Aric Nesbitt to be new Michigan lottery commissioner

The year 2016 was the last year of operations of the Finnish gaming operators Fintoto, Finland’s Slot Machine Association, and Veikkaus

Idaho Lottery’s Newest Draw Game Has First Draw “Our players really enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games with big prizes,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “This game, which gives players two chances to win for a $1 ticket, was already creating a lot of excitement before we launched it. We’re looking forward to it being successful, not only for our players, but also for our beneficiaries – Idaho’s public schools and the permanent building fund.”

New Jersey law is the first to authorize and regulate lottery couriers Lottery executive director Carole Hedinger had said she had hoped the governor would veto the bill. "It's a risky proposition," she said, according to Lottery Commission records from a December meeting. "The Lottery has opposed this legislation since it was introduced, she said"." Former New York State lottery executive Robert McLaughlin said courier lottery services in the U.S. are unusual because of the potential for fraud. "It's an issue for the industry how you're involving a middle person," he said.

POWERBALL® jackpot continues to climb to an estimated $310 million for Wednesday night's drawing

Arizona Lottery's Windfall Willie is back!

National Lottery reveals profile of the average lotto winner in Ireland National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin said; ”I have been very lucky to meet winners and present their cheques over a number of years and have always been struck by how grounded and down to earth Irish winners are as they process what are life transforming prize pay-outs."

Marketing Research Services Sought For the Minnesota Lottery

Georgia Lottery adds extra drawing times to Cash 3 and Cash 4 games

Missouri Lottery Extends Instant Games Contract with Scientific Games May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery, said, "Our Lottery generates funds to provide educational opportunities for Missouri students, support Missouri businesses, and entertain millions. The instant games created by Scientific Games help us ensure continued growth in profits to the state of Missouri. We are confident that our My Lottery Players Club developed by Scientific Games has contributed to our success in recent years, and we look forward to building upon the popularity of our players club."

Arizona Lottery releases first-ever $30 Scratchers ticket “Our core players have shown a high affinity for our recent $20 tickets and we saw an overwhelming success with both,” said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. “Recent player research indicates an excitement for higher ticket values that incorporate larger prize points and increased odds of winning. The new ticket price will also generate higher commissions for our retailer partners and transfers to vital Arizona programs.”

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  • Scientific Games Names Karin-Joyce Tjon Chief Operating Officer and President
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    Karin-Joyce (KJ) Tjon.  Tjon will report directly to Scientific Games' Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan, who said, "We have tremendous confidence in KJ's ability to lead our long-term growth strategy and execution, and continue the strong growth across all of our businesses. Her deep experience in international finance, performance accountability, and culture transformation will further enhance our ability to deliver for our customers, employees and our shareholders."

    Arjan van ’t Veer is the new Secretary General of the European Lotteries Association

    Hansjörg Höltkemeier, the President of the European Lotteries, commented on the appointment: “We are very pleased to have a recognised expert such as Arjan to fill this role. His sector experience is unmatched, he knows our Association and our members. He is already familiar with our team and our renewed strategy. I am confident that he will be the key driver to reach our targets and to support our sector in challenging times”. “I am very honoured to have been appointed for this role. The European Lotteries Association stands before an important crossroads – stakeholders and the general public are changing their attitudes towards gambling, players and games are more than ever technology-driven, regulators are shifting their paradigms. Within the European Lotteries Association, members and suppliers are also getting new roles and responsibilities. Creating value for our members and important stakeholders such as players in the different countries, members, suppliers and regulators will be an important task in my new role”, says Arjan van ‘t Veer.

    Social Integration of Refugees through sport: EL teams up with strong partners in a pan-European projectSocial Integration of Refugees through sport: EL teams up with strong partners in a pan-European project

    Commenting on the kick-off of the ASPIRE project, EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier noted: “Commitment to society has always been a cornerstone of our model. As European Lotteries, we are deeply concerned by the current refugees’ crisis and we believe that sport and play activities constitute an excellent tool for the social integration, empowerment and trauma relief of refugees. We are positive that the ASPIRE project will have a lasting societal impact and EL is looking forward to be actively involved in this significant initiative.”

    Sarah Harrison, CEO UK Gambling Commission, outlines vision for future focus for 2017

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    Excerpt from Sarah Harrison speech - The Edelman trust barometer tracks public trust in business, governments, NGOs and the media. The 2017 survey reveals that trust is in crisis around the world. As with any business sector, the gambling industry’s longer-term sustainability is hugely reliant on trust - a recognition that customers using products and services are valued, respected and treated fairly. Respect in this context, manifests itself in a number of ways: how operators write and present terms and conditions, how they handle complaints, how they act towards consumers who are vulnerable and so on .….. Building consumer trust and confidence are key themes for the Commission, as we develop our forward strategy over the coming year we are fortunate in that we have a strong basis of the licensing objectives on which to build – keeping gambling safe, fair and free from crime.

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    New European Parliament Report on Sports Policy Highlights the Contribution of Lotteries to Grassroots Sport EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier notes: “We are pleased that once again the significance of the lotteries for grassroots sport has been recognised and applauded by the EU institutions. It is vital that this sustainable contribution is further safeguarded. It is also very positive that the report recognises the significance of the Council of Europe Convention which is definitely the most elaborate tool against match-fixing. We therefore fully support the MEPs in their call for a timely full implementation and ratification of the Convention”.

    OPAP Group announces new strategic technology partnerships Commenting on these strategic partnerships"> OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Damian Cope, stated: “Leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities is one of OPAP’s stated Strategic Priorities within our 2020 Vision.   Our selection of these key partners demonstrates our clear focus on working with the industry’s leading providers of modern gaming technology, whilst also allowing OPAP an element of control and flexibility over the fast-moving digital world.

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    “Sales over mobile phones are growing strongly and increased by 57% in 2016, which reflects the customers’ appreciation of the gaming experience we provide. Among the products, Eurojackpot stands out with net gaming revenues of nearly SEK 400 million in 2016, an increase of 34%. Full-year earnings reached SEK 4,866 million. We are concluding full-year 2016 with an adequate profit in tough competition at the same time that we show that it is possible to combine growth with responsible gaming,” says Lennart Käll, President and CEO.

    World Lottery 9M-on-9M global growth up 4.9%; sales driven by North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe

    The WLA will continue to track the progress of global lottery sales in future editions of the WLA QLSI. Once again we thank all WLA member lotteries participating in this initiative, and look forward to bringing you the final quarter 2016 results shortly. Philip Springuel WLA Executive Director

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  • Luxembourg's national lottery took a total 97.6 million euros in 2016

    In 2016, the Belgian National Lottery recorded a turnover of 1.183 billion euros

    The Tennessee Education Lottery marks its 13th anniversary “Some are superstitious about the number 13, but for the Tennessee Lottery, the number is very lucky, indeed,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO. “We are celebrating 13 stellar years of operations and year-over-year sales growth, which have funded more than one million grants and scholarships for Tennessee students.” These accomplishments have been made possible with guidance from our Board of Directors, participation from players, the hard work of more than 5,000 retailers, and the dedication and talent of our team of employees. Our success is also due to enabling legislation that provides the business structure under which we operate,” said Ms. Hargrove. Read more ...

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    The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. issued a third-quarter payment “OLG provides host municipalities with significant revenue each year that helps communities invest in local priorities such as infrastructure and programs and services that benefit Ontario families,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. “Along with supporting local development, these funds directly benefit Ontario’s vital public services such as health care and education.” Read more ...

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  • With this new contract, Coljuegos will be able to increase the amount of revenue transferred to the Colombia health sector," said Juan B. Perez, Coljuegos President. "This new contract, and IGT's proven record of successfully operating Baloto in Colombia during the past 16 years, demonstrates the Company's expertise in privately managing all aspects of lottery operations for governments," said Declan Harkin, IGT Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, International. "With this contract, IGT reaffirms its commitment to ensuring Coljuegos generates funds for good causes, and maintaining a strong presence in the Latin America market."

    "IGT's Gemini Touch machines will allow us to offer products to our players, with the added convenience of a cashless payment feature and a secure age verification tool to support responsible gaming," said Lynne Roiter, Loto-Québec's Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. "We've had a longstanding partnership with Loto-Québec and are excited to now introduce the Gemini Touch to the Canadian market," said Jay Gendron, IGT Senior Vice President, WLA North America Lottery. "The Gemini Touch machines incorporate the most advanced technology and superior user experience design to ensure optimal sales that will help the Lottery contribute maximum revenues to good causes."

    "IGT's Aurora solution represents the next step in Loterie Romande's long history of innovation and delivering new and exciting games to our customers," said Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Loterie Romande CEO. "We look forward to leveraging Aurora's features and reliability for the benefit of the Romande region."

    "This agreement represents the next evolution in the long-term partnership between IGT and Loterie Romande," said Declan Harkin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IGT International. "By providing IGT's new high-performance, high-reliability lottery platform, Loterie Romande will have the flexibility and dynamic, player-focused system that it needs to increase its customer base and revenues to good causes."

    Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman of Inspired Entertainment, Inc., said, "We are truly delighted to combine the respective management teams of Hydra and Inspired. Luke Alvarez and his team created a company whose products entertain and are played by millions of end customers through a broad range of distribution channels.  We believe Inspired is uniquely positioned to expand the distribution of its unique and cutting edge content and are excited to embark on building out this world-class business."

    "Today's final IRS regulation is a big win not only for gaming companies and millions of casino visitors, but also for state and local governments who would have received fewer gaming tax dollars as a result of what would have been burdensome federal requirements," commented Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the gaming association.

    Terry Rich, Lottery President and CEO said Powerball sales alone were up 43 percent. "We had multiple high jackpots that had people playing the Powerball," Rich said. "Plus the big one which brought in a lot of money in a short period of time."

    “This year’s Holiday Millionaire Raffle has more winners than ever before, and still offers our players the fun and excitement of the best chance of any game to win a million dollars,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “We greatly appreciate the support of our players and retailers who make this annual tradition a success every year!”




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