Groupe FDJ (France)

FDJ (formerly La Francaise des Jeux) is France's state-controlled lottery group, Europe's second-largest by revenues (after Lottomatica of Italy), and the global #4. Sales reached a record high in 2015 of €13.7bn, of which over €9bn was paid out in prizes, and €3bn to public funds and good causes. There were 26.3m players over the year, equivalent to around half of the population of France. The group organises a variety of different games including main live televised draw le Loto, and various spin-off draws including Rapido, Joker, Super Loto and Keno, as well as a huge number of instant-win scratch cards marketed under the Illiko brand. A new development for FDJ and other gambling operators is sports betting, primarily on football, deregulated by the government in 2010. It is also a lead partner in the pan-European EuroMillions draw. The French government owns a 72% stake in the business. Broadcast and media partners share a further 20% with the remainder split between staff and retailers. Stephane Pallez succeeded Christophe Blanchard-Dignac as chief executive in 2014. The first French lottery was introduced by Louis XVI in the 18th century, but was terminated in 1836, and all gambling was officially prohibited in France a year later. A state-controlled Loterie Nationale was re-introduced in 1933 to benefit war veterans and the victims of agricultural disasters, and to eradicate the popularity of privately controlled commercial raffles. This went through several different titles before becoming Francaise des Jeux in 1991. Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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