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Vol. 91 No.11 - Monday June 15, 2020

 

 

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INTRALOT Appoints Byron Boothe as CEO of its US Subsidiary INTRALOT, Inc

 

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ATHENS, Greece (June 11, 2020) -- INTRALOT S.A. is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of its US subsidiary INTRALOT, Inc., has appointed Byron Boothe as Chief Executive Officer. He will assume day-to-day leadership of INTRALOT, Inc. and continue serving as a Member of the Board. Boothe, a lottery industry veteran, has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2019. He had also served as Vice President Government Relations since joining the Company in March, 2007.

Tom Miller, INTRALOT, Inc.’s Board of Director Chairman stated, “I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished together in just the last year. We have made meaningful progress toward our top Company priorities and just in the last couple of months we have launched our Sports Betting solution in Montana and Washington, DC. The Board and I are confident that Byron is the right person to build on this momentum. He is a seasoned leader with significant experience working with lotteries and regulators, operating efficiently at scale, and delivering value to our Shareholders.”

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“Byron has been instrumental in supporting INTRALOT, Inc. and our US operations more than thirteen years,” said Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, Group CEO of INTRALOT. “I would like to congratulate him for joining our executive leadership team and I am looking forward to working with him in executing our growth strategy in the United States.”

“I would like to thank INTRALOT and the BoD for the opportunity,” said Byron Boothe, INTRALOT, Inc. CEO. ”We have an exceptionally talented team at INTRALOT, Inc. that is focused on taking decisive actions to transform the business, continuing to innovate our product in new and diverse ways, and unlocking future growth opportunities. It is an honor to be selected to lead this outstanding team”.

About INTRALOT S.A. (www.intralot.com)

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 -

SOURCE: INTRALOT S.A.

 

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Skilrock Undertaking Unprecedented Measures to Safeguard Client & Employee Interests

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GURUGRAM, India (June 10, 2020) -- As we continue to face a deepening global health crisis on account of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, it has become imperative to undertake unprecedented measures to safeguard the interests of both our clients, their sales channels and employees.

Indian government has taken several positive steps to restrict the virus blowout which seems to have helped contain the spread so far. Our policies at Skilrock are fully aligned with the government directives which we are monitoring thoroughly using our newly created internal BCP cell.

We have initiated several business continuity processes which will ensure that irrespective of the severity of the virus, we can continue meeting our business objectives towards Uptime, Deliveries, Customer Support and Advisory while actively monitoring all our obligations towards our own employees.

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Our prior experience with our employees remotely managing important projects across Africa, LATAM and Europe, has helped us move quickly through the learning curve in regard to managing multiple projects with WFH challenges.

For the business continuity we are ensuring:

  1. Technical and Support Teams are available as usual with better tools and facilities.
  2. All key Technical members and Support staff have remote access facilities which they continue to use to support all clients, even in odd hours.
  3. We are taking additional measures not only to ensure that its staff members stay healthy, but also to provide any required support to our clients.
  4. We continue to adhere to the timelines of all planned deliveries.

 

As a responsible corporate entity, we consider the welfare of our employees and client happiness to be of paramount importance to us and Skilrock will continue taking measures which safeguards the interests of everyone involved.

About Skilrock (www.skilrock.com/)

Skilrock Technologies is a leading technology solution provider for the lottery, gaming and payment industry with its R&D centres located at global IT hubs. It is the technology arm of $2.4 billion Sugal & Damani Group, who are leaders of Indian lottery & gaming operations. The complete Omni-Channel Gaming Platform of Skilrock serves Retail, iGaming & Self Service Channels with equal ease and at the same time supports a wide variety of games like Lotto, Keno, Bingo, Instant, Sports, Poker, Rummy, Casino and Slots. More than 200,000 retail touch points and over 5 million iGaming players across 25+ jurisdictions have been serviced by Skilrock.

SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.

 

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IGT Announces Agreement to Sell 1,250 Historical Horse Racing Machines to Churchill Downs Incorporated

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LONDON, June 8, 2020 -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell 1,250 historical racing machines ("HRMs") to Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"). The HRMs will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology's proprietary HHR platform and will feature many player-favorite themes on some of IGT's highest performing hardware.

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 unrivaled 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 www.igt.com.

HRMs are approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and utilize the results of previously run, live horse races to generate player outcomes.

CDI will utilize the IGT HRMs at their Kentucky gaming facilities including Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel in Oak Grove when it opens in September 2020, Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport when it opens in early fourth quarter 2020 and future facilities.

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"CDI is excited to introduce IGT's HRMs with their top-rated themes to our venues and players," said Austin Miller, CDI Senior Vice President, Gaming Operations. "IGT's vast content library and reputation for delivering world-class products aligns with our commitment to delivering premier gaming and entertainment experiences to our guests."

"We believe offering IGT's content and hardware with our proven HHR platform will elevate the player experience in Kentucky," said Ryan Comstock, Ainsworth Chief Operating Officer. "Having an industry-leader such as IGT partner with us helps to validate the relevance of and bright future for this exciting part of the gaming market."

"Adding HRMs to IGT's vast portfolio further strengthens our position as an end-to-end solutions provider and creates new opportunities to help drive our customers' growth," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "Our HRMs will be offered on some of our top-performing hardware including the CrystalDual 27, CrystalSlant and CrystalCurve cabinets, and will leverage some of the most recognizable themes in the gaming industry such as Fortune Coin, Griffin's Throne and Stinkin' Rich."

For more information, visit IGT.com or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt.

About IGT

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 unrivaled 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 www.igt.com.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event - The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville, Kentucky. We also own and operate the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S., TwinSpires.com, and we operate sports betting and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

CONTACT:

Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 3485475493; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190

Michelle Schenk, Global Communications, +1 (702) 669-8177

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

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Arizona Lottery Infuses More Than $4m Into Promotional Prizing

Lottery to boost prizing for Players Club and The Pick through June 30th

PHOENIX, Arizona (June 3, 2020) – The Arizona Lottery is rolling the prize fund between now and the end of June by offering more than $4 Million in new promotional cash prizes. Players can get in on the action by downloading the Players Club mobile app, or, by playing The Pick.

The new cash prizes are available to players who enter non-winning tickets in two popular Arizona Lottery Players Club promotions currently underway.

The annual Million Dollar Giveaway is extended to June 15th and will now offer four new $250,000 prizes plus one new additional $1 Million top prize.

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An additional drawing is being added to the Bingo Crossword promotion, to include four $500,000 bonus prizes, totalling $2 Million!

The prize money is also being used to double all non-jackpot prizes for The Pick – a popular Arizona based draw game. The Arizona Lottery activated a similar promotion back in January that proved to be a big success. For players of The Pick, this means that from Wednesday, May 27th through Saturday, June 27th, a $3 prize becomes $6, a $50 prize becomes $100 and a $2,000 prize becomes $4,000!

The Arizona Lottery is able to offer more cash prizes to players as a result of an unclaimed The Pick jackpot prize that expired last December. “This is a great opportunity to bring even more winning experiences to our players,” said Gregg Edgar, Arizona Lottery Executive Director. “Boosting the prizes available through these exciting promotions, is a great way to raise the stakes – making our games more rewarding and exciting to play while continuing to return much-needed revenue to our beneficiaries in these difficult times.”

Arizona Lottery ticket sales fund more than a dozen vital programs across the state, including health, housing and job assistance for the homeless; support for Arizona’s foster children; funding to nurture and grow our state’s economy in a pandemic-challenged environment; and monies to augment efforts to preserve and protect Arizona’s iconic wildlife and habitats at a time of reduced recreation and visitation. These are just a few of the 18 beneficiaries that receive hundreds of millions of Arizona Lottery dollars every year.

The official Arizona Lottery Players Club app (available free on iTunes® and Google Play™) offers our players a quick and convenient way to manually enter or scan eligible non-winning tickets to take part in our exciting promotions and win valuable prizes.

The Pick draws Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are $1 and sold at all 3,000+ Arizona Lottery retailers. The prize-doubling feature does not apply to EXTRA!, a separate game that can be added to The Pick tickets.

SOURCE: The Arizona Lottery.

 

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Nine CEOs in Call for a Safer Gambling Market

Stockholm, Sweden (June 8, 2020) -- The Ministry of Finance’s proposal for placing further restrictions on the Swedish gambling market has been met by strong and unanimous criticism. All stakeholders in the gambling industry (state and private), as well as sports clubs, the Swedish Gambling Authority, and international and national media have all stated that the proposals are unrealistic and how they play into the hands of the unlicensed market. The Minister for Public Administration then chose to adjust the proposals somewhat, but only to improve conditions for state-controlled companies. Now a new report shows that implementing deposit limits on online casinos alone would mean that almost half of all bets would end up being placed with unlicensed companies. The entire Swedish gambling industry has been beset by uncertainty, with many customers abandoning licensed companies and moving instead to unlicensed companies. If we don’t start to cooperate and introduce long-term measures grounded in facts, we risk turning back the clock to what the market looked like prior to re-regulation.

Recently, the independent research firm Copenhagen Economics published a new report describing how deposit limits would affect online casinos. The report, which is based on turnover data, consumer surveys, interviews, and international research, shows that the channelization for online casinos will fall from an already low 75% to an even lower 52-63% if deposit limits come into force. This means almost half of all bets will be placed with unlicensed companies.

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Neither the Ministry of Finance nor any other stakeholder has presented facts to support the underlying assumption that gambling in general – and play on online casinos in particular – have increased during the covid-19 crisis. In its recent report to the Swedish government, the agency responsible for the Swedish gambling market also confirms it hasn’t detected increased gambling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government is aware of the alarmingly low percentage of online casino players who now play within the licensed Swedish system. The government has also seen data from the Swedish Tax Agency that show gambling on horse races – and not online casino gambling – has increased during the coronavirus crisis.

We share the government’s view that protection for and of players is of the utmost importance. We agree that this work must continue and that together we can create a sustainable gambling market with strong consumer protections. But the work must be based on facts.

The Ministry of Finance have the opportunity to implement a number of fact-based measures that would improve consumer protections without damaging the important channelization. On the contrary, the channelization would benefit with these measures, which would also strengthen consumer protections.

Expand licensing requirements

Introducing licensing requirements for companies that supply games as well as the companies that provide customers, so-called B2B licenses, would increase the Swedish Gambling Authority’s ability to regulate the market and prevent the black market from targeting Swedish gamblers. The measure would promote the channelization and is therefore welcomed by the licensed gambling industry as well as gambling addiction organizations.

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There is very little awareness about Spelpaus, the central self-removal register, as well as other regulated consumer protection measures. The Swedish Gambling Authority and the Swedish Consumer Agency should be tasked with increasing public awareness about these tools. Systembolaget’s IQ campaign could serve as inspiration for a proactive information portal.

Gambling companies’ data is part of the solution

The digital gambling industry collects and processes large amounts of data on customers’ gambling behaviour. The Ministry of Finance should instruct the Swedish Gambling Authority to request regular reports, with anonymized data, on customers’ gambling behaviour in order to increase understanding about gambling habits and identify any systematic problems. The gambling companies have this data and already share it with researchers.

Great strides have been made in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Computers are capable of handling huge amounts of data and identifying the patterns required for increasing understanding and providing the basis for decisions. The gambling industry is also making progress in this area and sees great opportunities for improving our ability to detect and stop harmful phenomena such as problem gambling, match fixing, and money laundering. The Ministry of Finance has a golden opportunity to initiate a strategic collaboration in this area together with authorities, researchers, the gambling industry, and gambling addiction groups.

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Sharing of data between companies

The EU’s strict data protection laws are generally a good thing. We share the view that each individual should own their own data. Having the opportunity to share personal data between gambling companies as well as between gambling companies and authorities would make it easier to quickly identify and prevent gambling problems or fraudulent activities. Today, every gambling company can make these discoveries on their own but can’t share the information in a simple and legal way.

Risk ratings for players, not products – and with support from actual data

Addictive and unhealthy behaviour by individuals is individual and is easy to track in the gambling industry thanks to the large amount of data that is continuously collected from all players. Any future risk classification system must be based on the conditions and actions of the individual.

Extend the Swedish Gambling Authority’s mandate

The government must clarify the Swedish Gambling Authority’s mandate to ensure the integrity of the licensing system and in so doing strengthen the all-important degree of channelization.

Extend the Duty of Care to more industries

The challenges we have in society are rarely isolated to one individual stakeholder or industry. In order to curb increased indebtedness stemming from gambling, the lending market – and the instant lending market in particular – also need to take responsibility for lowering excessive debts. Today, the gambling industry can access information about a customer’s liquidity, but it’s hard to determine whether the money is borrowed or earned. A central self-removal register like Spelpaus should be considered for instant loans.

  • Pontus Lindwall, CEO, Betsson AB
  • Henrik Tjärnström, CEO, Kindred Group
  • Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO, LeoVegas
  • Therese Hillman, VD, NetEnt AB
  • Ulrik Bengtsson, Group CEO, William Hill Plc
  • Lahcene Merzoug, CEO, ComeOn
  • Alexander Stevendahl, CEO, Videoslots
  • Tomas Backman, CEO, Hero Gaming
  • Henric Andersson, CEO, SuprNation
  • Gustaf Hoffstedt, Secretary General, Swedish Trade Association

 

SOURCE: The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS).

 

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Danish Online Gambling Association DOGA Endorses EGBA’s Responsible Advertising Code

The Danish association is the third online gambling association to endorse EGBA’s new code of conduct for responsible advertising

BRUSSELS / COPENHAGEN (June 8, 2020) – The Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA) has today officially endorsed EGBA’s new European code of conduct on responsible advertising for online gambling.

DOGA is the third national gambling association (along with the association’s in Belgium and the Netherlands) to publicly endorse EGBA’s advertising code and it will now promote the code to its members and encourage other gambling companies in Denmark to sign up to it.

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We’re very pleased with the support of DOGA and its commitment to promote responsible advertising in Denmark. Through its measures, this code will contribute to strengthening consumer protection across European countries. As part of our commitment to responsible advertising in Europe, we aim for the code to be widely adopted and urge other online gambling associations and companies to join forces with us to make advertising safer,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

The gambling industry is changing rapidly, and both the demands of the industry on the industry and the industry’s demand on itself are increasing. DOGA is created to promote a well-regulated Danish environment for responsible licensed operators. In this regard, it is important that we act credibly, and our members advertise responsibly. That is why we fully support EGBA’s pan-European initiative to raise the standards for gambling advertising,” Morten Ronde, Secretary General, DOGA.

EGBA’s code is the first pan-European initiative for gambling advertising and leads the way in responsible standards for advertising, introducing essential consumer protection measures related to responsible advertising content and dedicated measures for social media. The code applies to EGBA members and other online gambling companies who sign up to it, and its application will be monitored by an independent third party. A recent analysis found the code to complement and reinforce the existing regulation of gambling advertising in European countries and, in several countries, the code’s measures are stricter than the existing national rules.

About DOGA

DOGA is the trade association for online gambling in Denmark. It was established in December 2011 to represent the sector in Denmark and abroad. Its governing body is the Executive Committee which is selected by the full membership every year. Its members include Bet365, Betsson, Danske Licens Spil, Flutter Entertainment, Kindred Group and Pokerstars. 25syv, Bethard, Better Collective, GVC, Leovegas, Mr Green, OmniGame (pip.dk), Spillehallen and Spilnu are associated members.

About EGBA

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gaming and betting operators established, licensed and regulated within the EU, including bet365, Betsson Group, GVC Holdings PLC, Kindred Group PLC, and William Hill PLC. The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA works together with national and EU authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated online gambling market which provides a high level of consumer protection and takes into account the reality of the digital economy and consumer demand. Today, EGBA’s member companies together have more than 16.5 million customers in Europe.

SOURCE: The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

 

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Sportradar to Offer Postponed European Championship as Part of Simulated Reality Product Range

Simulated Reality will include new features for the start of the tournament including video highlights and automatically generated match reports

LONDON, UK (June 8, 2020) -- The official European Championship tournament may have been postponed until next summer, but Sportradar, a global provider of sports content and intelligence, is playing out the competition in full via its AI-driven Simulated Reality product.

Kicking off with Turkey vs. Italy at 8.00pm BST on Friday 12 June, as per the original competition schedule, Sportradar is offering Simulated Reality matches for all 51 games of the tournament including the final on Sunday 12 July.

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Simulated Reality is completely AI-driven and algorithm based. Drawing on Sportradar’s comprehensive football database, the AI engine creates a huge number of different game situations, outcomes, and gameplays to generate an unpredictable outcome for football fans.

Simulated Reality has already successfully completed the seasons of all major European football leagues, with results mirroring real-life outcomes. Completed seasons include the top leagues in Germany, England, Italy, and Spain, with other leagues still in progress.

To mark the start of the Europe’s leading international football tournament within Simulated Reality, Sportradar is introducing two new features designed to enhance fan engagement.

  • Live video replays - The matches will now include a short, live video replay of significant moments within a game. Fans will be able to watch goals being scored, shots on target, own goals and penalties being scored or missed.
  • Automatically generated match reports – After each match customers will be automatically served a match reports which provides a summary of the game play alongside in-depth match statistics and analysis.

 

These new features are in addition to the 50+ selection of pre-match and live betting markets available for each match.

Werner Becher, Managing Director, US Betting at Sportradar said: “In the short time that Simulated Reality has been on the market, it has established itself as an authentic and credible alternative to traditional sports betting covering a range of sports including football, cricket and tennis. Now more than ever it is important that we closely listen to customer feedback so that we can continually improve and enhance our product range.

“The new features we’ve introduced at this time create further opportunities for our customers to engage with football fans and create a unique way to enjoy top level tournament football this summer.”

Visit the Simulated Reality Sportcentre for match fixtures and results

For more information on the product visit the Betradar website.

To download a promo video of Simulated Reality Euro Cup click here.

SOURCE: Sportradar press release.

 

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Illinois Lottery Launches Annual Red Ribbon Cash Instant Ticket

Proceeds Benefit Illinois Organizations Providing HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education, and Care Services

CHICAGO, Illinois (June 9, 2020) -- The Illinois Lottery is bringing back its annual Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket, which has raised more than $8.6 million for HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment in Illinois since 2008. All proceeds from the ticket are distributed through grants, from the Illinois Public Health Department (IDPH) to organizations across Illinois.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health to support the fight against HIV,” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director Harold Mays. “This year’s ticket launch could not be more timely given the needs that will be met through the funding it will provide."

While HIV transmissions have dropped 21% over the last decade (2009-2018) according to the IDPH, there is still work to be done.

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Funds generated from the Red Ribbon Cash Ticket are a vital contribution to the state’s Getting to Zero initiative, aimed at ending the HIV epidemic in our state by 2030.

“Over the years, the Red Ribbon Cash Ticket has been hugely helpful in providing funding and awareness for HIV services in Chicago and across Illinois. This year, its financial impact will be felt so much more by our community, as COVID-19 has created huge challenges for the economic, physical and mental wellness of people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS,” said John Peller, President/CEO, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). “We are grateful to the Illinois State Lottery for supporting AFC’s work to provide COVID-19 relief as well as a spectrum of other life-changing services that will help our community ride out this storm.”

The IDPH’s Red Ribbon Cash/Quality of Life grantees receive funds for HIV/AIDS research, treatment, and prevention programs across the state of Illinois.

The Red Ribbon Cash Ticket costs $3, and players can win up to $50,000. The ticket is on sale now at more than 7,200 Illinois Lottery retailers across Illinois. The specialty ticket is one of nine in the Illinois Lottery’s portfolio of instant tickets that support special causes. Since 2006, through the sales of specialty tickets, more than $50 million has been raised for special causes in Illinois through the Illinois Lottery.

For more information about the Red Ribbon Cash Ticket, please Click here.

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 homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorial funds 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.

CONTACT: Amelia Dellos, T: (312) 898-8792.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Awards Largest Online Prize Of $1 Million

Middletown, PA (June 10, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Lottery has awarded its largest online prize ever. Mega Millions® awarded an online player $1 million, a prize that was hit on Tuesday, June 9. PA iLottery games are played online on a computer, tablet, or mobile device.

The ticket matched all five white balls drawn, 01-05-09-10-23, but not the yellow Mega Ball, 22, to win the $1 million prize, less applicable withholding.

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A jackpot-winning Mega Millions® ticket for the June 9 drawing was sold in Arizona. The jackpot-winning ticket is worth an estimated annuity value of $410 million, or $316.8 million cash. The jackpot had been rolling since it was last won in New Jersey on February 11.

The Mega Millions® jackpot for the next drawing on Friday, June 12, resets to an estimated annuity value of $20 million, or $15.4 million cash.

PA Lottery internet instant games are available online and offer an all-new type of play experience. Players can try out demo versions of the online games for free at pailottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed more than $30 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Visit the Winners and Benefits pages at palottery.com to review how much money each county receives in Lottery prizes and funding to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club to play online or enter for second chances to win. Install our Official App, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery. Use the hashtag #palottery to share your messages with us.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Gambling Commission Issues Guidance on Credit Card Payments Made Through Money Service Businesses (MSBs)

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 10, 2020) -- The Commission’s recent ban on credit cards extends to payments for gambling made by credit card through any money service business (MSB).

The new licence condition 6.1.2 prevents gambling operators from accepting payments by credit card either directly or through any MSB (such as an e-wallet or other fintech and electronic money institutions enabling e-money transfers) which allows credit cards deposits.

One of our key intentions in banning gambling with credit cards was to maximise the levels of friction during the process of accessing and using borrowed funds for gambling, in order to reduce the risk of consumers experiencing harm from gambling with borrowed money.

It is important for operators to ensure that the credit card ban cannot be easily circumvented by simply topping up an e-wallet or online money transfer account directly from a credit card, where those funds could then be used for gambling with very little friction in the transactional process.

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We explained in the credit cards consultation and in our responses that this would mean that operators could not accept any payment through an MSB unless the MSB has prevented the use of credit cards for gambling through their services.

This includes, for example, circumstances where an MSB allows its customers to transfer funds from a credit card into a wallet or account which could then be used by the customer to make gambling deposits.

For clarity, and further to specific queries raised by operators, this includes electronic money institutions such as Revolut which has confirmed that its customers can add money using credit cards. Operators must therefore put systems in place to prevent gambling payments from these products.

However, it is important to note there may be other e-money businesses which operate a similar service to Revolut and which also allow their customers to make credit card deposits which then could be used for gambling.

Operators are therefore reminded that they must take the following course of action before accepting customer payments via any MSB (including through any card payment instruments issued by those MSBs to its customers):

  • operators must satisfy themselves that customers of that MSB cannot fund their e-accounts or e-wallets with credit card deposits and then use those funds for gambling; and
  • operators will need to reject all payments made through such MSBs that have not developed a ‘block’ to prevent credit card deposits being used for gambling through their e-account or e-wallet facilities.

 

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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Casino Revenues, Contributions to the State Down More Than 20% Compared to Last Year

Maryland casino operators devise detailed plans in preparation for reopening

BALTIMORE, Maryland (June 5, 2020) – With Maryland’s six casinos closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 virus, total gaming revenues are down by nearly $372.5 million compared to last year, while casino contributions to the state are down more than $148.8 million.

The casinos were closed to the public at 12 a.m. on March 16 as part of Maryland’s effort to halt the spread of COVID-19. Each casino has developed a detailed plan for reopening, but a reopening date has not yet been determined.

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Through the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019 through May 2020), Maryland’s casinos have generated $1,245,029,239 in gaming revenue. The total is $372,488,769 (-23.0%) less than the $1,617,518,008 generated through the first 11 months of FY2019.

Casino contributions to the state for the first 11 months of FY2020 are $514,549,290, a decrease of $148,818,204 (-22.4%) compared to the $663,367,494 in contributions during the first 11 months of FY2019.

Casino contributions to the Education Trust Fund for the first 11 months of FY2020 are $385,895,410, a decrease of $111,720,382 (-22.5%) compared to the $497,615,792 in ETF contributions during the first 11 months of FY2019.

A year ago, casino gaming revenues in May of 2019 were $152,275,799. Contributions to the state in that month totaled $63,655,376, including $47,747,479 for the Education Trust Fund. Casino gaming revenues also support communities and jurisdictions where the casinos are located, as well as Maryland’s horse racing industry.

“The casinos have worked diligently to create thorough reopening plans that cover everything from sanitation to social distancing and temperature screenings,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “When the casinos reopen, they likely will be limited to 25% to 50% of their capacity, and customers will notice many other changes, such as Plexiglass shields, to ensure social distancing. But we are confident they’ll be ready to operate safely and effectively.”

Maryland has six privately owned casinos that offer both slot machines and table games: MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County; Live! Casino & Hotel in Anne Arundel County; Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City; Ocean Downs Casino in Worcester County; Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County; and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on mdgaming.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry; 410-230-8725 (office); 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.gentry@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

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Online and Telephone Betting Harm Minimisation Measures

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (June 5, 2020) -- All online and telephone betting providers, in Victoria or elsewhere, providing interactive wagering and betting services to Victorian residents must comply with strict requirements under the direction of the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, which comes into effect on 26 May 2020 (New Direction) and replaces the previous direction issued on 20 May 2019 (Previous Direction).

To ensure clarity around the measures that betting operators must comply with, the Minister issued the New Direction to revoke and replace the Previous Direction. The New Direction removes the 2020 Measures but preserves the 2019 Measures.

The 2019 Measures remain in effect, where betting operators must:

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  • not offer credit, vouchers or other rewards to an account holder as an incentive to refer another person (such as family and friends) to open a betting account
  • not offer complimentary or free bets unless the winnings received from that bet can be withdrawn by the account holder (i.e. the winnings cannot be subject to a requirement that the account holder continue to bet with those winnings)
  • not send direct marketing to consumers without their express consent (opt-in), ensure that there is an easily accessible and usable process for customers to unsubscribe (opt-out), not send direct marketing to customers who have unsubscribed and not provide any credits, vouchers or rewards to customers to encourage them to opt in
  • ensure that all customers opening a new account either set a limit on the amount of money that can be deposited into their betting account (deposit limit) or opt out of setting a limit
  • provide consumers with simple and easy-to-use tools, with clearly explained and prominently displayed processes, to allow them to set deposit limits
  • not allow a person to deposit money into a betting account which would breach a deposit limit they have set
  • ensure customers can simply and easily close a betting account if they choose to do so and must not offer any credit or other reward to encourage customers to keep a betting account open.

 

The intention is that requirements relating to activity statements, consistent gambling messaging and staff training will be reintroduced once the work required for implementation has been finalised in collaboration with the Commonwealth, states and territories.

To read the full measures and restrictions, see: Ministerial Direction 26 May 2020 (PDF, 336.55 KB).

The restrictions under the New and Previous Direction were put in place by the Victorian government following an agreement between state and federal governments to commit to the National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering.

While the New Direction does not impose any new requirements, wagering service providers must continue to comply with existing requirements under the 2019 Measures. Failure to comply may attract a penalty of up to 60 penalty units ($9,913.20).

If you believe any betting provider has not complied with these measures and restrictions, you should contact the relevant betting provider or make a complaint online

SOURCE: The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

 

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Costa Rica Lottery Sets the Standard for Reviving the Economy

COSTA RICA (June 5, 2020) -- The Social Protection Board (JPS), administrator of the state lottery for the social good of Costa Rica, set the example for other economic activities in

Costa Rica by gradually resuming the pre-printed lottery draws after having suspended them on March 24 at May 5, the gradual return of the draws begins.

"It was necessary to suspend the pre-printed lottery draws from March 24 to May 5 of this 2020. We did not want this lottery -which involves personal contact, handling of paper and currency in the purchase-sale-, could become a outbreak of COVID 19. There were 17 suspended draws of the National and Popular products, -the main generators of profits- of the Social Protection Board," said Esmeralda Britton González, president of the board of directors of the Social Protection Board of Costa Rica (JPS).

Likewise, the representative of the JPS indicated that the resumption of activities is gradual. “Although we know it is 'uphill', we hope to achieve, by the end of the year, closer to normal sales, raffles and profit generation. In addition, if no resources were received during that period, it was necessary to cover the wages of the payroll of 450 workers, finance a subsidy for the 1900 people selling these products, maintain the transfer of resources to 430 social entities and, for social responsibility , we had to contribute to the attention of the pandemic, specifically we provided resources for the care of people in street conditions. The commercial activity had to be resumed, and we had to do it soon and especially with respect to the sanitary conditions issued by the Government.”

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With COVID-19 the world changed. In this new stage, the JPS State Lottery began with a modified sales system due to health restrictions to avoid the spread of coronavirus, favouring and promoting the use of new technologies, novel payment methods that reduce the use of currency and a protocol in hand with recommendations to the sales force –which is external- to take extreme sanitary measures in a high-contact business activity between people.

The Lottery designed and made available to vendors a platform for virtual training. In that same space, sellers can freely enter their cell phone number in a regionalized database that was made available to buyers in a regionalized way so that they can contact sellers near their location so that they can be contacted. make the purchase-sale.

In this period, an agreement was signed for the distribution of the lottery, which leads to the online marketing of tickets not withdrawn. One of the novel actions involves the online distribution - through a technological platform - of unsold product. The establishment of a distribution channel through this route was achieved through an agreement modality, based on the Lottery Law, the General Law of Public Administration, the Law that governs the JPS and other legal provisions.

The Board maintains full administration, it is a distribution channel, with the difference that it works through a technological platform. It also has the particularity that it respects the lottery quota assigned to each vendor. We are putting the unsold lottery for distribution through this channel,” clarified Esmeralda Britton González.

The JPS is considering that digital marketing is, at this time, the best mechanism for marketing.

Returning to normal

The JPS kept electronic games on the market, but it is necessary to resume pre-printed games because they allow generating more profits.

In the midst of the uncertainty caused by the health emergency, the strategy of the JPS was the gradual return and it will have to adjust them to the new normality that this pandemic allows.

For now, the Costa Rican entity started with only a draw for the Popular Lottery game in May. At the end of this month a National Lottery was also held and thus, little by little, it seeks to resume the two weekly draws of Popular -also known as Chances- and one week of the National.

"We are visualizing some plans that can be implemented to serve those people who consume our products, once the digital channel is enabled and we learn from the behavior and tastes of consumers to adjust to the needs of the market," said the president of the JPS board of directors.

Simultaneously, several advertising campaigns have been developed that acknowledge the work of vendors and motivate lottery buyers at JPS to try their luck.

Solidarity with Sales Force

The JPS sales force is made up of people outside the institution since, more than a century and a half ago, the state lottery for social good was established.

There are 1,900 people –families- who have their way of generating income in the lottery sale and the institution, in an act of solidarity, established a subsidy for three months for all these people.

Likewise, the restart of the pre-printed lottery sale –National and Popular- was accompanied by training actions for the sale and purchase; A web site was set up so that sellers can strengthen actions for customer loyalty.

In addition to that solidarity and social responsibility, vendors have been provided with equipment and supplies for protection such as masks and gel alcohol.

SOURCE: Cybelae.

 

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Microgaming Celebrates ISO 14001 Certification on World Environment Day

ISLE OF MAN (June 5, 2020) – Today, on World Environment Day, Microgaming has announced the completion of its 2020 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 audit at its Isle of Man headquarters.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that establishes a framework to help businesses implement an effective environmental management system (EMS).

Marking a significant milestone for Microgaming, the ISO 14001 certification follows the company’s sustainability pledge and reinforces its long-term commitment to improving its environmental impact.

The ISO 14001 certification builds on existing initiatives carried out by the technology provider through its award-winning CSR programme, PlayItForward, which aims to guide the business and its local community on the Isle of Man towards a greener future.

In July 2017, Microgaming’s 45,000 square feet headquarters was one of the Isle of Man's first privately held office buildings to achieve an 'Excellent' sustainability rating from BREEAM, the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

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In an effort to continue and improve its BREEAM rating, Microgaming has rolled out a number of environmentally friendly practices, including the appointment of a full-time environmental coordinator to lead all of its environmental management systems and activities with the aim of reducing its carbon footprint and continuing to nurture a more sustainable business. In addition, Microgaming has invested in electric bikes and annual public bus passes to support a greener commute for staff, the implementation of a new waste management solution, including smart bins to help calculate carbon footprint and ecological initiatives, the replacement of takeaway and lunch containers with more sustainable alternatives, and the continuous monitoring of energy consumption.

Further afield, Microgaming has also made a conscious effort to lower the waste produced at ICE London in recent years.

In recognition of its leading role in CSR and eco-led initiatives, Microgaming has received a number of awards, including Best CSR Strategy at the HR Excellence Awards 2018 and Best Leadership Event at the ICE Awards 2019.

For more information on Microgaming PlayItForward, the company’s CSR programme, and its commitments to the environment, Click Here.

At Microgaming, we’re passionate about protecting our planet and improving our environmental impact. Sustainability has long been a focal point for PlayItForward, which is driven by the values and passion of our people, who are constantly implementing new initiatives to make our world greener. ISO 14001 certification is a significant milestone for the business, and I am proud of our collective efforts in helping to safeguard our home and planet for current and future generations.

John Coleman

CEO at Microgaming

For further information please contact the Microgaming Press Office: + 44 1624 727777, E: pressoffice@microgaming.co.uk.

SOURCE: Microgaming press release.

 

 

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