Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, President of the WLA and CEO of Loterie Romande, Switzerland said:  “Integrity and transparency is at the very heart of the games offered by the global lottery community and in particular when it comes to sports betting. Without the guarantee of integrity that we can give to our authorities, our players and the sports associations that organize the competitions - the medium of our bets - there would be no games of chance. The initiative to participate in the International Sports Convention (ISC) 2016 will contribute to share our core values with the sports sphere and to fight against anything that threaten the integrity of our bets, notably the manipulation of sports results.” Hansjörg Höltkemeier, President of the European Lottery Association (EL) and Member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, states:   “We are excited about this new collaboration with the International Sport Convention (ISC) regarding the organization of a Sports Integrity Conference on 7 December 2016. Without any doubt, match-fixing is the greatest threat modern sport is confronted with and EL and WLA have been extremely active in the fight against the phenomenon and have taken numerous actions against it. EL, WLA and the ISC will work hard in order to develop an interesting programme and we are confident that this Conference will provide a unique platform for discussions and exchange of ideas and will take the fight for sports integrity onto a higher level.”

On the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA)

There are two new bills being considered that would take away the rights of states to regulate and tax internet gaming and i-lottery of any form.  These bills are known as the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), a misnomer since they do not "restore" anything.  What they really do is re-write and change the Federal Wire Act of 1961.  The Wire Act of 1961 prohibits the use of electronic transmission in the conduct of sports-betting.  The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that the Wire Act is intended to apply to sports-betting and not to other forms of gambling, like internet gaming.  That would seem to be self-evident since i-gaming and i-Lottery did even not exist in 1961.

The goal of these two bills is to re-write and extend the Wire Act to prohibit most forms of online gambling and Lottery.   These new bills address the fact that transaction information is transmitted electronically in the operation of land-based lottery ticket terminals.  There is language that appears to stipulate that these bills are not intended to interfere with the conduct of retail businesses transmitting information back to lottery operator and/or vendor servers.   The bill introduced in the Senate by Lindsey Graham states:

"Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to alter, limit, or extend the ability of a State licensed lottery 15 (including in conjunction with its supplier) or State licensed retailer to make on-premises retail lottery sales, including through a self-service retail lottery terminal, or to transmit information ancillary to such sales (including information relating to subscriptions or fulfillment of game play), in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws;"

The bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Jason Chaffetz has wording similar to the above.  Both bills would, though, prevent lotteries from selling even traditional lottery products online; and they include no “carve-out for those states (Nevada, Michigan, Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey) that have already legalized and regulate the online gaming and lottery industries.  In other words, these bills would be disastrous for states and their right to regulate and tax the gambling and lottery industries.

Clock ticks on Pojoaque gambling
This could be a bellwether case.  U.S. Tribes are required by federal law to have a “compact” or agreement with the state in order to operate.  The Pojoaque Tribe wants to terminate the condition requiring them to share a portion of the revenue with the state.  All other Tribal compacts in New Mexico have been extended to 2037, and include the provision for revenue-sharing.   The current Pojoaque compact expired June 30.  Will the federal government force a shut-down if the Pojoaque Tribe refuses to comply with the state’s terms for revenue-sharing?

Celebrated farewell to Austria Lotto CEO Friedrich Stickler
Best wishes to industry leader and friend to all, Friedrich Stickler.  Mr Stickler leaves the Austrian Lotteries after 44 years, and the presidency of the European Lottery Association after six years, to embark on the mission of leading the Global Lottery Monitoring System for sports betting (GLMS).  After years of development, the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the European Lotteries (EL) announce. The GLMS will provide member lotteries with extensive monitoring of the various betting markets offered by government-authorized lotteries and for-profit-only bookmakers. Commenting on the launch of the GLMS, Mr. Stickler, GLMS President, stated: “Monitoring constitutes a significant tool to detect fraud and manipulations and is a necessary step for the effective fight against match-fixing and I am confident that the GLMS will provide sport and society with a significant helping hand in keeping sport competitions safe and clean, taking the monitoring work onto a higher level. VIPs from politics, economy and culture came together to celebrate with Austria’s Mr. " Lotto ".

Everything you need to know about New Jersey’s pending high-stakes sports gambling ruling The industry is anxiously awaiting the ruling in the lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals “NCAA, et al v. Governor of New Jersey, et al”.  It was expected in June and could come any day.  A win for New Jersey could effectively legalize sports betting there and pave the way for legalization in other states. A win for sports leagues would preserve the ban on widespread sports betting outside of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana in place since 1992.

Unlike the Supreme Court, which releases decisions before it recesses for the summer, federal appeals courts work year-round, and release decisions when they’re done.  New Jersey lawmakers have been arguing for the years that the law (PASPA) that allows four states to offer sports betting and prohibits the other 46 states from offering sports betting is patently unconstitutional.  Being blessed with a federally sponsored monopoly, Nevada enjoyed the benefit of having $3.9 billion being gambled on sports in 2014.  Interesting side-bar that illustrates infighting between various interest groups can produce a result that nobody wants:  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has come out in favor of sports betting but the NBA is a party to the suit to prevent New Jersey from offering sports betting.  The reason is that Silver wants there to be a federal regulatory framework that governs sports betting in all the states.  The problem with that, of course, is that gambling has always been regulated and taxed on a state-by-state basis. This article details the history of New Jersey’s battle to secure the right to legalize and regulate sports betting.  This is a very important case but it likely will not mark the end to litigation over the right for states to legalize and regulate sports betting.

How Gamification ‘Taps into What Makes Us Human’
This is article is basically a sell for the book “The Gamification Toolkit: Dynamics, Mechanics, and Components for the Win”.  It includes lots of great insights on the applications, and limitations, of Gamification principles.  Some key take-aways:

Gamification is the science of using game design elements and techniques to motivate and engage people.  It involves understanding psychology, design principles, and how data is leveraged to constantly improve the process. We’re engaged by games. We respond to some of these game elements not because it’s some cool new idea that someone came up with, but because it relates to our basic human drives — our motivation for mastery, our desire to be connected to something broader than ourselves, our desire to connect with others, our desire for achievement, etc.  The idea is not difficult to grasp, but it is not so easy to implement.  The techniques are powerful indeed, but how they are used and applied can be complicated.  Clarifying the profiles of the population that you want to engage, defining the objectives, designing a systematic process and approach, integrating feedback loops to drive process enhancements, isolating and deploying the specific game elements, all require a serious understanding of the science and management of the project.  The biggest pitfall in using gamification is thinking that all you have to do is drop in some game elements.

The adoption of gamification tools seems to comply with the cycles associated with the adoption of technological innovations.  Lots of hype in the beginning (which was about four years ago for gamification).  Consultants and practitioners apply the ideas and they fall short of expectations.  Then a lull during which pundits pronounce the new innovation to be dead or at least over-hyped.  Then the innovation is refined and improved and it starts to gain traction again as its benefits become more apparent.  As more research is done, as more data becomes available, as ‘best practices’ are identified, the results become more predictable and the innovation becomes more actionable.  Academia has struggled to find a place for this topic because it falls in between the borders of different fields (Marketing, computer science, organizational behavior, management, etc.).  The “Gamification Toolkit” at least keeps this powerful idea on our radar where, I would submit, it certainly deserves to be.

Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans for the introduction of arcade-style video games that would pay out winnings based on a gambler's skill at, say, blasting aliens out of the sky, destroying enemy tanks or driving a virtual race car around a track. The idea is aimed largely at attracting younger people who have been raised on Xbox, PlayStation and mobile game apps and don't get much of a thrill out of sitting in front of slot machines, watching reels of lucky 7s and cherries. And what happens in Vegas is likely to influence Atlantic City, tribal casinos and other gambling spots around the country. Nevada's 151,000 slot machines are, by law, purely games of chance, meaning everyone has the same chance of winning. Game developers, slot machine makers, lawmakers and regulators are betting new skill-based games could give a bottom-line boost to Nevada's casinos, which have seen gambling revenue slump from nearly $12.9 billion in 2007 to about $11 billion in 2014, with slot proceeds alone plunging 20 percent. Nevada's gambling regulators hope to have the rules drafted and ready for the Nevada Gaming Commission to approve as early as October.

From Hudson Alley to Silicon Valley, investors are captivated by startups leveraging research in cognitive science to affect user behavior.  The timing of the success of these new behavioral science ventures fits conveniently in line with recent investments from academia in cognitive science programs.  Gamification is but one of many approaches to engage people and help users become better versions of themselves.

Lottery sales set a new record in the 2015 fiscal year, totaling $4.973 billion, compared to $4.825 billion for the same period in fiscal 2014.
Former CEO and president Gary Loveman remains the company's chairman and plans to oversee the restructuring of subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. which filed for bankruptcy in January in an effort to shed some of its $18.4 billion in debt. Loveman, a former Harvard business professor, had been CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp. for 12 years.
According to the proposal that still requires the approval of the Assembly, the mini “boutique” casinos could have as few as 200 rooms instead of the 500 that are required under existing regulations.
Governor Scott said, “The Florida Lottery helps to provide more opportunities for our students to receive the best education possible. These important investments provided more than $100 million toward education every month, allowing schools to continue benefiting from their success.”   “The success accomplished by the Florida Lottery this year is a result of daily efforts made by our employees and retailers,” said Secretary O’Connell. “Florida Lottery players, stakeholders and the public also deserve thanks for their support, allowing the Lottery to fulfill its mission of maximizing revenue to support Florida students and schools. We are proud to be a reliable source of additional funding for education, with Lottery contributions totaling more than $28 billion since 1988, including more than $1 billion annually for the past thirteen consecutive fiscal years.”
Bill C-290 is an act to amend the Criminal Code and "allow for wagering on the outcome of a single sporting event, which is currently illegal in Canada." The proposed legislation would repeal a section of the Criminal Code that prohibits betting on a single race, fight, sporting event or athletic contest. If passed, provinces would then be allowed to make the change to allow gamblers to bet on one game at a time rather than multiple games.
The IRS has proposed a rule that would reduce the size of the winning that would lead to the immediate filing of a tax form (called a W-2G) from $1,200 to $600. The prospect has the casino industry up in arms, and analysts and consultants warn that it could put a serious damper on gambling profits.
“Veikkaus is already successfully offering Internet and mobile-based services and products to players in Finland. Through this agreement, we will now gain even further flexibility with continued stability,” said Juha Koponen, Veikkaus Oy CEO. “Our players deserve and expect a world-class customer interactive and mobile experience equivalent to their experience with other established e-commerce leaders that offer products outside of Lottery. “Customer personalization is key in the current marketplace, and through the Player Services e-commerce module delivered by IGT, Veikkaus will gain a much more agile way of maintaining customer interaction in our interactive and mobile channels.”
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg told the Ledger in September, when she was still a candidate for the office, that she believes all lottery winners should have their names posted online, even if they set up trusts. The treasurer's office oversees the lottery.

Lottery Executive Director Beth Bresnahan is preparing to leave the agency at the beginning of July, and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in late May named her deputy general counsel, Michael Sweeney, as interim director.  Goldberg also said 'the Massachusetts Lottery cannot be complacent" and must go beyond just advertising to increase profits in the face of casino gambling."

“We understand the importance of operating our business in a socially responsible manner,” said IGT PLC CEO Marco Sala. “We believe a balanced and responsible sustainability strategy is the only way to ensure long-term value creation.”
Lennart Käll, CEO of Svenska Spel is convinced that all operators using Playscan are contributing to a safer gambling experience for their players. He says, “Playscan is a core component of our responsible gambling strategy, and will remain so. I’m very proud to see how the product has evolved – and the hard work done by the dedicated team behind it. It will be exciting to follow its future development.”

Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann, Managing LOTTO Hessen, "We are still plagued by the overregulation of state providers while illegal operators from abroad can operate freely  in stores and on the internet and without restrictions."

Still, gross gaming revenue in Macau fell 36.2 percent to 17.4 billion patacas ($2.2 billion) in June.
The Pennsylvania Lottery has been airing a televised drawing since 1977. In Philadelphia, the sing-songy “Penn-syl-van-ia Lot-ter-ry!” jingle and nightly drawing has been airing before Jeopardy! for decades. No more. Effective today, the televised lottery drawing has moved to Fox 29. Fox 29 getting the lottery is a big deal. The Pennsylvania Lottery spends more money on advertising than any other state agency.

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SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

SMART-TECH 2015 James Bader Partner The Parthenon Group (LINQ3 Presentation)

SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

SMART-TECH 2015 Susan Golightly Founder CODEI

Beyond the Bricks - Scott Bowen Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Danny Bogus Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations at Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Brad Cummings President & CEO EquiLottery, LLC

SMART-TECH 2015 Rick Perrone Chief Executive Officer GAMEOLOGY

SMART-TECH 2015 - Tony Fontaine Vice President, Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions InComm

SMART-TECH 2015 Brendan McCarthy Novomatic Lottery Solutions

SMART-TECH 2015 Matt Isaacs Director, Retail Development POLLARD BANK NOTE

SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

SMART-TECH 2015 Paul Jason CEO PGRI Conference Introduction

SMART-TECH AWARD Presentations

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes Hoosier Lottery, Indiana - Sarah Taylor, Executive Director

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