Biggest Scratch-Off Ever:' NJ Lottery Launches Super $50 Scratch-Off
for 50th Year
Another Record Broken in
NJ Lotterys 50th Year as the SUPER 50 SCRATCH-OFF Launches
TRENTON, New Jersey (February 27,
2020) To honor 50 years of the New Jersey Lottery, the Lottery is
releasing its biggest Scratch-Off game ever the Super 50 Scratch-Off on
Monday, March 2.
At a full 8 inches wide and 12
inches tall, the new game is more than DOUBLE the size of any prior
Scratch-Off. Its so big, the game will be housed in special
double-wide bins available at most of the states 7000 Lottery
retailers beginning Monday.
Jersey Lottery players love
Scratch-Offs, and this is the ultimate BIG game. It offers players an
incredible 50 chances to win, making it the perfect way to celebrate 50 years
of the New Jersey Lottery, said James Carey, the Lotterys
Selling for $10, the ticket offers
players the opportunity to scratch their way around the ticket, looking to
uncover money bags, multipliers, $50 bonus spots, and a top prize of
The release of the Super 50 ticket
is the latest in the Lotterys year-long 50th Anniversary celebration that
began in January with special Kick-off Events in Bridgewater and Atlantic City.
All 50th-related activities and events are highlighted on the Lotterys
The New Jersey Lottery is the
nations third oldest Lottery. The states first Lottery ticket was
sold to Governor William T. Cahill on December 16, 1970. Since then, the New
Jersey Lottery has awarded over $42 billion in prizes to its players.
CONTACT: Missy Gillespie,
Communications Manager, T: PublicInfo@lottery.nj.gov.
SOURCE: New Jersey Lottery.
March Is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
NASPL and NCPG Partner
Again to Promote Awareness + Action
CONCORD, Ohio This March, in
recognition of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), the North American
Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) is again partnering with
the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to provide educational
resources and training to members, retailers and players.
The theme for the 2020 PGAM,
Awareness + Action," is all about taking action and having conversations
about problem gambling issues and directing people to the help they may need.
Using the tagline #AwarenessPlusAction, the national campaign, which is in its
seventeenth year, aims to increase public awareness of problem gambling, as
well as the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services. A
toolkit guide, graphics downloads, and additional information and resources are
available to PGAM participants on the NCPG website.
According to NCPG, research
indicates that most adults who choose to gamble are able to do so responsibly.
Approximately 85% of U.S. adults have gambled at least once in their lives; 60%
have done so in the past year. Of those U.S. adults, about 1% meet the
diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling.
This month and year-round, NASPL and
NCPG are working together to improve responsible gambling education and
practices within the lottery industry. We at NASPL value our longstanding
relationship with NCPG, and were encouraged by the ongoing improvements
and increased participation made possible by our combined responsible gambling
efforts, said NASPL Executive Director David Gale.
Beginning in 2014, in collaboration
with NCPG and the North Carolina Education Lottery, NASPL worked to create
comprehensive responsible gambling (RG) training materials for both lottery
employees and retailers; the group effort culminated in the release of
specialized training videos to be shared among the membership. From then on,
NASPL has continued to grow and evolve its RG efforts and related training
components to better serve the evolving industry. Recently, in light of the
widespread legalization of sports betting in the U.S., NASPL has updated its
Guidelines for Responsible Gambling to include RG protocols specific to sports
NASPL and the NCPG also worked
together to establish a Verification Program for lotteries seeking to create or
improve responsible gambling programs within their jurisdictions. By the start
of 2020, nearly half of the lotteries in the U.S. had achieved official
verification. Responsible gambling resources, including Verification Program
information, employee and retailer training videos, and a downloadable RG
Toolkit are available to NASPL members on the NASPL Matrix.
When help is needed, the NCPG
operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network, which provides
resources and referrals to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Canada
and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Communication is 100% confidential, and help is
available 24/7 by calling or texting 1-800-522-4700 or by accessing the
Helpline Chat at ncpgambling.org/chat.
The National Council on Problem
Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist people
and families affected by problem gambling. NCPG is neutral on legalized
gambling and works with all stakeholders to improve health and reduce social
costs by developing comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by
The North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in1971. Evolving from an informal
exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the
organization has grown into an active association representing 53 lottery
organizations. NASPL's basic mission is to assemble and disseminate information
on the lottery industry through education and communications, and where
appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of
Media contact: David Gale, NASPL
Executive Director, 440-361-7962 or email@example.com
Madrid Approves the Decree Suspending the Opening of New Gambling
MADRID, Spain (February 26, 2020) --
The Governing Council of the Community of Madrid today approved the Decree for
the suspension of concessions granting new authorizations to open gambling
halls and specific betting premises in the region.
The regional vice president, Ignacio
Aguado, said that this Decree is retroactive from November 29 and will remain
in force until the approval of the new Decree for planning the activity on
which the regional government already works.
The Decree of suspension responds to
the will of the regional Executive to improve the regulations that affect the
gaming sector, a legal and regulated activity that can generate "public
For its part, the Planning Decree
will order the future growth of the activity, guaranteeing at all times the
defence of the general interest, the protection of the rights of users and
consumers, and especially the protection of minors and vulnerable groups.
Until December 31, in the Community
there were 685 betting points, of which 368, that is, 53%, were in the city of
Madrid. As for its typology, 160 were specific betting premises (bookmakers);
and 488 game rooms, 33 bingos and four casinos, all with 'corner' to bet.
The map of the game in the Community
of Madrid is led by the capital, where in 2019 there were 368 stores. The
Puente de Vallecas district, with 36 betting points, concentrates 10 percent of
the total, and is followed by Carabanchel, with 35 betting points; Centre, with
34, as well as Usera and Tetuán, with 28 betting points each.
After the capital, the cities with
the highest number of betting points in the Community are Fuenlabrada, with 27;
Móstoles, with 26; Alcalá de Henares, with 22 and Leganés,
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice,
Interior and Victims promoted an Inspection Plan that plans to examine all the
gambling and gambling halls in the region and verify the correct installation
and location of user control and admission systems under the terms included in
Decree 42/2019 of May.
The Plan is being carried out since
last February 18, the date on which the period of adaptation of all the
premises to the regulations was concluded and will continue until next
It will be structured in three
phases. The first, until March, will include the inspection of all existing
betting premises. The second will be in the month of May and will include more
selective visits to verify that the infractions detected in the first phase
have been remedied. Finally, the third phase will take place in June and will
include a specific control in premises with repeated infractions.
In addition, the regional government
works on the modification of the Law of the Game of the Community of Madrid,
with the objective of hardening the sanctioning regime in what affects the
presence of minors in the betting premises and the regional advertising regime
so that, Among other measures, this activity cannot be linked to famous
The Danish Gambling Authority's Report on Illegal Gambling
DENMARK (February 27, 2020) -- The
Danish Gambling Authority's yearly report on illegal has now been published. It
provides an introduction to illegal gambling and a description of the Danish
Gambling Authority's work in the field of illegal gambling.
The Danes play on legal
The illegal gaming market in Denmark
is rather limited. A decrease in websites with illegal supply of games as well
as the so-called "channelling rate" support this statement. The channelling
rate expresses the estimated percentage of legal gambling in a country. In 2021
the channelling rate for Denmark was 72% and in 2020 it was 93%. Thus, Denmark
is at the top compared to other countries in Europe.
Excerpts from the report
- The Danish Gambling Authority continues to
block illegal websites
In 2019, 25 illegal websites were blocked in
- Gaming / Gambling: Presentations at
In 2019, The Dansish Gambling Authority
held a number of presentations at schools, educational institutions as well as
at E-sports associations. The focus for the presentations are on the blurred
lines between gaming and gambling and the audience is both children and their
parents. Presentations about skin betting and loot boxes have been particularly
popular. Presentations can be booked through the website.
- International cooperation on the blurred
lines between gaming and gambling
In 2018, The Danish Gambling
Authority signed an international letter of intent to take a closer look at the
blurred lines between gaming and gambling. After several meetings between
European regulators, a report on the work was published in 2019. It primarily
describes different approaches to particular loot boxes and concludes that the
legislation differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but that the
international cooperation is valuable.
Report on illegal gambling 2019 (pdf)
World Pool to be Offered for Dubai Super Saturday and Dubai World Cup
HONG KONG, SAR (February 27, 2020) -
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in partnership with Dubai Racing Club, will offer
World Pool betting for the Dubai Super Saturday meeting (7 March) and Dubai
World Cup meeting (28 March) at Meydan Racecourse.
Following the successful launch of
the World Pool for Royal Ascot in June 2019, which led to a 60 per cent
increase in turnover, the Club has continued to collaborate with numerous
leading racing jurisdictions and wagering authorities to further promote World
Pool development for global racing events.
Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges,
the Hong Kong Jockey Clubs Chief Executive Officer, said: The
commingling development in Hong Kong has been an astonishing success.
Last year we created a new
dimension to commingling with the first global pool at Royal Ascot which
enabled people around the world to make use of huge liquidity and led to a 60
per cent increase in turnover.
We are now applying the same
concept to Dubai. As a truly global racing event, Dubai's Super Saturday and
Dubai World Cup meetings attract world class horses, jockeys and trainers.
Commingling provides our sport with a golden opportunity to harvest the full
potential of global racing and we are delighted to announce these two fixtures
as the next destinations on the growing World Pool rota.
Overseas pari-mutuel wagers placed
through partners from the Australia, Canada, Europe, Singapore and the United
States will be commingled into Hong Kongs pools directly or via Premier
Gateway International (PGI) during the two Dubai race meetings. This will
ensure maximum liquidity and stronger opportunities for customers across the
Mr. Richard Cheung, the Hong Kong
Jockey Clubs Executive Director, Customer and International Business
Development, said: We would like to thank the Dubai Racing Club, PGI, as
well as our network of global commingling partners to make this happen.
It is important to note that
unlike Royal Ascot, there is no domestic betting in Dubai to merge with Hong
Kong pool. So we are pulling the many different pari-mutuel pools across
four continents to Hong Kong and create the World Pool. This will have to
be a long term partnership to grow the pool together and 2020 is a great
SOURCE: The Hong Kong Jockey
Gambling Commission Fines Gambling Operator £3m for Regulatory
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 27, 2020)
-- A gambling operator is to pay £3m as part of the Gambling
Commissions targeted investigation into online casinos.
Mr Green is the ninth gambling
business to face action as part of a regulator probe that has led to more than
£20m in penalty packages since 2018.
Since the enforcement activity began
six operators have surrendered their licence and can no longer transact with
consumers in Britain.
During the course of investigations
into the nine most serious operating licence cases the Commission examined the
actions of 22 individual Personal Management Licence holders. Of these, six
surrendered their licence, six received a formal warning, one received an
advice to conduct, seven are still ongoing and no further action was taken
As part of todays penalty
package Mr Green will pay £3m to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling
Harms because it failed to have effective procedures aimed at preventing harm
and money laundering.
As a result of these failures Mr
- did not carry out social responsibility interaction
with a customer who won £50,000, gambled it away and deposited thousands
- took ten-year-old evidence of a £176,000
claims payout as satisfactory evidence of source of funds (SOF) for a customer
who deposited over £1m
- accepted a photograph of a laptop screen showing
currency in dollars on an alleged crypto trading account as adequate SOF.
Richard Watson, Gambling Commission
Executive Director, said: Our investigation uncovered systemic failings
in respect of both Mr Greens social responsibility and AML controls which
affected a significant number of customers across its online casinos.
Consumers in Britain have
the right to know that there are checks and balances in place which will help
keep them safe and ensure gambling is crime-free and we will continue to
crack down on operators who fail in this area.
The online casino enforcement work
is in addition to the Commissions ongoing strategy to make gambling
online safer. This has included strengthened online age and identity
verification, enhanced rules and guidance on identifying and interacting with
customers who may be at risk of harm and the banning of credit cards. The
regulator is also pushing the industry to raise standards in the areas of VIP
practices, advertising technology and game design, and is currently looking at
online stake limits.
All operators are advised to read
the public statement below to avoid making the same mistakes as Mr Green.
Mr Green Limited public statement
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Jumbo Interactive Announce It Has Entered Into a 4th SaaS
Licence Agreement with MS Queensland
BRISBANE, Australia February 28,
2020) -- Jumbo Interactive is pleased to announce that it has entered into a
new SaaS (Software as a Service) 5-year licence agreement with leading
Australian charity lottery operator MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Queensland for the
use of its Jumbo Lottery Platform. The agreement can be extended to 10 years
subject to performance criteria being met.
Under the agreement, MS Queensland
will utilise a personalised version of Jumbos lottery platform to manage
its entire lottery sales.
MS Queensland is the 4th
charity lottery operator in 15 months to choose Jumbo said Mr Mike
Veverka, Founder and CEO of Jumbo.
Jumbo appreciates the
confidence that MS Queensland has shown and is confident the platform will be
pivotal in assisting MS Queensland increase the funds that it generates to
support the vital work it does within the community he said.
This is another step towards
our $1 billion vision of $1 billion of lottery tickets sold over
our platform by 2022, said Mr Veverka.
With four leading charities
on board, we are well positioned to continue developing the platform to
specifically meet the needs of charity organisations as we expand the business
both domestically and internationally, he added.
About Jumbo Interactive
In 2000, Jumbo sold its first
lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in
popularity due to the convenience of
buying tickets online. The Company operates the popular website
Australia under agreements with Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) that date back to 2005.
These agreements are not required to be renewed however termination clauses
with 12 months notice become available to either party in 2022. Tabcorp
became a substantial shareholder in Jumbo in 2017.
Over the years Jumbo has grown to a
large and loyal database of predominately younger
demographic customers attracted to
the Jumbo innovations. These include Lotto Party which
promotes social group play,
iPhone/Android Apps and Google voice. In addition, Jumbo has grown a wide range
of lottery games that include popular charity lotteries that appeal to younger
Since entering the Lottery SaaS
(Software as a Service) market with the signing if its first
customer in November 2018, Jumbo has
built momentum in the charity lottery segment with a significant TAM (Total
Addressable Market) largely underserviced by optimised technology
In December 2019 Jumbo entered the
UK market with an acquisition of Gatherwell Limited and has embarked on a
$1 Billion vision to reach $1 Billion in ticket sales on the Jumbo
platform by FY2022.
For further information: Mike
Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.
SOURCE: Jumbo Interactive.
Netgaming Set for Asian Market with We Are Casino
MALTA (February 28, 2020) --
NetGaming, the creative casino games studio, has signed an agreement with the
content aggregator We Are Casino.
The providers engaging
portfolio, which is available in 26 languages and can be played with over 40
currencies, is set to be distributed across a number of key territories under
The deal sees NetGamings
entertaining slot catalogue go live in Asia, following the suppliers
recent deals focusing on other important markets such as Europe, Africa and the
The partnership follows
NetGamings other major agreements with companies such as Relax Gaming,
with We Are Casinos partners gaining access to a range of action-packed
titles, including Warriors Quest, Festival of Fortune and the recent
release, Kitty Café.
Pallavi Deshmukh, CEO at NetGaming,
said: We Are Casinos impressive distribution capability gives our
content a further boost, and the aggregators access to important regions
in Asia fits well with our ambitious global roadmap.
With further market entries,
high-profile agreements and premium game releases on the horizon, NetGaming is
all set for an exciting 2020.
Marko Jelen, Head of Sales at
WeAreCasino, added: Im really pleased about the deal we closed with
NetGaming. Us being neighbours at ICE for the past couple of years, it was only
natural to enter into a content distribution agreement with the company.
Im sure that the quality of their games will appeal not just to our Asian
market but also Europe and others. I'm particularly excited to see their
Branded Games that are coming soon.
SOURCE: NetGaming (https://netgaming.com/) press
Free Resources Available for North Carolinians with a Gambling
supports state, national awareness campaign
RALEIGH, North Carolina (March 1,
2020) -- The North Carolina Education Lottery is joining state and national
efforts to raise awareness about problem gambling and the free counselling and
treatment services available to anyone in North Carolina.
In an official proclamation, Gov.
Roy Cooper urged North Carolinians to join the nation in the observance of
March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Problem gambling is
treatable, said the proclamation.
Free treatment for North Carolinians
is made possible by an annual $1 million contribution from the lottery. That
support funds the N.C. Problem Gambling Program.
To support the signed proclamation,
the lottery will share information on all its communication platforms
throughout the month. That includes a TV advertising campaign and information
on its website, social media channels and multimedia monitors in all 7,000
lottery retail locations.
We want people to play
smart when they play the lottery, said Mark Michalko, executive
director of the lottery. Thats the whole goal around our new
Play Smart program. It encourages behaviours that can reduce the risk of
players developing a problem and raises awareness of how someone with a
gambling problem can get
Michalko said effective responsible
gaming programs, like the Education Lotterys Play Smart program,
focus not only on prevention and treatment, but also awareness.
Thats what Problem Gambling Awareness month helps
Free resources and
treatment at no cost are available to anyone who is concerned
about their own gambling or that of a loved one, said Amanda Winters,
program director for the N.C. problem gambling program. Problem
Gambling Awareness Month is an important time for us to partner with the
lottery and reach new audiences to raise awareness about problem gambling and
resources in our state.
Free resources are only a text or
click away. To learn more:
Looking out after the interest of
players goes hand-in-hand with the lotterys mission to raise money for
education. For details on how lottery funds made a difference in all of North
Carolinas 100 counties, click on the Impact section of the
lotterys website. Play Smart term is a service mark of the Illinois
Lottery licensed to the NCEL.
CONTACT: Townley Cheek, Phone: (919)
301-3592, Cell: (919) 500-6410
Source: North Carolina Education
Michigan Lottery Teams Up with Speedway to Give Players a Chance to
win Free Fuel for a Year
Michigan (March 2, 2020) -- Two
lucky motorists will be filling their tanks for free for a year thanks to the
Michigan Lottery and Speedway LLC (Speedway).
Beginning today, Lottery players who
buy instant game tickets at Speedway convenience stores and scan their
registered Speedy Rewards® card will be entered in a giveaway to win free
fuel for a year.
A registered Speedy Rewards®
card is one that is associated with a valid email address or phone number.
Customers may register their Speedy Rewards® card online at
http://www.speedway.com or at the in-store kiosk at any Speedway convenience
store. Players will earn one entry for each dollar spent on Michigan Lottery
Two grand prize winners each will
receive free fuel for a year in the form of a $2,500 Speedway gift card. In
addition to two grand prize winners, eight lucky winners each will receive $600
in Lottery instant game tickets. Winners will be selected at random in late May
from eligible entries.
Players may earn entries through
11:59 p.m. on April 29. There is no limit on the number of entries a player may
earn. Purchases of Lottery draw game tickets arent eligible for
This marks the sixth time that the
Lottery and Speedway have teamed up to offer players a chance to win free fuel
for a year and free instant game tickets.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
International Game Technology PLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full
Year 2019 Results
- Achieved record global gaming product sales in
- Full-year net loss of $19 million includes $99
million non-cash goodwill impairment charge
- 2019 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.71 billion, in top half
- Fourth quarter net loss of $168 million reflects
non-cash FX losses and impairment charge; Adjusted EBITDA of $436 million
driven by higher profits from North America Gaming and International
- $1.09 billion in operating cash flow for 2019; free
cash flow of $651 million
LONDON, March 3, 2020 --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) today reported financial
results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. Today, at
8:00 a.m. EST, management will host a conference call and webcast to present
the results; access details are provided below.
IGT is the global leader in
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 achieved the high end of our
profit and cash flow expectations for 2019, led by strong results for our North
America Gaming and Italy segments," said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.
"In the full year, we grew global
gaming product sales by more than 20% thanks to higher unit shipments and the
success of our new games. Global lottery same-store revenue also rose. We are
closely monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. Apart from this,
solid operational performance across products and regions should support
continued momentum in 2020."
"2019 marked an important
inflection in cash flows for IGT," said Timothy Rishton, Interim CFO of
IGT. "Having generated $1.1 billion in cash from operations, we invested in
the business, paid down debt, and returned capital to shareholders. We enter
2020 in strong financial condition."
Overview of Consolidated Fourth Quarter and Full
Year 2019 Results
Note: Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted
net income per diluted share are non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations
of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial
measures are provided at the end of this news release.
Overview of Consolidated Fourth
Quarter 2019 Results
Consolidated revenue of $1.25
billion, down 1% from the prior year as reported, in line at constant
- Strong growth in global gaming and North America
lottery product sales
- Higher sports betting contribution from Italy and
- Lower service revenues from reduced North American
multistate jackpot activity and impact of Italy gaming machine taxes
Operating income of $81 million, up
from $41 million in the prior year
- Reduced goodwill impairment
- Beneficial product sales mix
- Lower bad debt expense
Adjusted EBITDA of $436 million, up
5% from the prior year period as reported, up 6% at constant currency
- Higher profit contributions from North America
Gaming & Interactive, International, and Italy segments
- North America Lottery impacted by lower jackpot
Interest expense, net was $101
million, down 3% from the prior-year quarter
Income taxes of $13 million, down
from $30 million on lower pre-tax income
Net loss attributable to IGT was
$168 million; adjusted net income attributable to IGT of $63 million, up from
$48 million in the prior year
- Net loss includes non-cash, non-deductible goodwill
impairment charge of $99 million, reducing the carrying value of the
International segment, in addition to $102 million of non-cash foreign exchange
- Adjusted net income increase driven by higher
Net loss per diluted share of $0.82;
adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.31 versus $0.24 in the prior
Net debt of $7.38 billion, an
improvement of 5% from $7.76 billion at December 31, 2018
Overview of Consolidated Full
Year 2019 Results
Consolidated revenue was $4.79
billion, down 1% from 2018 as reported, up 2% at constant currency
- Significant growth in global gaming product sales,
sports betting, and Italy commercial services
- Global service revenue impacted by higher gaming
machine taxes in Italy, Illinois lottery contract conclusion, and exceptional
North American jackpot activity in the prior year
Operating income of $637 million,
down 2% from the prior year as reported, up 3% at constant currency
- Reduced goodwill impairment
Adjusted EBITDA of $1.71 billion,
down 1% as reported, up 2% at constant currency
- Strong profit growth from North America Gaming
& Interactive and Italy at constant currency
Interest expense, net was $410
million, down from $417 million in the prior year
Income taxes of $173 million, down
from $189 million on lower pre-tax income
Net loss attributable to IGT was $19
million; adjusted net income attributable to IGT of $221 million, up from $201
million in the prior year
- Net loss includes non-cash, non-deductible goodwill
impairment charge of $99 million, reducing the carrying value of the
- Adjusted net income increase driven by reduced
interest expense and lower income taxes
Net loss per diluted share of $0.09;
adjusted net income per diluted share of $1.08 versus $0.99 in the prior
Capital expenditures of $442 million
compared to $533 million in the prior year
Cash from operations totals $1.1
billion, up significantly from $30 million in the prior year, which included
$878 million in Italy upfront license fees
Cash and cash equivalents were $663
million as of December 31, 2019, compared to $251 million as of December 31,
Please click here to read the entire Reports Fourth
Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for
players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and
Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling
content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational
expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivalled gaming
experiences that engage players and drive growth. 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 approximately
12,000 employees. For more information, please visit
Lottery Mobile App Downloads Surge 40 Percent as Illinois Player
Swipes Right on $6.25m Prize
The importance of mobile
apps to the U.S. lottery industry highlighted by second multimillion-dollar app
winner in Illinois
CHICAGO, Illinois (March 3, 2020)
The Illinois Lottery is celebrating another huge U.S. lottery jackpot
win through its mobile app, after a Southern Illinois resident tapped their way
to a $6,250,000 Lotto win recently.
The lucky player joins a growing
club of digital winners through its new app, built by Camelot LS, and follows a
win of over $15 million last year by a player using the app on their iPad.
Camelot Illinois, the private
manager of the Illinois Lottery, relaunched the Lotterys entire digital
presence a year ago, introducing Camelot Lottery Solutions iLottery
platform, including a new website and app.
Traffic to the Illinois Lottery
website has increased 150% since the relaunch, with visitors from mobile
devices now accounting for 87% of all online traffic.
And daily mobile app downloads
have jumped 40% since the news of last weeks big winner was
announced, said Mark Bradford, VP Product at Camelot Lottery
New data from Camelot LS also shows
that for every app download in FY19, retail sales of MegaMillions tickets
increased by $16 - demonstrating the value of digital experiences to drive
In the past 12 months, the share of
draw-based game sales through iLottery channels in Illinois has doubled, and
online and app players have won prizes totalling more than $40 million.
Bradford said, Consumer
behavior has shifted significantly in the past decade, and its clear that
players now expect the same digital experiences from the lottery as they do
from any other business.
The importance of doing
digital well cant be overstated. A data-led approach, with a strong
mobile app, can see lotteries achieve real growth even in the current
challenging U.S trading environment due to the lack of large jackpots in
Using a combination of
tactics on owned, earned and paid-for channels, all driven by data-led
intelligence, the share of draw-based game sales through iLottery channels in
Illinois doubled in the past year.
Camelot Lottery Solutions is the
parent company of Camelot Illinois, which is the integrated business manager of
the Illinois Lottery.
About Camelot Lottery
Camelot is a leading lottery
solutions and advisory provider to lotteries around the world. Camelots
digital and data platforms and digital services power some of the most
innovative and fastest growing digital lotteries in the world, including the
Illinois Lottery, the Irish and UK national lotteries, and Loterie Romande
(Switzerland). Camelot is the integrated business manager of the Illinois
Lottery and is a long-term strategic partner to the Arkansas Scholarship
For more information, visit
Media CONTACT: Emilia Mazur -
Director of Corporate Affairs, Camelot Lottery Solutions, T: +44 (0) 7889 232
755, E: Emilia.Mazur@camelotls.com
SOURCE: Camelot Lottery
Hoosier Lottery Launches the JAMES BOND 007
myLOTTERY members could
win up to $1 million or more in Las Vegas
INDIANAPOLI, Indiana (March 3, 2020)
-- The JAMES BOND 007 Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off is bringing excitement
to Hoosier Lottery retailers today, offering players the chance to win up to
$10,000 instantly or a chance to win a $1 million or more in Las Vegas.
The JAMES BOND 007 Scratch-off
includes two rows of diamonds ready to reveal YOUR NUMBERS. By matching them to
either of the WINNING NUMBERS, players will win the PRIZE shown. If they find
the 007 symbol, they will win double the PRIZE shown.
Players get excited when
the Hoosier Lottery partners with licensed properties, said Sarah M.
Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery. They provide us the
unique opportunity to merge Hoosier Lottery games with pop culture and the
JAMES BOND 007 Scratch-off is a perfect example.
The excitement and intrigue do not
end there. Four Hoosier Lottery myLOTTERY members and their guests will win a
once-in-a-lifetime trip to Las Vegas. The trip includes four-nights hotel
accommodations, $1,000 spending cash and admission to the JAMES BOND Lottery
Challenge, an exclusive lottery event where each trip winner will participate
for a chance to win up to $1 million or more. All myLOTTERY members can enter
eligible non-winning $2 JAMES BOND 007 Scratch-offs with the free Hoosier
Lottery App or at: HoosierLottery.com/my2ndchance.
The Hoosier Lottery will be
conducting not-so-secret JAMES BOND 007 Scratch-off retail events around the
state where players can win Hoosier Lottery prizes. Players who purchase $6 in
JAMES BOND 007 Scratch-offs can spin the prize wheel and have a chance to win a
$300 prize package from the Hoosier Lottery. Check
hoosierlottery.com/promotions-events for the latest events listings.
Estimated Overall Odds: $2 JAMES
BOND 007 1 in 4.35; 2nd Chance promotion odds are dependent upon the number of
Find your nearest Hoosier Lottery
retailer here. Download the free Hoosier Lottery app here. Register for a free
myLOTTERY account here.
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related James Bond Trademarks are trademarks of Danjaq, LLC. All Rights
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:
For 30 years, Hoosier Lottery
distributions have benefited every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier
Lottery has contributed $6 billion to good causes, including $30 million to
local police and firefighters pensions and $30 million to the
Teachers Retirement Fund annually. To learn more about the Hoosier
Lottery, visit hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and
CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier
Lottery, Sr. Manager of Public Relations, 317-264-4676 office, E:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
The Inclusive Playground Building Programme of
Szerencsejáték Zrt. Sees Great Success in
BUDAPEST, Hungary (February 18,
2020) -- The inclusive playground building project implemented by the Hungarian
National Lottery company based on a joint initiative by European Lotteries (EL)
and the European Disability Forum (EDF) has become a real success story.
So far, eight special playgrounds,
which support the integration of children living with disabilities, have been
constructed within the framework of the Playing brings us together!
programme, which constitutes a flagship initiative in Eastern and Central
Europe and is financed using the revenue from the sale of Christmas scratch
cards by Szerencsejáték Zrt., and the company is already planning
the next step.
This widely successful joint
European project was implemented in Hungary thanks to the fact that
Szerencsejáték Zrt. was the first in the region and among the
first in Europe to join the agreement governing the joint disability initiative
of European Lotteries (EL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) in 2015.
After this, in order to define and
schedule the key tasks, the lottery company entered into a trilateral agreement
with the Hungarian member of the EDF, Council of Organisations for People with
Disabilities (FESZT) and the Spanish National Organisation for the Blind
(ONCE). This agreement, which regulates the implementation of the project in
Hungary, specified the tasks of Szerencsejáték Zrt., keeping in
mind the objectives of the continent-wide agreement.
Within the framework of the
agreement, Szerencsejáték Zrt. agreed that for the first time in
Eastern and Central Europe, it would launch a scratch card series that
contributes to shaping social attitudes and announce a programme that supports
the cause of people living with disabilities.
Honouring its commitment, the
company launched a new Christmas scratch card series in 2017 and used part of
the sales revenue associated with these tickets to organise the large-scale
inclusive playground programme called Playing brings us together!,
encouraging players to support the cause by purchasing these tickets.
As another way of raising awareness,
messages concerning disabilities were printed on the back of the tickets.
In order to ensure that the
programme became as widely known as possible, the varied content of the related
campaign was communicated through various channels and several types of
The company regularly notifies the
public of the results of the Playing brings us together! programme
and the national media has repeatedly reported on the opening of the
The scratch lottery tickets, which
are only available in the two months preceding the holidays, have sold nearly
2.5 million copies each year. Thus, with contributions from the lottery
players, eight inclusive playgrounds with a special social function, which take
into account the principles of universal design, have been built around the
country in the past few years using the revenue from the sale of these
Christmas scratch cards, reaching several thousand families and children.
Thanks to their specialised design,
the inclusive playgrounds allow children living with disabilities to play
alongside children without disabilities, since they will find at least one
easy-to-use toy at these playgrounds regardless of the type of disability they
possess. The inclusive but not necessarily specialised components installed at
these playgrounds ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for the children with
the help of their appropriate design, coating, and accessible paths. The reason
for the existence and success of inclusive playgrounds is the fact that joint
play and joint experiences are able to promote positive changes in the
attitudes of children towards the case of disabilities, reflected in the slogan
of the programme as well: The important things are not those that
separate us but those that connect us.
A freely-available methodology guide
was prepared for the programme; however, the plans of
Szerencsejáték Zrt. include the further sharing and spreading of
the experience gained during the implementation of the project, as well as
promoting the creation of user communities. The company also plans to continue
the successful project in 2020, now in possession of feedback regarding the use
of the already opened playgrounds, which will help ensure that the playgrounds
built within the framework of the Playing brings us together!
programme in the future will reflect an even higher standard, gifting the
experience of joint play to both children living with disabilities and children
Aristocrat Named Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content at EKG Slot
Awards in Big Night that Nets Company Eight Awards
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 2, 2020)
Aristocrat Technologies was the big winner at last weeks EKG Slot Awards.
The company was named Best Supplier of Slot Content in a dramatic
night where Aristocrat won a total of eight awards, more than any other
Aristocrat won the following
- Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content
- Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game: Buffalo
- Top Performing NEW Premium Game: Buffalo
- Top Performing NEW Cabinet - Core: MarsX
- Top Performing NEW Cabinet - Premium:
- Top Performing Core Video Reel Game: Buffalo
- Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game: Dragon
Link - Happy & Prosperous
- Top Performing Premium Game: Dragon Link -
Happy & Prosperous
While we are thrilled to
take home eight awards and to be named best supplier, these wins are not about
us they are about the customers for which we work so hard,
said Aristocrat Americas President Hector Fernandez. They are about
the thousands of creative, innovative Aristocrat team members who dedicate
their lives to bringing their passion for play to life in ground-breaking
cabinets and games that perform for our customers.
According to the events
website, the EKG Slot Awards Show, produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming
(EKG), is designed to recognize excellence in slot game development in the
casino gaming industry.
For more information about any of
Aristocrats industry-leading and award-winning games, cabinets, and
system solutions, contact your Aristocrat representative or visit
www.aristocrat-us.com. Join Aristocrat on Facebook,
Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
ABOUT ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a
subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a global games leader with
more than 6,000 employees. The company is licensed in around 300 gaming
jurisdictions, operates in more than 90 countries, and offers a unique blend
products and services. The companys mission is to bring joy to life
through the power of play. Its values are rooted in creativity and technology,
and the company has a rich history of innovation that has shaped the gaming
industry over many decades. For further information, visit the companys
website at www.aristocrat-us.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul
Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, Email:
COMPANY CONTACT: Meghan Sleik,
Director of Marketing Communications Aristocrat, Email:
SOURCE: Aristocrat Technologies
Sportradars Statement on Legal Proceedings Against Betgenius
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (March 4,
2020) -- Today, Sportradar has served legal proceedings against Betgenius and
Football DataCo (FDC).
The claim is in relation to the
current structure for the licensing and distribution of live data from FDC
football leagues for betting purposes.
This legal action is embarked upon
with reluctance and Sportradar has not taken the decision lightly. Sportradar
had hoped to find a fair solution that enables it to build its own database and
to compete effectively in the market, but that has not proved possible.
Sportradar remains open to the possibility of finding a resolution.
However, ultimately, Sportradar
supports a competitive marketplace in which there is genuine choice between
suppliers. This competition is vital for innovation, genuine product choice and
fair pricing and we believe these elements are worth protecting.
The step Sportradar has taken is
focused on that outcome. Sportradar is, and has always been, willing to pay for
access, and to be part of an integrated, accredited, and fair system of
collection and distribution which enables competition. Sportradar believes that
the system put in place by Betgenius and FDC does not allow for this outcome;
and that the current arrangements are in breach of UK and EU Competition
This status is not only harmful to
data supply companies like Sportradar, but also to the downstream market
(bookmakers and their customers) where product choice is being restricted or
removed in favour of an information monopoly.
This is why Sportradar has now
sought adjudication by an independent specialist tribunal in the hope that
matters can be resolved fairly and equitably.
Next Generation Lotteries Signs a Contract Extension with Norsk
VIENNA, Austria (March 4, 2020) --
Next Generation Lotteries (NGL), a modern full-service lottery supplier, is
pleased to announce the extension of its contract with Norsk Tipping for the
design and management of digital games for Norsk Tippings instant games
NGL has been supplying Norsk Tipping
with its eInstant Win Solutions - both NGL original games and custom digital
conversions of physical scratch tickets since winning a competitive
tender in 2017 to be one of three Flax games suppliers. Based on the current
extension, signed in January 2020, NGL will continue to provide its robust
solutions and expertise to Norsk Tipping for another year.
This extension is a proof of
the strength and quality of our solutions and it reflects continued commitment
to our existing customers said Hans Vigmostad, NGLs CEO. We
are very happy to be part of the success of Norsk Tippings eInstant games
and we are proud to be able to support the ongoing growth of Flax by offering a
wide game library, exciting new original games, and our proven ability to
develop bespoke instant games he added.
Over the course of the contract,
Next Generation Lotteries has proven to be a good fit for Norsk Tippings
sophisticated instant games portfolio. NGL has been supporting the responsible
growth of the Flax brand not only by providing modern e-Instant
games that strictly adhere to the Norwegian gaming regulation, but also by
providing new innovative new games to players. Since the beginning of the
contract NGLs focus has been on mobile-first development and today
NGLs games at Norsk Tipping are overwhelmingly played on mobile.
For more information regarding this
Press Release please CONTACT: Agnieszka Rylska, NGL Head of Marketing and
Communication, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
NGL (formerly Novomatic Lottery
Solutions) is a full solution, alternative vendor for international lottery
markets. NGL delivers games and services using state-of-the-art technology that
allows for easy integration with any 3rd party systems. The NGL system supports
all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly Omni-channel offering while
at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With
ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and
numerous lottery audits, NGL solutions guarantee the highest levels of security
SOURCE: NGL (www.nextgl.com).
Yggdrasil Bolsters Betsson Group Partnership to Enter
Six-month exclusive will
see multiple brands offer extensive player base with Yggdrasil slots including
latest Splitz titles Temple Stacks and Neon Rush
SWEDEN (March 4, 2020)
Yggdrasil, the innovative online gaming solutions provider, has further
strengthened its partnership with Betsson Group by extending its content
distribution deal to the Betsafe brand in Lithuania for an exclusive six month
Betssons Lithuania brand will
have access to Yggdrasils extensive content portfolio from the beginning
of April. This will include Temple Stacks, the suppliers first game
featuring its new Splitz mechanics which offers unparalleled win
potential, fan favourites such as the Vikings trilogy as well as forthcoming
titles Multifly, a game for players who love to multiply their wins.
The Betsafe brand will also be able
to offer its customers Yggdrasils second Splitz game, Neon Rush,
launched in April, where players can receive up to 15 Splitz of a kind and
stand a chance to win big on every spin across six jackpots.
In addition Betsson will gain access
to Yggdrasils range of proprietary in-game promotional tools, BOOST®,
to drive player engagement and retention in the country.
The operator first entered Lithuania
in 2016 when the online market was regulated and operates betsafe.lt in the
Betsson was one of Yggdrasils
first customers after signing a partnership in 2014 which has since been
extended to cover multiple jurisdictions including Denmark, Italy, Latvia and
Yggdrasil has increased its
regulated market presence across several key markets in recent years and
strengthens this position further by extending the deal with Betsson in
Patrick Nordwall, Head of Nordics at
Yggdrasil, said: Betsson is one of our key customers and we are thrilled
to extend our long-lasting partnership and partner with them in a new
We continue to implement our
growth strategy in regulated markets, and we are looking forward to offering
our games to local players in Lithuania, especially titles featuring our new
mechanics Splitz and upcoming Gigablox.
Ciara Nic Liam, Product Director at
Betsson Group, said: Yggdrasils games have been very popular among
our customers across all markets since day one of our partnership and we know
Lithuania will be no different.
Their ever-growing portfolio
of innovative and engaging games will be a great addition to our existing
Yggdrasil is a provider of superior
online gaming solutions for iGaming operators. The business was founded in 2013
and has since emerged as one of the industrys most respected and
acclaimed suppliers. Yggdrasil operates a highly scalable business model and
covers three product verticals: Casino Slots, Table Games and Bingo, in
addition to the business verticals: Yggdrasil White Label Studios, YGS Masters
and Yggdrasil Dragons. Since its inception, Yggdrasil has embarked on a solid
growth trajectory enabled by a strong corporate culture focused on innovation,
creativity, quality and technology leadership. Yggdrasil is headquartered in
Sweden and has offices in Malta (operational HQ), Poland and Gibraltar.
SOURCE: Yggdrasil press release.