“Pollard Banknote is excited about this newly formed partnership with Tatts Lotteries,” said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. “This is an opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to developing instant games of the highest quality and security and to showcase our premium and proprietary innovations in the Australian marketplace.”
“This year we began working closely with Pollard Banknote, and we are leveraging both their unique proprietary products and their expertise in multi?jurisdictional games to boost retail sales and broaden the player base for Golden Casket and NSW Lotteries,” stated Bill Thorburn, Chief Operating Officer of Tatts Lotteries. He added, “Our first game with Pollard Banknote, One Million Prestige, featuring Scratch FX®, launched successfully and promoted just in time for our key Mother's Day gifting period and since then has continued its popularity in these markets. We are also excited about our first Spectrum Scratch FX® game which launched on June 23. We will follow this with several more Scratch FX® games in the coming months.”
Online gambling will be regulated by 2015, so that players can play safely and responsibly supervised providers is possible. Holland Casino will be privatized by 2017. And the lottery operators will be given space to innovate more.
“With a collective effort from lottery employees, our quality retailers, vendor partners and loyal customers, we have once again contributed record dollars to Georgia’s HOPE and Pre-K programs,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford said. “We remain focused on our mission to responsibly maximize revenues for these important educational programs.”
According to Senator Ciro Nogueira, the bill introduced to the country's Senate earlier this week may finally regulate the scattered Brazilian gambling market and give the country the unique opportunity to "comply with the rest of the world and boost the economy with new tax revenues."  "Among the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations," Nogueira wrote in the final considerations of Brazil's gambling bill, "75.52 percent of them have legalized gambling, while Brazil is among the 24.48 percent who do not. And we have to consider that 75% of the countries that haven't done so, are Islamic," and therefore are anti-gambling because of their religious beliefs.  The text, which plans to regulate all forms of online and offline gambling, aims to bring Brazil down the same road already taken by European countries like Italy, France, Spain and recently by Portugal – with the creation of a state-controlled gambling market regulated with a system of licenses. "A prohibitive approach to gambling does not work, as the truth is that no one will ever give up playing only because that is forbidden," Nogueira wrote in the text that includes also specific measures to punish those who don’t act according to the proposed regulation.  "Companies that will operate [in Brazil] without a gambling license will be sanctioned with a fine and with imprisonment from one to four years; those who will accept underage players will risk being sentenced from a minimum of three months to a maximum of one year of jail. The current anti-gambling legislation did not stop gambling in Brazil, and today's clandestine market moves more than R$ 18bn. (approximately $8bn.) every year.  According to some studies, if regulated, the gambling market could bring to the State new revenues for at least R$ 15bn. (approximately $6.8bn.) a year," he said explaining that this would be twice more what Brazil gets from the taxes applied on cigarettes and drinks together.
“GTECH is very excited to extend our partnership with Betfred into the Australian market. This is the first such foreign venture we have worked on together, and we hope it is the first of many,” said GTECH International Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer EMEA Declan Harkin.
Commenting on the transaction, Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. CEO said, "This transaction is transformational for our business. With limited overlap in products and customers, the combined company will enjoy leading positions across all segments of the gaming landscape.  It will increase our global scale and with a full suite of offerings and robust customer relationships across the client spectrum, the new company will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of the ongoing convergence across global gaming market segments.  Our expertise across these segments and greater ability to invest in R&D will improve player experiences and benefit our government and business clients.  The transaction will significantly enhance our cash flow and financial strength, and provide clear and achievable cost and revenue synergies."  "We are extremely pleased to reach a definitive merger agreement with GTECH as a result of our exploration of strategic alternatives to increase shareholder value.  This outstanding combination of two global leaders redefines the future of the gaming industry.  Together we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of best-in-class products, solutions and services," said Patti Hart, IGT CEO.  "This strategic agreement positions us to further transform the industry while providing meaningful benefit and value to our customers, our employees and our shareholders."

Investor Call

GTECH will hold an investor conference call to discuss the combination today at 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  To access the call, please use one of the following dial-in numbers: 877-546-5018 (U.S. and Canada), 39 0666053188 (Italy) and 857-244-7550 (International), and enter the Conference ID number: 84883561.

 

A live broadcast of the conference call will be available online by visiting GTECH.com and clicking on the “Investor Relations” tab on its website, or by visiting http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/fhpycz96/lan/en.  Related presentation materials will be posted to the Company’s “Investor Relations” section in Adobe Acrobat format prior to the call.

 

A telephone replay of the call will be available until July 23, 2014.  The replay dial-in numbers are 888-286-8010 (U.S. and Canada) and 617-801-6888(International), and the Conference ID number is 68896648. In addition, the call will be archived on the companies’ websites in the “Investor Relations” sections.

“With close to two-thirds of a billion dollars returned for our good causes, when players play the Lottery in  Idaho , someone, somewhere, is always benefitting,” said Jeff Anderson,  Idaho  Lottery Director.  “Every play pays.  Every day we contribute $134,247 to a greater common good that exceeds the sum of our dollars and dividends: the future of  Idaho ’s education and prosperity among her citizens.”
“The team at Lotterywest are delighted to have come to this agreement to extend our existing contract with INTRALOT. They have been a valued business partner and we look forward to this very positive arrangement continuing over the years ahead. We are confident that the technology and other expertise that INTRALOT have offered us will contribute to the success of this important Retail Transformation project which we have undertaken”, said Ms. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO.
"Super 7 is one of our most successful core games and when we saw Pollard Banknote's new neon colours, we knew they would look great on our tickets," explained Kordian Zielinski, Instant Manager, Totalizator Sportowy.  "Super 7 is the first ticket printed with our new vibrant neon inks, and we're very happy to have helped the lottery achieve success with the latest launch of this core game" said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.
"It's gratifying to know that, in less than five years of operation, we've helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement," Director Bishop Woosley said. "That's $500 million that was simply unavailable to Arkansas students before the Lottery opened in 2009. These dollars and students, studying at Arkansas colleges and universities, will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be a powerful economic development tool."
Parliamentary secretary for competitiveness and economic growth Jose Herrera announced that Malta would be seeking the ruling of the European Court of Justice over the Council of Europe’s draft convention on sports competitions, claiming that the definition of illegal betting in the draft convention “hinders the free movement of services within the EU.  If ratified, this would mean that licensed gaming operators in Malta would be hindered from extending their operations abroad unless they abide by the laws of the other members states.”

PGRI Note:  Malta wants the Council of Europe, or the Court, to over-rule the rights of member states to decide regulatory and taxation policy for all forms of gambling, including betting on sports competitions.  Maltese operators essentially want to export gambling without complying to the laws of the “consumption” markets, i.e. the laws of the member state where the better actually is placing the bet.






LOTTERY EXPO 2014

Co-Hosted by PGRI and the Florida Lottery  Eden Roc Hotel South Beach Miami, Florida Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11
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Lottery Expo Basic Agenda:
Conference Sessions to be held 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11
Receptions to be held 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the evenings of Tuesday, Weds, and Thursday, Sept. 9, 10, and 11
Luncheons and coffee breaks to be held on the conference days of Wednesday and Thursday
Friday: Networking Day

Limited Number of Rooms in our Block available from $199 Click here to reserve    - Rooms almost sold out call or email us if you get a sold out or rate over $199 and we will try to get you in.
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Check out website www.PublicGaming.org for conference updates.Venue:  Eden Roc Miami Beach
Lottery Expo Conference Schedule (Notice that there are NO sessions on Friday.  Conference is on Weds and Thursday, and closes with the Reception on Thursday evening):
--  Tuesday September 9:  5:00 pm. Opening night reception
--  Wednesday, Sept. 10:  Conference Sessions followed by Reception at 5:00 pm.
--  Thursday, Sept. 11: Conference Sessions followed by Reception at 5:00 pm.
Our receptions traditionally end at 7:00 pm., so do not conflict with dinner plans. 

 LOTTERY EXPO 2014 Panel Discussion Topics :  

--  Maximizing Net Funds by balancing the mix of high and low margin products  Looking at how consumer products marketers apply category management principles to maximize sales of their high-margin products.  How do consumer products companies manage this systemic capitalist dynamic of finite product life-cycles, margin erosion, customer migration to lower-margin products, etc.?  What are the marketing principles that others apply to produce the optimal balance between high and low margin products, and use the consumer appeal of some products to drive traffic to others?   How does the consumer interact with the entire category of lottery products, what drives their behavior towards one set of product attributes over another, and how can Lottery appeal to those drivers such that we are channeling the maximum volume towards the high-margin products, and/or at least extracting maximum net profit from the category, etc.? 

-- Content Marketing is the provision of free content for the purpose of engaging the consumer who hopefully becomes a paying customer.  But it is also being used to build a deeper connection with your customer. Connecting Lottery with a new generation of consumers means thinking and feeling like them - and building relationships based on that emotional connection.  It’s about telling a story more than selling.  It’s about re-branding, re-shaping our image so that everyone feels that Lottery “is for people like me”, it’s about integrating digital technology and retail merchandising strategies so that we are talking with our customers rather than at them so that consumers embrace Lottery as part of who they are and want everyone to know it.  How is Lottery evolving its approach to create this emotional connection that drives sales? 

--  Multi-Jurisdictional Games, promotional campaigns, and marketing strategies   Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution.  Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort.  Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs?  Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show.  How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives?  What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?

--  Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization     Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?  Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.  How can Team Lottery continue to modernize itself to take full advantage of these trends?   

--  The triumph of Traditional Lottery over i-gaming      The growth of casinos and casino-style i-gaming has flattened-out in the mature markets of Europe.  And sales are falling far short of projections in the U.S states that offer it now.  But not Lottery, which continues to grow. Additionally, casino-style gaming (both on-line and land-based casinos) is rife with intense competition that drives margins lower and lower.  Could the coming two years be the window of opportunity for Lottery to push harder than ever to focus on its strengths, its core competencies and products, and consolidate its position with the traditional games for the traditional lottery markets? The last few years have been witness to some major innovation. How can Team Lottery continue to build on that, add to the vitality and excitement and accelerate the rate of progress and innovation in Lottery’s traditional games? 

--  Leveraging the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales       Is the real power of the Internet is as a promotional tool, much more than as a channel for distribution?  Marketing and promotional strategies are integrating the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail, leveraging the power of the Internet as a promotional tool to drive store traffic and lottery sales.    How are digital channels being used to generate maximum consumer engagement that results in increased sales at Retail? 

--  Decision-Driven Leadership: Exploiting the Abundance of Opportunity (or ... don't wait for a crisis to act)      The nation-wide approach to managing the multi-state games is not easy.  Forty four lotteries with different agendas need to manage the games together as one cohesive, unified body of decision-makers.  Creating nation-wide strategies for branding, promotions, advertising, distribution, and whatever else can be transplanted onto the national stage, could be the key to Lottery’s version of the “Next Big Thing."    What is the kind of governance structure that will drive effective decision-making and action? How can lotteries work together to act now to produce the results we need sooner than later in the multi-state gaming space?  

Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org  

Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com 

Public Gaming /Paul Jason - pjason@publicgaming.com   / Susan Jason - sjason@publicgaming.com  /Office Phone - + 425-449-3000  
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