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JM | Aug 11, 2022

Lucky Play stands firm on ‘Big Pot’ lottery game after Supreme Court blocks trademark-violating images

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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The Cash Pot logo.

Reacting to a recent injunction from the Supreme Court of Jamaica, attorneys for Goodwill Gaming Enterprises Ltd, parent of Lucky Play Games, have declared that the company’s Big Pot game has not been affected by a block on the use of a specific image related to Lucky Play marketing.

The attorneys, Myers Fletcher and Gordon (MFG), were responding to the July 29 interim injunction which restrains Goodwill from infringing on specific Supreme Ventures Ltd (SVL) Cash Pot trademarks and/or passing off its Big Pot game as SVL’s Cash Pot.

According to the injunction, this includes the use of the golden pot device with money spilling over and the green and gold colour scheme.

The restraint will remain in place until the matter goes to trial – between claimant Prime Sports (Jamaica) Ltd, a subsidiary of SVL, and Goodwill, the defendant – or a until there is a further Order of the Court.

A section of the July 29 formal order from the Supreme Court.

Said MFG: “On January 29, 2022, the Supreme Court of Jamacia issued an interim injunction relating to the use of a specific image used in some of the marketing material for our Lucky Play Games. The Order, and related Court proceedings which is still ongoing, do not affect the ‘Big Pot’ game and the use of the name ‘Big Pot’ is protected by a duly registered trademark.”

Ian Dear, chairman of Goodwill Gaming Enterprises Ltd.

In response to the injunction, Ian Dear, chairman of Goodwill, said: “We continue to find creative ways to grow and connect with our players. Lucky Play was launched to provide the best opportunities to our players and that is a mission we will stand on.”

Lucky Play Lottery is a Jamaican-owned and operated company registered under Goodwill
Gaming Enterprises.

Vitus Evans, executive director of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.

Vitus Evans, executive director of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), acknowledged that the gaming regulator had been made aware of the injunction.

Responding to questions posed by Our Today, Evans said the BGLC had no particular expectation of Goodwill Gaming in the matter, “save that as a law abiding citizen they would abide by an order of the Court, and if they disagree with it they challenge in the normal way”.

On the BGLC’s role in the case, Evans added: “This is a civil matter being pursued through the Courts. If there is a breach it is for the Courts to determine what action it would take. The BGLC has no power to intervene in this matter.”

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