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Vol. 91 No.10 - Monday June 8, 2020

 

 

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Record Sales Give £200 Million Boost to Good Causes Supporting the National Lottery’s £600 Million COVID-19 Response

  • Total National Lottery ticket sales up 9.7% to £7.9bn
  • Returns to Good Causes up 12.0% to £1.85bn
  • Digital sales exceed £2bn for the first time, up 34.0%
  • Prize money awarded up 9.1%
  • 95% of all sales revenue returned to winners and society

 

U.K. (June 2, 2020) -- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced its third successive year of sales growth following the company’s wide-ranging strategic review carried out in 2017. A quarter of a century on from launch in November 1994, Camelot grew National Lottery ticket sales for the 2019/20 financial year (1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) by £698.3 million (+9.7%) – reaching a record £7,905.1 million. Over the same period, Camelot generated returns to Good Causes of £1,853.1 million – an increase of £198.4 million (+12%), which is even more significant at this critical time as National Lottery Distributors continue to fund vital work across the UK. This commitment will see up to £600 million of National Lottery funding being directed towards UK charities and organisations to help tackle the impact of COVID-19.

Camelot Chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson, commented: “Thanks to this crisis relief package, hundreds of millions of pounds in vital funding has been repurposed to help those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic – providing, among other things, much-needed aid for communities, grants for sport initiatives to keep people fit and healthy, and assistance for thousands of other projects that are in desperate need of funding during this time. Anyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket should know they’ve played their part in making this possible.

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Announcing the results, Camelot CEO, Nigel Railton, said: “Three years on from our strategic review, we are seeing growth across all areas of the business. Crucially, our best-ever sales performance has delivered a £200 million boost to Good Causes at a time when the UK needs it most.”

Camelot’s sales performance in 2019/20 means that The National Lottery continues to generate over £30 million week in, week out for Good Causes across the UK. With the amount also delivered to government through Lottery Duty, this rises to more than £50 million a week for society. And it takes the total raised for Good Causes since 1994 to over £41 billion – 60% more than the most optimistic government forecast at the time. National Lottery funding has now been awarded to more than 565,000 individual projects – more than 200 lottery grants, on average, in every UK postcode district.

Over the course of the year, £4,505.0 million was awarded in prizes to National Lottery players, £376.5 million more than last year, and 355 new millionaires were created – including the UK’s biggest-ever winner, an anonymous ticket-holder who scooped a £170 million EuroMillions jackpot in October 2019. During the year, prizes worth more than an extra £1 million a day, on average, were won. The National Lottery has now awarded over £75 billion in prize money and created more than 5,700 millionaires or multi-millionaires since 1994. Combined with the Lottery Duty it pays to the government and the commission earned by its retail partners, Camelot continues to return around 95% of all sales revenue to winners and society – one of the highest percentages of lottery sales revenue given back in the world.

Camelot succeeded in growing sales across the board in 2019/20 alongside its longstanding commitment to player protection. During the year, the company invested heavily in its online healthy play tools through the launch of its ‘Dream Big, Play Small’ portal on the National Lottery website. It also became the first lottery operator to achieve Advanced Level 2 of GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard for its online and retail operations.

Distinct portfolio of games

Camelot grew total sales of draw-based games by £455.3 million to £4,537.1 million, driven by improvements made to create a more compelling and distinct range of games. As players continue to experience the benefits of the changes made to Lotto in November 2018 (including bigger, fixed cash prizes and regular ‘Must Be Won’ draws where the jackpot is often shared among all cash prize winners), the company saw an increase in sales of the game – making Camelot one of the few operators globally to be growing its flagship lotto game. With a record roll series, EuroMillions also had an exceptional year, while The National Lottery’s newest game, Set For Life – which has so far created 16 winners of its top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years – continues to grow in popularity and exceed sales expectations.

The company also grew sales of National Lottery Scratchcards and online Instant Win Games over the period by £243.0 million to £3,368.0 million. This follows work to give players a wider range of differently-priced products with varying themes – including a special 25th birthday game, as well as Friends and Love Island-themed games.

Ongoing retail investment and support

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Accounting for nearly 70% of all ticket sales, retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel. Despite the ongoing challenges in the retail environment, Camelot grew in-store sales by £74.3 million to £5,447.6 million over the 12 months – underlining the effectiveness of the work it has been carrying out to support its retail partners. As a result, National Lottery retailers, many of them small independent businesses, earned £312.7 million in commission over the period – an average of around £7,000 per store.

Camelot has also made progress on implementing initiatives that reflect the shifting retail landscape. More than 150 Aldi stores now sell National Lottery products and the company’s trial with Iceland is progressing well. In addition, having made National Lottery tickets available at self-checkouts in over 550 Asda stores nationwide, the company is now in talks with other major supermarkets to do the same.

Continued digital innovation

Camelot's continued innovation and investment in The National Lottery’s digital channels led to record online sales of £2,457.5 million over the period – an increase of £624.0 million – and saw it exceed the £2 billion sales mark for the first time. As part of this, the company grew mobile sales by £586.0 million to an all-time high of £1,605.5 million, with sales through smartphones and tablets now accounting for around 65% of all digital sales. Camelot’s continuing improvements to The National Lottery’s iPhone and Android mobile apps also drove record sales for this channel, while a brand new look and feel for the National Lottery website and apps at the end of last year has made them more user-friendly, easier to navigate and more engaging.

Improved brand relevance

Camelot continues to make good progress in its goal to better connect The National Lottery’s purpose with play. Working collaboratively with the National Lottery Good Cause Distributors, it was able to very quickly turn around advertising to support The National Lottery Community Fund’s £300 million COVID-19 support package and, more recently, the wider £600 million contribution. The company has also worked closely with the wider National Lottery family to super-charge initiatives that raise awareness of the extraordinary good that The National Lottery does. These included The National Lottery’s 25th birthday campaign – which was a UK-wide celebration of the amazing things that have been made possible thanks to National Lottery players over the past 25 years – and National Lottery Cinema Day and #ThanksToYou, which offered players a free cinema ticket or entry into National Lottery-funded venues.

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Railton continued: “Like many businesses, Camelot has seen disruption as a result of the pandemic – particularly in retail. But, thanks to a combination of the foundations we’ve laid over the last three years and some urgent interventions to respond to the current situation, our sales are currently proving resilient. That’s not to say there is no impact, but the business is adapting and continuing to adjust well to the changing situation. We’re also keeping the government and our partners at the National Lottery Distributors up to date on a weekly basis. We remain completely focused on continuing to run The National Lottery as safely and responsibly as we can because we know the importance of the work it does in raising over £30 million every week for Good Causes around the UK – and that has never been more crucial than it is now.”

With Good Causes front of mind, our focus now is to forge ahead in making progress with our plans while maintaining operational resilience and flexibility. This approach will ensure we are ready to respond to a changing environment and that we are doing all we can to look after our players, our retail partners and National Lottery Good Causes. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thanks to everyone involved with The National Lottery for their support over the last few months. To our players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket. To our retail partners, who have continued to sell National Lottery tickets alongside essential products. To all of our employees, especially those who have continued to work on site to keep business-critical operations going. To the wider National Lottery family, particularly the National Lottery Distributors, who have done a tremendous job at prioritising funding for the people and projects who need it most. And to the government and our regulator, for working with us to keep The National Lottery running and delivering the huge benefits it brings to the nation.”

With the ongoing uncertainty, the year ahead will inevitably be challenging. But I’m very confident that we’re in great shape to meet those challenges – and that we have the strong track record, creativity and determination required to continue generating vital funds for those who need it most in the UK. All of us at Camelot are fully aware of the important role that we play every single day, and I feel immensely privileged to be part of an institution that makes a real difference.”

NOTE: Total ticket sales and all related financial results figures for 2019/20 are subject to final audit.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: T: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries Limited.

 

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The Arizona Lottery is Named a Finalist in PR Daily’s Digital Marketing and Social Media Awards

Annual awards recognize exceptional work in the public relations field

PHOENIX, Arizona (May 29, 2020) – PR Daily, a leading national public relations media outlet, has named the Arizona Lottery a finalist in its 2020 Digital Marketing and Social Media Awards for the lottery’s three-hour Facebook holiday livestream, Windfall Willie’s Virtual Holiday Party Giveaway.

The Arizona Lottery joins UPS and Panasonic Solar as one of just three finalists in the highly competitive Facebook category.

The Arizona Lottery is invested in our digital channels as a means to build community and enhance our player experience while we share the Arizona Lottery’s Gives Back message with our loyal and casual players alike,” says Arizona Lottery Executive Director Gregg Edgar.

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Our commitment to innovative marketing ideas and our willingness to experiment with new technologies and strategies has made tremendous impact for our beneficiaries.  We are so proud to have been named a finalist for this prestigious award.

Windfall Willie’s Virtual Holiday Party Giveaway is set to the theme of a late-night talk show hosted by the Arizona Lottery’s Chief Fun Officer Windfall Willie and his sidekick Derek. The holiday livestream features local Arizona celebrities and businesses, cash prizes and Scratchers® bundles giveaways, and entertains viewers with games, skits, and trivia. Last year’s livestream earned nearly 70,000 engagements, more than 36,000 comments and reached more than 42,000 people, all organically.

The Arizona Lottery is no stranger to Facebook livestreams, hosting approximately one per month and exploring the virtual gamification of everything from a spinning mason jar full of Scratchers tickets to melting a block of ice during Arizona’s epic summer months.

This year, the Arizona Lottery is leveraging its extensive livestream experience to assist in statewide efforts to support businesses, charities and everyday Arizonans suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, using Facebook and digital platforms to get dollars to people who need it most through livestreams, social contests and virtual Storytellers events.

PR Daily’s Digital Marketing and Social Media Awards winners will be announced at the end of June 2020.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $4.3 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales fund programs in higher education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

CONTACT: John Turner Gilliland; jgilliland@azlottery.gov.

SOURCE: Arizona Lottery.

 

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Florida Lottery Warns Of Scam Targeting Elderly

Citizens are urged to contact the Lottery’s Security division or local law enforcement if they suspect a scam

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 29, 2020) – The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a Lottery scam making its rounds across the country. The scammers inform the recipients that they’ve won a Lottery prize but must send a check in order to verify banking information and receive their prize.

The Florida Lottery does not contact players to inform them that they have won a prize unless they have entered a promotional game or second chance drawing on the official Florida Lottery website or social media pages.

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The following are important tips to remember:

  • NEVER pay money to collect a prize.
  • NEVER give your credit card number(s) or personal information over the telephone to anyone promising Lottery cash prizes or memberships.
  • NEVER redeem a Lottery ticket for a stranger.
  • You DO NOT need to be a U.S. citizen to claim a Florida Lottery prize.

 

For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, please visit www.flalottery.com. To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730 or their local law enforcement.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $37 billion to education and sending more than 840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $69 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, (850) 487-7727, www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Illinois Players Win Over $349,000 In Mega Millions Prizes Last Week

$336M jackpot still up for grabs on the next draw!

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 29, 2020) -- In last week’s Mega Millions drawings, over 62,000 Illinois Lottery players took home prizes ranging from $2 to $10,000.

The largest Mega Millions prize won in Illinois last week was $10,000 on the May 26 draw, this winning ticket was sold at Hickory Hills BP in Hickory Hills.

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As Illinois residents adhere to the ‘stay-at-home’ order, more Illinois Lottery players are playing online and through the app. In total, online players won more than $95,000 in last week’s drawings.

The Mega Millions jackpot is currently the largest jackpot in the world with an estimated $336 million prize, with a cash option of $265.6 million, eclipsing the next biggest lottery offers in Europe, North America and Australia.

The next prize draw is at 10 p.m. (CT) on Friday, May 29.

Illinois residents who are 18 and older can purchase Mega Millions tickets on the Illinois Lottery mobile app and online on the Illinois Lottery website.

CONTACTS: Amelia Dellos, (312) 898-8792, Jessica Perez, (312) 965-4139

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Thanks Players with Appreciation Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 29, 2020) – The fiscal year for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will end June 30. Despite the occurrences of the past three months, the lottery has had a successful year – even breaking some sales records.

 “We want to say thank you to our Arkansas lottery players for helping to raise proceeds for scholarships,” said Bishop Woosley, ASL director, “so we’re calling June 1 ‘Player Appreciation Day.’”

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Players who are members of The Club will receive double points on all tickets entered on Monday, plus they will receive a promo code for 20 percent off an item from the Points for Prizes® store. The promo code will be valid the entire month of June but can only be used once.

Club members will receive several emails about the promotion. Social media reminder posts about the promotion will run through June 30.

There’s still time for anyone to join The Club,” Woosley said. “It’s easy to join. To create an account, go to MyArkansasLottery.com and click on ‘The Club’ listed across the top of the page. We would like all players to take advantage of this promotion.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the lottery has raised more than $945 million in proceeds for scholarships.

More than 542,000 college scholarships have been awarded to Arkansans. The lottery has paid more than $3.2 billion in prizes to players, about $276 million in retailer commissions and nearly $133 million state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions - and to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).

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

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Neopollard Interactive Receives Second EGR Nomination for Lottery Supplier of the Year

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LANSING, Michigan (June 1, 2020) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPi”) is pleased to announce that it has been nominated for Lottery Supplier of the Year by eGaming Review (“EGR”) as part of its upcoming 2020 B2B Awards.

As the industry’s leading full service iLottery partner, NeoPollard Interactive delivers cutting-edge technology, a full suite of managed services, and top performing game content to 50% of U.S. lotteries that sell products online. NPi powers the most profitable iLottery programs in the market—generating an average of 345% higher sales per capita than programs offered by its competitors in other U.S. markets, and accounting for approximately 70% of total iLottery revenues in the country.

Celebrating the best service providers in the eGaming industry, this year’s EGR B2B Awards received over 520 submissions from over 190 companies across the globe. As a testament to the success that NPi and its lottery partners have achieved, this nomination marks NPi’s second recognition from EGR in the Lottery Supplier of the Year category this year.

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In early April, NPi was also nominated in the same Lottery Supplier of the Year category for the EGR North America Awards, which NPi successfully won in 2019.

NPi is very pleased with the industry-leading results our lottery customers have achieved,” said Liz Siver, General Manager of NeoPollard Interactive. “These lotteries were among the first in the U.S. to demonstrate that iLottery is a sustainable and incremental revenue channel. We’re honored to be a partner in their success as we continue to set the benchmark for high performing digital solutions that generate critical state beneficiary funding.”

Liz continued, “We are particularly proud to be able to support our iLottery customers in these unprecedented times. At the onset of the current health crisis, some lotteries cited significant losses to their retail sales and player bases. By leveraging NPi’s technology and Customer Engagement Marketing services, our customers were able to mitigate shortfalls, as the iLottery channel saw over 200% growth in new players and 80% gains in net gaming revenue. We believe iLottery will continue to transform the industry and we are privileged to be recognized as a leading supplier with this nomination.”

The EGR B2B Awards will be celebrated virtually through a digital ceremony occurring from July 21-23, 2020. A total of 39 awards will be presented over the three-day event, which will also feature a series of live online content that will address challenges the industry is currently facing.

About NeoPollard Interactive

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

 

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E-mail: doug.pollard@neopollard.com

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Telephone: 1-734-353-4275

E-mail: moti.malul@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive.

 

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INTRALOT Announces the Launch of Digital Sports Betting in Washington, DC

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ATHENS, Greece (June 1, 2020) -- INTRALOT and its U.S. subsidiary INTRALOT Inc., announce the launch of its Digital Sports Betting solution in Washington, DC and are delighted to congratulate the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming (DC Lottery) on the introduction.

GambetDC, the world class sports betting platform powered by the DC Lottery, went live with a soft launch on May 28, 2020. The new sports betting experience offers responsible entertainment, while generating revenue supporting public programs, services, and initiatives that benefit the residents and the economic vitality of the District of Columbia.

INTRALOT, as part of its current contract with the DC Lottery, deployed its new INTRALOT Orion sports betting platform to enable the GambetDC mobile and desktop sports betting offering. In addition to the technology, INTRALOT provides the DC Lottery with a complete suite of supporting sports betting services, such as Managed Trading Services (MTS), Marketing Services (MS), and Customer Support (CS).

The GambetDC website is available to the general public with this initial soft launch release. The native iOS and Android apps will be deployed in the coming weeks. Upon full deployment, the GambetDC platform will be available via native application download on both iOS and Android as well as accessible via desktop and will allow players to place their wagers quickly and with ease. GambetDC players have access to a wide assortment of betting markets as well as different wager options including single-game, parlay, in-game and proposition bets. Moreover, GambetDC is widely available throughout the District to players aged 18 or older, except for the federal enclaves that fall within the area defined under the Shipstead-Luce Act and within the 2-block zones surrounding the District’s four major sports arenas. INTRALOT will also deploy a retail Sports Betting program in 2021.

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We would like to thank the DC Lottery for their trust on our partnership. Our state-of-the-art digital sports betting platform, INTRALOT Orion, will allow players in the District of Columbia to enjoy the convenience of easily wagering anytime, anywhere allowed, while offering them an unparalleled gaming experience. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the DC Lottery and provide them with our next-generation portfolio and advanced services to drive its performance and accelerate its growth,” said Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO.

Our team at the DC Lottery is excited to introduce GambetDC, which will serve to modernize our product portfolio and assist in our mission to maximize the revenue returned to support the District’s vital programs and services,” said Beth Bresnahan, Executive Director of the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming. “While we recognize there will be a limited number of events to wager on at this time, this soft launch will provide us with an opportunity to roll out the GambetDC wagering website to potential players in the District and be best prepared for sports wide scale return to play.

“We are thrilled that GambetDC is live in Washington, DC and couldn't be prouder that this was such a successful brand launch for our long-term partners at the DC Lottery”, said Byron Boothe, INTRALOT US Interim CEO.

“We know the passion for sports in DC and hope that this betting experience will satisfy both loyal sports players and novices alike. Most importantly, we are excited to provide the DC Lottery with a complete solution to maximize sports wagering revenues and returns to the District's General Fund aiding the city's economy thus benefiting all District residents as well as commuters and visitors to the nation’s capital.”

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 44 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.7 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 3,800 employees (2,200 of which in subsidiaries and 1,600 in associates) in 2019, INTRALOT is an innovation - driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.  For more info: Ms. Chryssa Amanatidou, Group Corporate Affairs Director Phone: +30 2106156000, Fax: +30 2106106800, email: press_office@intralot.com - www.intralot.com

About DC LOTTERY:

Since its inception in 1982, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3.8 billion in prizes, transferred more than $2.14 billion to the District’s General Fund which supports essential services in the District, and has helped local nonprofits raise more than $134 million in support of social causes.

SOURCE: INTRALOT Press Office.

 

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Nebraska Lucky for Life Players Encouraged to Check Ticket Dates

An issue with multi-draw Lucky for Life tickets was discovered and corrected June 4.

LINCOLN, NE (June 5, 2020) – An error resulted in incorrect end dates being printed on some multi-draw Lucky for Life tickets.

Up to 12 weeks of drawings for any Nebraska Lottery Lotto game can be purchased in advance with the multi-draw feature. Multi-draw tickets contain the number of draws purchased along with the start and end dates of the drawings.

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The error resulted in misprinted end dates on some Lucky for Life tickets.

Affected tickets were purchased on or before June 4 for multiple draws extending into July and August 2020. Approximately 125 multi-draw Lucky for Life tickets are affected. These tickets are still valid for the number of drawings that were purchased.

The ticket issue was discovered and corrected on June 4. Going forward, all Lucky for Life tickets will print with the correct end dates. All other Nebraska Lottery Lotto games were checked, and no similar issues were discovered.

“Our players look to the Nebraska Lottery for fun and excitement, and we understand this error on Lucky for Life tickets has caused some confusion,” said Brian Rockey, Nebraska Lottery Director. “Despite the misprinted draw dates, these Lucky for Life tickets are valid and can win prizes. That’s why we’re encouraging players to check their tickets.”

The start date and number of drawings listed on the ticket can be used to calculate the last drawing the ticket is eligible for. Alternatively, players can send a photo of the ticket to lottery@nelottery.com for verification.

Additional information can be found on the Nebraska Lottery website, nelottery.com.

The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $770 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.

SOURCE: Nebraska Lottery.

 

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WyoLotto Office Opening with Limited Hours Starting June 9th!

CHEYENNE, WY (June 5, 2020) -- We are excited to begin the process of reopening, being very mindful of the county and state guidelines!

Starting Tuesday, June 9th, our office will be open from 9am - 1pm Monday through Friday. If you plan on visiting the office during these hours, please review the precautionary measures we will be following.

We still encourage players to mail in claims as a safe and secure option.

If you decide to come into the office to process a winning ticket, please call ahead and schedule an appointment (307-432-9300) so we can be ready to congratulate you and process your ticket quickly!

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you again, Wyoming!

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

 

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Gaming Control Board's June 10th Public Meeting To Be Held With Public Access Through Audio Links

HARRISBURG, PA (June 4, 2020) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has announced today that its public meeting on June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. will occur as scheduled.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will occur telephonically to minimize risks associated with public gatherings.  In order to assure transparency and public visibility, the Board is providing opportunities for the public and interested persons to link to the meeting through an audio interface.

The Board is recommending that interested persons access the meeting through it’s website by choosing the “live” link on the PGCB Meeting Videos section on the homepage. The Board’s website address is https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/.  Persons accessing the website will be able to listen to the audio of the meeting as it is occurring.

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The Board is providing a secondary manner to connect with the meeting by dialing (267) 332-8737. This option should only be used if an individual cannot access the meeting through the Board’s website. After connecting, a Conference ID of 507132717 should be entered and the caller should mute their phone.

The agenda for the meeting will also be placed on the Board’s website prior to the meeting.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act and the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017.

In addition to slot machine and table games gambling at land-based casinos, the expansion includes online casino games available to date on seven sites; sports wagering offered through sportsbooks at 13 retail locations and through eight online outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) offered as of this date at 27 qualified truck stops; and, fantasy sports contests through eight providers.

The mature land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.

These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and, along with other types of Board-regulated gaming, annually generate over $1.5 billion in tax revenue.

Construction of a 13th casino is currently underway along with a number of new “mini-casinos” that are expected to begin operation over the next couple of years.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/ . You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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Kentucky Lottery Sales Remain Steady

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 29, 2020) -- In today’s meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors, it was announced that ticket sales have performed close to results from last year.

Fiscal year sales to date (July-April) for 2020 were $934.1 million, which is $1.6 million (0.2%) greater than for the same period last year. This number is also $57 million (5.8%) below what was budgeted.

According to Interim COO Maggie Garrison, strong performers included Scratch-off tickets and the daily Pick 3 and Pick 4 draw games. Scratch-off sales were $563.7, a $16.5 million (3.0%) increase over last year, and combined Pick 3 and Pick 4 sales were up $12.1 million (7.6%) for the same period.

The new Fast Play games launched this year have also contributed to the increase over last year, with sales totaling $12.5 million.

The large jackpot games Powerball and Mega Millions continue to struggle, combining for a more than $46 million decline in from sales for the previous year. Garrison noted the current Mega Millions jackpot is $336 million, the largest jackpot for one of the games in several months, and hopes are for strong sales to make up some of the deficit.

Garrison also said internet Lottery sales have seen a strong percentage increase since stay at home orders were issued in March but remain a small part of overall sales.

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Through April, sales on the platform were $31.2 million, up $9.5 million (43.7%) from the previous year. This means internet sales constituted 3.3% of overall Kentucky Lottery sales for the period. “We’re seeing continued growth in the platform, due to players staying at home and the launch of a new mobile app in the last few weeks which players are liking,” said Garrison.

We’re working hard to finish the year on a solid note,” said Interim President and CEO Marty Gibbs. “Our numbers are looking promising, our sales representatives have returned to the field this week, and we have transitioned our advertising back to product-based messaging. The students who receive our college scholarships and grants – including KEES – are counting on us.”

In other business, the board approved:

  • Amending the current contract with Gaming Laboratories International, LLC for lottery ball testing, random number generator evaluation, and related services;
  • A new contract with Strothman and Company PSC for draw audit and related services, and;
  • Rules and regulations for 11 scratch-off tickets and five Instant Play games.

 

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be Friday June 26th, and will be held via videoconference. This meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EST. The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:30 AM EST, as well as the procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST. All will be streamed live to the Kentucky Lottery’s YouTube channel.

For More Information CONTACT: Chip Polston, T: (502) 523-6067.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery Corp.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System Welcomes Sporting Solutions as its 5th Associate Member

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (June 2, 2020) -- The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) announced today that leading sports lottery supplier Sporting Solutions has joined GLMS as an Associate Member, becoming the first dedicated sportsbook supplier to do so.

Sporting Solutions is part of the FDJ Gaming Solutions, an FDJ company. They are the premium supplier and market leader for odds provision, trading expertise and risk management services. Today, Sporting Solutions work with many of the leading Tier 1 and lottery sportsbook operators in the UK and internationally.

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Associate membership with GLMS will support the ongoing development of Sporting Solutions highly advanced Quantitative Trading Services, which are designed to deliver a superior player experience, improve visibility over sportsbook trading and operations and optimize partner returns by leveraging advanced economic techniques from financial markets.

Commenting on this development, GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi stated, “I am delighted to welcome Sporting Solutions within the GLMS family. They are a perfect complement to the GLMS global monitoring and intelligence capabilities with their history in pricing, trading and risk management services. We are delighted that Sporting Solutions, by adhering to the GLMS Code of Conduct and its vision and mission, has shown a clear commitment to promote transparent and socially responsible betting operations, in line with the highest standards of sport betting integrity. We look forward to working closely with Sporting Solutions with the objective of protecting our core values and acting as a shield against global sport corruption”.

Edward Peace, Managing Director of Sporting Solutions added, ‘’ We’re really excited to join GLMS. Our partnerships throughout the WLA are founded on the highest standards of trust, integrity and operational excellence – this milestone further demonstrates the culture and values we share with the lottery sector. The commendable work of GLMS to protect the integrity of sports betting and educate the industry is invaluable. We’re very proud to join the growing GLMS family and strengthen our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of sports betting integrity”.

As a GLMS Associate Member, Sporting Solutions will be linked to the GLMS visual identity and overall operations. It will receive summaries of GLMS global alerts and will have access to education and prevention tools, as well as to the Global GLMS information network. Sporting Solutions will also benefit from sponsorship and communication opportunities at GLMS events and will actively participate in GLMS’ key working groups, bringing with it a detailed understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing lottery sportsbooks today.

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Sporting Solutions is the fifth company to have joined the GLMS family’s associate membership program.

CONTACT: info@glms-sport.org

Visit us: www.glms-sport.org

Follow us: www.twitter.com/glms_sport  / www.linkedin.com / company/ glms_sport

Sporting Solutions is the company in charge of the provision of betting services in FDJ Gaming Solutions, an FDJ company (EPA : FDJ). Alongside market-leading pricing, data and software solutions, its partners benefit from deep trading expertise unique in the outsourced market. It is a partner to 40+ operators in regulated jurisdictions, the majority of which are either lottery or Tier 1 & 2 operators.

Visit: www.sportingsolutions.com

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 sport competition. 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.

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GLMS currently has: 32 Individual Members, 2 Collective Members: European Lotteries Association (EL) and World Lottery Association (WLA) and 5 Associate Members: IGT, INTRALOT, ODDSET GmbH, Scientific Games International (SGI), Sporting Solutions

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System - GLMS

 

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Pariplay Joins Forces with Portugal’s Prestigious Estoril Sol Group

Pariplay extends European market footprint via partnership with innovative Portuguese casino group

GIBRALTAR (June 2, 2020) – Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has announced a partnership with Portuguese market leading operator, Estoril Sol Digital, from Estoril Sol Group, further expanding its presence in the regulated iGaming space in Europe. Through this agreement, Estoril Sol’s ESC Online brand will reap the benefits of Pariplay’s extensive repertoire of over 100 high-quality games as well as a catalogue of exciting third-party titles.

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ESC Online was the first licensed casino operator in Portugal’s regulated online market. Operating on the same principles as their highly recognised land-based casinos in Portugal - Casino Estoril, Casino Lisboa and Casino da Póvoa - and optimised for enjoyment across all devices, ESC Online strives to deliver the same excellent gaming experience across all platforms for online players.

Complementing ESC Online’s impressive gaming portfolio, which is comprised of popular slots, blackjack and roulette games, is Pariplay’s state-of-the-art content of over 100 exciting and engaging online casino games. This includes recent releases like Mystery Fox and popular titles, such as Dragons of the North and Wolf Riches, which are designed using unique themes and rewarding special features.

The partnership is poised to have a huge impact on player engagement in the Portuguese iGaming market and further amplify ESC Online’s market dominance.

Rui Magalhães, CEO at Estoril Sol Digital, said: “We are thrilled to have signed an agreement with a games provider of Pariplay’s calibre. Their broad regulatory footprint, high-quality games and cutting-edge technology are exactly what we are looking for in a partner to help us achieve our goals. We anticipate their superior suite of interactive casino games to tremendously benefit our content offering.”

Adrian Bailey, Managing Director at Pariplay, said: “We are very excited about partnering with the prestigious Estoril Sol Group and marking another great deal in the Portuguese gaming market, where Pariplay continues to establish our presence. Much like us, they have proven to be a trailblazer within the industry, making them and Portuguese players an ideal fit for our innovative technology and game content. Onboarding another great operator aligns with our strategy to expand our regulated footprint and make more strides across all key European markets.”

For more information about the partnership with Estoril Sol Group, please contact Pariplay: Email: adrian@pariplayltd.com
SOURCE: Pariplay Press release.

 

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