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Scientific Games Congratulates Pennsylvania Lottery On Record-breaking Year Of $4.2 Billion In Sales, $2.7 Billion In Prizes

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The Pennsylvania Lottery has one main objective: to generate money to pay for programs and services for older Pennsylvanians. (Photo courtesy of wikicommons.org)
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Seventh Straight Year of $1 Billion+ Profits to Benefit Senior Programs Driven by Scratch Off Games and Technology Investment

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTAAug. 9, 2018 /- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) congratulates the Pennsylvania Lottery (the “Lottery”) on its record sales of $4.2 billion in fiscal year 2017-18, driven by a record $2.8 billion in instant Scratch-Off game sales, investment in technology innovation and new game entertainment products. The Lottery also awarded a record $2.7 billion in prizes to winners. More than 9,300 Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, many small and family-owned businesses, earned $224.1 million in sales commissions, up $12.7 millionfrom the previous year. Fiscal year 2017-18 marked the seventh consecutive year the Lottery generated more than $1 billion in profits for senior citizen programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“We are very grateful for the support of our business partner Scientific Games over the last decade, from highly successful instant games, to the technology innovation the company invested in to help us modernize with our popular mobile app and convenient new point-of-sale programs like cashless lottery payments and player self-service machines,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.

Svitko said it was important to note that the company quickly brought Keno and iLottery online/mobile games to market near the end of the fiscal year, which contributed to the Lottery’s success. The first full fiscal year of sales for new Fast Play games exceeded estimates. Along with Virtual Sports (coming summer 2018), the launch of these new products is part of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s strategic plan to offer new game entertainment that will continue to grow revenue to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Accounting for 67 percent of sales, in fiscal year 2017-18 the Lottery’s instant Scratch-Off game revenue totaled a record $2.8 billion, up 3.6 percent from the previous fiscal year. Draw game sales totaled $1.25 billion, up 2.9 percent from the previous fiscal year. Popular new Fast Play games totaled more than $114.4 million in the first full fiscal year of sales. Keno, which went on sale May 1, generated more than $7.6 million in sales. New iLottery online interactive games, which launched May 22, were responsible for $20.8 million in play through June 30. The launch of the Pennsylvania iLottery program is considered the most commercially successful to date in the U.S.

“Scientific Games has a long history of investing in innovative games, technology and services that maximize Lottery funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. We are proud that our partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world,” said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.

As part of the iLottery launch, the Company also launched a unique affiliate program with Pennsylvania Lottery retailers to encourage players to sign up for iLottery. Games sold in stores will continue to be the foundation of its business and proceeds to benefit older adults. Since 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed $29 billion to programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians including property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

A supplier to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery, Scientific Games is the world’s largest supplier of lottery instant games and known for its expertise in complex, integrated systems technology implementations. The Company is currently the fastest growing lottery systems supplier in the U.S., and the leading lottery systems supplier in Europe.

© 2018 Scientific Games Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.

About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in gaming entertainment offering the industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. The company is #1 in technology-based gaming systems, digital real-money gaming and sports betting platforms, casino table games and utility products and lottery instant games, and a leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com

Company Contacts
SG Lottery Communications:
Therese Minella, APR  +1 770-825-4219
Director, Lottery Communications
therese.minella@scientificgames.com

Corporate Communications:
Susan Cartwright  +1 702-532-7981
Vice President, Corporate Communications
susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

Investor Relations:
Michael Quartieri  +1 702-532-7658
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Federal government approves Connecticut tribal casino

Niji Narayan

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The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have won the legal battle to obtain federal license for tribal casino in have finally won their battle. Construction work will begin at their Connecticut tribal casino in East Windsor.

“I’m very happy that finally we’ve got a decision,” state Senator Cathy Osten, who represents the casino’s district, said. “I can’t wait to get out there to cut the ribbon as people pour into Tribal Winds.”

Osten had proposed a bill to let tribal joint venture MMCT open the venue without federal approval. However, she believes it will likely not go up for a vote after recent news.

The venue will be developed outside tribal land as it was proposed to counter the MGM Springfield over the Massachusetts state border.

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Virginia on the verge of allowing gambling

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Virginia, one of the handful of US states that do not allow casinos and other forms of gambling, is on the verge of legalising casino gaming, online gambling and sports betting. The gaming expansion bill is waiting for the approval of Governor Ralph Northam. Once the governor signs it, the bill becomes law and gambling becomes a reality.

The legislation, SB 1126, authorises the Virginia Lottery Board to approve a casino license per city in the state, if the city meets certain criteria. The criteria include at least 40 per cent of the land area has to be exempt from local real property taxation. Or 24 per cent if an Indian tribe of the state is conducting gaming.

The city must also have an unemployment rate of 5 per cent in November 2017 or at 4 per cent if located next to a stat has Border Region Retail Tourism Development District Act. The population must also be larger than 200,000 based on estimates from 2017.

Any casino in the state must also provide the local community with support. On top of the stated criteria, a proposal for a casino must pass via a local referendum that is adopted before 1 January 2021.

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San Manuel Names New CEO

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Tribe elevates San Manuel Casino GM Loren Gill to lead enterprise and continue growth trajectory, building toward the future

 

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced it has named Loren Gill as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jerry Peresa who was named CEO Emeritus in September 2018. Since joining San Manuel Casino as General Manager in 2015, Gill has led the Casino through unprecedented, sustained growth. In his new role, he will be responsible for overall leadership and strategic operations for San Manuel Tribal Government Operations as well as San Manuel Casino.

“Loren exemplifies the Tribe’s vision, mission and values and is committed to further unifying San Manuel across the enterprise,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “While his long career in the gaming industry speaks to his expertise in casino management, it is his passion for and commitment to the Tribe that make him the right person to lead our Tribal Government Operations and Casino enterprises.”

Gill has played a key leadership role both for San Manuel Casino and in the transition of the Tribal Government Operations as a member of the Interim Office of the CEO. In both roles, Gill was the key lead of the Yaamava’ expansion project, which will ultimately usher the Tribe toward a brighter future and extend San Manuel Casino’s position as one of the top entertainment destinations in Southern California.

“I am honored to serve in this important role and for the opportunity to work even closer with the Tribe to create a brighter future for San Manuel,” said Loren Gill, Chief Executive Officer of San Manuel. “The Tribe is very special to me, and I am grateful to contribute in my new role to an organization that has done so much to help others.”

With Gill’s appointment, Peter Arceo has been named Interim General Manager of San Manuel Casino until the role is filled, with an internal and external talent search currently underway. As the Casino’s Chief Operating Officer since August 2018, and, prior to that, Chief Marketing Officer since 2015, Arceo has been instrumental to the Casino’s success.

“As excited as I am to serve in a new role as San Manuel CEO, I know the casino will continue to flourish with the current leadership team,” said Gill. “Peter is a great leader who embodies our core values, and I am looking forward to continue working with him and the rest of our executive leadership team to build a greater future, together.”

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians:
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

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