Kansas Lottery posts out-of-this-world results with inaugural GALAGA™ instant game
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, September 28, 2020 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”), congratulates the Kansas Lottery on the success of its $5 GALAGA™ instant scratch game—the first-ever lottery game to leverage the GALAGA™ brand. Launched on July 27, 2020, GALAGA™ CA$H has recorded five-week sales 51% higher than the average of all other $5 licensed games in Kansas since 2017.
Debuting in North America in 1981, GALAGA™, with its intergalactic theme and superior gameplay, earned recognition from TIME magazine as one of the greatest video games of all time. GALAGA™ CA$H perfectly captures the video game’s nostalgic flair by pairing its iconic imagery with an eye-catching ticket design, making it easy to see why players are hooked on this instant game.
In addition to its striking design, GALAGA™ CA$H offers a 2nd Chance digital component through the Lottery’s PlayOn® Players’ Loyalty Program app (powered and supported by Pollard Banknote). By submitting a non-winning GALAGA™ CA$H ticket, PlayOn® members earn an entry into the 2nd Chance draw for a GALAGA™ arcade cabinet game plus $1,000 (with a total of 10 prizes to be won). They also unlock the GALAGA™ CA$H interactive game which rewards members with player points! This interactive game mimics the classic video game’s playstyle, leveraging the brand equity and awareness of GALAGA™ while offering players the opportunity to re-live their fondest arcade memories! Marking the first licensed game interactive extension on the PlayOn® platform, the GALAGA™ CA$H interactive game allows further game play through the purchase of an instant ticket.
Players of the GALAGA™ CA$H instant ticket who are not yet PlayOn® members can get in on the action too. By registering for PlayOn® and then submitting a non-winning ticket, they will be eligible for the GALAGA™ CA$H 2nd Chance draw and will be able to play the GALAGA™ CA$H interactive game to earn points. New members will also have opportunity to explore the program’s various offerings and point-earning opportunities.
“The success of GALAGA™ CA$H was evident soon after its launch in late July,” said Steve Durrell, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery. “The brand’s retro appeal and popularity prompted us to build a fun game and offer second-chance promotions which we expect to bring in new players and ultimately support multiple social and economic initiatives throughout the state of Kansas.”
“We are thrilled that the Kansas Lottery chose to leverage the unique appeal of the GALAGA™ brand, which has proven its ability to perform exceptionally well after its launch,” said Brad Thompson, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “GALAGA™ holds a multi-generational appeal with powerful brand awareness among millennials and Golden Age gamers. GALAGA™ gives gamers a chance to relive the glory days of arcade gaming through its 2nd Chance interactive game extension on PlayOn®, enhancing player excitement and engagement.”
Since the Kansas Lottery’s start-up in November 1987, ticket sales have produced nearly $1.86 billion in revenues for the State of Kansas. In that same period, more than $3.4 billion worth of prizes have been paid to players, and retailers have earned close to $358 million in commissions. Funds generated by the Kansas Lottery go towards supporting economic development initiatives, prison construction and maintenance projects, local juvenile detention facilities, problem gambling assistance, and the State General Fund.
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also provides pull-tab tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.
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Pollard Banknote Limited
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
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