|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, gaming.mdlottery.com.|
|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.|