"We are pleased to announce the successful completion of our merger with WMS," said A. Lorne Weil.  Scientific Games Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "The acquisition of WMS is transformational for  Scientific Games as it creates a leading company in the gaming industry with innovative content, world-class technology and an expansive geographical footprint, able to supply an extensive range of products and services to customers throughout the world."  "We are excited to be able to draw on each organization's core strengths to offer enhanced capabilities, systems and content. The combined company will provide a broader portfolio of products and services to our customers, offer expanded opportunities for our employees and is poised to deliver meaningful long-term value for our shareholders."
“We are excited that MEGA MILLIONS is giving our players even more chances to become millionaires.” said Cynthia O’Connell, Florida Lottery Secretary, Member of Multi-State Lottery Association Executive Committee and chair of Marketing and Promotions for Multi-State Lottery Association. “More importantly, we believe these enhancements will help advance our mission of maximizing revenue to benefit education in Florida.”
“GTECH appreciates and values our ongoing relationships with the Kansas, Oregon, and Wisconsin Lotteries, and we look forward to continuing these relationships in the years to come,” said Alan Eland, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, GTECH North America. “We are continually committed to providing our customers with superior products and solutions and supporting them in their efforts to give back to their great states.
"We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Florida Lottery, which has operated one of the most successful instant game programs in the country by focusing on managing the entire instant product category," stated A. Lorne Weil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games. "The Florida Lottery is an industry leader and we look forward to bringing continued innovation to help the Lottery raise more money for education."
Concord is one of the words that epitomise the work ONCE has been doing for 75 years now. This is what those blind people who chose to form part of society in 1938 through their work believed and finally achieved, using gaming as a way to earn a living – the traditional Cupón for the blind which, shortly afterwards, became the ONCE Cupón.    Since then ONCE’s efforts, based on responsible gaming, have made the organisation unique worldwide, and this was recognised recently when ONCE was granted the prestigious Prince of Asturias Concord Award for 2013.
"We are always looking for exciting new ways to reach new demographics and lapsed players," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "By selling our tickets at the gas pump and ATM, we will be able to reach new players and drive those individuals into our retail locations with coupons and second-chance drawings for more prizes. This will be a win-win for the Missouri Lottery, our retail partners and, most importantly, Missouri public education.”   “As a technology partner to lotteries, we focus on creating value responsibly and ultimately maximizing the return they provide to their public beneficiaries. As we  serve our POS and fuel partners, we strive to create solutions that work for both the retailer and the customer. Gilbarco has been an outstanding partner on all fronts and we look forward to rolling out this exciting solution with them,” said Daniel Cage, chief executive officer, Linq3.
"Our fastest growing product segment is our scratch cards" said Mr. Evgeniy Vlasenko, CEO of MSL," and therefore it was natural for us to seek for the best partner in the market that can assist us to create a success in interactive games in that category.  We were impressed; not only with the NeoGames product, but also from the vast experience of successful case studies they have in other markets. We are certain that the joint efforts of NeoGames portfolio and expertise, together with our marketing team that brings the local insight, will make this a success".
Executives from all three casinos made presentations to the commission at a public session Tuesday about the negative effects of growing regional competition and state taxation on their businesses, but only one operator documented losses.  In their public presentations each casino claimed declining revenues in recent years.  Delaware Park is forecasting a 17-percent drop in gross revenues in 2013, while Harrington expects to lose about 4 percent. Dover Downs’ revenue from slot machines, by far the largest source of gaming revenue, has fallen more than 20 percent since 2007.
Shoutz, Inc. provides the worldwide lottery and gaming industry with a new way to market and distribute content. LotteryHUB is the most uptodate and comprehensive source of numbers, news, and exclusive lottery content that modern lottery players can find. LotteryHUB is also the only mobile app to offer live streaming of Powerball® drawings on smartphones, bringing America’s favorite jackpot game to smartphones all across the U.S.
“GTECH has established itself as a key player in the instant-ticket printing industry over the past several years, and the Maryland Lottery is excited to have the opportunity to work with them. We are confident that GTECH will be able to provide us with new and innovative instant tickets to help generate revenue to help support the good causes for the state of Maryland,” said Stephen Martino, Director of the Maryland Lottery.
”The addition of the NRC as a certified EMS facility is evidence of GTECH’s continual commitment to the environment,” said GTECH Chief Innovation Officer Don Stanford. “This accomplishment is a shining example of success in collaboration between NRC staff and our headquarters employees as all worked in unison to widen the scope of our proactive environmental measures and ensure that GTECH remains a responsible corporate citizen.”

Congratulations to David Gale and Team NASPL, and to Gerry Aubin and Team Rhode Island Lottery, for producing the most fabulous NASPL conference and trade-show ever.  It was a marvelous event, mixing a combination of most interesting sessions and panel discussions, keynote speakers, new technology and gaming concepts from the commercial partners, and lots of valuable time to talk with our colleagues from all over the country.  Most of us are immersed in the job of executing on our own specific responsibilities so that we really need this time to lift our heads up for a couple days to see how this industry is changing and moving forward in most incredible ways.

Congratulations to the 2013 Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Inductees.  The induction ceremony is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the privilege it is to serve the worthy mission of government-lottery; and also to recognize the industry leaders who inspire in us the passion and dedication to pour our hearts into the service of that mission.  Jim Haynes, Alan Eland, Margaret DeFrancisco, and Michael Conforti delivered acceptance talks that made the whole event a most delightful affair.  Bernadette Lobjois and Jean-Luc Moner-Banet will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the first week of February, specific time and place TBA.   Congratulations and "Thank you" to the six inductees into the Lottery Industry hall of Fame for all that you do to make government gaming the wonderful industry it is today.

Susan and I look forward to seeing you all at Lottery Expo in Miami first week of November!

“Alan has been a champion for the lottery industry for nearly three decades,” said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “His commitment to operational excellence and superior retail execution has contributed to the consistent growth of the North American lottery business over the years.”
“We congratulate Mike and are honored to have such a respected international leader representing Scientific Games and helping to grow the lottery industry in countries around the globe,” said Lorne Weil, Chairman and CEO, Scientific Games.  “To have Mike inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame is a testament to his world-class management expertise in the government relations and overall business development aspects of the lottery industry.”
“This prestigious honor recognizes Margaret’s key role as a visionary leader and agent of change,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “Her vision, drive, and enthusiasm are invaluable assets to Pollard Banknote and the lottery industry as a whole, and we look forward to her continued valuable contributions in the future.”


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