Finnish state-owned operator Veikkaus is one of the most successful lottery operators in Europe.

Last year it celebrated its 75th year in operation, and it currently generates more than €1.4m of revenue per day for Finnish society, with all proceeds going to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Veikkaus is our winner because it is one of the most progressive lotteries in Europe, embracing the online and mobile channel to the extent that interactive products now represent more than 40 per cent of total turnover. Veikkaus.fi is one of the biggest consumer websites in Finland, while its retail network stretches across 3,800 points of sale.

Up to 40 per cent of the Finnish adult population have registered as Veikkaus customers, equivalent to more than 1.8m Finns. Over 50,000 use the Veikkaus Points loyalty card, the third most popular loyalty card in Finland after grocery chains S-Etukortti and K-Plussa-kortti.

This year, Veikkaus will merge with the two other state-owned Finnish gambling operators, Fintoto (horse race betting) and RAY (slots), in order to establish a single, wholly state-owned company to operate gambling in the country. Together they will generate around €1.2bn a year in revenue.

Gaming Intelligence Awards 2016

Sports Betting Operator of the Year: bet365

Poker Operator of the Year: PokerStars

Bingo Operator of the Year: Gala Coral

Social Casino Operator of the Year: Playtika

Casino Operator of the Year: LeoVegas

Lottery Operator of the Year: Veikkaus

Fantasy Sports Operator of the Year: FanDuel

Poker Supplier of the Year: Playtech

Fantasy Sports Supplier of the Year: DraftDay

Sports Betting Supplier of the Year: Betradar

Casino Supplier of the Year: NetEnt

Bingo Supplier of the Year: Playtech

Lottery Supplier of the Year: Scientific Games

One to Watch Award: EveryMatrix

Socially Responsible Operator of the Year: Gala Coral

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