INTRALOT is the first international vendor to receive the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) Point to Point SOAP/HTTPS Transport and Security Specification and one of the two companies that have been certified internationally according to the GSA Game to System (G2S) Message Protocol standard, both of them for its VLT Monitoring system, iGEM.
iGEM is a multi-protocol system, that enables the simultaneous support of both state- of- the art G2S slot machines and legacy machines through the use of innovative protocol converters. The full suite of the system has a number of features, including real time monitoring and control, remote configuration, game authentication, TITO and cashless, player club and responsible gaming, enhanced reporting and accounting, local and wide area progressives and mystery jackpots and more.
Mr. Peter DeRaedt, President of GSA, stated: “GSA is pleased to have one of our long-time member companies achieve this important certification milestone. We created the Certification Program so that operators could buy with confidence knowing their products were interoperable with GSA standards, and we are very happy that INTRALOT has met the very high standards of certification."
INTRALOT Gaming Solutions Director, Mr. Theodosios Engelis, stated: “At INTRALOT we are always embracing innovation and seeking to receive standard certifications that drive efficiency, progress and ultimately, profit for our customers across geographies. This double certification enables us to offer our customers the confidence that our iGEM system will efficiently support multi-vendor gaming now and in the future.”
INTRALOT’s iGEM G2S system has been deployed and is currently operational in Victoria – Australia and in Ohio, to monitor thousands of machines of different protocols, through the use of a number of G2S protocol converters. Earlier versions of the system have been deployed and are currently operational in New Zealand, Peru Jamaica and other countries.
The compliance testing process of iGEM host was performed by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), an internationally established company and leading provider of independent testing, inspection, certification and consultation services in the field of Gaming technology.
A wellplanned and precisely targeted marketing campaign carried LotteryHUB’s message seamlessly through social media and directed messaging, and the success of that initial campaign firmly placed LotteryHUB above its mobile tech competitors in the lottery industry. LotteryHUB’s Voice Award win demonstrates how Shoutz team of marketing and technology experts capitalized on emergent opportunities to pierce a burgeoning market in the lottery industry.
“To be nominated along with two globally recognized names in the gaming industry was very exciting for us,”.said Shoutz Director of Marketing, Jamie Smith. “Winning this award is really validation that we succeeded in launching a great product that can help take lotteries into the future of the gaming industry.”
“People want this technology, and many lottery players expect the kind of engagement that LotteryHUB offers. We’re honored to have been recognized for our success in listening to our users and delivering a product that both Lotteries and their players really respond to,” Smith said.
“While we’re certainly thrilled to win a 2013 Voice Award, up against huge names in the industry, we’re still committed to working hard every day to be the best source of lottery content for our users,” Smith said.
Now on Version 3 of the mobile application, with hundreds of thousands of downloads on Google’s Android® and Apple’s iOS® platforms, 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.
“Winning this award goes to show the success we have had in bringing the lottery industry to the wireless devices the world lives on today," explained Shoutz Senior Vice President Mark Hutchinson.
"We are excited to be a part of the small group of pioneers that are helping the industry move into the mobile world.”
LAS VEGAS (August 28, 2013) – More than 40 gaming regulators and government lotteries from 12 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered for GLI University’s 2013 Latin American Regulators Roundtable, presented by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy.
This was the sixth consecutive year for the Latin American Roundtable, which has become a must-attend event for regulators throughout the region. This year´s event took place on August 12 and 13 in Lima, Peru at the Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores Hotel.
More than 40 gaming and lottery representatives from 12 countries were in attendance representing Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Puerto Rico.
Leading global experts addressed attendees and spoke about today’s most critical topics facing regulators and government lotteries in the Latin American and Caribbean land-based and iGaming markets, including iGaming/mobile regulatory best practices, ISS and risk-protection, live sports betting and wagering and responsible gaming best practices.
Additionally, Peruvian regulators spoke about the formalization of the gaming industry in Peru and the nationwide interconnection of the gaming machines to their office’s data center for tax reporting purposes, as well as a DGJCMT Peru onsite demonstration of the regulators’ data center.
Lic. Karen Sierra-Hughes, GLI’s Latin America Development Director, said, “We are very thankful to all of the regulators and government lotteries that were able to join us this year. We had an incredible mix of countries and cultures with a common purpose: to learn from each other’s experience and to build and strengthen the relations among all the jurisdictions. GLI strongly believes in the importance of continuing training and education and the Regulators Roundtables are proof of that. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the DGJCMT for hosting us in Peru, for their hospitality and for opening the doors to all of the regulators and lotteries in attendance to explain and demonstrate the path they followed to achieve a gaming industry widely regulated and admired.”
Regulators in attendance were very enthusiastic about their experience, and several commented on the event.
Lic. Giselle I. Brea, General Director, Junta de Control de Juegos, Panama said, “I extend my gratitude to GLI for inviting us to the Regulators Roundtable 2013. It was an enriching experience for us, and we were able to share our experiences and future plans with our counterparts. Additionally the topics covered during those two days were very appropriate, because our current regulations are being updated, and it helped us clarify many questions that we had. My congratulations to all, and I urge GLI to continue organizing these events that are of great benefit to our developing countries.”
Mr. Gino Campbell, General Director, Curacao Gaming Control Board, said, “The entire event was well-organized and very informative. The participation grade of the attendees was refreshing. I believe that, because only regulators were present, the discussions were more in-depth and focused on the regulatory best practices of the different jurisdictions. We were able to measure where we stand in comparison to other jurisdictions in the region. The Online Monitoring and Control Systems implemented by Peru and Bolivia were especially impressive. This was our primary reason for attending the event this year. Now we have the contacts to help us realize a similar system in Curacao.”
Dr. Mario Cazón, Executive Director, Autoridad de Fiscalización y Control Social del Juego, Bolivia, said, “The Regulators Roundtable was a very important and enriching experience because of the topics discussed, such as the growth of online gaming, challenges and potential, as well as the weaknesses primarily regarding taxes. Learning what other jurisdictions, such as Peru and Panamá, have been working on with respect to responsible gambling, as well as Costa Rica’s experience in the lottery industry, and the progress of the online monitoring system in Perú was also very important. In summary, the Roundtable allowed us to collect good practices in gaming and lottery, and to achieve a self-evaluation of our status in Bolivia regarding the control of gaming and lottery. The presentation of different topics allowed for the exchange of experiences and to build relationships with other regulators who attended the event.”
Ing. Manuel San Román Benavente, General Director, DGJCMT Peru, said, “I want to publicly recognize GLI for organizing the Regulator´s Roundtable in Lima, Perú, and gathering several countries that were interested in sharing, improving and implementing aspects related to the regulation of gaming. As I expressed before, there is no doubt that the sum of the experience of all the representatives in attendance allows us to work in improving our regulations, and we have all learned something new. Likewise, it has also been an excellent opportunity to analyze in a very serious manner, the aspects related to iGaming, sports books and new technologies, with the aim to strengthen our regulations and only allow the operation of companies who truly have the will to comply, demonstrate security and respect the legal framework of each of our countries. I reiterate my congratulations to GLI and my warmest regards to all the regulators of our neighboring countries with whom we were able to share in a friendship and professional environment.”
Next in the region, GLI University will present the Argentinean Regulator’s Seminar, which will take place in Buenos Aires on November 11th. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
Interested Bidders may submit information by email, mail, carrier, or in person on or before Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to:
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Prior to Mr. Tapia’s appointment to director of the Colorado Lottery, in July 2010, he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1999 and to the Colorado Senate in 2003. During his tenure, Senator Tapia was the Senate President Pro Tem and the Chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. The search for a new Lottery director will begin mid-August and Mr. Tapia will assist with the recruitment and transition period. The director position governs the Colorado Lottery along with five appointed Lottery Commissioners.
NEW YORK, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that the Company has signed a contract with Societe de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande (LoRo) to provide delivery, installation, maintenance and support of approximately 3,000 new lottery retail terminals along with new central application terminal software and related services. The contract includes installation of both the WAVETM and FlairTM retail terminals that will utilize the same application to sell lottery draw games, instant games and sports games. The contract was awarded through a competitive procurement process.
"We selected Scientific Games based on the design of their WAVE and Flair terminals and the single application that runs on both terminals," said Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of Societe de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande. "Scientific Games has also demonstrated to our respective departments that its terminal concept optimizes maintainability and minimizes the number of cables required. We appreciate the customization of their solutions to best match our needs."
"LoRo is well recognized as one of the most innovative and forward-looking lotteries in Europe," commented John Donahue, Managing Director, International Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. "We are proud to be chosen by LoRo and are confident the Swiss retailers and players will appreciate the more modern terminals."
Since 2011, Pollard Banknote has supplied instant scratch games for Norsk Tipping’s FLAX portfolio. The Company has built a strong partnership with the Lottery, providing value-added services including game strategy, prize structure development, sales reviews, marketing support, and strategic planning.
“We are very excited to continue our work strengthening and expanding the FLAX brand in partnership with Norsk Tipping,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “They are an innovative and creative lottery, always enthusiastic about trying new products and utilizing the most cutting-edge and unique ticket art design. By working with us to customize new games using our patented Scratch FX®, Spectrum Scratch FX®, multi-colour translucent marking system, our range of Fusion® products, and QR codes with Quick Link® technology, they have been extremely successful at growing and expanding the FLAX brand, posting record sales in 2012."
“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote,” said Vibeke K. Haakonsen, Product Manager, FLAX for Norsk Tipping. “They work very closely with us to develop unique products for the Norwegian market. We value their strong marketing support across all aspects of our portfolio and we are impressed by their dedication and commitment in helping us reach our objective of providing Norwegians with games and entertainment in a socially responsible way.”
Located in Hamar, Norway, Norsk Tipping is a wholly state-owned lottery. Founded in 1948, it has contributed over NOK $85 billion to a variety of sports, culture, and volunteer organizations. About Pollard
Mr. Fotis Mavroudis, Managing Director Europe/North Africa Region of INTRALOT Group, stated: “We are pleased to inaugurate a new access point to our betting offerings for our customers in Poland. Establishing our interactive operations in the country is part of our strategy to exploit new sales channels and introduce new ways of playing, so as to better address the new preferences and habits of players, especially in younger demographics. Our global expertise in betting, our know-how in interactive gaming from our operations worldwide, as well as our long local experience, guarantee that we will further increase our market share in Poland and boost our revenues.”
Totolotek’s interactive operations in Poland, expected to commence in the 4th quarter of 2013, will be developed on INTRALOT’s state-of-the-art technology and will complement its already successful land-based operations in the country.
Totolotek is a historical company in the Polish Gaming market and exists in its current form since 1992. As operator of mutual betting in Poland, Totolotek has reinforced its presence in the market since 2005, when it was acquired by INTRALOT, achieving to become a leading company in Poland with approximately 400 points of sales countrywide. In doing so, Totolotek has created and maintained more than 1.000 jobs while it contributes to State Budget and Sports Associations with approximately €9 mill. per annum.
Scientific Games’ Lauralyn McCarthy Receives 2013 Nevada Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award
Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that Lauralyn McCarthy, Vice President, Strategic Projects, has received the 2013 Nevada Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award. The award is given each year to an alumnus/alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno with an outstanding record of career accomplishments.
McCarthy, who has worked in the international and U.S. gaming industry for 20 years after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, began her career at IGT, was formerly President and Member of New Mexico Gaming LLC, a Managing Member of Gaming Solutions LLC and a consultant to public companies and private individuals on gaming related projects. She is credited with building the largest slot route in the state of New Mexico, generating jobs and tax revenue as well as helping customers achieve sustainability and contribute millions of dollars to the local community. McCarthy has been and continues to be involved in a variety of community philanthropic efforts.
McCarthy joined Scientific Games in 2012 as the Company was expanding its presence in the gaming machine business. In January 2013, Scientific Games entered into an agreement to acquire WMS Industries Inc., a leading gaming machine supplier. This acquisition, which remains subject to approvals by gaming regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions, would combine leading companies in the gaming and lottery industries to form a global gaming company offering innovative content, world-class technology and industry-leading services.
“On behalf of Scientific Games, we congratulate Lauralyn and feel very fortunate to have her on our team,” said Bill Huntley, Executive Vice President and CEO, Systems at Scientific Games. “This is terrific news and very much deserved through her hard work, dedication and many accomplishments in the gaming industry.”
McCarthy will be honored at the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2013 Homecoming Gala hosted by the Alumni Association and during halftime at the Homecoming football game in October. Last year, she was recognized by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers with the 2012 Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award.
Betware and Prima Networks Limited, Powered By Microgaming, Awarded Bingo and Instant Games Contract for Danske Spil
Betware in conjunction with Prima Networks Limited have been awarded the contract following a competitive tender process. Danske Spil was impressed with the functionality of Betware’s open Gaming Platform and its Instant Games Platform coupled with Microgaming’s first-class Bingo and Instant Games portfolio.
Søren Kofoed Weeke, CIO, Danske Spil, said: “With our choice, we have found the right supplier to help develop our product and create new and exciting experiences for our customers. The supplier will become part of the family of partners who deliver games to Danske Spil’s customers.”
Betware will deliver Microgaming’s Bingo software to Danske Spil, who represents a major proportion of the Danish gaming market, through a supplier agreement with Prima Networks Limited. Loraine Schoevers, Director of Prima Networks Limited, commented: ”We are delighted to be awarded the Danske Spil contract. There’s no doubt that this contract affirms our position in Denmark as the leading software supplier and furthermore in regulated markets as a whole.”
Through the deal, Danske Spil will be able to offer its players a complete suite of Microgaming’s renowned online Bingo games as well as multiple instant predetermined games. The games offered to Danske Spil will be optimized for different platforms to allow the Danish players to enjoy them via mobile, tablet, Smart TV and desktop.
Stefan Hrafnkelsson, Betware’s CEO said: “We are extremely proud that Betware together with Prima Networks Limited, powered by Microgaming, have been awarded the Danske Spil contract to supply Bingo and Instant games. It proves the leading position that Betware together with Prima Networks Limited, have in the gaming market. The excellence of Betware’s technology and the openness of its platform will allow Danske Spil to offer Microgaming’s best of breed bingo and instant games to Danish players, strengthening lottery’s already impressive position on the market.”
Governor Scott said, “Today’s news that the Florida Lottery will invest more than $1 billion for Florida’s education system means more students will have the opportunity to get a quality education. The Lottery’s education investments build on our success last session to increase state education investments by more than $1 billion and provide teachers with a well-deserved pay raise.”
In two fiscal years, the Florida Lottery has increased sales by $1 billion. That’s the fastest pace to one billion dollars in 25 years of existence.
The Florida Lottery’s success depends on its effective implementation of an entrepreneurial business model that focuses on the development of new revenue streams and creates a win-win partnership with its private-sector vendors. The Lottery constantly evaluates its operating expenses in order to maximize profits, a practice that has resulted in the Lottery having one of the lowest expense rates among domestic lotteries. Lottery contributions have made an impact with more than $1 billion being transferred annually to the EETF for the past eleven consecutive fiscal years, representing approximately six percent of the state's total education budget.
“The Lottery’s sole mission is to sell tickets to generate additional funding for education. We are extremely proud to be able to transfer this unprecedented amount to the Education Enhancement Trust Fund this year,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “On behalf of the entire organization, we thank our players and our retailers for making this, such an exceptional year.”
The implementation contract includes the commissioning and installation of the infrastructure, the software implementation/installation and all the necessary implementation services, so the new central system commence live operations and user licenses for Greece and Cyprus. Project implementation timeframe is agreed at seven (7) months. The services agreement covers the provision of Support and Maintenance of Hardware and System Software, the Operational Support and the Business Enhancement. The contract has total duration of five (5) years and expires on 31/7/2018. The combined value of the implementation contract and the services agreement contract is €101.0 million, whereas the value of the agreement for the provision of the maintenance and technological support services of OPAP agencies’ infrastructure is a total of €46 million for the first two years declining by €1 million per annum for each subsequent annual extension.
Considerable research was poured into customers’ feedback, attitudes, behaviors, intentions and performance and the results were used to develop a more robust website tailored to the end-user. A renewed graphical layout and an original web interface are introduced aiming to provide players with an advanced, innovative and up-to-date offering. Special attention has been given to INTRALOT Italia registered customers, who will now enjoy a customized front page with all their preferences visible after login. Access to the website can be carried through any kind of device, including desktop and mobile, allowing easy navigation and offering players the opportunity to live an integrated mobile-user experience suitable for smartphones and tablets.
“We value our customers’ feedback and wanted to develop a website tailored to their preferences .The new ‘look and feel’ of our website and its numerous functionalities, soon to be enriched, underlines our commitment to constantly provide our customers with the most advanced gaming offerings. Both our already registered and future players will enjoy an improved user-interface, navigation easiness and great content management improvements”, stated Mr. Bruno Lener, Managing Director Online Business of INTRALOT Italia. Players can register to the new re- designed website www.intralot.it and safely participate at Italy’s most popular games.
The YourExtraLife mobile application encourages users to experiment with the world around them by taking up creative real-life challenges. Designed and developed by four young entrepreneurs from the Mauricie region, the application has been available at the App Store since June 30, 2013.
The Ingenio prize encourages companies to come up with innovative products and projects related to interactive multimedia entertainment. “YourExtraLife meets this definition perfectly, as it is an original and ambitious project based on a well-thought-out idea and an innovative business model with features that drew the attention of the selection panel,” said Nathalie Rajotte, Ingenio’s General Manager. “We proudly encourage entrepreneurship that is rooted in the desire for excellence and creativity,” she added.
The Ingenio prize generates significant visibility for young entrepreneurs. According to Philip Barclay, one of four YourExtraLife founders, the fact that a young start-up company like theirs is awarded such a coveted prize confirms the value and soundness of the work they do. “As winners of the Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat, we benefit from wide recognition and are able to join the larger community of entrepreneurs,” he said. Since May 2012, Philip Barclay, Samuel Chénard, Samuel Dion-Girardeau and Gheorgita Catalin Bordianu have been putting all their energy into creating a mobile application equal in quality to the most popular ones on the market. The iPhone application they designed challenges users to take creative, real-life photos, and nudges them out of their comfort zone. The photos are then validated by other members of the YourExtraLife virtual community in order to attain higher levels. A number of gaming mechanisms are used to stimulate the user and maintain interest. For more information, go to yourextralife.com or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/yourextralife.