Drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 8 pm,
In addition to the jackpot prize,
there are other prizes in the game for matching winning numbers. Players who
match four of the five numbers for a draw win $1,000. When players match three
of the five numbers they win $20. Players who match two numbers correctly
win $5. If the jackpot is not won, prize funds will be added to the next
drawings jackpot prize. If there is more than one jackpot winner for a
draw, the jackpot prize will be divided equally among multiple winners. The
jackpot prize is paid in a single lump-sum, cash payment.
For drawing results visit
idaholottery.com, call the Winning Numbers Line at 208-334-4656, download the
Idaho Lotterys free Check-a-Ticket app, or take your ticket
to any Idaho Lottery retailer for validation. All prizes must be claimed within
180 days from the draw date
CONTACT: David Workman, (208)
SOURCE: Idaho Lottery (www.idaholottery.com).
CT Lottery Launches Refreshed, User-Friendly
HARTFORD, Connecticut September 26,
2019) -- Journal Inquirer reports the Connecticut Lottery Corp. has launched a
refurbished website in order to modernize its look and feel, but says much more
work would be required if state lawmakers are able to come to an agreement
regarding online lottery sales.
The refreshed website that offers a
more user-friendly experience throughout all electronic devices debuted
The new look features a cleaner,
more streamlined homepage with easy-to-find winning numbers and game
But when it comes to online lottery
sales, there still would be much more work to do, starting with legislators
approving its legalization.
The Department of Consumer
Protection the lotterys regulating agency then would have
to develop rules and regulations and a vendor would have to be selected to
assist with offering online games, lottery spokeswoman Tara Chozet said.
There are various
modifications and improvements that would occur by having online sales,
she said, including a coordinated marketing effort for both retail and online,
and further monitoring of responsible gambling that likely would be needed with
A series of gambling-related bills,
including those authorizing sports gambling and online lottery sales, failed to
gain much momentum last legislative session, with both proposals dying without
One bill considered would have
authorized the online sale of lottery draw games, leading to potentially tens
of millions of dollars of new revenue.
The state also could see additional
dollars if a large prize were won online because the lottery would not have to
pay a commission to the store in which a traditional ticket were purchased.
Currently, there are 10 state that
allow purchasing lottery tickets online.
CT Lottery Press Release
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the CT
Lottery will debut a refreshed website that offers an optimized, user-friendly
browsing experience across all devices. The new look will feature a clean and
streamlined homepage with easy-to-find winning numbers, game details and
updated corporate information. Users can still access the CT Lotterys
website by visiting www.ctlottery.org.
Additional helpful links
For Winning Numbers:
For Winner Stories:
For Information about the CT
For Frequently Asked
Users may direct questions about the
updated website to the public relations staff at CTLottery@ctlottery.org, or by
SOURCE: The Connecticut Lottery
New Gaming Machines and Casino Control
SYDNEY, Australia (September 2019)
-- As part of the NSW Governments commitment to effective regulation of
gaming machines and casinos, the Gaming Machines Regulation 2019 and Casino
Control Regulation 2019 started on 1 September.
Gaming Machines Regulation
The Regulation supports the Gaming
Machines Act 2001 and introduces:
- Minor administrative changes to enhance harm
minimisation and player information, and removes unnecessary and repetitive
- A fee unit structure for gaming-related licences
and application fees.
Key changes that started on 1
- Display notice requirement reduced to a single
- Clocks hung in gaming areas are no longer
- More effective player information and harm
- New contemporary fee structure.
- Harm minimisation and treatment enhanced with new
gaming machine leasing levy.
- References to processes no longer used removed and
Read more about these changes.
Casino Control Regulation
The Regulation supports the Casino
Control Act 1992 and introduces:
- Minor administrative changes to enhance harm
minimisation, remove redundant clauses and clarify some compliance processes
- Changes to reflect liquor sale and service
requirements under the Liquor Act 2007 and Liquor Regulation 2018.
Key changes that started on 1
- Responsible service of alcohol training
- Clocks hung in gaming areas are no longer
- More effective player information and harm
- New contemporary fee structure.
Read more about these changes.
SOURCE: NSW Liquor & Gaming
Kentucky Lottery Sales Steady, on Pace with Prior
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 27,
2019) -- In todays meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporations
board of directors, year-to-date sales for the current fiscal year were
Overall sales from July through
August were $170.3 million. This is 0.6% ($970,000) more than the same period
last year. Scratch-off ticket sales totaled $102.3 million, up 2.6% ($2.6
million). Top draw game performers were Pick 3 with sales of $25 million, up
1.8% ($446,000) as well as the re-vamped Cash Ball 225 game with the largest
percent increase over last year of 38% ($2.7 million for the current period
versus $1.9 million for the same period last year). Instant Play games on the
iLottery platform have seen sales of $3.0 million, up 60.8% ($1.1 million) from
Delacenserie said while sales
year-to-date are maintaining last years record pace, September 2019 sales
look much more robust than September 2018 and the month should close out very
The best-selling scratch-off ticket
for the last two weeks has been the new Wheel of Fortune game, which was
bolstered this week through an appearance in Louisville by TV icon Vanna White.
In other business, the board
- Contract renewals with The Buntin Group for digital
media advertising services and digital media advertising space;
- An extension of the current contract with IGT
Global Solutions Corporation for online (draw-based) systems, equipment and
related services, and;
- Rules and regulations for five scratch-off tickets,
four Fast Play games and eight Instant Play games.
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be November 22nd. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM
EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in
Louisville. The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:30 AM EST, as well as
the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.
For More Information CONTACT:
Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman; T: (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery
CASH POP is the Exciting New Game from NJ
Match One Number and Win in
Unique New Game Launching Sept. 30
TRENTON, NJ (September 26, 2019)
The New Jersey Lottery is proud to announce CASH POP, a new draw game
where just ONE number wins!
New Jersey Lottery is
pleased to be the first state lottery to offer this new and exciting game of
CASH POP to the public, said New Jersey Lotterys Acting
Executive Director James Carey. This unique and entertaining game is
easy to play and offers good odds of winning. Players can win prizes from 5X to
250X their wager by matching their one number to the number
CASH POP is simple to play.
Participants just pick one number or up to 15 numbers between 1-15, then select
a wager amount of $1, $2, $5, or $10 per number. Each one number will cost the
amount of the wager selected. Prizes assigned vary and range from $5 up to $250
per $1 wager. The ticket purchased will show the players number(s) and
the corresponding randomly assigned prize amount for each number played.
Drawings occur every 15 minutes on
the quarter hour: 00:00, 00:15, 00:30, 00:45. For each drawing, one number will
be drawn. Players win when the number selected matches the number drawn.
CASH POP will complement the
Lotterys existing Quick Draw game, with players able to watch drawings
and have the chance to win within minutes.
CASH POP can be purchased at any New
Jersey Lottery retail location. Drawings can be viewed on large-screen monitors
at select locations including hundreds of bars and restaurants, by visiting
NJLottery.com/CASHPOP, or by downloading the NJ Lottery mobile app.
WAIT FOR IT
WATCH FOR IT ~
Players will be able to purchase tickets for CASH POP on September 30,
CASH POP is a game of chance.
Playing the lottery is a form of entertainment and players are urged to keep in
mind the importance of playing responsibly!
SOURCE: The New Jersey Lottery.
The Growing Market of eSports Betting
GRAZ, Austria (September 27, 2019)
-- The eSports market has boomed in recent years and more and more viewers
watched some of the best gamers in the world playing their favourite games.
Nearly 300 million eSport viewers worldwide are expected to reach 2022 by 2020,
an enormous increase from 58 million in 2012. By 2022, 347 million people are
expected to be occasional eSports viewers. The potential of this relatively new
market should not be underestimated, especially with regard to sports
An example of the great popularity
of eSports is the ESL One in Germany with 20,000 tickets sold and over 25
million viewers online. Despite these numbers, Europe ranks only second in
2019, as measured by the share of eSports viewers. It is estimated that more
than half of the world's eSports viewers and enthusiasts are in the
This steadily growing market also
holds incredible potential for eSports betting, which is generally divided into
two main categories: Cash Bets and Skin Bets ("skins" are virtual objects that
can be used in video games, usually for cosmetic purposes). , Players swap
skins via betting sites and use them as virtual casino tokens. While skin
betting was the most popular of the two, recent controversies and legal
challenges have put pressure on the skin betting market and paved the way for
Global bets on eSports betting are
steadily rising from $ 315 million in 2015 to $ 7 billion in 2018, which is
expected to double by 2020. The base projection for the number of customers
using eSports in 2020 is 6.5 million.
In the games itself, League of
Legends was the most popular eSports game on the gambling market, with about 38
percent of the total eSportsbook bet on LoL. It follows Counter-Strike: Global
Offensive (CS: GO) with 29 percent of the betting volume (2016).
As the fast-paced eSports phenomenon
continues to gather pace, the interface between gaming and sports provides an
innovative wave of branding opportunities that provide content and activations
to millions around the world. In this context, one of the biggest challenges
will be legislation. Being an emerging industry, in many countries there are no
clear rules for the regulation of the eSports gambling sector, especially in
the case of age checks and skin gambling checks.
An emerging trend for the game
industry will also be to present to players an eSportsbook offering that
differs from traditional sports betting. Because this new player demographics
can not be compared to traditional sports weather, new concepts need to be
developed to meet the needs of eSports betting.
The sportsbook offering of ARLAND's
new software, Bookmaker NEXT, already supports a number of eSports, such as
Dota 2, League of Legends and Counter-Strike. In the near future, ARLAND will
also be working on new sports betting concepts for eSports fans.
SOURCE: ARLAND Gaming Solutions
Lotto24 CEO to Step Down to Pursue a New
HAMBURG, Germany (September 30,
2019) -- Petra von Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24 AG (Lotto24.de), Germany's leading
online provider of state lotteries, is to step down from her position by mutual
agreement and on amicable terms as of 31 December 2019 in order to join the
Executive Board of another company.
After twelve years in the lottery
business, of which more than seven as CEO of Lotto24 AG, Ms von Strombeck wants
to pursue a new career challenge. As a result, Petra von Strombeck will also
not be joining the Executive Board of ZEAL Network SE, as originally planned.
Since the completion of its takeover in May 2019, ZEAL Network SE is the
majority shareholder of Lotto24 AG.
Petra von Strombeck took Lotto24 AG
public in 2012 following its spin-off from Tipp24 SE (now ZEAL). Since this
time, the company's market capitalisation has increased more than tenfold.
Under her leadership, Lotto24 developed into Germany's leading online provider
of state lotteries, achieved break-even in its fiscal year 2017 and generated
billings of over EUR 320 million in 2018 with around 2.2 million customers.
"We deeply regret the decision of
Ms von Strombeck, but wish her all the best for her personal and professional
future," says Peter Steiner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lotto24
AG. "As the CEO of Lotto24 AG, Ms von Strombeck was decisive in shaping the
company over the past seven years and making it the undisputed market leader in
Germany's online lotto brokerage sector."
The Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG
will decide on a successor to Petra von Strombeck as quickly as possible.
About Lotto24 AG:
Lotto24 AG is Germany's leading
online provider of state-licensed lotteries (Lotto24.de). Lotto24 brokers
customers' tickets to the state lottery companies and the »Deutsche
Fernsehlotterie«, for which it receives a commission. The offerings
include among others »Lotto 6aus49«, »Spiel 77«,
»Super 6«, »EuroJackpot«,
»GlücksSpirale«, lotto clubs, »Keno« and the
»Deutsche Fernsehlotterie«. After its foundation in 2010 and IPO in
2012 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard), Lotto24 is now the
market leader. In 2019, ZEAL Network SE acquired a majority shareholding in
Lotto24, which now belongs to the ZEAL Group. As a fast-growing company with a
strong service and customer orientation, Lotto24 aims to provide its customers
online as well as mobile with the most convenient, secure and modern game
SOURCE: Lotto24 AG.
Texas Lottery Radio Advertisement Wins Industry
Hickey Award finalist for
2018 Dallas Cowboys scratch ticket press conference video
AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2019)
The Texas Lottery recently received a top lottery industry award from
the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for
its Gem 7s scratch ticket family radio advertisements during this years
NASPL Conference, held in Little Rock, Arkansas last month. The spot,
Pirate, won a Batchy Award for the Use of Humor in the Special
We are proud of this award
from NASPL and we will strive to continue to highlight our products in an
exciting way to generate sales for the purpose of supporting Texas education
and veterans, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas
The award-winning radio
advertisements, recorded in English and Spanish, used the comedic juxtaposition
of a pirate on the hunt for treasure in a modern-day convenience store to stand
These spots, which ran from May to
June 2019, helped the four Gem 7s scratch ticket games vastly exceeded sales
expectations during its ad run. To date, the family of games has generated more
than $213.2 million in sales and contributed more than $36.4 million in
estimated revenue to the Foundation School Fund since launching on May 1.
In addition, the Texas Lottery was
also a Hickey Award finalist in the Audio/Visual Presentation category for its
2018 Dallas Cowboys scratch ticket press conference recap video.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $29 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $61 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $24 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance. Since the first veterans themed
scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed
more than $120 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games. For more
information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at
Editors/News Directors, note: An
audio file of the 60-second English version of the Pirate radio
commercial is available in mp3 format.
MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: email@example.com
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Celebrates A Decade of
Nearly $1 Billion in
Scholarship Proceeds Raised Since 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 1, 2019)
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery celebrated its 10-year anniversary over
On September 28, 2009, the first
Lottery ticket was sold in Arkansas for the purpose of funding higher education
scholarships for students in the state.
Since that time, the Lottery has
raised more than $889 million in scholarship funding.
As I reflect on a decade of
Lottery ticket sales in Arkansas, I cant help but see the faces of
students Ive met that have benefitted from the availability of these
scholarship funds, said Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas
It is incredible to know
that more than 542,000 college scholarships have been awarded since
There are many students who
attribute the Lottery scholarship to their academic achievements.
Jalease Lofton is a scholarship
recipient and STEM major at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Receiving
the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship helps Jalease pay for books and
tuition, while keeping her motivated.
One day Im going to
be a statistics teacher, said Jalease. I want to be a role
model for other women around the world.
Arkansas voters approved a ballot
measure to establish the Lottery in November 2008. The Academic Challenge
Scholarship provides tuition assistance to students at every state university
and two-year college, both public and private.
Applicants include new high school
graduates, students already enrolled in college and non-traditional students
who wish to further their education. The scholarship can also be combined with
other financial aid programs.
In 10 years of operation, $2.9
billion has been awarded in prizes to players. Additionally, retailer
commissions are approximately $257 million, and state and federal tax revenue
has exceeded $128 million.
We are proud of the fact
that 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to scholarships, prizes
and retailer commissions, said Woosley. And, we know that
our work is worthwhile when we hear stories like that of Jalease
The numbers continue to grow
annually. Fiscal year 2019 set records in scholarship proceeds $98.4
million and sales of more than $516,236,823, which is $16 million higher
than the previous fiscal year.
We owe a great deal of
thanks to Arkansans who have embraced the mission of the Lottery and support it
by playing responsibly, said Woosley. Our winners include
those who won $50 on a scratch-off ticket to those who won life-changing
million-dollar jackpots. Were proud to have winners in different
About the Arkansas Scholarship
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 $889
million for more than 542,000 college scholarships, more than $2.9 billion in
prizes to players, about $257 million in retailer commissions and more than
$128 million in state and federal tax revenue.
CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at
501-683-1646 for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Connecticut Lottery Corporation Marks $10 Billion Returned to
States General Fund
ROCKY HILL, CT (October 2, 2019)
Today, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation just crossed the $10 billion
threshold for profits returned to the Connecticut General Fund since the CT
Lotterys inception in 1972. These profits continue to provide a
significant impact for Connecticut and its residents, benefitting a variety of
state services, including Human Services, Education Services, Medicaid and
The CT Lottery continues to
generate significant and reliable proceeds for the State, year after
year, said CT Lottery President and CEO Greg Smith.
The Lottery exists solely to
generate revenue for the state of Connecticut, and each day we work diligently
to maximize those returns. We hope that in the near future, the CT Lottery is
authorized for additional revenue-generating opportunities like sports betting
and internet lottery to increase our impact.
The CT Lottery has generated record
returns to the General Fund almost every year, including a total of $370
million in fiscal year 2019 over $1 million per day. This was an
increase of $25 million from last fiscal year.
In addition, Lottery sales were up
more than 5 percent over the same period last year, with $1.333 billion in
total sales. These strong sales and general fund transfers represent the best
results ever in the Lotterys history.
About CT Lottery
Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's
residents in valuable ways. In fiscal year 2019, players won nearly $823
million in prize money and Retailers earned more than $74 million in
At the same time, the CT Lottery
provided $370 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by
the states General Fund including public health, libraries, public
safety, education and more. Since the Lottery began in 1972, our
contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $10 billion.
The CT Lottery reminds the public
that purchasers must be 18 or older. If you gamble, use your
GameSense. For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery
retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery),
Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call
SOURCE: Connecticut Lottery
Caramanah Signs Becomes WLA Gold Contributor
BASEL, Switzerland (October 1, 2019)
-- The World Lottery Association is pleased to announce that Carmanah Signs, a
division of STRATACACHE, has joined the ranks of WLA Gold Contributors.
Carmanah Signs has been a WLA
Associate Member in good standing since joining the Association in January
2012. Since then, they have actively participated in World Lottery Summit trade
shows and have been present in many other WLA events. The company is an
important supplier to the global lottery industry, and a valued member of the
international lottery community.
Carmanah Signs is the Lottery &
Gaming Division of STRATACACHE, a leading provider of intelligent digital media
and in-store marketing technology. Serving 54 lottery customers on four
continents, Carmanah Signs and STRATACACHE together have over two million
software activations and 155,000 wireless jackpot signs at retailers
The company offers customers a
variety of products and services that are designed to help optimize the lottery
retail experience and increase sales. The companys offerings include
digital signage content management and distribution software; media player and
display hardware including ARM-based media players and interactive tablets;
complete hosting, network monitoring, scheduling and other network operating
services; content strategy and creation including hyper-localization; and
specialized field services.
Upon becoming a WLA Gold
Contributor, President and CEO of Carmanah Signs, Mr. Cameron Waldie, stated,
Our global team is proud that Carmanah has become a WLA Gold
Contributor. We have been active participants in WLA events for over ten years,
and we highly value the WLA's service to the international lottery community. I
look forward to expanding our partnership with WLA and collaborating on
initiatives that benefit our lottery partners around the world.
WLA Executive Director, Luca
Esposito, welcomed Carmanah Signs saying, We are pleased to welcome
Carmanah Signs as a Gold Contributor, reflecting the valuable contribution they
have made to the global lottery sector over the years. The WLA has enjoyed
their continued support, and we look forward to serving them as Gold
Contributor in future.
Global Lottery Monitoring System Contributes to Hearing of the CoE
Parliamentary Committee in View of Upcoming PACE Report
STRASBOURG, France (October 2, 2019)
-- GLMS management team attended on October 1 the Hearing of the Committee on
Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In view of the upcoming report of MP Roland
Büchel "Time to act: Europes political response to fighting the
manipulation of sports competitions" (Doc. 14518), GLMS General
Secretary, Giancarlo Sergi and GLMS Deputy General Secretary, Vagelis
Alexandrakis had the chance to discuss with the rapporteur and key experts
matters related to sport competition manipulations as well as the way forward
for the Macolin Convention, following its entry into force on 1 September
Giancarlo Sergi also joined a series
of key experts from FIFA, ARJEL, INTERPOL and the Portuguese NOC in addressing
the participants of the Hearing of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education
and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Giancarlo
Sergi delivered a presentation on the relevant activities of GLMS. He also
called for more ratifications of the Macolin Convention and attached emphasis
on the necessity of education and prevention activities.
GLMS General Secretary Giancarlo
Sergi stated Lotteries and GLMS have always shown their strong support to
the Convention and look forward to further supporting the CoE with its
promotion. Indeed, it is in the highest interest of the sports movement
that the Macolin Convention is timely implemented. GLMS Deputy General
Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, added We congratulate the Parliamentary
Assembly of the CoE, and notably the rapporteur, for the initiative of this
report, which we hope will send out a strong message to states across the world
for more ratifications. As the Convention Follow-Up Committee will have to be
convened soon, it is of significance that states ensure their participation in
it with full voting rights from the very beginning.
A draft of the report Time to
act: Europes political response to fighting the manipulation of sports
competitions (Doc. 14518) will be discussed in the next hearing of the
PACE in December, while the full report is expected to be adopted by the
Plenary in April 2020, just before the two significant mega events of the
summer: the UEFA Euro 2020 and the Summer Olympics in Tokio.
Related article: Lottery community
calls for global action as Macolin Convention historically enters into force,
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GLMS is the state lotteries
mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and
analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a
Building on six years of experience
with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went
global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS
facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective
efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated
to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement
authorities, sports organizations.
GLMS currently has 32 individual
Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,
Loterie Nationale Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija Croatia, SAZKA
Czech Republic, Danske Spil Denmark, Veikkaus Finland, La
Française Des Jeux France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in
Bayern Germany, Opap SA Greece, Szerencsejatek
Hungary, Islenk Getspa Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board
- Israel, Lottomatica Italy, Sisal Italy, Maltco
Lotteries Ltd Malta, Norsk Tipping Norway, Santa Casa De
Misericordia da Lisboa Portugal, STOLOTO Russia,
Sportna Loterija Slovenia, Svenska Spel Sweden,
Loterie Romande Switzerland, Swisslos Switzerland,
Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong
Kong, Singapore Pools Singapore, Ktoto Co South Korea,
China Sports Lottery China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla
Chilena de Beneficencia Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo
Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale
du Sénégal Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European
Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).
GLMS has 3 associate Members:
Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT and IGT
SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring