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Vol. 91 No.8 - Monday May 25, 2020

 

 

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A Chorus of ‘Thank Yous’ – Camelot Launches Campaign to Thank National Lottery Players for Supporting £600M Crisis Relief Package

New Campaign Shines Light on National Lottery-Funded Frontline Projects and Organisations Making A Massive Difference During the Coronavirus Crisis

 

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UNITED KINGDOM (May 18, 2020) -- National Lottery players will receive a chorus of ‘thank yous’ – from some of the frontline projects and organisations benefiting from existing National Lottery funding, as well as from some which are receiving grants from a further repurposed £600M in National Lottery money to support the crisis – when Camelot launches its latest marketing campaign this week.

Running across TV, radio, social and digital, the campaign kicks off on Tuesday morning (19 May) with a 30” spot during Good Morning Britain on ITV, and with further primetime ad slots throughout the week – including during Channel 4’s The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off and First Dates. Working with the National Lottery distributors – including The National Lottery Community Fund and Sport England – the TV ad features five Good Cause projects from all corners of the UK which have benefited from existing National Lottery funding or from the repurposed £600M COVID-19 crisis relief package.

Each selfie-style clip provides an insight into the work these projects have been carrying out to support people affected by coronavirus – from food banks for the vulnerable, to help for people with disabilities and homemade pies for NHS staff. The TV ad is capped off with a chorus of ‘thank yous’ from a host of different projects around the UK to thank National Lottery players for helping to make them possible.

The campaign will also feature 30” radio edits for each region of the UK – Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England – highlighting specific projects in each area that have been supported by the £600M in repurposed National Lottery money. For example, the Scottish version features The Crops in Pots initiative, which repairs bikes for NHS workers in Scotland.

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The five featured projects in the TV ad include:

  • Youth Sports Trust – funded by Sport England, this UK-wide project is helping thousands of children stay active at home.
  • Intercultural Youth Scotland – funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), this project is providing online services for vulnerable young people during these unprecedented times.
  • BASIC (Brain & Spinal Injury Centre) – funded by TNLCF, this North West-based project is making hundreds of homemade pies for NHS staff.
  • Dungannon Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – funded by TNLCF, the project is providing online physiotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis in Northern Ireland.
  • South Denbighshire, Community Partnership – funded by TNLCF, this project is delivering hot meals to the most vulnerable in Wales.

 

Keith Moor, Chief Marketing Officer at Camelot, said: “We’re delighted to launch our latest campaign – in partnership with the National Lottery distributors who are doing an exceptional job in getting funding to the people and projects who need it most during the coronavirus crisis. The idea is to say ‘thank you’ to National Lottery players who are helping to fund millions of acts of kindness. There’s tremendous work going on every day all across the UK, and we’re providing a glimpse of all of these efforts with this campaign – by showcasing projects that are receiving support from existing National Lottery funding and the repurposed £600M COVID-19 funding.

National Lottery players have made all of these projects possible, and what better way to thank them than from the actual projects and organisations themselves. They’re all doing fantastic work, and we’re incredibly grateful that they’ve taken the time out to help us say thanks for the support of National Lottery players. With the TV ad – and the campaign as a whole – players can see the good that they’re doing by buying a National Lottery ticket, and in that way they can feel proud and connected to the efforts underway across the country.”

 

The TV ad was created by adam&eveDDB, with media planning and buying done by Vizeum

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

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.

 

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EGBA Code Will Strengthen Rules on In-Game Advertising

BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 18, 2020) -The European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)[1], was mandated by EGBA to conduct a gap analysis exercise, to assess how the new EGBA Code of Conduct on Responsible Advertising for Online Gambling fits in comparison with the applicable regulatory and self-regulatory advertising rules in 15 selected European countries.[2]

The EASA analysis found that the measures introduced by EGBA’s Code are broadly consistent and congruent with national requirements on gambling advertising. In some of the countries, the Code was even found to be overall stricter than the applicable national provisions, with certain parts of the Code considered to be more specific in nature.

EGBA believes the Code can, therefore, reinforce and strengthen existing national regulations for online gambling advertising in European countries. EGBA’s members are already applying the Code’s measures in addition to applicable advertising regulations in the European countries they operate in. The analysis found the Code could be already implemented in 9 of 15 countries reviewed, if local self-regulations were amended to include the provisions of EGBA’s Code.

EGBA intends for the Code to be monitored and enforced by an independent third party. To maximise the potential of the Code, EGBA invites eligible[3] online gambling companies to sign the Code and encourages national online gambling associations to endorse and promote the Code to their members.

This initial analysis demonstrates how EGBA’s Code can already strengthen responsible advertising measures in a number of European countries. We’re very pleased that EGBA members are committed to apply the Code and demonstrate their commitment to responsible advertising. With its dedicated measures for social media and minor protection, the Code will drive industry standards for responsible advertising and help strengthen consumer protection for European citizens.” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General.

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A summary of EASA’s gap analysis can be found below.[4]

General

  • 13 countries have general and not gambling-specific advertising self-regulatory requirements covering all online media platforms.
  • Regulations and self-regulation co-exist in 12 countries, while 3 countries do not have any self-regulatory measures.
  • EGBA’s Code could be implemented in 9 of 15 countries, if local self-regulations were amended to include the provisions of EGBA’s Code.

 

Minor protection

  • Only 6 countries have specific legislative rules for protecting minors from viewing gambling advertisements, while in 5 countries there are no legislative or specific self-regulatory rules on gambling advertising to protect minors. EGBA’s Code includes dedicated rules, which, in these countries, could benefit the frameworks for the protection of minors.

 

Social media

  • 13 out of the 15 countries reviewed have no specific requirements for gambling advertising on social media. In this sense, EGBA’s Code can provide a detailed set of measures dedicated for social media.

 

Sponsorships

  • 11 countries do not have any dedicated measures for sponsorship. EGBA’s Code includes a dedicated chapter on sponsorship.

 

Responsible gambling messaging

  • Responsible gambling messaging is not required in 5 countries. EGBA’s Code outlines the obligation for advertisements to carry responsible gambling messages, wherever possible, and foresees the possibility of organising responsible gambling campaigns.

 

Customer complaints

  • Most customer complains about gambling advertising concern bonuses and portrayal of gambling, both issues addressed in EGBA’s Code.

 

[1] EGBA consulted with EASA for advice on its Code but this in no way implies that EASA or its members endorse the Code in any form, which remains under EGBA’s responsibility.

 

[2] Belgium, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom.

 

[3] Companies who are licensed in the EU, EEA countries or the UK.

 

[4] Individual countries are not identified in the publicly available summary.

 

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

 

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IGT Extends Mobile and Retail Sports Betting Footprint to Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino in Colorado

IGT continues sports betting momentum in Colorado with omni-channel PlaySports deal

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LONDON, U.K. (May 19, 2020) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its PlaySports platform will power retail and mobile sports betting at Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino in Black Hawk, Colo. Owned and operated by privately held gaming company, Ed & Shirley's Inc., both casinos will leverage IGT PlaySports kiosks, platform and mobile technologies to give their patrons choice and convenience for how, when and where they place sports bets.

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.

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"Offering omni-channel sports betting via the IGT PlaySports solution will introduce an exciting new dimension of gaming to Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino that sports fans throughout Colorado are ready to embrace," said Ed Smith, Ed & Shirley's Inc. President. "We've leveraged IGT's expertise and trusted technology to create a sports betting program that gives players choice and convenience for wagering on their favorite teams."

"Colorado is shaping up to be one of the most compelling sports betting markets in the U.S., and a region where IGT is clearly demonstrating the power, versatility and scalability of our PlaySports solution," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino will leverage the same, proven PlaySports platform and retail technology that is powering many of the most successful sportsbooks in the U.S., positioning them to provide outstanding user experiences that drive growth."

IGT PlaySports first went live in Colorado on May 1, 2020, the inaugural day of legal sports betting in the State. IGT PlaySports is currently approved for operation in 13 U.S. states and is GLI-33 certified.

To learn why winners choose IGT PlaySports, visit IGT.com.

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.

CONTACTS:

 

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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£10m National Gambling Education and Support Programme Launched in the UK

  • Independent education programme to be delivered by charities GamCare and YGAM
  • Charities aim to ensure all 11 to19 year olds across the UK have access to gambling awareness education
  • Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members to provide independent funding

 

LONDON, U.K. (May 16, 202) --The launch of a £10 million independent gambling education initiative will equip a generation of young people to better understand the risks associated with gambling and engage with gambling products and environments in an informed way, it was announced today.

The programme, which is part of a package of BGC Safer Gambling Commitments announced in November 2019, will be delivered by the charities GamCare and YGAM.  It will involve direct provision of education to 120,000 young people, in addition to the training of over 100,000 professionals who deliver education to young people including teachers, youth workers, community mental health practitioners, police and community sports trusts.

GamCare and YGAM have set out the following shared aspirations for gambling education in the UK:

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  • All 11-19 year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive at least one session of gambling awareness education during their secondary/further education
  • All teachers, youth workers and other professionals working with young people should have access to information about the risks of gambling, how to identify gambling related harm in young people and where help can be sought.
  • All parents and families should have access to information about young people’s gambling, how to keep young people safe, and where they can be referred for help and support.
  • All young people (aged 18 and under) who are ‘at risk’ of or have developed a problem with gambling, or are affected by the gambling of someone close to them (e.g. a parent), should have access to age-appropriate treatment

 

The evidence-led, evaluated, and accredited education programmes extend beyond the individuals they reach directly by equipping people with the skills and confidence to talk to others about gambling harms and identify harmful behaviour in those close to them.

Commenting on the launch, Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare, said:

GamCare have been working with young people and youth facing professionals to deliver gambling education for many years. What we see in the classroom tends to be polarised views on gambling, and a lack of clear understanding about its potential risks. We are delighted to be working with YGAM and extending this much needed programme. We believe that gambling education should have parity with education around other risky behaviours and the extension of this programme will help us take a significant step towards achieving that aim.”

Lee Willows, founder and CEO of YGAM, said:

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Building upon our five-year track record of training professionals who have influence over young people’s learning, we are delighted to be working with GamCare, the Betting & Gaming Council and their members and our various external evaluation partners to scale our geographical reach to deliver this ambitious programme. Raising awareness and harm-prevention education is an important component to reduce gambling-related harms. By training professionals who have influence over young people’s learning, we will equip these professionals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to not only deliver the programme but also highlight the age-appropriate support available from GamCare.”

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, said:

As the new standards body representing most of the regulated industry, the BGC is delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative. Educating our young people is vital if we are to ensure that they are better informed and fully aware of the potential risks. It’s also essential that those who are teaching them are fully trained and able to look out for the tell-tale signs of any gambling-related harm and how to access help if required. Millions of people occasionally enjoy gambling, whether that’s on the National Lottery or on sports or bingo or gaming. The overwhelming majority of people who gamble in the UK do so in a safe way. This important project and investment is part of our ongoing determination at the BGC to promote safer gambling and to further drive up standards.”

The education programme will be supported by a range of high-quality materials developed in accordance with PSHE Association, City and Guilds and Pearson quality standards. To ensure the programme is delivered throughout the COVID19 lockdown, resources will be further enriched by quality video and digital content reflective of the spaces in which young people consume information.  Those identified through the programme as being impacted by gambling-related harm will be able to receive seamless access to help and support from GamCare staff and via its Youth facing website– BigDeal.

The Betting and Gaming Council is providing funds to the Charities Aid Foundation, which will disperse the funds in accordance with the grants from YGAM and GAMCARE.  The programme will be overseen by an independent evaluator who will report regularly on progress against key target objectives.

SOURCE: The Betting and Gaming Council.

 

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New Mobile Solution for Sachsenlotto Successfully Launched

DORTMUND, Germany (May 18, 2020) --- The new app from IT service provider adesso has expanded Sächsische Lotto-GmbH’s gaming offer to include the mobile sales channel.

Current user numbers confirm the concept for the recently launched mobile application, translating into a very successful first few months for the attractive, convenient app.

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  • Digitalisation of lottery business with adesso
  • Sachsenlotto adds app for lottery players to its sales channels
  • Intuitive, powerful and reliable app offers improved service

 

Sachsenlotto’s customers can use the app to play all LOTTO lotteries, from 6aus49 and Eurojackpot to KENO, GlücksSpirale and scratch cards, plus they can quickly and conveniently redeem tickets from their smartphone. The app, which launched in March, is part of adesso’s digitalisation strategy for Sachsenlotto. The mobile business complements the customer platform that adesso developed for the German state of Saxony’s lottery operator based on a broadly established industry solution.

The new Sachsenlotto app was developed for the Android and iOS operating systems. The UX-optimised app for mobile devices is intuitive and user-friendly. It features an attractive and easily comprehensible design and offers maximum security and reliability – all essential features for an app that is being used to make payments.

The development of the app enables Sachsenlotto to successfully expand its sales channels and services. Winings on tickets purchased online are displayed immediately in the app and optional via push notifications. Tickets purchased at lottery retailers can also be checked conveniently for wins by scanning the barcode with a smartphone. In addition, lottery players can now see whether they have won and how high their winnings are, wherever they are and at any time, regardless of whether they played via a mobile device, on the company’s website (sachsenlotto.de) or in-store.

 

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Siegfried Schenek, Managing Director of Sächsische Lotto-GmbH, is impressed by the new, additional sales channel: “As a lottery operator, the app gets us closer to our customers. They can play more flexibly and use our portfolio on the go. The uptake shows that the offering has been well received. That is great because, as a state-authorised lottery operator, our net revenue is used to support charitable projects in the Free State of Saxony in the areas of environment, public welfare, youth, culture and sport.

adesso currently supports the majority of the 16 German state lottery operators. The IT service provider has worked with Sächsische Lotto-GmbH since 2007. adesso helped design its website, sachsenlotto.de, which went live in 2017. The company’s IT experts ensured that the site met the needs of the mobile internet with state-of-the-are responsive technology.

As a partner to state lottery operators, adesso is a member of the European Lotteries and the World Lottery Association.

CONTACT: Eva Wiedemann, T: +49 231 7000-7000.

SOURCE: adesso SE.

 

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Missouri Lottery Generates $24.8 Million in Monthly Profits for Education

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (May 16, 2020) -- Profits from Missouri Lottery ticket sales in April have been sent to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education.

The transfer of $24,896,634 brings the total for FY20, which began July 1, 2019, to more than $278.5 million.

Prior to each fiscal year, the Lottery averages the most recent five years’ profits for a “benchmark” and increases that amount by 1% to arrive at a prudent goal for the next fiscal year.

For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including the specific programs benefited in each county, see the “Where the Money Goes” section at MOLottery.com.

SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.

 

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Texas Lottery Plans to Reopen Claim Centers June 1; Will Process Claims by Appointment Only

Prizes may continue to be claimed by mail

AUSTIN, Texas (May 15, 2020) – The Texas Lottery Commission plans to reopen all 16 claim centers around the state on Monday, June 1, 2020. Claims will be processed by appointment only and recommended safety and cleaning guidelines will be followed.

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The claim centers will operate under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice. Details on how to schedule an appointment, as well as safety precautions to be put in place, will be announced at a later date.

We want to thank our players for their patience during these uncertain times, and we are appreciative of the number of players that claimed prizes via mail or delayed visiting a claim center to keep themselves, fellow players and our employees healthy and safe,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Teas Lottery.

We will continue to monitor the developments of the coronavirus situation day-by-day, while working with state officials, as we determine next steps in our claim center reopening process. The health and safety of our employees and all individuals we interact with remains our highest priority.”

As a reminder, all winning scratch and draw game ticket prizes of up to $5 million may continue to be claimed via mail. The ticket must be postmarked on or prior to the claim expiration date and should be mailed to:

 

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PO Box 16600

Austin, TX 78761-6600.

 

Please allow 4-6 weeks for mail-in claims to be processed. For additional information, and for mail-in claim forms, please visit our website.

 

All Lotto Texas®, Powerball® and Mega Millions® grand or jackpot prizes regardless of the amount, all prizes paid out in annuity payments, and any prize greater than $5 million will continue to be processed by appointment only at the Texas Lottery Commission headquarters in Austin. To schedule an appointment for this type of claim only, please call 512-344-5049 or email ClaimantProcessingAlert@lottery.state.tx.us.

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Prizes of $599 or less may continue to be paid by any Texas Lottery® retailer.

A ticket holder forfeits any claim to a prize for a draw game after the expiration of the 180th day following the draw date; and for a scratch ticket game after the expiration of the 180th day following the official "end of game" as determined by the Commission. These deadlines may be extended for a period of time for certain eligible military personnel. Unclaimed prizes revert back to the state for programs authorized by the Texas Legislature.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated more than $30 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $64 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $24.9 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $134 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

The Texas Lottery provides several entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing™, Texas Two Step®, Pick 3™, Daily 4™, Cash Five® and scratch ticket games. For more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at www.txlottery.org.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

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All Lotto NZ Stores Can Re-Open Under Alert Level 2, and Customers Can Still Play Games Online

NEW ZEALAND (May 14, 2020) -- What does Alert Level 2 look like for Lotto NZ? 

We support the Government’s actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, with the wellbeing of all New Zealanders our top priority. 

We’re committed to keeping both our customers and retailers safe, while still allowing people to purchase their tickets. With this in mind, there will be extra health and safety measures in place at Lotto counters.

Additional to increased hygiene practices and social distancing, we will also be implementing the following:

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  • The ticket write-up counter will be closed. Game coupons will still be available from the retailer, and customers will need to take these away to fill out. Alternatively, for Lotto, Powerball or Strike you can play your favourite numbers in-store, from your phone. To find out more: www.mylotto.co.nz/app-reader
  • Instant Kiwi tickets must also be taken out of the store to be scratched.
  • Customers will need to use the ticket checker to see if they have a winning ticket, only presenting winning tickets to the retailer. If you have a NON-WINNING ticket and would like to PLAY IT AGAIN, please let the Lotto operator know
  • Where possible, customers should pay for their tickets with EFTPOS, and prizes under $1,000 will be paid via an EFTPOS refund, where available.Where possible, customers should pay for their tickets with EFTPOS, and prizes under $1,000 will be paid via an EFTPOS refund, where available.
  • Customers are asked to keep store visits short, and to stay at home if they are unwell.

 

Lotto NZ exists to generate essential funding for NZ communities, with 100% of profits going to over 3,000 good causes every year. Lotto NZ is also a significant funder of Sport NZ, NZ Film Commission, and Creative NZ.  We know that Lotto NZ funding is needed throughout Aotearoa now more than ever. By re-opening the majority of our stores under Alert Level 2, complemented by online play, we can continue to generate funding for communities, who we know, will need it now more than ever.  A small number of Lotto counters will remain closed during Alert Level 2, including those in Relay stores and some independent outlets. If your local store is not open, contact our Customer Care team who will be able to direct you to your nearest open Lotto NZ store.

All Lotto NZ stores are able to re-open under Alert Level 2. Players can continue to buy tickets online.

Prize Claims

Lotto NZ is extending the timeframe that lucky winners have to claim prizes on winning paper tickets that expired during the COVID-19 store closures.

Usually, winners have 12 months from the date of the draw to claim prizes on our draw games (Lotto/Powerball, Strike, Keno and Bullseye) and 12 months from the date of game closure for Instant Kiwi tickets.

Lotto NZ is extending the prize claim timeframe, meaning players have until 4 June 2020 to claim paper tickets purchased from retail stores for Lotto/Powerball, Strike, Keno and Bullseye draws between 26 March 2019 and 13 May 2019.

This will also apply to Instant Kiwi tickets that were due to expire between 26 March 2020 and 13 May 2020.

For more information, https://mylotto.co.nz/covid-19

SOURCE: Lotto NZ.

 

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STARS Lottery Officially Launch 9th Edition Across Saskatchewan

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada (May 13, 2020) – The STARS Lottery Saskatchewan launched today across the province, offering ticket purchasers the opportunity to win life-changing prizes while also helping in the fight to save lives.

The lottery is STARS’ largest fundraiser in Saskatchewan. The ninth edition offers more than 1,800 prizes, valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, electronics, appliances and two stunning, fully-furnished show homes worth more than $1.5 million each – both of which are awarded in the final draw.

The non-profit, charitable helicopter air ambulance organization continues to care for critically ill and injured patients in communities across Saskatchewan throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 patients.

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“STARS relies on community support to stay operational, and while many of our fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled, we are grateful to be able to continue with our annual lottery,” said STARS president and CEO, Andrea Robertson. “The lottery gives our allies the chance to win terrific prizes and helps to ensure we can continue to fight for the lives of critically ill and injured people across Saskatchewan.”

This year’s lottery features STARS’ largest early bird prize package ever, with a truck, trailer, toys and $100,000 – all valued at $346,589. The perennially popular LUCKY STARS 50/50 is back again, and this year a lucky ticket buyer could win up to $900,000, Saskatchewan’s largest 50/50 payout ever.

Ticket prices start at $60 for the main lottery and $10 for the 50/50 and can be purchased at STARSLotterySaskatchewan.ca or by calling 1-844-STARS SK (782-7775).

Every ticket purchased is eligible to win all applicable prizes if purchased prior to the early bird ticket sales deadline of June 25 and the final ticket sales deadline of July 16. LUCKY STARS 50/50 tickets must be purchased in conjunction with main lottery tickets.

STARS usually launch its lottery from the grand prize show homes located in Pilot Butte, near Regina, and Greenbryre Estates, near Saskatoon. However, due to current social distancing and gathering restrictions, the show homes are not open to the public at this time, nor are in-person ticket sales available at the STARS bases.

For more information, interviews, show home photos or video:

Mark Oddan, STARS | mediainfo@stars.ca | 306-565-8000 | STARSLotterySaskatchewan.ca

About STARS

Simply put, STARS fights for life. Since we embarked on our first mission in 1985, we’ve been driven by the goal of providing people the vital care they need when they need it the most. Whether it’s offering hands-on training to rural medical providers or providing rapid, emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured, we operate 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, anticipating and acting when people need our help. Learn more at stars.ca.

Source: STARS press release.

 

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An Experienced Quartet Will Lead Team Svenska Spel Towards New Successes

VISBY, Sweden (May 14, 2020) -- Svenska Spel's and the Swedish Ski Association's joint investment in the development national team, Team Svenska Spel, is this year led by four very experienced coaches, Martina Höök, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Mattias Nilsson and Andreas Domeij. The team will operate in three locations during the year; Falun, Östersund and Umeå. This was some of the news presented by the Swedish Ski Association at a press conference on Thursday morning.

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Svenska Spel and the Swedish Ski Federation's length started a long year ago with a long-term collaboration where Svenska Spel entered as a Presenting partner for the cross country team . The collaboration also includes a bet on the development team Team Svenska Spel, a venture that during the past season really produced results.Several of the riders were leading in the junior and U23 World Championships and took several medals there.

It is already clear that Linn Svahn, the winter's big exclamation mark and winner of the sprint cup, takes the step from Team Svenska Spel straight up in the A-national team. She is joined by Emma Ribom and Moa Lundgren, who during the past season were also part of Team Svenska Spel.

Johanna Hagström, Moa Olsson, Fredrik Andersson and William Poromaa also leave Team Svenska Spel and take the step to Team Bauhaus, where riders who snuggle in a place for the A-national team are included.

In short, it can be stated that the investment in Team Svenska Spel has been successful.

It is really fun to see what steps they have taken this winter and fun to see that the hard work we have done has produced results,” says Ida Ingemarsdotter, who has been the coach of Team Svenska Games this past season.

Shared responsibility in Östersund

Work is now underway to set the team for the 2020/2021 season.

We are currently working on determining the structures and criteria that will apply when selecting riders for Team Svenska Spel,” says the new national team manager Anders Byström.

A news for the coming season is that Team Svenska Spel will have its base in three locations; Falun, Umeå and Östersund. Shortly, which riders will be included in the team, but already today it was presented which coaches will be responsible for the riders' development in each place.

In Östersund, Martina Höök and Ida Ingemarsdotter will share the responsibility for Team Svenska Spel. Both were already in the long season and Ida Ingemarsdotter is really looking forward to taking on the team for another season.

It will be very fun to continue working with this category of riders who are on the rise in their careers,” says Ida, and says that she and Martina Höök will work very closely together.

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It will be a good development of the business to have it at home, because that's where a lot of training takes place. It will lift the riders who are part of the groups.”

In Falun it is Mattias Nilsson who will have the main responsibility. Mattias has been part of the coaching team for the A-national team in recent seasons but is now given responsibility to develop Team Svenska Spel riders in Falun.

It feels really inspiring! It's a lot of fun, and my coaches are individuals I know before. I know how much expertise there is in the team so it feels really exciting,” says Mattias.

Experienced debutant in Umeå

In Umeå, Andreas Domeij, the former national team captain, will be responsible. For Andreas, it will be the debut of the Swedish Ski Federation's national team.

It feels amazingly cool and incredibly inspiring. I love skiing, and for me it is a pleasure to be on such a journey, and to make Swedish skiing even wider.

Everyone is curious as to what the investment with the three resorts will contribute to, but that it will benefit both the riders and themselves in their coach roles there is no doubt.

It is positive that we can do a closer follow-up, be present all the time. You can work on one thing, release it and then pick it up again. There will be more continuity, which I am absolutely convinced of,” says Ida Ingemarsdotter and is supported by both Andreas and Mattias.

You can see details that you work with continuously, and I look forward to that very much. Contact with the riders is the essence of the coacheship and it is a pleasure to have it in this format,” says Mattias.

Since we are a tight team, we will be able to help with small details more often, not just at camps. We will be able to help the riders throughout the year. If you get help more often, I am convinced that it will be a big improvement and it will be easier to meet the goals that the riders have,” Andreas adds.

Positive investment in the footsteps of corona

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Mattias Nilsson highlights that the current situation in the world, with uncertainty about travel and so on, contributes to making it even more important with good training opportunities at home. Therefore, he believes that the investment in three team locations came at a lower cost than one might have initially expected.

When there are such restrictions as we have now, it is even more important to have a good offer at home. It is in these locations that most activities are conducted, and our goal is for this to be in synergy with universities and other activities where the riders are active. It will strengthen the whole of Sweden.

The new coach team has started planning for the season these days and for most riders the training period has just started in earnest. For Ida Ingemarsdotter, who was also in the past season, it will now be important to evaluate what went well and what lessons can be learned for the coming year.

We get to sit down and see what we have been doing for something, and together with the new team see what we should focus on based on places, conditions and so on. How we work is what our coaches are now looking at and planning.

Clear objectives

Ida and her colleagues have clear goals, at least for themselves.

Now that you are a leader, you want the riders' development curve to go upwards and that they stay healthy. Just like when you were active, but then you wanted to have that curve yourself, notes Ida, who has six World Cup and two Olympic medals in his luggage.”

Mattias Nilsson also has high hopes for a strong development for the team riders.

I look forward to seeing a development. For us coaches it is a lot to work hard to contribute to the development of the riders, and it will produce results. I really look forward to seeing the result of the solid job that I know the riders are putting down.

Andreas Domeij is on the same track.

I want the riders to feel that they are developing, otherwise I would not hope for this. Then I dream that the riders dare to try to drive harder than they are used to. My hope is that they will feel secure and believe in themselves.

SOURCE: Svenska Spel.

 

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Puerto Rico Government Picks GLI as Advisor for Gaming Commission

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SAN JUAN, P.R. (May 18, 2020) – The Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF, Spanish acronym) chose Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) to provide consulting and advisory services to the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission, created by virtue of Act 81-2019. AAFAF Executive Director Omar J. Marrero Díaz announced that GLI will assist the Commission in the drafting of the regulations governing the operations, and providing consulting services to the Commission with respect to the industries and activities under its jurisdiction, which include sports betting, fantasy contests, and esports. Marrero also stated that the firm will be responsible for developing procedures applicable to the operations of the Commission, using as a model the processes developed in other jurisdictions of the U.S.A. In February 2020, AAFAF issued an RFP to identify qualified firms that would meet the essential requirements to develop such regulations.

“The AAFAF team is pleased with the selection of GLI, which will help the Government of Puerto Rico develop cutting-edge regulations to swiftly implement the provisions of Act 81-2019 relative to identifying the eventual components of the different industries, while simultaneously allowing citizens to participate in these activities within a legal frame,” Marrero expressed adding that these efforts reinforce the current public policy of Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, which authorizes sports betting, fantasy contests and electronic games.

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These activities are new legal forms of betting and represent a new source of revenue and economic activity for the Government. Projections indicate that the Government of Puerto Rico could collect approximately $87 million from this activity within a five-year term.

Department of Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel A. Laboy Rivera stated: “The selected firm will assist the Commission in the

process of adopting the regulations that will govern this ground-breaking industry in order to help it reach its maximum potential, along with the local talent and resources in the Island. This sector is projected to contribute approximately $68 million to the economy by 2022 and $87 million within five years. Our work will include making sure that the implementation and the regulations product of this process are in harmony with the public policy of promoting innovation as well as the economic development of Puerto Rico by responsibly adopting sports betting, electronic games and fantasy contests.”

Gaming Commission Executive Director José A. Maymó Azize indicated, “During the past months, the Gaming Commission of the Government of Puerto Rico has taken several steps to develop its operational structure. As part of that effort, we teamed with AAFAF in the process of selecting this firm that will advise us in the process of drafting the regulations on the several betting activities under our jurisdiction. This is a key element in expanding the establishment of this economic sector. Once the regulations are approved, the action plan consists of starting the licensing processes for the providers and for operators, which involve evaluating not only the legal, financial and technical requirements established in the regulations, but also compliance with responsible gaming and money laundering prevention protocols.”

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC, is a leading gaming industry service provider of consulting, testing and certification services. Since inception, GLI has provided consulting services to regulating entities on regulation and implementation of sports betting operations, iGaming, Esports, Fantasy Games, casinos, and lotto.

SOURCE: Government of Puerto Rico.

 

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WestLotto Supports 20 North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Artists

Honorary orders for cultural workers in NRW

MÜNSTER, Germany (May 19, 2020) -- In the corona crisis, WestLotto supports 20 artists, musicians, musicians and performers from a wide variety of genres from North Rhine-Westphalia. Each of them produced an exclusive clip for WestLotto for a fee. All clips are available to the public on the WestLotto YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/westlotto). The funding initially consisted of ten fee orders, but due to the high demand and the plight of many artists in view of the Corona crisis, it was expanded by another ten orders.

Culture workers of all genres are particularly hard hit by the corona crisis. Despite the current easing measures, they have benefited the least so far, since most concerts, shows and other cultural events are not yet taking place as usual. In addition, young freelance artists who are not permanently employed usually have only a small amount of reserves and are quickly faced with existential financial emergencies in the event of loss of earnings.

 

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WestLotto spokesman Axel Weber: “WestLotto has recognized the special plight of creative artists. Especially in the time of the pandemic, we all learned how important diverse cultural offerings are for our lives, even outside the mass media. With our campaign we want to contribute to supporting the lively and diverse cultural landscape in NRW. “

The clips impressively show the diversity, creativity and inventiveness of the cultural scene in NRW.

Link: www.youtube.com/westlotto

About: WestLotto

The population is in need of gambling. It is our job at WestLotto to adequately meet this need and to ensure that our customers can use the offer of a state-controlled and responsible game moderately and do not migrate to illegal offers.

Our goal is to offer legal and safe games of chance while ensuring the protection of minors and addiction prevention.

WestLotto is connected to society in NRW like no other company. It is a matter of course and important for us to be economically stable as a company, to guarantee player and youth protection, to live social values and to protect resources in order to secure a good future for this society. We are convinced that this can only be achieved through sustainable and conscious corporate management.

Every year, Westlotto generates millions of euros for the state budget of North Rhine-Westphalia, which in turn are distributed to non-profit institutions. This money is made up of lottery tax and concession fees, which in turn are divided into earmarked and non-earmarked fees. Every lottery ticket, every lot and every sports bet helps the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to maintain the high quality of life and social and solidarity.

SOURCE: Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (www.westlotto.de).

 

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Illinois Lottery Celebrates 41 Recent Millionaires on National ‘Be A Millionaire Day’

Lottery Millionaires Won More Than $95M in the Last Year

CHICAGO – The Illinois Lottery is celebrating ‘National Be a Millionaire Day’ with a look back at the 41 millionaires it has made in the past 12 months. Across all Illinois Lottery games - Lucky Day Lotto, Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions, and Instant games - these 41 millionaires have won a combined total of $95.9 million since this time last year.

Lotto millionaires accounted for 43% of that total, winning more than $41.5 million between five winners.

One Lotto winner, who bought their $5 million winning ticket in Ingleside in August of 2019, had some words of advice for other millionaire winners.

“Part of the enjoyment and payback of having a gold brick like that fall out of the sky on your head is to do some good with it.

Make some donations and share with family and friends. And don’t rush! Take your time to figure out how to best use it because it will spend faster than you think,” the winner said.

Another Lotto millionaire, who won $6.25 million online this February, advised recent millionaires to “see an investment counselor first-thing. I put money in highly conservative investments like T-bills and set up a million dollars for each of my family members,” they said.

Lucky Day Lotto has made five millionaires since last May, for a total of $5.6 million won. One of these recent millionaires said that the best part of being a millionaire is the stress-free mindset. “I still go to work every day and have kept it pretty low-key, but it’s great knowing I have a chunk of change to fall back on.”

October 2019 turned out to be a particularly lucky month for Illinois Lottery players, with three separate players winning a million dollars or more. A Powerball player in Springfield won $1 million, a Mega Millions player from Crestwood won $3 million, and a Mega Millions player from Danville won $1 million.

Meanwhile, instant tickets have made 28 millionaires since last year, for a combined total of $43.8 million won by Illinois Lottery players.

With the Mega Millions jackpot climbing to $298 million, another lucky player may soon join in the millionaire celebration.

To celebrate National Be a Millionaire Day, players can purchase a Mega Millions ticket for a chance at winning the estimated $298 million jackpot. For more information or to purchase a ticket go to https://www.illinoislottery.com/dbg/play/megamillions.

 

Millionaire Summary:

 

May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Instant games:

28 wins of $1M or more, totalling $43.8M

Lotto:

5 wins of $1M or more, totalling $41.5M

Lucky Day Lotto:

5 wins of $1M or more, totalling $5.6M

Mega Millions:

2 wins of $1M or more, totalling $4M

Powerball:

1 win of $1M or more, totalling $1M

Combined:

41 wins of $1M or more, totalling $95.9M

 

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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