After two years of success, CEO Jon Clontz said, “We are proud to have accomplished so much in such a short time, beginning with the addition of two draw games and continuing with the launch of Cowboy DrawTM. And now, we’re preparing to offer another brand-new game for our players.”

Based on the very pleasant developments of the first half of this year, we also expect a new sales record for 2016”, Managing Director, Karl Stoss explains. All in all, over those past 30 years, total sales amount up to an impressive sum of 48.3 billion Euro, 30.9 billion Euro of which have been paid out in winnings. Statistically speaking, thereby every Austrian citizen over the age of 16 has won approx. 4,200 Euro. The largest individual winner in fact, however, has not been determined by mere chance, as CFO Bettina Glatz-Kremsner explains: “It is the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance with an accumulated amount of about 10.6 billion Euro in taxes and duties over those past 30 years. Breaking this number down, we have paid 967,400 on a daily basis. During our peak years 2014 and 2015, this amount even increases to 1.27 million Euro every day.”

Harald Neumann, NOVOMATIC Chairman of the Board, said: “We pursued our growth strategy during the first half of the year and have undertaken a number of important expansions. With our acquisition of the British gaming operator Talarius, we have further increased our market share in the important UK gaming market, and we are now the largest operator of gaming arcades in the UK. Our intention to acquire a stake in the Australian listed gaming technology company Ainsworth would give a massive boost to our market position in Australasia, as well as in North and South America.”

“We are excited to announce a return of $46.3 million – approximately $5.2 million more than last year’s return – to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund for fiscal year 2016,” lottery CEO David Barden said in a news release.

“We are excited to continue our very successful partnership with the Atlanta Falcons,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “With profits from each ticket purchased benefiting the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs, Georgia’s students score big with this great new game.”

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“Pollard Banknote’s innovative Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ tickets offer lotteries an exciting new option for higher price point games,” said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.

“I am pleased to appoint Larry Polowski to the management team of the Idaho Lottery,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Larry has been successful throughout his business career. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a fresh perspective to the lottery that will help us to achieve continued success in years to come.

"After six consecutive years of growth, the Lottery achieved a new all-time high," Lottery President Rose Hudson said in a news release. "Although this is certainly an impressive feat in today's saturated gaming marketplace, our true satisfaction comes in knowing we're accomplishing our mission to raise funds for Louisiana K-12 public education."

Andy Duncan, chief executive of Camelot, points out that while £80 million a year of Lottery money is spent on supporting more than 1,300 athletes, “several hundred million [goes into] grassroots sports”.

It’s the first naming rights the Lottery has been involved with, said Jeffrey Holyfield, public relations director for the Lottery. “We’re excited to have our name out here because it increases player interest and awareness in the games and our mission to help fund public education,” Holyfield said. “And that’s good for Michigan schools.” Holyfield said about 29 cents of each dollar spent on lottery tickets goes to funding schools in Michigan. The Michigan Lottery currently has mobile sites that sells tickets at select Freedom Hill shows. Holyfield said he does not yet know whether a permanent sales site will be added.

POLLARD BANKNOTE WINS CONTRACT AS PRIMARY SCRATCH GAME SUPPLIER TO THE MINNESOTA STATE LOTTERY"We are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Pollard Banknote," said Michael Vekich , Acting Director, Minnesota Lottery. "We rely heavily on our primary printing partner for design, marketing and strategy leadership—a partner proven to help the Lottery drive its scratch sales. Pollard Banknote offers everything we seek from a scratch game printer—guidance and expertise in research, marketing and product innovation. We are always intrigued by the new concepts presented and look forward to launching a variety of new initiatives in the years to come, ultimately increasing revenue for good causes in the state of Minnesota ." "Leveraging Pollard Banknote's experience working with a variety of lottery jurisdictions worldwide, our strategies incorporate the best of the best in utilizing innovations to maximize scratch ticket sales that raise money for good causes," said Byron Peterson , Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote, noting that "the Minnesota State Lottery does a fantastic job of executing those strategies."

Latest from NASPL The recent Gallup Poll debunks the myth that lotteries disproportionately prey on the hopes of disadvantaged groups such as the poor and less educated.

John Myers, acting director of the West Virginia Lottery, said finding new ways to engage with gamblers is needed. “Our high year for sales was in 2007. Since that time, we have seen a decline to a tune of $250 million annually. We certainly have to find new ways to deliver the products we have,” Myers said. “For example, a scratch-off ticket,” Myers said. “We have to find ways to give individuals more opportunity to buy tickets. Maybe that will be by using a cellphone, as in other countries. “... Daily fantasy sports were just ruled legal in West Virginia. A lot of the same equipment could be used in relation to the lottery,” Myers said of the agency’s need to upgrade its computer system as the current one expires.

“All-in-all, our business renewal program is delivering, it positions us well for future growth, and has at its core a focus on maximising value from our unique portfolio of gambling assets,” chief executive Robbie Cooke said. “It is really satisfying to see the digital initiatives we implemented over the last few years now driving strong sales outcomes,” he said.

"As a Company, we are working toward meeting the strategic targets we outlined for shareholders at the beginning of 2016," said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. "We have built a strong base of recurring revenue and cash flow, LT-3 deployments are ongoing and ARPU for the year has been slightly ahead of our estimates as we have added exciting new features in a number of jurisdictions. We intend to begin to roll out our LT-3's in New Hampshire later this year and anticipate that we will successfully sign one further jurisdiction by the end of 2016. The addressable market for our LT-3 is large. We have only just begun to tap into this opportunity as we seek to grow INNOVA into a substantial player in the lottery and charitable gaming space."

"All Hoosiers will benefit from this very successful year for the Hoosier Lottery. We will provide $60 million to the pension funds for Indiana's teachers, and local police officers and firefighters, and our contribution to the Build Indiana Fund will continue to support reduced auto excise taxes," said Sarah Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery.

“We are excited to announce a return of $46.3 million — approximately $5.2 million more than last year’s return — to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund for Fiscal Year 2016,” announced David Barden, New Mexico Lottery CEO.

Derik Mooberry, Scientific Games Group Chief Executive of Gaming, said, "Scientific Games' industry-leading portfolio of systems solutions is transforming casino operations and the player experience the world over. We are thrilled to partner with Kansas Crossing and its management team to develop an engaged and loyal player base in this emerging market."

We believe the evolution that began with arcade communities a quarter at a time, growing to the live streams and esports of today, will continue to a future where everyone is a gamer and every gamer can create, compete, collaborate and connect with others at massive scales

During a panel discussion at the Aug. 11 California Technology Forum, California Lottery CIO Chris Riesen explained that data was doing more than simply identifying when and where potential players might be, it is also helping to move the larger enterprise toward its strategic goal of becoming the largest lottery in the country. By mapping revenue growth over the course of the last several years, officials are confident they will be able to claim the top rank relatively soon. Riesen said revenues have increased from roughly $5 billion in 2014-15 to an unaudited $6.3 billion in 2015-16, and are expected to reach a projected $8 billion by 2018-19.

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Co-Hosted by PGRI and the Florida Lottery
September 12th - 14th, 2016

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Lotteries Register here Complimentary/No charge

Eden Roc Hotel   4525 Collins Ave, Miami FL 33140

PGRI (Public Gaming Research Institute)

Updated Lottery Expo 2016 Preliminary Program

Conference Sessions September 13 & 14 Eden Roc Hotel Miami, Florida

Visit www.PublicGaming.orgfor conference updates

Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday Reception to follow lunch.

Panel Discussions to follow a new format. Half-hour of panel discussion followed by half-hour of interactive audience participation

Double Platinum Sponsor: IGT

Platinum Sponsors: Diamond Game,  INTRALOT,  Linq3

Silver Sponsors: Abacus Solutions International Group, Carmanah Signs, EquiLottery, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Pollard Banknote

Presenters, Times TBA:
Bill Breslo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Game
Simon Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Solutions
Brad Cummings, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EquiLottery
Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Scott Hoss, Senior Marketing Manager, INTRALOT
Brendan McCarthy, North American Sales, Novomatic Lottery Solutions
Byron Peterson, Director U.S. Sales, Pollard Banknote
Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President Business Development, Linq3

Monday, September 12

Conference Registration starting at 2pm  Pompeii Foyer

5:00 to 7:00 pm: Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, September 13

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI  

Opens the Conference sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Welcome to Miami and Lottery Expo: Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Industry Collaboration as the key to unlocking the power of API/Cashless/In-Lane and other Retail Modernization initiatives

Special Session:  

The Promise of API (Application Programming Interface) Technology

Presentations on the urgency to implement / meaning and purpose of APIs will be followed by a special sessionthat includes audience Q & A.  APIs are the key component to building the IT platform that supports the rapid deployment of technological innovation across the board.How and why will APIs increase Lottery sales and net funds to beneficiaries - what are the costs and risks as well as the benefits to implementation of APIs? This topic was introduced at PGRI Smart-Tech in April, has gained momentum over the past few months, and is now at a point where concrete action-plans are being shaped. It’s time to take it “to the next level” - to connect the dots and relate objectives like in-lane sales, cashless transactions, standardized reports and audits for multi-state retailers, and more ... to the technologies that enable them. The key to unlocking the transformative power of APIs is multi-state collaboration and funding. How do we get there?


Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery, President of MUSL


Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Andy Davis, Chief Financial IT Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Austin Huggins, Publix SuperMarkets

Paul Riley, Vice President Product Marketing and Interactive Wagering, IGT

11:00 am Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Providing Consumer Options –

Making Lottery Available in a Cashless Economy


Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery;

Chair of the NASPL Retail Subcommittee


Drew Svitko, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Lottery

Gardner Gurney, Director, Division of the Lottery, New York State Gaming Commission

John Spicknall, Director of Package Goods and Services, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.

Sue Strouse, VP Retail Strategy and Business Development, IGT

TBA: Georgia Lottery Corporation

12:30 pm: Luncheon Promenade B (South)

1:30 pm Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation    Starting a New Lottery in the Modern Era    Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Relations: How might Lottery do a better job of engendering support from the national media and legislators at the federal as well as state levels? Who is advocating with a singular voice for those values and interests which are shared by all lotteries? Who is monitoring gaming legislation and court cases that impacts us all? How do we counter all the publicity of other gaming sectors with positive publicity for Lottery? Could our industry benefit if we had a national government affairs and PR effort? Is it time for a national branding campaign? How can we connect with and forge a more positive relationship with retailer stakeholders and associations; any Silver Bullet to defuse NACS opposition or otherwise overcome that obstacle?


May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries


Gerry Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Byron Boothe, Vice President Government Relations, INTRALOT

Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

Chip Polston, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

Bret Toyne, Executive Director, Multi-state Lottery Association Update on MUSL Agenda and Initiatives

Rebecca Hargrove, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.; Senior Vice President, World Lottery Association (WLA)

Global Gaming Update

3:00 pm Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: The Impact of Daily Fantasy Sports, Pokémon GO, and other pop game phenoms on the broader games-of-chance industry and Lottery

How might popular new games impact Lottery? And even if the short-term impact on lottery spend is not significant, how might it reshape the play-styles of the twenty-somethings who we expect to become lottery players in their thirties and forties? How can we ensure that Lottery retains its appeal to consumers whose game-playing options have increased and changed so dramatically over the past few years? Too, as online gaming in other forms increases in popularity and acceptability, won’t that cause legislators to look more favorably on Lottery’s need to make its products available online? Are there game attributes (that comply with Lottery random logic)

of these new games that can be applied to Lottery? 

Moderator: TBA


Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Shan Daniels, Chief Brand Manager, Florida Lottery

Rick Weil, Chief Executive Officer, Innova Gaming Group/Diamond Game

Other Panelists TBA

4:00pm Awards Ceremonies

Lottery Industry Statesman Award

In Memory of Arch Gleason, Formerly President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery; President of the World Lottery Association; President or Chairs of all the offices of NASPL and MUSL

Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Reception

Wednesday, September 14

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI Opens the Conference Sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Special Session: Presentations on Retail Modernization to be followed by Interactive Discussion

Modernizing the lottery at Retail: Retail is reinventing itself for the modern consumer. CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies are helping them do it, and we can’t expect them to look out for our interests. Lottery needs to take the leadership role in this paradigm shift that will end upre-positioning the way products and services are sold at retail. Too, "convenience" has become the modern consumers' priority. That that will give rise to a new generation of 21st centuryconveniencestores which should represent an opportunity for Lottery. How can Lottery apply digital technology to enhance the player experience, how can Lottery create more co-promotions to help retailers achieve their own goals to sell more and drive store-traffic,and how can Lottery otherwise align with the modernization of the retail shopping experience?

Moderator:  Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:   Michelle Carney, Vice President, Marketing, IGT

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Tom Dolan, District Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

12:30 pm: Luncheon and Reception






2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award
Please join us at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami on September 13 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award:
Tracey Cohen, Acting Director, DC Lottery
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

And also the PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award:

Arch Gleason,President and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Very sadly, this award ceremony will be in memoriam.  Arch Gleason passed away on the night of Friday July 1.   In addition to being an industry giant for more than 25 years, in addition to tirelessly serving the industry associations in almost all of the offices up to and including president, Arch Gleason was the most genuinely kind and thoughtful person you could know.  This spirit of generosity and compassionate wisdom engendered such strong feelings of affection among his countless friends.  Our prayers and condolences go out especially to Arch’s family


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