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    Czech lottery and gaming giant Sazka Group has reported a 6% year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue to €908.5m for the first half of 2019, while profit for the period was boosted by the sale of its Croatian business to Emma Capital.

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    The Brazilian lottery market has reported a 52.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, with the market benefitting from the contribution from the Mega-Sena game more than doubling over the period.

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    Major League Baseball (MLB) is to become the first professional US sports league to enter the lottery market after announcing plans to launch a new game in partnership with EquiLottery Games.

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    Scientific Games has confirmed that it has been granted a 10-year contract to supply instant win games and its retail technology to Turkish national lottery Milli Piyango, further strengthening its presence in the country’s gaming market.

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    Brazil’s Investment Partnership Programme (PPI) has adopted a new tactic as it looks to finally privatise the country’s instant win gaming business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex), allowing bidders to pay their winning fee in eight installments.

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    Happy Friday iGamers! This week Diary ponders the lengths Kenya's football fans will go to, considers the knock-on impact of Lottoland's Australian win and casts its eye over Rank's Brexit menu.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.

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    Lottoland has won a major court battle against the Australian Communication and Media Authority, as the Supreme Court of New South Wales ruled the company’s jackpot betting products are fully compliant with Australian law.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reached a settlement with video slot manufacturer GC2 Incorporated over a dispute related to copyright infringement and intellectual property licensing rights on certain gaming content. The supplier has also struck a deal to update the Oregon Lottery's central computer system with its INTELLIGEN software.

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    Zeal Networks has reported marginal revenue growth for the first half of 2019, with a positive contribution from the recently acquired Lotto24 business offsetting a decline caused by the closing of its Lotto Network and Venture24 brokerage businesses.

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    Australia’s Tabcorp has reported revenue of AUD$5.5bn (£3.08bn/€3.32bn/$3.71bn) for its financial year ended 30 June, 2019, strong growth in lottery revenue offsetting a decline in revenue from its Wagering & Media division over the year.

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    AGTech Holdings has reported a 22.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first six months of 2019, which was blamed on a HK$16.5m (£1.7m/€1.9m/$2.1m) decline in lottery hardware sales over the period.

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    The Pennsylvania Lottery made a record revenue of $4.5 bn from game sales in the 2018-19 fiscal year, and generated a record profit of more than $1.14 bn for the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

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    Sisal will continue to operate Italy’s SuperEnalotto national lottery game, after beating bids from Lottomatica and a Sazka-backed consortium in the tender process.

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    iGaming solutions giant Playtech has expanded its relationship with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to provide the organisation with its BetBuddy gambling data analytics technology for use on its igaming platform.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 5.5% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of the year, with chief executive Stéphane Pallez crediting the FDJ 2020 digital transformation strategy as driving growth.

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    Greek operator OPAP has signed binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire Intralot’s stake in the Hellenic Lotteries business for a total cost of €20m (£17.9m/$22.3m).

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    Intralot has extended its long-running relationship with the Washington D.C. city lottery, as well as officially signing a contract confirming it as the lottery sports betting technology provider.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has appointed a pair of executives to oversee the tender process to award the fourth National Lottery licence, with investment bank Rothschild & Co also named lead financial advisor.

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    Lottery solutions provider AGTech Holdings has strenghtened its position in the Chinese lottery market by winning contracts to supply sports lottery terminals in three provinces and two municipalities.

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