Press Release

Minnesota State Lottery’s PAC-MAN® Ticket Leads To A-Maze-Ing Results

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Minnesota State Lottery (“Minnesota Lottery”) on the success of its $5 PAC-MAN® Money Hunt instant ticket./_uploads/images/Pac-Man_ticket.jpg

Launched on February 7, 2017, the game’s 10-week average sales were 41% higher than the average 10-week sales of all other $5 games launched in Minnesota since 2014, confirming the enduring appeal of the PAC-MAN® brand. The PAC-MAN® arcade game was an instant hit with players when it launched in North America in 1980, and the brightly-colored mascot quickly became one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. Combining the nostalgic flair of the video game with proven high-appeal of instant ticket designs, it’s easy to see why players are gobbling up this game.

For maximum excitement, the Lottery launched an interactive game and a second chance website giving players the opportunity to score some great PAC-MAN® gear, gift cards, or the grand prize: a PAC-MAN® game console.

“In the first few weeks after launch, it was apparent the game would be a huge success,” said Jason LaFrenz, Director of Marketing and Sales, Minnesota Lottery. “We work diligently to bring our players the best instant games that the industry has to offer and we look forward to continuing to work with Pollard Banknote to explore new ideas and new initiatives in the years to come.” 

“The powerful, well-recognized PAC-MAN® brand has proven its ability to perform exceptionally well across multiple jurisdictions, proving that time and again, licensed instant games enhance player excitement and engagement,” said Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, at Pollard Banknote. “This is especially true for PAC-MAN®, which offers lotteries fun merchandising options ranging from the classic arcade console to the online interactive game.”

The Minnesota Lottery has been supporting good causes throughout the state since 1989. Over the years the Lottery has raised over $2.6 billion that is directed to the General Fund and the Minnesota environment. The General Fund supports education, health care, local governments, and public safety. The funds also help the environment in many ways through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. For more information about the Lottery, please visit www.mnlottery.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sina Aiello
Vice President, Marketing
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
saiello@pbl.ca

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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Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
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Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
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