|“Today’s hearing was about one thing – checking the box to advance Mr. Adelson’s bill,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA -Never in the history of U.S. Internet gaming legislation has Congress ever considered overriding states’ rights to regulate online gambling within their own borders and yet Mr. Adelson’s bill would do just that. If an unelected billionaire is granted the power to re-write history by imposing a federal prohibition, the future is bleak for every American who values their Internet freedom,” continued Pappas.|
|“The idea that getting close can count in a lottery drawing brings new excitement to two of our core games, Carolina Pick 3 and Carolina Pick 4,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Many of our players are giving 1-OFF a try. We’ve seen a nice increase in our Pick 3 and Pick 4 sales so far and hope that it continues.”|
|Poker Players Association, whose executive director, John Pappas, said the original law was designed to stop unregulated online gambling from offshore locations, not state-regulated websites. The PPA boosted its lobbying spending to $535,000 in 2014 from $350,000 in 2013. "This is something the states have done very effectively," Pappas said. "There shouldn't be a federal bill that prevents states from offering their citizens a safe and regulated place to play online poker."|
|"This lottery scratch game captures the essence and fun of the 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' television game show that has already started production in Las Vegas," said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games. "The studio audience reaction to the show has been wildly enthusiastic, and there's no better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of MONOPOLY™ than to give fans of the game yet another way to play."|
Sharon Sharp 'Good Causes' Award
Honoring the Lottery with the Sharpest percentage increase
to bottom line funds contributed to its beneficiary
Presented by Public Gaming Research Institute
at the PGRI Smart-Tech Conference on April 1, 2015 at the
Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City
Hoosier Lottery, Indiana
|RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, will be discussed by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on RAWA Thursday, March 26th. RAWA (Bill HR 707) seeks to amend the federal law’s Wire Act in order to outlaw the transmission of Internet betting and wagering activities. Backed by casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, the world’s 18th richest person according to Forbes, RAWA would effectively eliminate online poker and Internet casino games in the United States. In addition, HR 707 could prevent state lotteries from offering Internet services even for its drawings.
Though conservative Republican lawmakers have tended to steer clear of online poker, the GOP is no longer completely on the same page. Adelson is a longtime financial backer of conservative candidates and will likely have a considerable impact on the 2016 election process through political action committees. But not all GOPers are on-board with Adelson and RAWA, including former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a two-time presidential candidate who associated with both the Republican and Libertarian parties. Paul called RAWA “crony capitalism” and said it has no business being in mainstream politics. Grover Norquist, perhaps the most influential person in DC for conservative politicians said, “States don’t need federal government babysitting them.” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), a likely 2016 candidate, is also thought to be against RAWA as he signed Internet gaming into law in New Jersey.
|"As the lottery’s executive director, I would much rather see more people buying a few tickets, than a few people buying more tickets, said Otto." The theme of this year’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is “Have the Conversation.” Take some time to learn more about problem gambling and gambling addiction, and if you see the telltale signs in a friend, colleague or loved one, don’t chance it. Talk to them and let them know help is available.|
SMART-Tech 2015 Conference
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