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AfroMillions woos Nigerians with $2.8M lottery jackpot

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UK-based gaming provider Ofertas365 has dangled a historic NGN1 billion (US$2.8 million) jackpot to lottery players in Nigeria to mark the company’s expansion in the African continent.

 

The British company announced on Monday that it will formally launch AfroMillionsLotto this month, in support of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Football is said to be the most popular sport in the African continent.

James Leppard, chief executive officer of Ofertas365, said AfroMillionsLotto was supposed to be launched last month but they decided to move it to September in order to give all the clubs the same chance to market to their fans.

All 20 NPFL clubs are to be branded with their own page on the AfroMillions website where people can buy tickets online for the twice-weekly draws, as well as enjoy a range of Instant Win games.

All the football clubs and charities in Africa have the need for additional funding and our lotto partnerships offer them the potential to enjoy significant, recurring revenue streams. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Leppard. “The ability to partner with African football clubs and charities means we’re able to piggyback on well-established brands who have a ready-made target audience for us to market to.”

In a business perspective, Leppard pointed out that Africa has become more attractive in terms of investment due to exponential growth in internet and mobile phone use.

Citing a study conducted by industry observer Research & Markets, Leppard pointed out that the projected African lottery growth rate in the coming years is 8.85 percent. Technavio, another industry observer, forecasts annual growth of 9% between 2017 and 2021.

Aside from lotteries, Leppard said that sports betting business is also booming in the region.

In both cases, growth in Africa is forecast to be higher than averages elsewhere in the world. Whilst there is little information on the growth of lotto, sports betting per se is showing an upward trajectory,” Leppard said. “A report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) found around 60 million Nigerians aged between 18 and 40 spend up to N1.8 billion daily on sports betting, with an average spend per person of N3,000 every day. We expect online gaming in Africa to outpace other regions, particularly appealing to the internet-savvy millennials.

In an earlier statement, the lottery company said that players over the age of 18 may play the lotto and set-up an account on the AfroMillionsLotto website. Players can deposit money using their credit or debit card, e-wallet or cash voucher, which they will soon be able to purchase through various points-of-sale.

They then choose a line of six numbers ranging from 1–49 and an additional bonus number from 1–9 before buying a ticket.

Lottery is popular in Africa for the same reason it is popular everywhere. It offers people the chance to win large amounts of money which fuels everyone’s dreams,” Leppard said. “The prospect of winning a life-changing jackpot for a small stake will always be popular. However, this is particularly true in a continent where incomes are generally low and the economy is often in a state of flux.

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BtoBet Pens Significant Multi-channel Deal With Surebet247

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The terms of the deal will see the provision of the Neuron technologies also to the bookmaker’s extensive retail network

Leading iGaming platform provider BtoBet has extended its footprint in Africa announcing a long term partnership with leading Nigerian bookmaker SureBet247. The deal will see the Nigerian licensee integrate the Neuron platform to all its channels, which also encompass circa 1500 betting facilities in the country, making it one of the largest betting brands in Nigeria. The Nigerian operator will be delivering a diverse portfolio of offerings based on local and international sports betting, including live sports events, online and live casino, jackpots and a range of special bets and virtuals.

Alessandro Fried, BtoBet’s Chief Executive Officer, said that SureBet247 is clearly one of the major players in the Nigerian gambling market. “With BtoBet registering growth on all market fronts, we are pleased to note that this partnership further cements our leadership position in Africa. It is based on these results that we continue to build our strategy to create an unparalleled sports betting experience with visionary operators.”

“The management team at SureBet247 were quick to recognize the quality and excellence of the Neuron platforms to deliver a true player-centric and holistic omni-channel betting experience, that will further help their strategy in bolstering their market leader status in Nigeria.”

Under the terms of the deal SureBet247 will be gaining access to BtoBet’s Neuron scalable technology, taking advantage of the flexibility and adaptability of the platform to create a unique front-end interface in order to create brand unicity whilst providing their target players with an augmented user experience.

BtoBet has a wide presence in the regulated African iGaming industry, with the advanced Neuron at the core of betting operations in 25 countries on the continent.

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BMM Testlabs Attends ICE Africa 2019

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s leading gaming test lab and product compliance consultancy, was pleased to attend ICE Africa 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre in Sandown Sandton, South Africa on October 2-3.

VP, Operations and Sales, Zeena Rossouw commented, “2019 has been another growth year for BMM South Africa. Our market opportunities are increasing because of our new licenses and acceptance in emerging African jurisdictions. We know that by attending important shows like ICE Africa, we meet and network with current and potential clients as the go-to test lab in the region. This year, I am honored to have been nominated to participate in the Women in Gaming breakfast and be featured as one of 30 women in gaming in Africa and South Africa.”

EVP and General Manager, Australia and Asia Pacific, Kirk White added, “We are very proud of Zeena to be recognized for her success in the industry. Technical Compliance Manager, Obed Mathabe and PSD Manager Sifiso Sibiya will be joining Zeena at the show to support our growth and increase BMM’s presence in the South Africa and Africa market. With our great team and understanding of compliance of all Africa’s regulated gambling market, BMM will continue to be the test lab of choice in the region.

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2nd edition of ICE Africa opens its doors to the continent

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Pre-registered delegates from a total of 29 African nations were expected to pass through the doors at the Sandton Convention Centre following the opening of the second edition of ICE Africa on Wednesday 2nd October. The ribbon cutting ceremony attended by some of the industry’s leading dignitaries, signalled the beginning of the annual two day event which serves as a platform for 72 exhibitors and provides 15 hours of targeted learning delivered by a talent pool of over 60 thought leaders.

Speaking at the opening, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of organiser, Clarion Gaming welcomed attendees and stated: “When Clarion Gaming was asked to create and organise an event for the industry in Africa our vision was to help establish the foundations for future growth. In other words we weren’t simply concerned with staging an event which satisfied short term objectives. Our aim was to work with existing stakeholders and to use the influence and reputation of the ICE brand to help create a sustainable and successful future within an environment in which we could bring together the international industry’s most respected thought leaders alongside the innovators whose products and services make this sector so dynamic and exciting.”

She continued: “There’s no doubt that ICE Africa has developed and grown to be an invaluable focal point for the industry, providing a professional meeting place for the a-z of gaming on the continent. It provides a great opportunity for operators, regulators and suppliers to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming products and services.

“Before declaring the show open I would like to thank the team at Clarion Gaming for bringing ICE to Africa in such a professional way. To John Kamara who has been a fantastic event ambassador and to our friends in the media who serve as critical friends. Edward Lalumbe, in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Gauteng Gambling Board, was a great advocate for what we are trying to achieve. In June we learned of his passing following a tragic accident which also cost the life of his wife. ICE Africa owes an awful lot to Edward and I am sure he would be proud to see how it is showcasing the industry and helping to shape its future.”

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