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Scientific Games Congratulates Maryland Lottery On Record-Breaking Profits, Sales Top $2 Billion For First Time

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Company’s New Systems Technology Now Supporting 4,500 Maryland Lottery Retailers

 

Scientific Games Corporation congratulates the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (the “MLGCA”) on the Maryland Lottery’s (the “Lottery”) record-breaking year of profits, with $575.6 million in contributions to support good causes in Maryland including education, public health and safety, the environment, veterans’ organizations, the state’s horse racing industry and more. The Maryland Lottery surpassed $2 billion in annual sales for the first time, with total Fiscal Year 2018 sales topping $2.043 billion, an increase of 5.8 percent over Fiscal Year 2017.

In April, Scientific Games went “live” with the Maryland Lottery’s new, advanced gaming system, serving the Lottery and its network of more than 4,500 retailers. As part of an eight-year contract with the MLGCA, the Company is providing a wide and innovative portfolio of draw and monitor games, interactive games, and a host of advanced technologies to drive value and profit for the Lottery. This includes SciTrak™ instant game management system, and its gem | Intelligence® and gem | Retailer™ suite of real-time business and retail intelligence. Used by top world-per-capita performing lotteries, SciTrak integrates system, game and market data to ensure the proper inventory is sent to retailers. The gem | Suite is helping the Maryland Lottery’s sales team increase new instant game retail penetration and make merchandising and productivity improvements.

Racetrax™, a virtual horse-racing game which is the second-highest selling monitor game in the world behind Keno, also set an all-time sales record of $192.6 million. A record $1.247 billion in prizes were awarded to Maryland players, up 4.2 percent from Fiscal Year 2017, with a record $153.7 million in commissions paid to Maryland Lottery retailers. The Lottery also topped its previous fiscal-year record for instant (scratch-off) game sales with $750.9 million.

“We value our partnership with Scientific Games,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “With SG’s new system in place, we believe our players will not only appreciate the fun and excitement of the games, but also the convenience that the new technology brings. I am confident that, together, we can help drive Lottery profits which will benefit the good causes of the state.”

The Maryland Lottery is currently ranked by La Fleur’s Almanac as No. 5 worldwide for numbers game sales per capita, and one of the Top 15 lotteries worldwide for total sales per capita. Scientific Games provides the Lottery with systems, instant games, licensed properties, and the popular My Lottery Rewards player loyalty program.

“Congratulations to the MLGCA on their record-breaking year. It’s exciting to see our customer achieve record-breaking results while we migrated them to our latest platforms and products. Scientific Games has invested in innovative products, games, technology and analytics to both entertain players and increase the Lottery’s profits,” said Jim Kennedy, Group Chief Executive, Lottery for Scientific Games. “We take great pride in the growth and successes of our lottery customers and their contributions to important causes in their states.”

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

Forward-Looking Statements
In this press release, Scientific Games makes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will,” “may,” and “should.” These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future results or performance. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors, including those factors described in our filings with the SEC, including the Company’s current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its latest annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2018 (including under the headings “Forward Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except for Scientific Games’ ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, Scientific Games undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Source: Scientific Games Corporation

 

 

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MGM Resorts International Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2018 Earnings Release Date

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MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will release its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 after the market closes on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. MGM Resorts will host a conference call that day at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, which will include a brief discussion of the results followed by a question and answer session. In addition, supplemental slides will be posted prior to the start of the call on MGM’s Investor Relations website at http://investors.mgmresorts.com.

The call will be accessible via the Internet through http://investors.mgmresorts.com/investors/events-and-presentations/or by calling 1-888-317-6003 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6061 for international callers. The conference call access code is 3924102.

A replay of the call will be available through Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  The replay may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088.  The replay access code is 10127989.

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield inMassachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including risks and/or uncertainties as described in the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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PA Gaming Control Board to Hold Public Hearing on February 20th for Parx Casino License Renewal

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to gather evidence, including public comment, on the renewal of the Category 1 Slot Machine Operator’s license for Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino in Bucks County.

The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Bensalem Township Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Complete information on the hearing, including links to sign up to present oral comment at the hearing or to provide written comment prior to the hearing, is on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under its Quick Links section of the home page. The deadline for registration to speak at this hearing is noon on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Written comments can be mailed, with a postmark no later than Tuesday, February 19th to:

PA Gaming Control Board 
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106
Attention: Board Clerk

Comments can also be faxed prior to that deadline to 717-265-7416 or e-mailed to boardclerk@pa.gov.

Pursuant to section 1326 of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, all licenses shall be subject to renewal every five years.  The renewal application must include an update of the information since its last renewal.

To implement the renewal requirement, the Board utilizes a two-step process:

  • First, the February 20th public hearing will be held before the Director of the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals for the purpose of receiving documentary evidence, hearing testimony and building a record upon which the Board will base its licensing decision.  The hearing record, along with a report from the Director of Hearings and Appeals, will be transmitted to the Board.
  • The second step is to hold a separate public hearing in Harrisburg at a later date where Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. representatives will offer oral arguments and Board members can ask additional questions.

At the renewal hearing, the burden is on the renewal applicant to establish and demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, its eligibility and suitability for renewal of the gaming license last renewed in November 2014.  During the hearings, the renewal applicant will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, among other things, its good character, honesty, and integrity; compliance with its statement of conditions; tax revenue generated; jobs created; amenities added since the last renewal; success in implementing its diversity plan; and involvement in the surrounding communities.

Following these proceedings, the Board will then be able to determine whether the licensee remains eligible and suitable consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth and are otherwise qualified to have the license renewed for a five-year period.

All questions that are not press-related should be referred to the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals at (717) 265-7451.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017. To date, the PGCB regulates the play within the Commonwealth of Fantasy Sports Contests along with four casino operators offering Sports Wagering. Additional new gaming initiatives are expected to launch in the coming months.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

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New Illinois Governor discusses gambling expansion

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JB Pritzke, the 43rd governor of Illinois. / Photo Source: politico.com
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The governor that started his term on Monday has discussed a possible gaming expansion in the state.

The newly elected Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has already initiated discussion on the expansion of casinos in the state. He said that gambling expansion will boost the state’s revenues.

Pritzker seems to have identified gambling expansion as one of the ways to balance the state budget and help pay for a capital bill is through gaming expansion. He also said that now that the Supreme Court has struck down PASPA, the federal act that prevented states from offering sports betting, Illinois has a bigger chance to pass a bill.

“We could implement that in the state as one example. There certainly are opportunities for us to expand casino gaming in the state,” Pritzker said. “So those are a couple of ways for us to expand gaming. Balancing the budget is very important, it’s not just about those revenue enhancements. It’s also about bringing efficiencies to state government.”

Moreover, he said that new casinos could be located near the state border in order to prevent that money from leaving the state. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has recently called for a casino in his city: “I don’t disagree with you there’s been some cannibalisation within the state and there’s a limited amount of dollars that could exist in the state, but I also know this has to do with geography. Where you put a casino matters to how many dollars might flow from places they haven’t seen dollars flow before… We ought to be thinking about how do we keep the dollars here that are being expended in other states.”

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