Jean-Luc Moner-Banet Re-Elected President of the World Lottery Association
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of Switzerland’s Loterie Romande, was re-elected for a third consecutive two-year term as President of the World Lottery Association (WLA).
“In view of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the untimely passing of the late WLA Executive Director Jean Jorgensen, Mr. Moner-Banet had put himself forward for a third term of office as President, under special dispensation from the WLA membership,” the WLA’s press release states.
Mr Moner-Banet was elected during the World Lottery Summit 2016, held between November 6–9 in Singapore.
France’s State Lottery Monopoly FDJ Launches New B2B Division
In order to expand internationally, Française des Jeux (FDJ), the French state lottery monopoly and the world’s fourth-largest lottery group, has launched FDJ Gaming Solutions, a business selling lottery technologies, services and games to other gaming groups.
“We think there is room for a player like us, who clearly chose to invest in innovation,” FDJ CEO Stéphane Pallez said.
FDJ, in its role as technology supplier, may be specifically aiming to expand into Asia where FDJ has already developed a ticket partnership with the China Welfare Lottery.
Pallez is also looking to update her company’s domestic B2C offering. “All lotteries are faced with the same challenge, which is how to remain attractive to the millennial population,” Pallez said.
Camelot Pays out Higher Dividends after Profit Spike
Camelot, which operates the UK National Lottery, has paid out £84.2m in dividends, up from last year’s £65.9m, to its parent group.
The operator’s profit before tax during the twelve months ending March 31, 2016 reached £96.7m, a surge from the £89.8m in earnings the company reported in the same period last year.
According to Camelot, its growth in profit was caused by a rise in total ticket sales, which reached a record £7.6bn.
Novomatic Lottery Solutions Links up with Gamevy for Instant Win Games
Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to add Gamevy’s range of interactive instant win and digital scratchcard games to its offering aimed at government lotteries.
Gamevy is known for developing innovative lottery games that are specifically designed for online players, rather than just interactive variants of retail products.
Gamevy’s games contain strategy elements which take their cue from social games and TV game shows and are meant to appeal to a younger demographic.
Global Lottery Sales Grew 4.5% during H1 2016
Based on figures supplied by participating lotteries, the World Lottery Association (WLA) reported a 4.5% growth in global lottery sales during H1 of 2016 compared to the same period of the previous year.
The African region enjoyed the strongest performance over the first half of 2016, with participating African lotteries reporting an aggregate increase in sales of 21% for H1 2016, mostly due to the strong showing of the South African national lottery.
Buoyed by the record-breaking Powerball draw of January 2016, the North American region reported a 9.5% increase in sales.
In Europe, participating lotteries reported a very solid 3.9% revenue growth:
“Norway’s Norsk Tipping continued in its recent good form, overseeing a six-month on six-month increase in sales of 10.8%. Also performing strongly were France’s FDJ, which reported a first-half on first-half increase in sales of 8.7%, and Poland’s Totalizator Sportowy, which reported a first-half on first-half increases in sales of 8.2%. With no significant jackpot in Q2 2016 at Hungary’s Szerencsejáték Zrt., lottery sales there declined slightly, whereas sales of sports betting products increased on the back of the UEFA European Championship. Overall, the Hungarian national lottery was up 3.8% half-year on half-year. In contrast, Greece’s OPAP found itself in negative territory, recording a half-year on half-year decrease in sales of 4.3%. Nevertheless, Q2 2016 GGR remained broadly stable at the Greek national lottery, on the basis of the continued performance of lottery games and an increased year-on-year contribution from sports betting.”
Illustrating that retail is not dead yet, Dutch store chain Primera, which specializes in tobacco products and magazines, has reported a 7% increase in sales of lottery-related products through October of this year.
The German Olympic Federation hails the “overdue” breakthrough on the country’s gaming legislation.
The Spanish State Lottery (Loterías y Apuestas del Estado) has reserved €26.8m for the production and broadcasting of TV ads.
Portuguese lottery operator Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa has selected NeoGames to expand its iLottery offering.
Europe’s third largest lottery and betting firm OPAP has revived plans to launch a video lottery terminals (VLT) business, after Greece’s gaming commission approved new rules.
Ukraine is seeking to regulate lotteries.
The Georgia Lottery Corporation has signed a seven-year contract extension with IGT Global Solutions Corporation to provide new lottery products and services until September 2025.
Quebec’s provincial gambling monopoly Loto-Québec reported online revenue rising nearly one-quarter in the first half of its fiscal year.
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