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Scientific Games, the world’s largest creator, producer and manager of lottery games, will continue bringing innovative instant game entertainment to players in the state of Washington. Building upon a relationship that drove significant growth over the past 10 years, Washington’s Lottery selected Scientific Games as its primary scratch game provider with a new six-year contract that may be renewed for up to four additional years.

Since 2014, as the primary instant game partner, Scientific Games has collaborated with Washington’s Lottery instant product management teams to drive 60% growth in gross gaming revenue. The growth contributed more funding for programs supporting early childhood education, financial aid for college studencts, vocational excellence programs, economic development, responsible gaming and more in the Northwest state with a population of more than 8 million.

“Our work with Scientific Games has made a difference. We’ve been able to offer our players entertaining scratch game experiences while responsibly driving more funding for the good cause programs that enrich our communities,” said Gaylene Gray, Instant Product Manager for Washington’s Lottery. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Scientific Games as into the next phase of innovation and growth for our products.”

Some of the the more successful games currently enjoyed by Washington’s Lottery players are LOTERIA branded scratch games at the $2, $5, $10 and $20 pricepoints featuring colorful, original Don Clemente images and traditional Latin American bingo-style play. To date, LOTERIA games have generated more than $460.4 million revenue for the Lottery.

Scientific Games has served as the primary scratch game provider for Washington’s Lottery since the Lottery’s inception more than 40 years ago.

“It is a pleasure to continue our collaboration with Washington’s Lottery on its very successful product portfolio as primary instant game provider. The Lottery’s team has always embraced innovation and is willing to try new ideas that entertain players and drive more funding for vital programs in the state,” said John Schulz, President of Americas and Global Instant Products for Scientific Games.

With products that generate more than 70% of global instant game retail sales, Scientific Games is the primary provider to nine of the Top 10 performing instant game lotteries in the world (La Fleur’s 2024 World Lottery Almanac).


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Allwyn Highlights Player Support for Team GB and ParalympicsGB on a National Lottery Product for the First Time

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National Lottery operator, Allwyn, is this week launching a special edition Paris 2024-themed Scratchcard to celebrate how players support Team GB and ParalympicsGB when they play National Lottery games.

Featuring two designs – one centred on Team GB and the other on ParalympicsGB –the £1 Scratchcard has a huge top prize of £100,000 and an incredible five chances to win a prize. Allwyn worked with National Lottery funding distributor UK Sport to incorporate the special message: “By playing this game, you help over 1000 elite athletes who benefit from National Lottery funding”, which appears on the front of the card.

This is the first time that any National Lottery product has specifically highlighted the amazing support that players provide to Team GB’s and ParalympicsGB’s athletes simply by playing a National Lottery game.

The special edition Scratchcard – which has the iconic team logos emblazoned on the front of the two separate designs – forms part of Allwyn’s wider marketing and communications campaign to celebrate the unique role National Lottery players have in supporting sport in the UK. The great British public are right fully proud of the part they play in the success of Team GB and ParalympicsGB, and the campaign will celebrate how The National Lottery enables the UK’s athletes to pursue Olympic and Paralympic success.

In total, £1.5 billion of National Lottery funding has been invested into elite sport – with over 6800 individual elite athletes having been supported to chase their dreams since 1997. Through selling and buying National Lottery tickets, National Lottery retailers and their customers play a vital role in helping to support our brilliant athletes at Paris 2024 and beyond.

To make the most of the new “Best Gift Ever” campaign, which Allwyn launched last month, National Lottery retailers can talk to customers about the upcoming Summer Games and suggest gifting the Scratchcard to join in with the Paris 2024 excitement. June will also see a “Best Gift Ever” in-store takeover – featuring playstation inserts, posters, wobblers and counter cards – and this will provide further support for in-store sales.

National Lottery retailers should also look out for chances to win tickets to The National Lottery’s Team GB and ParalympicsGB Homecoming events later this year. More details about both events and how to win tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Allwyn’s Director of Channel Operations, Alex Green, said: “We’re really excited about the launch of the new Scratchcard, as it’s the first time we’re connecting the success of Team GB and ParalympicsGB with the purchase of a National Lottery Scratchcard on the product itself. And with the iconic team logos and the special funding wording featuring front and centre, it’s hard to miss!

“The arrival of the Scratchcard in National Lottery retailers will also be an attractive proposition for players, with dual benefits of either playing or gifting this card. They’ll offer excitement at the prospect of winning the huge prizes on offer, in addition to a strong awareness that they’re playing their part in helping to fund UK athletes who are taking part in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

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Metalottery Launches Blockchain Lottery Revolution: Zero Fees, Instant Wins and Life-Changing Jackpots in Crypto

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A brand-new online lottery portal built on blockchain technology is shaking things up in the world of chance. Metalottery, the first-ever decentralised blockchain lottery platform, officially launched, introducing a new era of transparent, thrilling and rewarding lottery gaming. By combining cutting-edge blockchain technology with the excitement of lotteries, Metalottery offers players unprecedented fairness, security and the potential to win life-changing prizes.

“Metalottery is not just another lottery; it’s a paradigm shift. We’re giving power back to the players by offering a transparent, secure, and exciting lottery experience that’s built for the web3 age,” Dioni Bouropoulos, COO of Poollotto Finance, said.

Unlike traditional lotteries, Metalottery uses Chainlink’s Verifiable Random Function (VRF) to ensure provably fair and unbiased results for every draw. And with new lottery rounds starting every 8 hours, players can enjoy the thrill of winning more often than ever before.

At the heart of Metalottery is the PLT token, the fuel of the platform’s ecosystem that players can use to purchase tickets. Metalottery makes purchasing Pool Lottery Token (PLT) available and straightforward on their website. Players can also spin the “Wheel of Fortune” for additional rewards as well as participate in a growing community of lottery enthusiasts on Telegram and Discord.

Bouropoulos added: “Our platform is designed to be inclusive and accessible to a global audience. By combining innovative technology with a user-friendly interface, we empower players to take control of their lottery journey. We are charging no fees for participation and all proceeds from tickets go towards the jackpot. Our goal is to build the biggest lottery community in the world.”

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EL Executive Committee Names Mr Ionut-Valeriu Andrei as New Member

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The EL Executive Committee has named Mr. Ionut-Valeriu Andrei as its newest member during its meeting on April 5. Mr. Andrei is the General Manager of Loteria Română since 2022, and succeeds Mr. Olgierd Cieslik, whose term as CEO of Totalisator Sportowy (Poland) has concluded.

”It is with great pleasure to welcome Mr Ionut-Valeriu Andrei as a new Executive Committee member. As an experienced executive, Mr Andrei has already contributed in various ways to our Association and the EL Executive Committee members trust he will continue to do so in the future,” Arjan van ‘t Veer, Secretary General of EL, said.

Mr Andrei will oversee the learning and development activities of EL. His appointment underscores the further commitment of the European Lotteries to inclusivity and collaboration among its members.

”I am honoured to join the EL Executive Committee and look forward to working closely with my colleagues to advance the mission and values of the Association,” Ionut-Valeriu Andrei said.

Mr Andrei’s co-optation will be formalised during the upcoming EL General Assembly in Salzburg (Austria) on 17 June 2024.

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NeoGames’ Christopher Shaban appointed Managing Director iLottery

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NeoGames S.A, a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iGaming and iLottery solutions, has made a key appointment to the leadership team of its iLottery business unit with Christopher Shaban becoming Managing Director, iLottery.

This is the latest phase of NeoGames’ organizational restructure to support its upcoming plans as the company progresses towards the closing of its acquisition by Aristocrat, expected in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024.

With his appointment effective immediately, Shaban will oversee all iLottery activity for the NeoGames Group globally, including new business, customer growth, the continued global expansion of NeoGames’ iLottery solution, and lastly, NeoGames Studio, the Company’s in-house game studio.

Shaban brings a wealth of knowledge to the position with over 27 years of experience in the global lottery industry. He joined NeoGames in 2021 in the role of EVP Global Business and Customer Development for the Company’s iLottery business.

Moti Malul, Chief Executive Officer at NeoGames, said: “Chris is hugely respected within the lottery industry and his track record speaks for itself. I am thrilled about his appointment and look forward to seeing him drive us forward in our iLottery business.”

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Allwyn Begins Next Phase of Retail Investment with New National Lottery PPOS Rollout Trial

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Brand new National Lottery permanent point of sale (PPOS) has started hitting the walls, floors and counter tops of a small number of National Lottery retailers over the last few weeks, as Allwyn begins testing the rollout of the specially designed kit at trial stores in preparation for wider distribution.

Designed in collaboration with accessibility and sustainability experts, the family of PPOS will help deliver more modern retail environments and capture the attention of customers with eye-catching branding and “call to action” messages, as well as giving National Lottery retailers for the first time the ability to display information about National Lottery-funded projects that are local to their store.

The suite of kit includes an attention-grabbing illuminated Scratchcard dispenser with integrated lighting and 15.6-inch HD screen, and a new Playstation with double-sided graphics and a wing to display key information – such as stories about local National Lottery-funded projects. Completing the collection are a new external wall sign and a double-sided pavement sign featuring a “call to action” to play in store, as well as a refreshed window poster frame. In most cases, these items will be swapped out on a like-for-like basis with a store’s existing kit – but larger or additional assets may be offered in certain circumstances.

Allwyn called on the expertise of its accessibility partner, Purple, and its sustainability partner, Planet Mark, in designing the new PPOS to help with its commitment to delivering a more sustainable and accessible National Lottery. For example, the height of the new Playstation tables has been standardised at a level recommended by Purple (750mm) which is considerate of wheelchair users – as has the Scratchcard dispenser media screen – while the playslips are set at a height within reach of wheelchair users. Graphics and signage, as well as the surfaces they sit behind, have also been designed to meet accessibility requirements.

In terms of sustainability, lightweight designs ensure that the kit and its transportation are carbon-efficient, while recycled and recyclable materials have been prioritised in the manufacture and deployment of the new PPOS – with some components made with 60-100% recycled materials.

The first independent retailer to have the kit installed as part of the “test and learn” trial, Raj Kularajah, owner of Twinsco store in St Albans, said: “I was delighted to be selected as the first independent store to have the new PPOS installed, and to be able to provide feedback on the equipment to help with the wider rollout. After it was first installed, two of my regular customers who had never played the lottery before saw the new kit and decided to play EuroMillions, which is absolutely excellent.

“I’m really impressed with the kit overall, particularly the new Playstation wing which can be fitted to either side of the stand depending on how the store is laid out and what space is available. But my favourite piece is the new Scratchcard dispenser which really brings to life and illuminates the individual games. Its bigger windows also make it easier to load with cards.”

Allwyn’s Director of Channel Operations Alex Green said: “We’re hugely excited that National Lottery retailers are starting to get their hands on this brilliant new kit as part of our ‘test and learn’ trial deployment. As well as looking fantastic, the new PPOS has been designed to high standards of accessibility and sustainability – demonstrating The National Lottery’s commitment to delivering wider societal benefits. We know retailers will be keen to get the kit as soon as possible, but it’s important we trial it first and use our findings to inform a more substantial phased rollout across our 40,000-strong estate. This will help us get the deployment absolutely right for our retail partners.

“The project to equip retailers with the very best National Lottery PPOS also represents the next stage of our investment in retail and signals our commitment to the channel as a whole, with retail being central to our vision to grow The National Lottery responsibly over the next 10 years. But equipping stores with the latest innovative kit is just one element of a much bigger overall project to build a more modern in-store environment. As part of this, we’ll also be delivering an enhanced Vodafone network solution for our retail partners from this spring, and installing new software from the summer onwards ahead of us starting to roll out new state-of-the-art terminals towards the end of the year.”

The next phase of the PPOS rollout will see the new kit deployed in around 40 stores by the end of May, with another 10,000 outlets scheduled to receive the new PPOS later in the year. The kit will then be rolled out to the remainder of the estate throughout the autumn and into 2025.

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12 years of LOTTO24: German market leader for online lotteries presents record figures

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  • Market leader for online lotteries in Germany celebrates its twelfth anniversary
  • More than 1.7 billion euros in winnings paid out and over 5.3 million customers
  • In addition, more than 1.5 billion euros raised for society

Twelve years of LOTTO24: the leading provider of online lotteries in Germany is celebrating its birthday today. In 2012, LOTTO24 was the first German company to bring lotteries to the Internet. Just one year later, LOTTO24 had established itself as the online market leader in the lottery sector in Germany. Another three years later, in 2016, one million loyal customers were playing regularly at LOTTO24. Since 2019, the company has officially been part of the ZEAL Group and not only allows participation in state lotteries via its web stores, but also in a continuously growing portfolio of online games. In addition, LOTTO24 also offers two charity lotteries of its own, freiheit+ and Deutsche Traumhauslotterie.

Twelve-year success story “Made in Germany”

In twelve years of company history, LOTTO24 has already made more than 5.3 million customers dream and paid out a record total winning amount of more than 1.7 billion euros. Last year alone, LOTTO24 produced more record winners than any other lottery provider in Germany. The last big winner was just a few weeks ago: In February, a 49-year-old LOTTO24 player from Bavaria hit the 62 million euro jackpot.

Twelve years of commitment for society

What many people don’t know: Every ticket submitted to LOTTO24 over the past twelve years has been used to support society in the areas of education, health, culture and family. In addition, a large proportion of the proceedings from the company’s own charity lotteries freiheit+ and Deutsche Traumhauslotterie are also used to support educational projects. In total, LOTTO24 has raised more than 1.5 billion euros for society over the past twelve years.

“We are proud of twelve extremely successful years of LOTTO24,” says Andrea Behrendt, CFO of LOTTO24. “The density of winners among our customers is exceptionally high and we are delighted that we have made more than 5.3 million players dream in recent years. We will continue to keep our fingers crossed for all our customers and define the future of the lottery with new products.” 

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NeoGames extends agreement with Czech market leader SAZKA

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NeoGames S.A., a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iLottery and iGaming solutions, has announced a three-year contract extension with its long-standing Czech lottery customer, SAZKA, with the agreement to remain in effect until the end of 2028. SAZKA, a part of Allwyn, is a multi-national lottery operator with leading market positions in the Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Illinois).

The agreement ensures that SAZKA will continue to leverage NeoGames’ industry-leading iLottery and iGaming solutions, including its market-leading NeoSphere platform and a diverse portfolio of interactive games.

The contract renewal will also see SAZKA integrate content aggregation into its offering, to be supplied by NeoGames’ subsidiary Pariplay, with the addition set to significantly enhance the lottery’s online gaming offering.

In partnership with NeoGames, SAZKA has established itself as one of the most robust and successful online lotteries in Europe. The long-standing collaboration, which began with the lottery’s 2017 launch of NeoGames’ iLottery solution, has driven remarkable growth for the European leader.­

The contract extension solidifies the strong partnership between the two companies, further underscoring NeoGames’ commitment to providing customers in the iLottery sector with cutting-edge solutions.

Moti Malul, CEO of NeoGames, said: “We consider SAZKA one of our most important and strategic customers, so we are thrilled about this extension. SAZKA has made remarkable growth in its online lottery channels, and we are proud to manage the operator’s entire digital activity, providing seamless operational support as it navigates the many regulatory changes taking place across the continent.”

Jan Horyna, Chief iGaming Officer at SAZKA, said: “We’re pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with NeoGames. This collaboration isn’t just about technology; it’s about a mutually fruitful working relationship and about the value we’re creating for our players. Together, we’re redefining what online lottery can be, and we’re eager to continue pushing the boundaries and set new standards as we build on the work we’ve undertaken throughout this longstanding partnership.”

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INTRALOT signs a new seven-year agreement with Magnum Corporation in Malaysia

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INTRALOT is pleased to announce the signing of a new agreement with Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, a leading gaming company in Malaysia. This agreement follows the successful outcome of an international call for tenders issued by Magnum Corporation in 2022. The term of the new agreement is for seven (7) years, with an option for two extensions of five (5) years each, thereby providing the opportunity for another seventeen (17) years of strategic and productive collaboration with Magnum Corporation.

INTRALOT will help enhance Magnum Corporation’s current retail offering through a seamless transition to its modern LotosX Omni ecosystem. Comprising of LotosX Central Gaming System, PlayerX Player Account Management System, RetailerX Retailer Management System, DMS Device Management System, PhotonX Gaming Terminals, Canvas Content Management System, and Orchestrator, LotosX Omni will enable Magnum Corporation to implement a comprehensive omnichannel strategy to seamlessly engage their customers across both traditional and digital channels, promising to enhance customer experience and improve productivity.

The CEO of Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, commented: “Magnum Corporation is proud to continue this partnership with INTRALOT, a steadfast ally in helping us grow our business, and to innovate the gaming experience for our customers. With our industry expertise and INTRALOT’s cutting-edge technology, we are crafting a future of innovation together, creating a more immersive gaming experience with enhanced levels of personalization and security, both in our retail and digital spaces.”

Mr. Marios Mitromaras, CEO of INTRALOT Australia, stated: “We are very pleased to keep working with Magnum Corporation. Our continued collaboration is a partnership built on trust, understanding and a shared commitment in elevating gaming excellence for their customers. INTRALOT has an established presence in the country since 2006, helping Magnum Corporation grow its business and create value for the local community. We look forward to deploying our cutting-edge technology and high-quality operating services as Magnum Corporation continues to push boundaries and take steps to modernize their player experience.”


33 new millionaires at LOTTO24 in 2023

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2023 was a good year for lottery players – the jackpots of Germany’s most popular lotteries, Eurojackpot and LOTTO 6aus49, reached record levels several times over. The players of LOTTO24 AG had particular reasons to celebrate last year: the market leader for online lotteries paid out a record prize sum of EUR 615,213,517 to almost 1.6 million winners in 2023. A total of 33 players became millionaires! This includes players of the LOTTO24 and Tipp24 brands. Most of the winners came from North Rhine-Westphalia (19.1 percent), Bavaria (16.1 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (13.7 percent). The highest winnings were paid out in Hamburg last year – more than EUR 169.6 million went to players from the Hanseatic city in northern Germany!

Three record winnings

Playing the lottery and suddenly becoming one of the richest Germans – that’s what happened to three LOTTO24 players last year. The biggest prize was won by a 36-year-old from Hamburg: he won more than EUR 117 million in Eurojackpot last August. He was closely followed by a 61-year-old LOTTO24 player from Bremerhaven, who won more than EUR 107 million in Eurojackpot in January. In third place is a 63-year-old from Hamburg who won EUR 45 million in LOTTO 6aus49 in April.

Most prizes were won in these lotteries

The luckiest lottery last year was once again Eurojackpot: LOTTO24 AG players won an impressive total of EUR 354,607,865 in this lottery. In second place is LOTTO 6aus49 with winnings of EUR 189,890,111, while the supplementary lottery Spiel 77 is in third place with winnings of EUR 18,769,981.

“In the past year, LOTTO24 has become a real hotbed of winners,” says Andrea Behrendt, CFO of LOTTO24 AG. “We are delighted and proud to have helped so many of our customers fulfill their dreams last year and are keeping our fingers crossed for all players in the new year.”