Instant Win Gaming (IWG) congratulates the Pennsylvania and Virginia Lotteries on launching the industry’s first multi-state eInstant progressive jackpot called Mega Money Jackpots. This new jackpot will offer multimillion-dollar prizes to eInstant players in both states. Participating lotteries will contribute a percentage of their designated eInstant sales to fund the progressive jackpot. IWG serves as the jackpot manager and handles prize distribution across the lotteries. Pennsylvania and Virginia envision more U.S. lotteries joining Mega Money Jackpots to increase the prize possibilities. The initiative is powered by IWG’s InstantJackpots and requires no additional development support from the lotteries’ iLottery platform providers. Rhydian Fisher, CEO at IWG, commends both lotteries for pioneering this chapter in eInstant games. Stephanie Weyant from the Pennsylvania Lottery and Scott Kenyon from the Virginia Lottery express enthusiasm for the higher jackpot prizes and the benefits to their respective states.
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Scientific Games has partnered with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment to introduce GAME OF THRONES to digital and retail lottery games. The collaboration grants limited worldwide rights to the iconic brand. Scientific Games will offer innovative player experiences through instant scratch games, Fast Play games, and digital lottery games. The GAME OF THRONES designs are now available for U.S. and international lotteries. With a strong fanbase and extensive brand recognition, this addition is expected to bring excitement and engagement to lottery players. Scientific Games, known for its science-based products, is a leading provider of lottery solutions worldwide.
The Powerball jackpot has reached $1 billion for the next drawing on July 19, making it the seventh-largest U.S. lottery jackpot and the third-largest Powerball jackpot. The jackpot has an estimated cash value of $516.8 million. This marks only the third time in Powerball’s history that the jackpot has reached the billion-dollar mark.
“This has turned into a historic jackpot run; this is only the third time in Powerball’s 31-year history that a jackpot has reached the billion-dollar threshold,” said Drew Svitko, Powerball Product Group Chair and Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director. “During this exciting time, we would like to remind our players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win this massive jackpot or any of Powerball’s other cash prizes. If you win the jackpot, sign your ticket, put it somewhere very safe, and reach out to your local lottery. Your lottery is always your best resource for information on how to claim a prize.”
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has announced its final transfer to the state for Fiscal Year 2023, totaling $122,375,631.22. This includes a June transfer of $9,155,366.85. The funds generated, exceeding $467 million in gross sales for FY23, will be allocated to roads and bridges ($80 million) and the Education Enhancement Fund ($42,375,631.22). The transfers are in accordance with the Alyce G. Clarke Lottery Law and are subject to an annual financial audit.
Lotterywest, the State-owned and operated lottery in Western Australia, has returned A$1.05 billion in grants and lottery prizes to the community. With A$1.22 billion in lottery sales last year, A$351.5 million went to supporting the community through grants, benefiting 428 not-for-profit groups and local governments. The health sector received A$176.7 million, while the sports and arts sectors received A$22 million each. Notable prizes included a A$40 million Powerball win and a $30 million OZ Lotto prize. Lotterywest’s record-breaking results for the third consecutive year demonstrate its ongoing support for the community.
Atlas Experiences and Martina McBride have partnered to bring a groundbreaking promotion, Lady Luck – Women in Country Music, to North American lotteries. Participants have the opportunity to win a private concert experience with Martina McBride at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, as well as a grand prize of $500,000 personally awarded by Martina. The promotion is flexible and can be offered on various ticket types and games. Winners will also enjoy exclusive meet & greet sessions, merchandise prizes, and Dollywood passes. Atlas has developed an integrated marketing strategy to generate awareness, making this one of the most successful promotional programs. This promotion celebrates women in country music and promises an unforgettable experience for lottery players.
Washington’s Lottery achieved a significant milestone by surpassing $1 billion in sales for the first time in its 40-year history. The record-breaking sales will contribute to the state’s education system, college scholarships, early childhood education, economic development, and efforts to combat problem gambling. The lottery’s decision to accept debit cards for vending machine purchases likely contributed to the sales boost. The annual sales numbers are expected to exceed the previous record by $50 million. Notable wins, including a Powerball jackpot and a $8.6 million Lotto jackpot, added to the lottery’s success in 2023.
The Illinois Lottery is participating in Lottery Week on National Lottery Day, joining lotteries across North America to highlight the positive impact of lotteries in their communities. The theme for the Illinois Lottery is “More Than A Game.” They will be hosting sweepstakes on their Facebook page and have planned surprises for frequent players throughout the week. The Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion to educational funding in Illinois since 1985, benefiting public schools. They are also partnering with iHeart Radio to raise awareness about their impact.
The South Carolina Education Lottery announced its second-largest contribution to higher education, with an estimated transfer of $598.3 million. This amount is slightly below last year’s record transfer of $607.6 million. Since its inception in 2002, the lottery has contributed a total of $7.8 billion to funding for students.
Österreichische Lotterien Gesellschaft m.b.H. announced a change in its business policy, raising the age limit for the sale of betting slip games and instant lotteries from 16 to 18, effective from July 10. The decision aims to enhance player and youth protection. Austrian lottery officials will continue to verify eligibility and conduct identity checks to ensure compliance. The new age limit also affects prize payments, with winnings not being paid out to anyone under 18. This adjustment aligns with Austria’s commitment to responsible gaming and player safety.
Svenska Spel, a Swedish gambling company, announced net gaming revenue of SEK 1.97bn in H1 2023, a slight increase from the previous year. Despite competition impacting its Casino Cosmopol and slot machine segments, online revenue grew by 9% and now accounts for 52% of total revenue. Svenska Spel’s sports betting and casino segment saw a 6% rise in revenue, while the Tur lottery segment remained stable. However, the Casino Cosmopol and Vegas division experienced a 13% drop in gaming revenue, leading to a loss. Svenska Spel reported a decline in problem gambling and successful interventions with customers showing signs of problem gambling.