No question that there will be additional dollars going to public education because of this huge jackpot,” Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery Executive Director, said. But the lottery has no control over how the General Assembly spends lottery proceeds on educational programs.

Since the current jackpot began growing in November, Powerball has generated an estimated $29.3 million for Georgia Lottery-funded Pre-K and HOPE Scholarships.

“Never in the history of U.S. lottery games have we seen a jackpot reach the billion dollar mark,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “Big jackpots are always a source of great fun and intense interest and players have certainly responded to this latest Powerball run, pushing the jackpot beyond that once elusive mark of a billion to an incredible 1.3 billion dollars.”
Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said, “Our CSP partnership with Scientific Games for instant game management has driven performance. Together, we have worked to grow instant game sales and increase the number of scholarships awarded to Arkansas students.”  John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, “We are very proud of the work we have accomplished increasing both sales and profits of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s instant games. We sincerely value the trust the Lottery places in Scientific Games and our experienced product management teams with this contract extension and look forward to building upon our success to help create more funds for more student scholarships in Arksanas.”
"I am totally confident that we have in both situations picked the best proposal," Alice Garland, the lottery commission's executive director, said after the meeting. "That is a nice savings and we're very excited about that.";
Those interested in playing can place a wager on who they think will win the Republican nomination, the Democratic nomination, and who will ultimately take the White House in November. This is the first time Atlantic Lottery has offered odds on a political race, but it's not the first time it's been done in Canada. Similar contests have been played in B.C. Atlantic Lottery spokesperson Christine Manore said the corporation isn't expecting the presidential bets to be a major source of revenue. "It's really an opportunity to diversify the product and just to get people looking at Pro-Line," she told CTV Atlantic, explaining that their’s matches a product already available on international websites.
“We’re quite pleased with the results," said OLG spokesperson Ryan Bissonnette. More and more people are now buying their lottery tickets online. OLG’s business plan estimated $89 million in online gaming revenue in PlayOLG’s first year. PlayOLG is Ontario’s first provincially government-regulated internet gambling site. PlayOLG is the only online gaming site conducted by Ontarians, for Ontarians. Not only does it create jobs, all net proceeds from PlayOLG remain in the province to support provincial, community and charitable programs for the people of Ontario.   OLG’s Responsible Gambling (RG) program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association’s (WLA) recently awarded OLG the  Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award.
The National Lottery gave 106% of the target set in 2015, equivalent to 90 million 98 thousand 647 cordobas, said Ernesto Vallecillo, general manager of National Lottery "By 2015 we set out to deliver 85 million cordobas and thanks to the hard work of our dealers, workers of this institution and the faithful lottery players can say Sobrecumplimos our goal! Vallecillo said.
"The Florida Lottery will mark its 28 year of operation on January 12, and to have surpassed $29 billion in education funding during that time is a tremendous achievement," said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "We owe this success to our employees, Lottery retailers, and most importantly, our players whose continued support will carry us forward in our mission of maximizing revenue for education."
It’ll be the second attempt made by a local Member of Parliament to get the Criminal Code changed to allow such betting.   “This bill is an opportunity to improve tourism, create new revenue streams, to create and protect jobs and provide extra funding to help with problem gambling,” Masse said.
"Some states have banned fantasy sports, and we are concerned that Maryland may be heading in that direction," FanDuel said in the email to its users. In advance of the opening of the General Assembly session on Jan. 13, FanDuel and DraftKings have retained Baltimore and Annapolis lawyer Frank Boston III and officials from the Annapolis government relations firm Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson. All recently registered as lobbyists for FanDuel and DraftKings with the state Ethics Commission, according to online records. In addition, FanDuel retained Baltimore attorney Stephen Martino, former director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, to work on regulatory and legal issues. The activity comes as lawmakers and regulators have expressed concern that the industry has changed — and grown — so substantially that reforms may be needed.
The new head of DICJ (Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau) former prosecutor Paulo Martins Chan, has said he intends to reform the law on gaming. “On the basis of the mid-term review of the gaming industry here, I’ll fully examine gaming-related laws and the internal guidelines for VIP gaming promoters,” Mr Chan said after being sworn in as director of the bureau. This year is considered an important one for gaming operators, since the government said it will announce the results of the gaming review early this year. The review examines the progress of the six casino operators since the liberalisation of the gaming market in 2002. Each of the concessions they hold will expire between 2020 and 202
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is no longer seeking only to shut down daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel in the state. In amended complaints filed Thursday, he now seeks restitution and damages for what he has said constitutes illegal gambling operations. The latest filing comes as a panel of appellate judges will decide to lift or extend a temporary stay granted last month after the New York Supreme Court granted a preliminary injunction. The companies will file briefs regarding the stay on Monday. In the amended complaint, Schneiderman seeks damages, including pre-judgement interest, caused “by the fraudulent and deceptive acts and the repeated fraudulent acts and persistent illegality” of the companies’ business. He also seeks restitution to New York customers and a civil penalty up to $5,000 for each violation of general business law. The sites took in about $200 million in entry fees last year from about 600,000 New Yorkers. “The AG’s goal here is to extract every ill-gotten dollar from DraftKings and FanDuel’s New York contests, and then some,” said Daniel Wallach, a sports and gaming law expert at Becker & Poliakoff in Florida.
Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director said, “It’s refreshing that Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch can show the public that winning the Lottery doesn’t change people’s intrinsic values or sense of fiscal responsibility.  In fact, the winners that I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting are typically responsible, hard-working people who just got lucky. Their dreams are simply to live a happy life without financial struggles.”
PGRI Question: Even if states decide to legalize and regulate Fantasy Sports, won’t Fantasy Sports potentially run afoul of PASPA and federal government laws that prohibit sports betting and cross-border internet-based sports-betting? Maybe this could be the catalyst to cause the federal government to re-evaluate the whole efficacy and constitutionality of laws that allow four states to operate sports-betting and prohibit all the others from operating sports-betting.
The arbitrator, retired judge Charles Chapel, wrote in his ruling that “use of the Internet is merely using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal revenues. ”It does not extend or restrict the scope of the games and does not amend the compact in any way,” Chapel wrote.
Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett confirmed Tuesday the agency is monitoring reports about the recent $140 million sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to the Sheldon Adelson family including questions raised about reporters being assigned to investigate a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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