First Digital Catch the Ace Raffle Platform from Bump 50:50 Shatters Million Dollar Sales Milestone


Sportech’s Bump 50:50 (“Bump”) is thrilled to announce that its first deployment of the Catch the Ace online progressive jackpot raffle (also sometimes known in the US as a “Queen of Hearts’ raffle) hit a major milestone in June, topping CN$1 Million in gross sales after just 20 weeks online.

Building upon the success of this first digital raffle,  Bump 50:50 has also just launched a similar progressive raffle in partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation at, with the first weekly drawing to be held on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Bump’s innovative Catch the Ace / Queen of Hearts raffle offers a unique opportunity for participants to win both a weekly prize and a progressive jackpot that accumulates week over week through Bump’s proven online fundraising platform.

Each week, a portion of charitable raffle ticket sales is set aside in a separate Catch the Ace / Queen of Heartsjackpot. Players choose from a virtual deck of cards an envelope that they think might contain the Ace of Spades or Queen of Hearts card. The winner who draws the designated card collects the progressive jackpot. If the designated card isn’t drawn, the entire progressive jackpot carries over to the next week.

With each weekly draw that does not result in a win, the virtual deck of cards is reduced by one so the odds of winning increase even as the jackpot grows. Best of all, fifty percent of all progressive raffle ticket sales goes to Bump’s partner charity.

Online 50/50 and progressive Catch the Ace / Queen of Hearts raffles are important new tools in the fundraiser’s toolkit when combined with Bump’s proven technologies and unparalleled support programs.

Dave Kurland, Senior Director of Business Development and Operations for Bump 50:50, remarked, “Our goal at Bump since our inception has been to offer our partners innovations that help them achieve their fundraising goals and fulfil their charitable missions. We were delighted to have launched the first-ever online Catch the Ace and we are over the moon that Bump 50:50 has helped our first Catch the Ace partner reach $1 million in ticket sales just a few months after launch. We are looking forward to helping more clients, including the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, reach their fundraising goals through these innovations.”

Following the success of its initial online progressive Catch the Ace / Queen of Hearts raffle, Bump is delivering more ground-breaking fundraising platforms to charitable foundations across Canada and the United States, with charities in Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Arizona poised to launch their own versions of the online progressive raffles in the coming weeks.

Sportech Connects UK Punters to ZeTurf’s French Pools

Sportech Racing and Digital is pleased to announce the successful launch of commingled betting from the UK into the French pari-mutuel pools hosted by French gaming operator ZeTurf.

Through its partnership with Sportech, ZeTurf offers an alternative and attractive option for betting on French racing.

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, remarked, “Sportech is very pleased to facilitate further connection between our global clients – in this case between the UK and ZeTurf of France – and to provide yet another key global commingling interface stream that further reinforces our strategic partnership with ZeTurf.”

Bump 50:50 Continues Charity Client Acquisition Push

With continued growth in new Catch the Ace raffle variation.

Sportech’s Bump 50:50 continues its push into the non-sports charitable market with the acquisition of an additional eight charitable organization clients over the last month.

Bump 50:50 will deliver online 50/50 raffles, including five deployments of its new Catch the Ace raffle, to charitable organizations working in health care, medical research, social services, the arts, and animal welfare.

The signing of eight new contracts for online raffles in a single month signals that charitable organizations are looking to innovative ways to raise funds for their charitable missions as the world battles COVID-19.

Dave Kurland, Director of Business Development & Operations for Bump 50:50, commented, “While opportunities for traditional fundraising are greatly curtailed, there remains an unprecedented need for resources to assist communities in this difficult time, so it’s gratifying for Bump 50:50 to be able to provide our clients with engaging platforms that allow them to stay in touch with donors and continue to raise funds for their missions.”

To learn more about Bump 50:50’s online raffle solution, visit

Sportech Launches Tote Betting at Central Moscow Hippodrome

Sportech Racing and Digital is pleased to announce that it successfully launched Tote betting services at the Central Moscow Hippodrome for client Pari Engineering Rus.

Tote betting on live races held at the historic Moscow racetrack is now powered by Sportech’s Quantum™ System Software, with operational services delivered from our Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centre in Europe.

Prior to launching Tote services for live racing, Sportech provided Tote betting technology and services to Pari Engineering Rus for the operation of their OTB locations and for commingling into international pools.

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, commented, “Sportech is very pleased to have helped our client Pari Engineering Rus successfully extend their Tote betting operation to the racetrack. We look forward to working closely with Pari Engineering to increase consumer engagement with Tote betting in Russia through Quantum™ System’s flexible omni-channel solution.

Bump 50:50 Powers Arizona Multi-Sport Coronavirus Fundraising Initiative

Bump 50:50, a division of Sportech Racing and Digital, is proud to supply the technology that will power a state-wide digital raffle organized by Arizona’s top sports properties to raise funds for the Arizona Together Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Launched on May 4th, the raffle website offers Arizona residents VIP experiences with the purchase of raffle tickets. Proceeds will be donated to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, which provides financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Arizona.

Participating organizations include the Arizona Bowl, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona State Athletics, University of Arizona Athletics, Cactus Bowl, Cactus League, PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Grand Canyon University Athletics, Northern Arizona University Athletics, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix Rising, Phoenix Suns, Scottsdale Charros and Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Residents of Arizona purchase raffle tickets at for an opportunity to win prize packs that include once-in-a-lifetime experiences like premium game tickets, VIP perks, player meet-and-greets, autographed memorabilia and more. The raffle will continue through May 26th at 5 PM Pacific Time.

Dan Tanenbaum, President of Bump 50:50, commented, “Bump 50:50 is very happy to deliver a raffle platform that can go beyond the standard 50/50 raffle, especially at a time when there is such profound need. We are very proud of our employees who came together in a time of great stress to deliver this important platform and we congratulate the 17 Arizona sports organizations that united to create this special fund.”

Sportech Publishes Global Racing Schedule

Sportech’s team at Winners in Connecticut are now publishing a Global Racing Schedule, compiling available information to help our customers and clients keep up with global racing activity as we work through a calendar significantly altered by COVID-19.

The information is presented on the website as a web page or downloadable PDF and can be accessed without a MyWinners betting account.

All are welcome to bookmark the MyWinners website’s new Status Update page to access the most current information available. The list is updated daily or as new information becomes available.

Sportech Renews Contract with Emerald Downs


Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is pleased to announce the renewal and extension of the Company’s agreement with longtime client Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino in Washington State.

The multi-year extension to the Totalisator Services Agreement was reached upon conclusion of a competitive bidding process.

Sportech Racing and Digital (“Sportech”) delivers Tote Services to Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino (“Emerald Downs”) with Sportech’s Quantum™ System software and services from the Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Center. A local team of operations specialists support the Tote equipment installed at Emerald Downs to ensure smooth betting operations.

Emerald Downs will also adopt new Sportech technologies, including the new white label on-track mobile betting service. The new mobile option is a key component of a flexible new betting software platform that presents an intuitive user interface across a range of racetrack platforms including on-track mobile, teller service, self-service, and roaming teller service.

Bob Fraser, Vice President of Operations for Emerald Downs, remarked, “Emerald Downs value the partnership we have built with Sportech over many years and look forward to continue working together to offer our patrons the best possible betting experience when they visit our track.”

Bill Russell, Sportech’s Director, Sales and Business Development for North America, stated, “Sportech is thrilled to extend our partnership with Emerald Downs in their 25th season of live racing. We are also excited to introduce our new betting software platform for the first time in North America through Emerald Downs’ new on-track mobile. We value the trust Emerald Downs places in Sportech as a key technology partner and are committed to delivering solutions that satisfy their players and streamline their operations.”

Sportech Delivers Commingling Services, Digital Platform Under New Agreement with UK Tote Group

Sportech PLC, an international betting technology business, is pleased to announce the commencement of a new multi-year international commingling agreement with UK Tote Group and the formal handover to UK Tote Group of a proprietary digital platform,, developed jointly with Sportech.

The new international commingling agreement will enable UK Tote Group to utilise Sportech’s worldwide Quantum™ commingling ecosystem to access horseracing and other sporting pools across the globe. Such access supports their international growth aspirations including the recently announced enhanced partnership with The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

In addition to the new international commingling agreement, Sportech formally handed over a proprietary digital platform on which Sportech has worked closely with UK Tote Group over the last year to jointly create and deliver. The new platform gives UK Tote Group cutting edge digital technology in a fully containerised, cloud based solution to grow their online business. The new digital platform is directly connected to Sportech’s worldwide commingling ecosystem, bringing a myriad of opportunities for the deployment of additional Tote products from international operators.

Richard McGuire, Chief Executive of Sportech, said: “Sportech has invested heavily to develop its Quantum™ global ecosystem and to improve the quality of its international business. The global market for pool betting is in excess of US$100 billion and UK Tote Group has an impressive team with ambitious plans. Sportech is delighted to extend its relationship with UK Tote Group to support their global initiatives.”

Alex Frost, Chief Executive of UK Tote Group, said: “This agreement with Sportech demonstrates further commitment to our international development plans and a desire to see our pools betting operation lead the way in technological innovation to help grow betting on horseracing around the world.”

Sportech In The News – SBC Magazine April

Our CEO, Richard McGuire, spoke to SBC Magazine for this month’s magazine. Read the article below on how we are about to enter the most challenging period in history, but how we remain well positioned for change and challenge in 2020.

Download the Sportech article here and read the entire magazine here.

Update from Sportech on our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

While each one of us face unprecedented challenges to our usual behavior and routines due to the global pandemic, we need to prioritize advice and guidance from health authorities, and we urge you to consider your actions and movements currently.

Sportech remains focused on serving our clients to the best of our ability while also protecting the health and welfare of those clients, our employees, and our communities. Sporetch will not ask any staff to travel or place themselves in a potentially higher risk situation. If you feel you are being pressured, do not hesitate to reach out to HR, your manager or indeed me directly.

As we all do our part to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will share information and updates on the actions we have taken or are planning to balance client service continuation with personnel health worldwide while also doing our part to mitigate the harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It goes without saying that this is an unprecedented moment for all of us, so we urge our friends and colleagues to follow all instructions issued by your local and national health authorities and keep yourselves and your families healthy.

We will publish updates about Sportech PLC, Sportech Racing and Digital, and Bump 50:50 in this space as events and actions dictate. For updates on Sportech’s Winners, and Bobby V’s operations in Connecticut, please also visit and social media sites.

Sportech has been serving our industry for over 100 years and the world and its peoples have endured many difficult events over that time. As we have noted previously, our core business relies on sports and sports require stamina. We will all need that enduring quality to weather this situation, but together, weather it we will.

– Richard McGuire, CEO