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What: Shares of lottery solution provider Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS) saw shares surge 12% higher today after announcing first-quarter earnings.

So what: The company actually missed earnings per share of $0.06 when it reported earnings per share of just $0.03. Revenue rose 19% to $234.6 million and came in just slightly ahead of estimates.

Now what: Management pointed to strong retail sales growth in lotteries as the largest driver for the increase in revenue, but I'm still a little concerned about the bottom line. The company has now missed bottom-line estimates in three straight quarters and has posted a loss over the last year. I'm selling this pop and sitting out until profits improve in a meaningful way.

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