"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.
"Our Ravens ticket and second-chance contest has proven to be extremely popular with players during the past several years," said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. "We're excited to continue our partnership with this world-class organization and offer cash and exclusive prizes to Lottery players and Ravens fans."
Under the heading of "The Competitive Reality" in the annual report, the lottery corporation notes the gaming landscape has changed:  "In recent years, we've seen an explosion in gaming technology and accessibility. Along with it came the introduction of more than 2,500 unregulated online gaming providers from places like Malta and Gibraltar.  Atlantic Canadians are spending millions of dollars annually on these gambling sites that operate outside of any regulations established by our governments. Unlike Atlantic Lottery, those sites' profits don't stay in the region to support our communities."





Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program

September 9 to 11

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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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

Platinum Sponsors:

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

Keynote addresses:

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)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion:  Multi-Jurisdictional Games, promotional campaigns, and marketing strategies 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

Panelists:

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

Awards Ceremonies

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

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.

Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:

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

9:00 am Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery

Panel Discussion:  Content Marketing is being used to build a deeper connection with your customer. Connecting Lottery with a new generation of consumers means thinking and feeling like them - and building relationships based on that emotional connection.  It’s about telling a story more than selling.  It’s about re-branding, re-shaping our image so that everyone feels that Lottery “is for people like me”, it’s about integrating digital technology and retail merchandising strategies so that we are talking with our customers rather than at them so that consumers embrace Lottery as part of who they are and want everyone to know it.  How is Lottery evolving its approach to create this emotional connection that drives sales?  How can Lottery leverage 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?

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

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

Coffee Break

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

Presentations:

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? Retailers know they need to connect 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 /Paul Jason - pjason@publicgaming.com   / Susan Jason - sjason@publicgaming.com  /Office Phone - + 425-449-3000  
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