“Tickets for that first game were 50 cents, and it was the only game offered. Today we have games ranging from $1 all the way up to $30,” Director Dennis Berg said of how the lottery has changed. “It’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come. With technology today, our players can watch KENO drawings and daily drawings on their computer or smart phone, and can scan their tickets to see if they have a winner.  They have more than 75 games to choose from in our product line.”
“Generating essential funding for important state programs, while benefitting the state’s retailers, speaks to the Lottery’s commitment to enrich the lives of all Arizona residents,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “We are proud to report record-breaking sales for the seventh consecutive year and are already working toward surpassing this record by introducing innovative games to engage new audiences, while continuing to provide a wide range of choices for our core players.”
“I want to thank Governor Scott for his commitment to education. Floridians can always count on the Lottery to remain focused on our mission to maximize revenues for the educational programs we fund,” said Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “In the coming year, we will continue to explore new product offerings that will help generate enthusiasm among our players and grow revenues for education in our state.”
The California Lottery announced Tuesday that they’re going to enable customers to buy lotto tickets at gas pumps.  “I think this is going to be, hopefully, revolutionary for us,” said Russ Lopez, of the California Lottery. “Seventy-three percent of customers who pump gas don’t walk into the retail store, so this is one way of getting their business while they’re pumping gas.”  The “Play at the Pump” program is slated to launch in September at up to 150 California gas stations.  To play, customers need to swipe a valid driver’s license and debit or credit card.  The Lotto numbers will appear on the customer’s receipt with their fuel purchase. Players can also have their numbers texted to them

Note from PGRI Editor: There are a number of stories about the apparent decision of the Governor of Illinois to terminate the Private Management Agreement with Northstar Lottery Group.  We have not posted them, not because it is not news-worthy, but because we are not able to confirm the accuracy of the stories.  The news stories about this situation all seem to be riddled with more speculation and spin than known facts.

In offering online gaming through Santa Ysabel Interactive, the Tribe is exerting its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe’s reservation.  Class II gaming, as defined by IGRA, includes poker and bingo, but does not include slot-based games or house-banked games, such as blackjack.  House-banked games and slot machines are defined as Class III games, and can only be offered in a tribal casino upon agreement with the state through a Tribal-State Gaming Compact.  Santa Ysabel has had such a compact with the state since 2005, but has no plans to offer Class III gaming through its interactive website.
Pressure on the gambling industry has intensified over the past year as the head of a US Treasury agency that monitors the financial system for evidence of money laundering gave two speeches reminding the casino industry of its compliance obligations.  Jennifer Shasky Calvery, who has led the agency – called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN – since September 2012, has a background in prosecuting organised crime.   “Banks that do business with casinos would be wise to pay attention to what the FinCEN director is talking about,” said Kevin Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. “Banks are years ahead of casinos when it comes to anti-money-laundering compliance. Now it’s the casinos’ turn to step up.” In addition to regulators’ own actions, bank examiners are pressing institutions they oversee to better manage the risk associated with the casino-related transactions they process, compliance officers in both industries said.
Portugal's final version of online gaming regulation is adapted from the experiences of its European neighbors, who are slowly accepting online gaming legislation. Gross gaming revenues in the online poker category will be taxed 15% across the board, applicable to operators with cumulative gross income of all games not surpassing €5 million. For operators with income surpassing €10 million, the rate is set at 30%.

PGRI Note:  Again, this article is written by advocates for commercial friendly regulations and low tax rates.

“Our players really enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games with big jackpots. Bingo is always fun to play and with draws on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, this game is already creating excitement,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “And the jackpot prize of $100,000 is the highest ever offered for a bingo game in Idaho’s history.”





Thank you to all of the Speakers, Sponsors and attendees for attending Lottery Expo 2014 !!!
September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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Thank you all for participating in Lottery EXPO.  It's been a fabulous three days.  We hope you all enjoyed it and accomplished all of your objectives.  We will be working on our Spring and Fall conference events and will keep you posted as we confirm dates, venues and programs.  Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, I'm sure we'll see you at NASPL Atlantic City in a couple weeks, and then at the World Lottery Summit in Rome in November.  Be sure to come to the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at both of those events.  Gary Grief (Executive Director Texas Lottery and President of NASPL) and David Loeb (CEO Western Canada Lottery Corporation) will be inducted at NASPL event.  Tan Soo Nan (CEO of Singapore Pools) and Jean Jorgensen (Executive Director World Lottery Association) will be inducted at the WLS event in Rome.   Too, the winner of the Sharp Award for Good Causes will be recognized at NASPL.  This award goes to the NASPL lottery with the highest year-over-year percentage increase in net funds generated for its beneficiary.

Congratulations again to the recipients of the Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship (Connie Laverty O'Connor) and the Major Peter O'Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (Bret Toyne).  It was a lovely ceremony honoring two of this industry's most respected and well-liked leaders.  Their dedication is so appreciated and their contributions to the success of the industry, and to the success of so many of us on a personal level, have had momentous impact. Thank you Connie and Bret for all you do and for all you will be accomplishing in the years to come.  
 
And Thank you to our two keynote speakers, Cindy O'Connel and Gary Grief, for kicking Lottery Expo off in such great style and setting the stage for a series of thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations.  Thank you to all of the presenters, panelists and moderators as well.  And thank you especially to Cindy O'Connel and the incredible Florida Lottery team for being the most gracious and hard-working hosts anyone could hope for.  Everyone loves Florida and you just lock it in by making sure everyone is so pleased and impressed by the wonders of the Flamingo State.  We can't wait to be back next year! 

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