More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.
Atlantic Lottery reported a net profit of CAD$422.2m, up 0.7% year-on-year and ahead of the company’s target of CAD$419.4m for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2019, thanks to a high level of rollover MaxMillions jackpots.
A new survey conducted by Thailand's Centre for Gambling Studies and Centre for Social and Business Development has revealed that as much as 57% of the country's citizens have gambled during the past year.
A Washington D.C. court has temporarily suspended Greek lottery operator Intralot’s contract to operate lottery services and sports betting in the district, indicating that there is “substantial likelihood” that a lawsuit alleging the deal violates federal law succeeds.
Between June and September, SBTech has signed three sportsbook deals with World Lottery Association members, announcing the business as a major new presence in the state-owned gaming market. Chief development officer Andrew Cochrane discusses the challenge of bringing legacy offerings into the 2020s.
AGTech Holdings has further enhanced its position in the Chinese market by securing two contracts to supply sports lottery terminals in the provinces of Jiangsu and Heilongjiang. The lottery solutions provider agreed the deals through its Beijing AGTech GOT Technology subsidiary.
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.
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.
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.
Swedish state-owned gaming business Svenska Spel has seen profits hit by increased regulatory costs in the first half of the year, though the operator noted that customer growth and revenue had recovered during the second quarter.
The Washington, DC Council has awarded Intralot a five-year contract to power the city lottery’s sports betting offering, despite mounting concerns over the manner in which the contract was handed to the Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider.
La Française des Jeux’s (FDJ) acquisition of Sporting Solutions will see the French group use Solutions’ trading expertise to develop its B2C offering in its home market and its lottery-focused B2B activities internationally. But a clear vision of how to integrate the UK group into FDJ’s mega-structure will also be just as important if the deal is to be successful, writes Jake Pollard.