Press Release

Pollard Banknote Welcomes Margaret R. Defrancisco, Lottery Industry Leader

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, February 6, 2013 – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote) is pleased to announce that Margaret R. DeFrancisco has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. In this newly established role, Ms. DeFrancisco will report directly to Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and will help shape Pollard Banknote’s corporate strategy as the company continues to explore innovative and viable avenues for increasing lottery revenues and funding for worthy causes.

Ms. DeFrancisco brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position at Pollard Banknote. For nearly nine years, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, where she oversaw sales growth from $2.6 billion in FY 2003 to a record $3.8 billion in FY 2012. Prior to that, Ms. DeFrancisco was the Director of the New York Lottery. Under her leadership, the Lottery’s sales increased from $3.6 billion in FY 1999 to $5.4 billion in FY 2003, making it the largest lottery in the United States.

“Pollard Banknote is thrilled to welcome Margaret DeFrancisco to our team,” said Doug Pollard. “Margaret’s esteemed reputation and remarkable success within the lottery industry will be a valued addition to our company and an excellent resource for our customers. Her expert understanding of all facets of the lottery business will greatly benefit Pollard Banknote’s ability to provide our customers with the very best products and services in the industry, as well as strategic advice that will undoubtedly drive sales.”

Ms. DeFrancisco remarked, “I am eager to embark on this new role with Pollard Banknote. Working with them throughout my lottery career has given me firsthand insight into the company’s innovative products and outstanding customer service. They are an exceptional team, which I am now fortunate enough to be a part of.”

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

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Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer