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New online bingo and lottery site

New Media Lottery Services, Inc., a lottery content and systems provider, has launched a new online bingo and digital lottery game site branded 'CelticBingo.com.' The white label enterprise is in partnership with The Irish Post newspaper in the UK and Rehab Lotteries, Ireland's leading charity lottery organisation. This is the first white label of the success...

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British taxman 'faces GBP 500 million bingo bill'

Rank plc's success in fighting for a VAT refund on bingo operations could have expensive financial implications for the British government, reports the BBC in a follow-up piece. The article notes that the High Court ruled that Rank was entitled to GBP 62 million from value added tax overpaid on slot machines and bingo takings over a five year period plus int...

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Lottery action from NFL team

Our readers will recall our report on the desire of NFL teams to get involved in online betting partnerships with state lotteries despite the League's virulent opposition to Internet gambling. This week Associated Press reported that the Washington Redskins are now officially a lottery team following Monday's joint unveiling with the Virginia Lottery of a new...

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GTECH has launched G2

GTECH, a global provider of lottery and gaming technology worldwide, has officially launched G2, its new interactive lottery, sports betting, poker, bingo, and casino subsidiary. G2 is the new brand name for GTECH's interactive gaming and sports betting services businesses which are comprised of Boss Media and its four poker networks, Finsoft, St Minver and D...

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Exclusive online bingo and casino agreement signed with broadcaster

The PartyGaming Internet gambling group has started the week in a positive way, announcing that it has signed an exclusive agreement with the UK-based television network Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd to create a 'Five'-branded online bingo and casino service targeting the British market. The premium online service will launch in the second half of this (2009...

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23-year-old rancher wins $232 million jackpot

One of the biggest undivided lottery jackpots in US history totalling $232 million has been won on a stake of $15 by a battling 23-year-old rancher near the town of Winner, South Dakota. Neal Wanless told Associated Press this week that he intends to buy himself more room to roam and repay the kindness other townspeople have shown his family. The young bachel...

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BuckyBingo joins Virtue Fusion

The UK-based Buckingham Bingo company, perhaps better known for its land operations, has become the latest Internet bingo operator to re-sign with Virtue Fusion Alderney, using the brand BuckyBingo.co.uk The site joins a growing list of tier one clients on the Bingo Networks Alderney software such as Virgin Bingo, Paddy Power Bingo, Shipleys Bingo, Ladbrokes Bing...

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Betfair and Playtech bingo deal

The London-listed online gambling software provider Playtech plc is to supply Internet bingo and casino games to the major international Internet betting exchange Betfair under the terms of an agreement announced by the two companies this week. According to a statement released Monday, Betfair will "...benefit from a range of software services provided by Pla...

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Four large bingo affiliate marketers may come together

Four major online bingo affiliate marketers who together claim to generate 80 percent of traffic to bingo websites in the UK are considering a collaborative approach to negotiating reward terms with bingo site operators, reports eGaming Review. The Bingobase, Bingoport, Superfreebingo and Unlucky For Some bingo portals are apparently in talks under the worki...

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Old lottery ticket worth A$13 million

Earlier this week we reported on the case of an Australian grandmother who managed to claim a $2 million lottery prize after finding a four-year-old Powerball ticket during a clean-out. Days later, Australia produced yet another heart-warming story of an even bigger lottery win on an old ticket. This time it was a university student in Perth, who was given a...

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Revenues still down but...

The Canadian Internet bingo software developer Parlay Entertainment has reported another disappointing quarterly result in its numbers for Q1 2009, with revenues declining to $1 million (Q1 2008: $2 million). However, the company managed to substantially reduce expenses from $2.5 million in the same period last year to $1.3 million in the first quarter 2009....

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Intralot's embarrassment costs A$30 000

The Australian arm of the international gambling group Intralot had the embarrassment of being slapped with a A$30 000 fine by the Victorian state government this week for failing to run a televised bingo game as promised, reports the Australian newspaper TheAge. Under its licence, the international gaming giant was to run a live, state-wide bingo game, with...

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Party Gaming and 888 bid for Cashcade

Reports in The Times over the weekend confirm rumours that both Party Gaming and 888 are among the final bidders for Internet bingo company Cashcade, which owns FoxyBingo and GetMinted among other websites. The company achieved gross gaming revenues of GBP 45 million last year, generating EBITDA of GBP 12.3 million. Part-owned (some 17 percent) by Independent...

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Mobile lottery scam

Mobile customers in the Middle East and specifically Qatar have been warned by service provider Qtel to be on the alert for a highly-sophisticated phishing fraud which uses a blend of next generation technology to convince them that they've won a European lottery, in a bid to steal their bank and credit card numbers. The fraudster first sends users an SMS mes...

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Internet lottery on the cards for Illinois

Senate legislators in Illinois looking for cash to finance an ambitious state-wide construction program approved two gambling related measures this week along with other tax proposals. The measures, which gained bi-partisan support, now move to the House for further debate. Among the sin, vehicle and luxury taxes proposed are bills to introduce private manage...

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Intralot lands U.S. lottery

Greece's international lottery specialist group Intralot has announced the successful achievement of a 6-year deal to supply the New Hampshire Lottery with a system for online games, its ninth such contract in the United States. Reuters news service reports that under the contract, Intralot will create a communications system for the lottery that will connect...

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Mecca Bingo now searching for a new managing director

The UK listed gambling group Rank plc has announced that its Mecca Bingo subsidiary is currently seeking a new managing director following the resignation to pursue other business interests of present incumbent Simon Wykes, who has expressed a wish to move on with immediate effect. In the interim, Rank CEO Ian Burke has assumed direct operational management o...

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Three new games from Virtue Fusion Alderney

Online gambling software provider Virtue Fusion Alderney has launched three new games aimed at player retention. BlackJack, Mafia Millions and Fruit & Veg will be available to players on all Virtue Fusion sites from this week. The company's Blackjack is a single hand, single player, multi-deck version of the game. The higher returns available on blackjack wi...

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New Bingo site - El Cartonazo

Dragonfish, the independent B2B division of 888 Holdings plc, was active again this week, launching a new Spanish bingo network, El Cartonazo, for its partner Daub Limited. El Cartonazo.com is the first fully localised bingo platform available to the Spanish market, and offers both 90 Ball and 75 Ball rooms, a variety of instant 'Quickplay' games tailored to...

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GTECH signs another state lottery

Boss Media's parent group GTECH Corporation has signed another contract with a state lottery, the second in as many weeks. Last week the company inked a deal with Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande (LoRo) for the implementation of a comprehensive interactive gaming platform, following a competitive procurement process . GTE...

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