The Premier Print Awards Competition, organized by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), recognizes the highest-quality print products in various categories. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and Best of Category awards.
Pollard Banknote’s €20 Million Calendar ticket printed for Loterie Nationale de Belgique received the “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” Best of Category award. This game marked the first time a ticket was printed with Pollard Banknote’s patented Scratch FX® and Scratch Tab™ innovations in combination, all on an oversize 8” x 11” ticket. This combination of industry-leading innovations demonstrates Pollard Banknote’s innovative spirit, which allows the company to offer its lottery customers continued opportunities to stand out in the marketplace.
In addition to doubling up on innovations, Million Calendar doubled up on awards, receiving a Certificate of Merit for “Special Innovation Awards—Other”. Two other Pollard Banknote tickets also received Certificate of Merit awards. Western Canada Lottery Corporation’s $5 Candy Cane Cash Times 10 ticket received a Certificate of Merit in the “Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or ‘Invisible’ Printing Inks” category for its use of peppermint scented ink combined with the sheen of Pollard Banknote’s patented Scratch FX®.
The other Pollard Banknote product recognized with a Certificate of Merit was Veikkaus’s (The National Lottery of Finland) 100V Raha-arpa, celebrating Finland’s hundred years of independence, which received the award in the “Flexographic Printing” category. The ticket’s highly complex flexographic design featured nine unique images depicting Finland’s past and present, helping the Lottery usher in a successful €20 ticket launch. “This special game has met with tremendous acceptance and success from Veikkaus’ player base,” said Riitta Mesilaakso-Lehtola, Product Manager for Veikkaus. “The ticket design had to be exceptional and we knew that we could count on Pollard Banknote to deliver.”
Flexographic printing is a widely used process not just for lottery products, but throughout the print industry, and for Pollard Banknote to be recognized among the multitudes of other printers recognizes the company’s ability to produce world-class, high-quality products while managing the complexities required for lottery ticket production.
“Pollard Banknote is excited to be recognized for several of our latest innovative tickets,” said Murielle Fontaine, Director, Game Management & Design. “Our company has had a reputation for being a leader in the lottery market for decades. Now our products are shining across the greater print industry thanks to the PIA awards, which have honoured us with a Best of Category award, as well as recognized us for our capabilities among thousands of flexographic printers producing products for numerous industries.”