“We’re finding $20 is the fastest-growing price point in lottery products,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “Add that to the popularity of the Crossword concept and we expect Extreme Crossword to be a real winner for Kansas.”
Bally Technologies’ Senior Vice President of North American Sales and Corporate Marketing Robert Parente said, “It’s an honor to continue and expand our partnership with OLG to provide leading technology gaming systems throughout the province. This agreement demonstrates our continued commitment to the needs of the Canadian gaming market and we are very excited about working together to help OLG fulfill its modernization.”
“As a law enforcement officer, I am faced with crime and criminals every day,” Kevin Carroll, said the President of the Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia, added. “We need to do everything we can to shut unregulated sites, not give them more opportunities to thrive. Taking online gaming away from the states will do just that.”
The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda said that its new government has come up with a proposal for settling a long-standing despite with the United States.  Earlier last year, the World Trade Organization granted permission for Antigua and Barbuda to take digital content from apparently any U.S. firm, without paying them, in retaliation.  But, according to Intellectual Property Watch, that never went into effect.
Existing laws governing gambling in the nation were written in 1947, and were never changed to reflect the fact that gambling now takes place in the virtual world just as frequently as in brick-and-mortar casinos.   According to Mexican Gaming Commission President Fernando Zarate Salgado, the new laws took into consideration input from industry representatives, businesses, academics and even anti-gambling groups. If any major issues are found with the bill, there’s still time to work out the details. No specific details have been leaked, though it is expected that the  regulations should be friendlier to the gambling industry than those proposed in a draft seen last year.
“It has been both an honor and a privilege serving Nebraskans during my career. I want to thank Governor Heineman and Tax Commissioner Conroy for the trust they placed in me. Along with all the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with, we’ve achieved many significant goals. I’m going to miss them, but look forward to my new role serving church congregations in north-central Nebraska.”  Nebraska Lottery Marketing Manager Jill Marshall will serve as Acting Lottery Director and Lottery & Charitable Gaming Legal Manager Aaron Hendry will serve as Acting Charitable Gaming Director and Acting Athletic Commissioner until a replacement for Haynes is named.
State legislation passed the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009, requiring the lottery to “cooperate in identifying debtors to owe money”.
"One of the obligations given to us in our management contract, says Communication Manager Loterie Nationale, Pierre-Laurent Fassin, is to be where the player is. " But he adds,"the player finds himself increasingly on smartphones. "
Franz Wohlfahrt, Novomatic’s CEO, said: “The first half year results for 2014 demonstrate that our dual business strategy has once again proved to be the right way to a successful future. We achieved an increase in gaming operation revenues of 17 per cent. A significant growth in turnover was also achieved in the sales, e-business and betting segments.”
The GBGA filed its challenge last month in the British courts which it hopes will overturn new gaming legislation.  At the heart of GBGA’s grievance is the UK government’s decision to introduce regulation and taxation at the point of consumption, rather than the country of origin. GBGA’s only hope is the European Court of Justice, although Julian Harris says this would be incredibly unlikely to happen. “I am not aware of any piece of legislation ever being struck down by any court,” he says. “The ECJ could strike it down but it would have to be fairly flagrantly in breach of European law. And it’s not.”
“The governor’s office expressed concerns over the way the bill was written, and it was not so much that they disagreed with the concept of allowing sports betting,” NJ State Sen. Jennifer Beck said.  While Beck is leading one charge, Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), sponsor of the most recent bill, has scheduled a Sept. 22 vote to override the governor’s veto. “That is going to be the vote in the Senate, and it is really critical to the horseracing industry in Monmouth and Ocean counties,” Lesniak said.
"Advertisement and the activities of illegal operators became too aggressive, and that obliged us to proceed with the block of the sites and of all the transactions related to their operations."
Gavin Isaacs President and Chief Executive Officer of  Scientific Games  said, "Dan is a passionate leader with an eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. His expertise in marketing, product definition, brand management, product and customer research, and experience in company integrations will greatly benefit and speed the transformation of  Scientific Games  as we begin this exciting new journey as a larger, customer-centric company."
“The Launch of the Wyoming Lottery has been a rewarding and exciting experience said Jon Clontz, CEO of Wyolotto. This was a very smooth launch executed with persistent attention to detail and precision. The combined high quality experience of our gaming vendor INTRALOT and LOTTERY staff proved to be a formula for success. My staff and the INTRALOT team logged countless hours to include weekends ensuring benchmarks, deadlines and milestone objectives were met. INTRALOT and my team maintained a constant team oriented attitude and a positive and motivating drive that led to a successful launch with no major concerns”, he said. INTRALOT, Inc. President and CEO, Mr. Tom Little, said: “We have been working closely with the Wyoming Lottery towards a secure and successful launch since our award in April. We are extremely excited because this is our 14th contract award in the U.S. market and our second start-up of new lottery operations; the previous being the successful start-up of the Arkansas Lottery in 2012. The excitement surrounding this start-up was apparent as the lottery reported $1,000 in sales per minute for the first hour and achieved an impressive $401,638 in sales prior to the first draw on Tuesday. In fact, that amount was just shy of the projected sales for the entire first week. It has been a pleasure working with the WyoLotto™ team and we are looking forward to a long successful partnership together.”
Year-over-year revenue increased 22% for the 12-month period ending June 30

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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