Musgrave, whose retirement becomes effective Oct. 31, has worked for both Democratic and Republican governors. He believes he survived because it was key to maintain the same leadership for such an important revenue source.    “They felt it was very important to have consistency and I think that had a lot to do with it,” Musgrave said.    His leadership style has been one of hiring good people and allowing them to grow into their positions. That has created a strong staff, Musgrave said.   “We’ve got a great team left here and so I leave with confidence that the Lottery is in the right hands and we have the right people to move it forward,” he said.   Musgrave has been in state government for two dozen years. He’s also served as acting Secretary of Revenue and Deputy Secretary of Revenue.
Northstar has invested tens of millions of dollars in technology and personnel as required by their contract, and expanded the Lottery retailer network by more than 850 locations, an increase of more than 15 percent. The Lottery could not have achieved that expansion by relying solely on its previously limited staff and resources.    Additionally, retailer satisfaction is high and the added revenue earned by the lottery's retail network, made up of predominantly small "mom and pop" businesses, has been a boost to the state's economy. The New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association, whose membership includes many of the private lottery retailers throughout the state, indicated that the contract was "likely to provide real benefits to lottery retailers." Retailers that initially opposed the contract have now realized these benefits and have praised the additional support Northstar has provided.  
Studies by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries show that in fiscal year 2014, 21 out of 41 lotteries experienced reduced revenue from the prior year while the New Jersey Lottery was able to maintain an equal revenue share year over year.   While jackpot fatigue has impacted revenue growth, New Jersey players have shown strong interest in instant games and new draw games that have bolstered overall lottery sales to record-breaking levels, surpassing $3 billion in fiscal year 2015. These are the games on which marketing has a larger impact and which Northstar has successfully focused its advertising.   The partnership with Northstar has so far been a fair deal for taxpayers because its technological improvements, expansion of retailers, and aggressive marketing of alternative products has prevented even greater losses than would have been expected without those efforts.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our interactive draw-based games system as part of our overall iLottery 360° solution at NASPL 2015,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “The transformative capabilities of NeoPollard Interactive already have been demonstrated through the first year of operations as the provider of the Michigan Lottery’s online games solution. Online games generated about $120 million in first-year revenue for the Michigan Lottery, which simultaneously sustained strong retail sales growth, including a double-digit increase for its instant games portfolio. With the addition of draw games to our iLottery 360° solution, NeoPollard Interactive will look to expand its digital footprint in North America and help lotteries successfully utilize online games to provide incremental sales growth and generate additional funds for good causes.”
The agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will allow the Connecticut lottery to offer the game at 3000 retailers that already sell lottery games and up to 600 new bars and restaurants. Each tribe will receive 12.5% of the revenue.   Connecticut’s lottery had asked lawmakers to offer the game statewide as a way to ‘diversify gambling offerings.’ An Enfield shopper told 22News it’s going to simplify things for his friends who love to play.
“We’re watching an explosion in the marketplace of gaming that is appealing to a younger customer and more sophisticated customer that hasn’t typically been a Lottery customer,” State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose office oversees the Lottery, told the Herald yesterday. “So it would behoove us ... to be looking at what’s out there and how it might work and why we might be better. ... We have to look at markets that have never been ours.    “Lottery employees are not allowed to play the Lottery, so there isn’t the issue of self-dealing internally that may happen in a non-regulated environment,” she added. “We are in a very regulated environment.”   Goldberg cautioned that it’s “very, very early” in her office’s internal discussions, and that any leap into online fantasy sports would likely require legislation. But she sees fantasy sports as a new source of revenue that can pump money back into cities and towns, buttressing local aid provided by Lottery sales.   “We’ve been at this for 40 years. Our mission is not profit-driven at all,” Goldberg said. “And we have built into that a lot of safeguards. We try to deal with compulsive gambling.”
Maryland Lottery and Gaming (ML&G) is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.  To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, ML&G posts monthly financial reports on casino revenue on its website,

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to initiate open and transparent dialogue with market participants interested in partnering with the Lottery as a potential private manager for lottery operations. It is not the Lottery's intent to select a vendor or a partner to operate the Lottery through this RFI. Rather, the responses to this RFI will assist the Lottery in shaping its request for proposals (RFP) for a private partner that will serve as manager of lottery operations under the oversight of the State. The intent of this RFI is to gather market information and industry perspective for the Lottery to consider in preparation for a formal RFP process.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Games, said, "We are thrilled to win the Global Gaming Award for Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year. The land-based market is certainly the largest area of our business and one that we focus tremendously on through our innovation teams around the world.   "More than 40 percent of our total employee base is in a job that directly impacts innovation, invention, and creativity, empowering our customers by creating the world's best gaming experiences as well as products that deliver tremendous operating efficiences. Through our focus on innovation, we work hard every day to win our customers' vote as the best supplier and partner."
The bill gives professional sports teams the exclusive right to conduct charitable gambling by selling raffle tickets known as 50-50. Half the proceeds are paid out as prize money and the other half goes to charities of the team's choice. Some nonprofit charities opposed the bill, saying it gives franchise owners an unfair exemption others don't have.
“As consumers’ reliance on their mobile devices continues to grow, so does IGT’s commitment to innovation in the mobile space,” said Michael Chambrello, CEO of North America Lottery for IGT. “IGT is committed to ensuring that our customers have access to the most advanced lotterytechnologies for their players. The Rhode Island Lottery and the Tennessee Lottery Corporation are longtime IGT customers, and we are confident that their evolution in the mobile space with these convenience apps will help them maximize income for their states and enhance funding for good causes.” “The launch of Rhode Island Lottery’s player convenience app is a reflection of our commitment to favorable player experiences that sustainably grow the program,” said Gerald S. Aubin, Director of the Rhode Island Lottery. “This app also helps support our valued retail partners by putting helpful retailer location details and comprehensive Rhode Island Lottery information in the palm of players’ hands anytime, anywhere.”
PGRI Note: Horseracing tracks have been adding casinos to their product offering to try to attract new patrons. That strategy is being impacted by the opening up of more and more casinos. Churchill Downs appears to be doubling down on its ability to fight back and get the players to come to its venues rather than stand-alone casinos. Churchill Downs has a multi-prong “omni-channel” approach, which appears to be showing signs of success. Last quarter, its revenue spiked by 35% as a result of its acquisition of digital gaming operator Big Fish Games.
Scientific Games has provided retail technology to the Lottery since 1997, and currently provides products to all of the 16 German state lotteries.

Change to Lottery Hall of Fame Ceremony at NASPL Dallas

The time for the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame ceremony has been changed to

Thursday, Oct. 15 from 9:05 to 10:00 am. in the Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Anatole

Svenska Spel  CEO Lennart Käll said the minister’s intentions were good news for the industry, and that he hoped it would bring about a more even playing field for operators. Käll has frequently lamented the competition represented by illegal unlicensed operators, which he has claimed adversely impacts his business. He said the current situation has prevailed for too long and is untenable, and emphasized the need for strong measures against match fixing, along with equally strong consumer protection safeguards. He also said that the objective was not to increase gambling, but make it safer and more controlled.
Lottery players will have a better chance of winning a prize in Powerball with changes in the game that begin after the Saturday, October 3, drawing.  Overall odds in the game will improve to 1:25 instead of the current 1:32. Players will choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 (currently 59) and their Powerball from a pool of 26 (currently 35).  The third prize level for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball increases from $10,000 to $50,000.  And a 10X multiplier will be added whenever the advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. Currently, players can multiply prizes (except for the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 5X by adding the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play. Power Play numbers will be: 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X.  Jackpots will continue to start at $40 million. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot will change to 1:292 million from the current 1:175 million.  Powerball is currently played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Proposals to legalize online gambling, skill-based slots and fantasy sports in Pennsylvania are still “alive and well” says the chairman of Gaming Oversight Committee in the state House. Various courts have ruled that betting on fantasy sports is legal, but Rep. John Payne sees a “huge difference” between being legal and being regulated. Regulation would protect bettors, raise money for the state and allow the public to know how much is bet and how much is paid out, he says. Slot machine rules approved this month in Nevada could set the stage for games that revolutionize casino gambling throughout the United States. The Nevada Gaming Commission adopted guidelines for skill-based games, which allow players to win based on their skill at arcade-style attractions such as pinball, shoot-'em-ups and maze-running rather than relying on pure luck, as traditional slots do. Like many other gambling regulations, the Nevada rules will be a template for other states, including Pennsylvania. A bill to allow skill-based games in the Keystone State is one of several pro-casino measures before the Legislature.

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