Pollard Banknote Congratulates Michigan Lottery on Record Fiscal 2021 Retail Instant Ticket Sales

Note: Instant ticket sales and growth rate percentage have been updated

WINNIPEG, MB, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates the Michigan Lottery (“Lottery”) on another record year and an outstanding $2.448 billion retail instant ticket sales for fiscal 2021. This marks the eighth consecutive year of double-digit retail instant ticket sales growth for the Lottery. This astonishing increase has helped the Michigan Lottery become the fastest growing US lottery over the past 10 years, with a growth rate of 231% and more than double the rate of the US average over the same period!

As a long-time partner of the Michigan Lottery, Pollard Banknote prints the majority of instant lottery tickets at Pollard Banknote. Ypsilanti, MI plant. The plant employs nearly 240 Michigan residents and prints tickets for lotteries around the world.

The Lottery’s continued success is the result of the holistic approach it takes with Pollard Banknote, involving a broad portfolio of exceptional and innovative games, effective retail initiatives and the expansion of the Lottery ecosystem. with the launch of several engaging digital games as well as the most successful iLottery program in the United States, providing a true omnichannel experience. Pollard Banknote has worked with the lottery to help strengthen and complement its core game category over the years with timely introductions of new prizes and the integration of new game concepts, optimal prize structures, methods of innovative printing and digital game applications that extend the player experience.

Unique game concepts with printing innovations and popular licensed games are among the outstanding tickets launched in 2021. A $60,000,000 Money Blast! ticket to $20enhanced with the brilliance of Pollard Banknote’s Spectrum Scratch FX® printing feature, was hugely popular with sales 40% higher than similar notes 5 and 10 weeks after launch. Frog, popular classic video game and arcade favorite has returned as $2 retail instant ticket to Michigan, with an iLottery version enabling cross-promotion and an exciting gaming experience. the $2 Frog the ticket had the highest 5-week average sales results within the lottery $2 ticket category in 2021.

The Lottery is also dedicated to retail excellence, supported by Pollard Banknote’s retail growth team. The lottery has launched a pilot program of illuminated menu boards (“LMBs”) from Schafer Systems, a Pollard Banknote company. The LMBs feature two vertical lights that reveal tickets and inserts, while ticket number clips make it easy to identify games. LMBs have been extremely effective in driving instant ticket sales, helping to increase participating retailers’ sales by 32.5% in the quarter of their introduction compared to the same quarter a year earlier. Since then, the Lottery has installed over 1,300 LMBs and ordered over 200 more to improve instant ticket visibility, increase visibility and boost in-store sales.

“We are very pleased to have achieved another year of record sales, which ultimately means increased returns for the Michigan School Aid Fund. Pollard Banknote is an important partner and has been instrumental in our continued success” , said glenn strong, Deputy Commissioner of Gaming and Marketing, Michigan Lottery. “We look forward to continuing to work together as we progress and grow, all for the benefit of from michigan schools.”

“Congratulations to the Michigan Lottery on another terrific year. The Michigan Lottery is a valued customer, and we are very proud to be part of their success,” said Donna Preziotti, Director, Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The long-standing relationship between the lottery and Pollard Banknote reflects our company’s empowered partnership model in which we work collaboratively to seek the optimal combination of products, services and consulting for our lottery partners. Together, Pollard Banknote and the Michigan Lottery have developed and executed new products, retail solutions and innovations in the Michigan market that have led to increased revenue and new and exciting instant games and iLottery for players. »

About the Michigan Lottery

Since its inception in 1972, the Michigan Lottery’s mission has been to maximize revenue to support public schools by providing fun and entertaining games of chance. The Lottery will contribute a record $1.419 billion to its beneficiary, the School Aid Fund, for the just-ended 2021 fiscal year, nearly exceeding last year’s contribution $240 million. This was the Lottery’s seventh consecutive record contribution. Since its inception, the Michigan Lottery has provided more nearly $26 billion to support public education. To learn more, visit www.michiganlottery.com.

About the Pollard ticket

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner for over 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high-quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a suite range of digital offerings, from world-class mkodo gaming applications to player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries maximize player engagement, sales and revenue for worthy causes. Pollard Banknote also supplies break open tickets, bingo paper and its diamond game and Compliant Gaming games and electronics to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Founded in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 64.3% by the Pollard family and 35.7% by public shareholders, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com

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