“The combination of GTECH and IGT brings together two highly complementary legacy businesses to form the true blue chip company in global gaming. The new name and branding reflect this positioning. In addition, our two companies have similar core values; in fact, our respective names are derived from the same origin. The comprehensive footprint of our new group fully validates the global claim inscribed in the IGT name,” said Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive Officer.“Our new logo, marrying the IGT name and the iconic GTECH globe, draws upon the substantial brand equity of our two companies. It symbolizes our unique capacity to transform the industry with cutting-edge technology and innovative content; to deliver exciting game experiences through every channel, including gaming, lottery, interactive, mobile, and social; and to be the partner of choice in the global gaming industry.”

Legalized gambling won't increase the likelihood of rigged matches, because bringing betting out of the seedy black market underworld—where the vast majority  of gambling currently takes place—and into regulated legal markets would only add transparency.

Germany’s association of state-owned lottery operators, DLTB requests the German Federal Government to intervene to prevent the partly state-owned Deutsche Telekom from launching online sports-betting without a German license.   Operators contend that their licenses in Austria (or Gibralter or Malta) entitle them to operate in Germany.  It is the position of government-lotteries, the European Lotteries Association, and in fact the Parliament of European Union member states, that license in the country where the consumer/player resides is required to offer online gambling to those consumers.
The bill, HB 649, already has support, sponsored by seventeen Representatives.A recent study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that Internet Gaming is a large new source of revenue from which the Commonwealth could benefit.  Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive gaming as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming, licensed facilities and the communities in which they operate. [I-]Gaming has already been authorized in nearby states that directly compete with our current licensed casinos. Many Pennsylvania residents participate in illegal and unregulated gaming sites. Establishing a strong regulatory framework under the Gaming Control Board will assist in shutting down these illegal sites and enhance consumer protection for our gaming residents.
“OnePlace is an industry leader in providing relevant and timely sales data in a concise manner. The Arizona Lottery is thrilled to have this robust information available to assist in driving sales for all of our retail partners.” said Raynie Hosto Director of Sales at the Arizona Lottery. “We are excited to partner with the Arizona Lottery and are delighted that they chose to join the growing list of lotteries that are using OnePlace.” said Adam Perlow, Hudson Alley’s CEO.
State Rep. Bob Rita introduced a bills that would create five new casinos in: Chicago, the South suburbs, Lake County, Winnebago County (Rockford) and Vermillion County.
Amazon.com Inc. is upping the ante on its $1 billion bet on videogame-streaming site Twitch.   Twitch draws 100 million users each month to watch others play online games such as “Minecraft” and “League of Legends”, and now, online poker players.
“Responsible Gaming is very important to all of us at the California Lottery, from our employees to our retailers, vendors and players,” said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director of the California Lottery.  “We knew our Responsible Gaming Program was one of the strongest in the nation, but we’re always looking for ways we can continue to improve our practices. Given the size of the California Lottery and the amount of supplemental funding we provide to public education, achieving a Level Four status is quite an accomplishment. We are pleased the California Lottery is the first lottery in the nation to achieve this certification.”
“GTECH’s financial communications strategy must take into account the highly regulated environment in which it operates and the diversity of business segments it covers, a scale that will be further enlarged with the upcoming acquisition of IGT.  At Ralph Lauren, James established himself as a world-class communicator with a proven ability to navigate complex international business environments,” said Alberto Fornaro, GTECH Chief Financial Officer. “I am confident that James will lead us in adopting industry best practices for a NYSE-listed company and successfully design and implement GTECH's strategic and tactical investor relations plans.”
Gov. Mark Dayton has promised another veto and said the legislation is the result of special interest lobbying from the lottery's competitors and would ultimately cripple the lottery's ability to raise funds from younger consumers.

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SMART-TECH 2015

SMART-Tech 2015 Preliminary Conference Program -

(There will likely be minor changes and additions)  - ++Updated February 25

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March 30, 31, and April 1

Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City

· Join over 200 of your colleagues for Smart-Tech NYC.

· Fabulous Program: Cutting Edge Topics, World-Class Speakers (See below)

· Fabulous Venue:  Marriott Marquis is at 45th & Broadway, the heart of Times Square and the Theatre District

· Fabulous opportunity to visit with the leaders from 50+ different lotteries.

· Fabulous Networking Opportunity:  Three Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Fabulous 16th Floor SkyLobby; luncheons on Tuesday & Wednesday; as well as two days of working together.

The Smart-Tech program will include Lottery Directors and Executives from the following jurisdictions: Atlantic Lottery, Canada; Arkansas Lottery; BCLC, Canada; Colorado Lottery,  Connecticut Lottery; DC Lottery; Delaware; Florida Lottery; Georgia Lottery; Hoosier Lottery Indiana; Iowa Lottery; Kansas Lottery; Kentucky Lottery; Loto-Quebec Lottery; Maine Lottery; Maryland Lottery, Minnesota Lottery; Michigan Lottery; Missouri Lottery; New Hampshire Lottery; New Jersey Lottery; New York Lottery; North Carolina Lottery; Ohio Lottery; OLG, Ontario Canada; Oregon Lottery; Rhode Island Lottery; Sportowy Totalizator Lottery of Poland; St. Vincent & The Grenadines; Tennessee Lottery; Texas Lottery; Vermont Lottery; Virginia Lottery; Washington's Lottery; West Virginia Lottery; MUSL

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Monday, March 30, 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Opening Night Reception, SkyLobby
Tuesday, March 31            Manhattan Ballroom
8:00 to 9:00 am:          Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM:                    Conference Sessions Begin
Tuesday to also include 10-Minute presentations from Platinum Sponsors:
Camelot Global, Carmanah Signs, GTECH, Intralot, Hudson Alley Software, Jumbo Interactive, Linq3, Lottovate, NeoPollard, Scientific Games

Ø Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI, opens the conference sessions

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

Ø Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery, President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Ø Panel Discussion:  Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations Nurturing a positive public persona is key for all brands. Multi-billion dollar companies all have a public relations departments that build the brand image on the national level, not just the state/local level.  Lottery's counterparts in the gaming and casino gambling industries have very well-funded PR machines. How can Team Lottery promote a positive public image for Brand Lottery on the national stage?  (Yes, we do need to deal with limitations on self-promoting PR; and the fact that 45 lotteries do not have identical PR agendas.  But still, let’s talk about what we can do )

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery, President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Panelists:

Gerald Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Susan Dolinski, Vice President, Social Responsibility & Communications, BCLC

Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Ø Panel Discussion:  Reinvigorating the draw-games category What can we do to recapture the magic and growth, and reinvigorate the draw games?  How can we improve the player experience, perhaps augment the jackpot-driven buyer-motive with other attributes and promotional angles to stimulate consumer interest, and otherwise increase the appeal of the draw-games?

Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

Panelists:

Sean Athey , Vice President, Systems Sales, Scientific Games Corp.

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Lottery

Anne Noble, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Lottery Corp.

John Pittman, Vice President Marketing, INTRALOT USA

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, Multi-State Lottery Association
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon

Ø Presentation:   Leigh-Ann Goad, Research & Consumer Strategist, Virginia Lottery and Alan Hussey, Economic Research Manager, Virginia Lottery

Ø Panel Discussion: The new science of Customer-Centric R & D
What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding human behavior? For instance, market analysis methodologies are moving beyond the limitations of conventional segmentation that focus on age, sex, and income classifications; and beyond surveying customers in stores or conducting of in-person focus groups. How are “virtual focus groups” and “psychographic profiling” and other new methodologies changing our perspective from product-centric to customer-centric?  What are the forward-looking methods in consumer research - and how will they improve our understanding of consumer behavior and enhance our ability to design and sell lottery products?
Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery, and Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium
Panelists:
Don Feeney, Research & Planning Director, Minnesota Lottery
Nikki Orcutt, Deputy Director of Marketing, West Virginia Lottery
Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Marketing & Sales, OLG
TBA Executive from Lottovate

Ø Panel Discussion:  Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? The government-lottery industry depends on the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks to protect their business model.  Market-driven changes, well-funded private interests (online gaming operators, Facebook and Google, Sheldon Adelson, etc.) are making it increasingly difficult for governments and their regulators to control the industry.   “Non-money” online games (paradoxically, some that are making more money than real-money games) are integrating prizes into their game structures in ways that defy the traditional definitions of “gambling”. Will games be invented to have an element of skill and and not be classified as "gambling"?  What about the prize structures of Fantasy Sports? Bitcoin and cyber-currencies threaten to unleash underground economies that evade regulatory constraints and the obligation to pay taxes. Online betting websites that replicate the lottery-playing experience and others that appear to be selling the most popular lottery games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Euromillions but are illegal and fraudulent  What are the front-lines in the battle to preserve the integrity of the gaming and gambling industry?  What can we do to prevent the breakdown of regulatory discipline and effectiveness?
Moderator:  James Maida, Co-Founder & President Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
Panelists:
Mark Hichar, Partner, Hinkley, Allen Snyder Law Firm, Chair of Gaming Law Practice Group
Lynne Roiter, Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Legal Affairs at Loto-Québec and General Secretary of the World Lottery Association (WLA)
Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Altius Law Firm, Chair of its Gaming Law Practice Group
Wednesday, April 1         Manhattan Ballroom
8:00 to 9:00 am:          Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM:                    Conference Sessions Begin
To include 10-minute presentations from Silver Sponsors:
Diamond Game, EquiLottery, InComm, Pollard Banknote, Shoutz/LotteryHub
9:00 AM:  Conference Sessions Begin

Ø Presentation:  Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery
Panel Discussion: Interactive goes Mainstream :  Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources , and with each other.  Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic.   How ar e successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, disseminate inform ation, and drive sales?  How are some lotteries positioning themselves for a successful long-term sustai nable business by integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business?
Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery
Panelists:
Danny Bogus, Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations, Michigan Lottery
Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Camelot Global
Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote

ØPresentation:   Buddy Roogow, Executive Director, DC Lottery and Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, DC Lottery

Ø Presentation:  Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming, BCLC (British Columbia)

Ø Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?   Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.   How can Team Lottery continue to modernize itself to take full advantage of these trends?
Moderator:  May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
Panelists:
Max Goldstein
, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software
Brian Roberts, President North America, Jumbo Interactive
Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President Business Development, Linq3
Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Luncheon
Wednesday Afternoon

Ø Presentation:  Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery

Ø Panel Discussion:  Managing Uncertainty as the key to successful Innovation Lotteries operate in an unforgiving business and political climate, the stakes are high, and the rate of change is increasing while visibility into the future is decreasing.  How do we know when to move from the research and study mode to launch mode?  Are there ways for an action-plan to include the flexibility to adjust course on the basis of new information gleaned from the real-world consumer response?  How can this new science of managing uncertainty be applied to the business of designing and launching new lottery games, promotional campaigns, and innovation in general?
Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery
Panelists:
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery
Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery
Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Ø Presentation: Gordon Medenica, Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

Ø Presentation: Susan Golightly, Principle, CODEI Marketing

Ø Award ceremonies
Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes:
Hoosier Lottery
Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery
Awarded to the Lottery which produces the largest year-over-year increase in net funding to Good Causes
Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Margaret Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation
Peg Rose, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery
Wanda Young-Wilson, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

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