POLLARD BANKNOTE WINS CONTRACT AS PRIMARY SCRATCH GAME SUPPLIER TO THE MINNESOTA STATE LOTTERY"We are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote," said Michael Vekich , Acting Director, Minnesota Lottery. "We rely heavily on our primary printing partner for design, marketing and strategy leadership—a partner proven to help the Lottery drive its scratch sales. Pollard Banknote offers everything we seek from a scratch game printer—guidance and expertise in research, marketing and product innovation. We are always intrigued by the new concepts presented and look forward to launching a variety of new initiatives in the years to come, ultimately increasing revenue for good causes in the state of Minnesota ." "Leveraging Pollard Banknote's experience working with a variety of lottery jurisdictions worldwide, our strategies incorporate the best of the best in utilizing innovations to maximize scratch ticket sales that raise money for good causes," said Byron Peterson , Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote, noting that "the Minnesota State Lottery does a fantastic job of executing those strategies."

Latest from NASPL The recent Gallup Poll debunks the myth that lotteries disproportionately prey on the hopes of disadvantaged groups such as the poor and less educated.

John Myers, acting director of the West Virginia Lottery, said finding new ways to engage with gamblers is needed. “Our high year for sales was in 2007. Since that time, we have seen a decline to a tune of $250 million annually. We certainly have to find new ways to deliver the products we have,” Myers said. “For example, a scratch-off ticket,” Myers said. “We have to find ways to give individuals more opportunity to buy tickets. Maybe that will be by using a cellphone, as in other countries. “... Daily fantasy sports were just ruled legal in West Virginia. A lot of the same equipment could be used in relation to the lottery,” Myers said of the agency’s need to upgrade its computer system as the current one expires.

“All-in-all, our business renewal program is delivering, it positions us well for future growth, and has at its core a focus on maximising value from our unique portfolio of gambling assets,” chief executive Robbie Cooke said. “It is really satisfying to see the digital initiatives we implemented over the last few years now driving strong sales outcomes,” he said.

"As a Company, we are working toward meeting the strategic targets we outlined for shareholders at the beginning of 2016," said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. "We have built a strong base of recurring revenue and cash flow, LT-3 deployments are ongoing and ARPU for the year has been slightly ahead of our estimates as we have added exciting new features in a number of jurisdictions. We intend to begin to roll out our LT-3's in New Hampshire later this year and anticipate that we will successfully sign one further jurisdiction by the end of 2016. The addressable market for our LT-3 is large. We have only just begun to tap into this opportunity as we seek to grow INNOVA into a substantial player in the lottery and charitable gaming space."

"All Hoosiers will benefit from this very successful year for the Hoosier Lottery. We will provide $60 million to the pension funds for Indiana's teachers, and local police officers and firefighters, and our contribution to the Build Indiana Fund will continue to support reduced auto excise taxes," said Sarah Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery.

“We are excited to announce a return of $46.3 million — approximately $5.2 million more than last year’s return — to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund for Fiscal Year 2016,” announced David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO.

Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games Group Chief Executive of Gaming, said, "Scientific Games' industry-leading portfolio of systems solutions is transforming casino operations and the player experience the world over. We are thrilled to partner with Kansas Crossing and its management team to develop an engaged and loyal player base in this emerging market."

We believe the evolution that began with arcade communities a quarter at a time, growing to the live streams and esports of today, will continue to a future where everyone is a gamer and every gamer can create, compete, collaborate and connect with others at massive scales

During a panel discussion at the Aug. 11 California Technology Forum, California Lottery CIO Chris Riesen explained that data was doing more than simply identifying when and where potential players might be, it is also helping to move the larger enterprise toward its strategic goal of becoming the largest lottery in the country. By mapping revenue growth over the course of the last several years, officials are confident they will be able to claim the top rank relatively soon. Riesen said revenues have increased from roughly $5 billion in 2014-15 to an unaudited $6.3 billion in 2015-16, and are expected to reach a projected $8 billion by 2018-19.

Louis Beaudet, Loto-Quebec’s director of sports and entertainment betting commented that the demand for eSports betting was expanding and Loto-Quebec was “filling the gap by offering a secure and honest environment for placing bets.”

The mobile game business — a $36 billion worldwide industry. “Complicated” is an understatement for the mobile game industry. It’s complicated. It’s dynamic. It’s fast-paced. It’s a lot of fun, said Kent Wakeford, the chief operating officer of Kabam.

GLI’s Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes said, “We are thankful to COLJUEGOS, who had a very open consultation process prior the publication of the regulations that allow for transparency and labs to prepare properly for the submission process.

“This is a nice milestone to reach in our partnership with NCEL,” said Daniel Cage, president & founder of Linq3. “Think about today’s convenience economy. We rely on Uber for cab rides and AirBnB for lodging. So what does Uber look like for the lottery? Our technology helps lotteries and retailers answer that question. Play at the Pump helps them modernize their distribution, expand their reach and offer new players a convenient way to play.”   “Every ticket the lottery sells helps to raise more money for education in North Carolina,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Our partnership with Linq3 adds a way to buy a ticket for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 that didn’t exist before. Using Linq3’s new technology to make playing the lottery a convenience at a gas pump will help the lottery continue to improve its performance.”

“At Murphy USA, we serve about 1.65 million customers per day at our fueling islands. When you consider that 65 percent to 72 percent of these customers never come inside the store, that’s one million customers who never come into our locations. Play at the Pump helps us reach these potential players by meeting them where they are, right at the pump,” said Steven Desautels, senior category manager for Murphy USA.

"The many milestones that we reached clearly reflect the good year we had, not just for the lottery but for everyone – more prizes for our players, stronger commissions for our retailers, and most importantly, an all-time record contribution to the State," said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. "We're optimistic that the coming year, which will bring the opening of the state's sixth casino, will be another record-setter."

"Our second quarter financial results continue to reflect our ongoing growth and the underlying improvements in our operating efficiencies," commented Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard . "Our new press continues to become more fully integrated with our operations and has resulted in improvements in efficiencies and productive capacity. Our free cash flow generating potential is fully evident during this quarter as we produced over $3 million in free cash flow during the three month period after accounting for all of our reinvestments and capital expenditures." "The instant ticket market and, in fact, the overall lottery industry, remains a very positive business," remarked Co-Chief Executive Officer Doug Pollard . "Our clients remain focused on expanding and growing their customer base, revenue and ultimately the proceeds generated to provide to their various good causes. We believe Pollard continues to be well positioned to be their partner of choice to achieve these objectives."

“In 2016, the Louisiana Lottery marks its 25th year of operations,” explained Lottery President Rose Hudson. “To commemorate this anniversary doubleheader with the Saints, we have beefed up second-chance prizes to provide more VIP experiences and winners than ever!”

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