"Thirty years have brought amazing growth and change to our lottery, and we're in a healthy position today," Terry Rich, CEO, Iowa Lottery said. "The lottery has evolved from an organization with just one product available at its start to one with dozens of games for sale at a time and a product mix that continues to evolve, Rich added. "Today's consumers want variety and choices, and we've responded. Statistically we know that our results will fluctuate from year to year, but we anticipate that lottery games will continue to be a consistent, key source of proceeds for vital state causes here in Iowa."
“Our overall goal is to continue improving our systems to support more agile innovation. gemIntelligence™ will help us do that for our sales force automation and increasing our support for our retailers”, said Ed Van Petten, Minnesota State Lottery Executive Director.
National regulator Santa Casa de Misericordia de Lisboa will oversee the licence awarding process and acquire a number of other responsibilities under the new structure. Licences will be made available for casino games, sports betting, horse racing, poker and bingo. Operators of online games will face a taxation rate of between 15% and 30% while those offering sports betting services will pay turnover tax of between 8% and 16%. All operators must also have representation in Portugal, use a .pt domain and send financial transactions through a Portuguese bank account. In addition, the bill sets out procedures to combat illegal online gaming, such as the ability to block websites.
John Musgrave, Executive Director,  said the Lottery will host an advisory board meeting of video lottery distributors and retailers on May 7.
“Tetris is a phenomenon now celebrating 30 years as one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands in the world. The Texas Lottery selected this iconic game for its broad appeal; it simply transcends age, culture, and language,” said Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery. “We are confident that, together with the Texas Lottery, we have developed a marketing program to support the launch of the Tetris instant ticket that will engage Texans on a wide scale,” explained Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The excitement of the live event combined with the strong brand equity of the Tetris brand is expected to create excitement and increase awareness and sales of the instant ticket.”
Mr Green Ltd. is based in Malta and operates under a Malta gaming license granted by the country’s gaming regulator. In 2011, a legislation was introduced in Austria that required online casino operators to pay a 40% tax on their gross game win. The country’s government asserted that the tax was applicable to both local licensees and licensees based in other jurisdictions. Mr Green Ltd. argued that it should be subjected only to Maltese regulations.
According to French law, casinos cannot be built within 100km of capital city Paris - but that may be about to change.
“There’s no question that uncertainty is the plaguing word of the day in Macau,”Steve Wynn, the company’s founder, said during a teleconference for its earnings Tuesday. “Hopefully, our government in Macau will calm that down and put some certainty back into the picture.”
Amaya Inc, the owner of online gambling sites PokerStars and Full Tilt, announced plans to spin out and list its Diamond Game subsidiary into a new entity called Innova Gaming. Diamond Game designs, develops and markets games mainly for the North American lottery industry.
“The first quarter showed a significant increase in our operators’ turnover, up 47% compared to the same period last year. This demonstrates very strong growth, which clearly shows the strength of our service. For Kambi, this resulted in a 29% increase in revenue, partly explained by lower than average margins. We are positive about regulatory changes in the Italian market and the opportunities they give us, as we prepare the launch of a premium offering compliant with the new regulation. We continue to strengthen our sales team and are in a number of ongoing discussions with potential customers.”, says Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi.
Scientific Games continues 30-year relationship with Arizona Lottery“We have worked with Scientific Games since 1981 and look forward to continuing that partnership,” said Tony Bouie, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “Their products, services, and strategic recommendations have helped the Arizona Lottery grow year after year. This has returned important dollars to support economic and business development, education, environment, and public health and welfare in our state.”
In support of Hamburg's application for the Olympic Games in 2024, Mr. Horak plans to make the profit plan of Glücksspirale for their game players even more attractive, "The Glücksspirale was launched to finance the buildings for the Olympic Games in Munich and Kiel in 1972. Since it is only logical to support the application of Hamburg, "Horak said at the Munich Olympic Stadium. The Glücksspirale should, commented Bavaria Lotto boss, be upgraded with additional chances of winning.
“We recently expanded our hotline to include evening drawings because we want to make it easy for players to check every ticket, every time,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “It’s important for players to check all tickets promptly because we want every winner to claim their prize,” Svitko added. “For draw games, prizes expire one year after the drawing date. For instant games, prizes expire one year after the end-sale date posted on palottery.com.”
“IGT is excited to showcase the combined global strength of our newly formed Company,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO, International. “At G2E Asia, we will present a portfolio that speaks volumes about our Customer First focus and our commitment to the success and growth of the Asia-Pacific market. IGT continues to invest in extensive market research with a global focus and local emphasis, ensuring that the games we develop resonate with our customers and their players.”
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are offering to singlehandedly solve Alabama’s short-term budget crisis, but with one controversial string attached. The Indians’ offer, which was first reported by the Montgomery Advertiser, is to cover the state’s approximately $250 million General Fund Budget deficit in return for the state granting them exclusive rights to casino gaming in the state.
“Unregulated online gaming is going on in front of us right now,” David Licht, of All-American Poker Network told the committee. “The issue is not will we legalize it, it is will we protect customers and derive revenue from it.”
The problem with banning online gaming is that it already exists, but it is just relegated to the shadows. A quick Internet search reveals that anyone with a credit card can start betting on any number of shady operators overseas. In any potential legalized U.S. gaming system, there would be an eight-point verification process, including Social Security number verification.  This would be more than enough to catch fraud and ensure consumer protections. In the three states that currently operate online gaming, there have been no allegations of underage or out-of-state betting. The same cannot be said for brick-and-mortar casinos. Since 2009, Adelson’s Sands Casinos in Bethlehem, Penn., have been fined more than $220,000 for allowing underage gambling on  more than 20 occasions. In recent cases, two 17-year-olds were able to place bets before casino security finally asked for identification. Rep. Chaffetz’s bill could restrict state lotteries’ online games that many states use to fund important priorities, like education. Without those funds, citizens might see taxes increase in other areas. When that issue was raised in a conference call with state lottery officials earlier this year, Chaffetz suggested that state officials try to pass their own federal bill instead of trying to amend his bill.
There were over 40 million fantasy sports participants in the US in 2014, with Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) the fastest-growing sector. Instead of choosing players and managing that team over an entire season DFS games are compressed into considerably shorter engagement times – with big money to be won.
Daily fantasy sports contests are a hit in the US, but in some states fantasy sports offerings fall foul of intrastate gambling and lottery regulations. This situation appears set to change however, as states including Iowa and Montana have introduced bills to legalise fantasy sports contests. David O. Klein and Jonathan E. Turco of Klein Moynihan Turco LLP discuss the bills that have emerged and the grey areas surrounding the legal and regulatory issues, and whether or not daily fantasy sports games rely on a significant element of chance in determining the outcome of the contest.
San Diego County retailers sold $302 million worth of lottery tickets in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  The California State Lottery provided $86 million in funding to public school districts in the county. “Marketing is an integral part of our business,” said Russ Lopez, the deputy director for corporate communications at the California lottery. “What we want to do is really appeal to the entertainment mentality of our players rather than the gambling mentality.”
During the Lottery's first three decades, over $9 billion in Lottery proceeds have helped fund state programs. "The Lottery's 30th anniversary is an occasion for looking back over three decades of incredible growth and change," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "As we look ahead, we must remain alert to opportunities to change and grow with consumer attitudes and preferences just as we've done the past 30 years."
Seven weeks after the ticket was turned in -- and nearly a year after it was originally purchased –- the winner is refusing to do a public cheque ceremony, which the B.C. Lottery Corp. says is a contractual obligation.   The Lotto Max ticket was purchased in Langley, B.C., and submitted just before a March deadline that would have voided the winnings.




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SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

SMART-TECH 2015 James Bader Partner The Parthenon Group (LINQ3 Presentation)

SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

SMART-TECH 2015 Susan Golightly Founder CODEI

Beyond the Bricks - Scott Bowen Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Danny Bogus Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations at Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Brad Cummings President & CEO EquiLottery, LLC

SMART-TECH 2015 Rick Perrone Chief Executive Officer GAMEOLOGY

SMART-TECH 2015 - Tony Fontaine Vice President, Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions InComm

SMART-TECH 2015 Brendan McCarthy Novomatic Lottery Solutions

SMART-TECH 2015 Matt Isaacs Director, Retail Development POLLARD BANK NOTE

SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

SMART-TECH 2015 Paul Jason CEO PGRI Conference Introduction

SMART-TECH AWARD Presentations

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes Hoosier Lottery, Indiana - Sarah Taylor, Executive Director

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