Pollard Banknote Awarded New Multi-Year Instant Ticket Contract by France's National Lottery



    Contract valued at an estimated $30 million (CDN) over initial term

    WINNIPEG, March 4 /CNW/ - Pollard Banknote is pleased to announce it will
continue to serve as a key supplier of instant tickets to La Française des
Jeux (FDJ), the national lottery of France.
    A new three-year contract that took effect in January is valued at an
estimated $30 million (CDN), based on Pollard Banknote's historical production
levels for FDJ. Three subsequent one-year extensions can also be exercised at
FDJ's option.
    "Pollard Banknote has applied its printing expertise and lottery industry
knowledge to FDJ's instant games since 1996," said Gordon Pollard, Co-Chief
Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. "Earning the Lottery's trust for another
multi-year term re-affirms that our approach to FDJ's instant game business is
valuable and highly effective. We welcome this continued production, because
FDJ's sophisticated games and high standards for quality always bring out the
best in Pollard Banknote."
    Along with production of FDJ's base instant games, Pollard Banknote has
also partnered with the Lottery to launch games with unusual programming
requirements, as well as games commemorating special events. In 2005, Pollard
Banknote and FDJ created 7Extra, a unique cardstock envelope bringing together
for the first time some of the Lottery's distinct instant games in a joined
strip of tickets.

    About Pollard Banknote Limited Partnership

    Pollard Banknote Limited Partnership ("Pollard Banknote") is one of the
world's leading full-service lottery vendors and is a major supplier to North
America's charitable gaming industry. The firm manufactures instant tickets
and provides related programming, design, and marketing support. As well,
Pollard Banknote manufactures ticket vending machines, pull tab tickets and
bingo paper, and supplies lottery management services (including warehousing
and distribution). Established in 1907, the firm is owned by the Pollard
family and the Pollard Banknote Income Fund and currently serves more than
45 lotteries worldwide, including some of the largest and most respected
lotteries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South
America.

    About Pollard Banknote Income Fund

    Pollard Banknote Income Fund (TSX: PBL.UN) is an unincorporated, open-end
trust which owns 26.7% of Pollard Holdings Limited Partnership, which in turn
owns Pollard Banknote Limited Partnership.

    About La Française des Jeux

    La Française des Jeux offers a range of lottery and sports-betting games
that provide a fun and entertaining outlet for adult players in France. With
29 million players and sales of (euro)9.3 billion in 2007, it is a leader in
the French gaming sector and the third-largest lottery worldwide. Its
930 employees rely on France's largest network of some 39,500 points of sale,
as well as on the development of multimedia distribution channels.
    The company develops its offer within the context of a responsible gaming
model that upholds the core values of public order and health. Nearly 30% of
gaming revenues are circulated back into the community to finance
public-interest missions. In addition, some 2% of lottery revenues are used to
finance sport for all.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to
expected future events and financial and operating results of the Pollard
Banknote Income Fund ("the Fund") or Pollard Holdings Limited Partnership that
involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from
management expectations as projected in such forward-looking statements for a
variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions and the
risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Fund's periodic
reports and registration statements filed with the Canadian securities
regulatory authorities. Due to the potential impact of these factors, the Fund
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise,
unless required by applicable law.





For further information:

For further information: Gordon Pollard (gpollard@pbl.ca) or John
Pollard (jpollard@pbl.ca), Co-Chief Executive Officers, Phone: (204) 474-2323,
www.pollardbanknote.com


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