Pollard Banknote Awarded New Contract to Supply Scratchers® Games to the California Lottery

WINNIPEG, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote") is pleased to announce that, pursuant to a competitive procurement process, it has been chosen to continue as a supplier to the California Lottery to provide Scratchers® games and related services. This six-year contract commenced December 1, 2013 and includes the option of a three-year extension, plus three additional one-year extensions.

Pollard Banknote's relationship with the California Lottery dates back to 1997. Through the years, the company has successfully worked with the California Lottery to help strengthen its instant game portfolio. In particular, Pollard Banknote has assisted in the development of the Lottery's extended play category, which includes Crossword and Bingo games. In fiscal year 2013, revenue generated from Pollard Banknote's Crossword and Bingo games accounted for more than 20% of the California Lottery's total instant ticket sales.

Yet another testament to the success of this longstanding partnership was the launch of the California Lottery's $3 Tripling Crossword game in 2008. Printed exclusively by Pollard Banknote, Tripling Crossword is the longest running Crossword game and second longest running instant game in the Lottery's history. Since the introduction of Tripling Crossword, it has generated more than $955 million in total sales—making it the top selling Crossword game of all time in California!

"We are honored that the California Lottery has once again chosen Pollard Banknote as a supplier of its Scratchers® games," said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. "Since we began working with the Lottery more than 15 years ago, we have established a collaborative and successful relationship that we look forward to building on in the years to come. We will continue to work with the Lottery to produce fresh and exciting Scratchers® games that are of the utmost quality and value for California players."

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than $0.96 of every dollar spent by California lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation.

About Pollard Banknote Limited

Pollard Banknote Limited is one of the world's leading full-service lottery vendors and is a major supplier to North America's charitable gaming industry. The company manufactures instant lottery tickets and provides related programming, design, and marketing support. As well, Pollard Banknote manufactures pull-tab tickets and bingo paper, and supplies lottery management services (including warehousing and distribution). Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and currently serves more than 50 lotteries worldwide, including some of the largest and most respected lotteries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

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SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited

For further information:

Doug Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca 

John Pollard
Co-Chief Executive Officer 
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose
Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca