|"The acquisition of Bally provides us with a unique opportunity to combine two exceptional companies with long track records of creating leading-edge games and gaming technology products for players and delivering innovative solutions to our customers," said Gavin Isaacs, Scientific Games' President and Chief Executive Officer. "With leading gaming, lottery, and interactive content, world-class systems capabilities and table game offerings, we believe that the combined company will be uniquely positioned as a strategic partner for gaming and lottery operators, offering a highly diversified suite of value-enhancing products and services across multiple worldwide distribution channels and platforms." "Having worked side-by-side with the talented teams at Bally and more recently Scientific Games, I am confident this combination brings together best-of-breed cultures and is occurring at a truly opportune time as both companies are committed to bringing the highest value products and services to customers," continued Mr. Isaacs.|
|“We're actively engaged in taking steps to improve our sales performance,” said the Lottery's President and CEO Arch Gleason. “We're making changes to our scratch-off program which we feel will bolster sales. We also continue to recruit new Keno retailers with the focus being on expanding sales of the game, and a new multi-state game set to be launched in October should significantly add to overall draw game sales.” “For 16 out of the past 21 years, we've broken sales records. We've also broken dividend transfer records in 16 years out of the past 21,” Gleason said. “Our dividends to the state – while also record-breaking – weren't as high as we wanted. It was a tough year in several respects, but we continue to work toward sales and dividend improvement. That's what the Commonwealth expects from us, and that's what college students receiving our scholarship and grant funds expect from us.”|
|The implementation date for this new regulatory structure is now tentatively set for January 1, 2015. The new gaming laws for the Netherlands lay out the details of a regulatory regime for operators, taxes, and state responsibilities. All online gaming operators must be located in an EU-approved location. The effective taxation rate has been set at 22 % on gross revenue. The current 29 percent gross revenue tax for land-based casinos will remain the same. However, the Dutch government has since decided to sell all of the 14 casinos operated by Holland Casino.|
|New York officials expect about half of the 43 states that participate in Powerball and Mega Millions will be joining the game this fall (set to launch nationwide on Oct. 19) and other states will be added in 2015.|
|“Roadrunner Cash and Pick 3 are played only in New Mexico and we want to bring them from behind the shadow of the big national jackpot games like Powerball,” said Karla Wilkinson, New Mexico Lottery gaming products director. “With our state games, players have even more entertainment options.”|
|“Despite a comparison with a very good second quarter last year that benefited from product sales related to the Canadian VLT replacement program and significant jackpot activity, GTECH was able to absorb the loss of those impacts and produce comparable results,” said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A. “That is a significant accomplishment that demonstrates the resiliency and growth potential of our core business.” “We delivered good results in the second quarter,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of GTECH S.p.A. “Cash generation was better than anticipated and we continue feeling very positive about the underlying trend in Net Financial Position (NFP): on a like-for-like basis, the guidance initially provided of €2.47 billion - €2.53 billion is comfortably within reach.”|
|In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are asking the Justice Department to support their bill that would reinstate a federal ban on online gambling. “We must act before we find virtual casinos making gambling pervasive in our society, invading living rooms, bedrooms, and dorm rooms across the country; a result we know the DOJ does not want to see,” the letter said.|
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Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program
September 9 to 11
Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel www.edenrocmiami.com
Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery
GTECH, INTRALOT, HUDSON ALLEY SOFTWARE, LINQ3, SCIENTIFIC GAMES
Silver Sponsors: Camelot Global Services, Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, InComm, Jumbo Interactive, Pro-Lite
Tuesday, September 9:
WELCOME RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:00 to 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM. Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer, PGRI, opens the conference sessions
Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery, Co-Host Lottery Expo
Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery,
President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution. Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort. Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs? Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show. How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives? What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?
Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery
Leslie Badger, Vice President Systems Marketing, Scientific Games Corp.
Connie Bloss, Vice President Marketing, Pennsylvania Lottery
Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery
John Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Lottery
Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery
Panel Discussion: Monopoly Millionaires’ Club
Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Executive Vice President World Lottery Association (WLA)
Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.
Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority
Steve Saferin, President Properties Group & Chief Creative Officer, Scientific Games Corp.
Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association)
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon
Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Sharp Award for Good Causes
Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship
Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from Conference Sponsors
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.
Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
David Barden, Executive Director, New Mexico Lottery
Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3
Larry Colatosti, Director, Retail Sales, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.
Tom Dolan, Regional Sales Manager, Florida Lottery
Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software
RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace
Thursday, September 11
Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery
everage the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales. How can marketing and promotional strategies integrate the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail?
Gary Gonder, COO and Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications , Missouri Lottery
James Hutchinson, Vice President – Marketing, Georgia Lottery Corporation
Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery
Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Nikki Orcutt, Vice President Marketing, West Virginia Lottery
Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)
Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from conference sponsors
Gordon Medenica, Lottery Industry Consultant, Former Director of New York Lottery, Former President of NASPL
Ryann Petit-Frere, Manager Digital Strategy, California Lottery
Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group
Luncheon: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lucas Baffetti, General Manager of Loteria de San Luis
Konrad Komarczuk, Director of Innovation, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)
Juan Torres, Administrative and finance manager of Grupo slots
Panel Discussion: Bridging the gap between the online and off-line worlds
Lottery and its retailers both want to drive sales performance by consolidating their position with current customers and attracting new customers. Lottery has always been a powerful driver of store traffic in the off-line world. How can Lottery do the same in the on-line world? How can Lottery and its retailers work together to build the omni-channel model that is so key to accomplishing our shared objectives? onnect with their consumer via Internet and Mobile app’s and are doing that. How can Lottery help them? How can Lottery consolidate its position as a valued partner to its retailers, while promoting the adoption of the Internet channel to connect with the consumer?
Moderator and Panelists: TBA
Closing night Reception
Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org
Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014