“Lucky for Life is truly the game of a lifetime because unlike any of our other draw games, the prize is payable for the length of the winner’s natural life. We’re excited to be able to join the other participating states to bring the game to our players in Ohio,” Director Dennis Berg said.
The regulation change, allowing casinos to lower average slot machine payouts, is better aligned with current Maryland state casino laws, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission said. "Our research indicated that Maryland was the only jurisdiction that restricted casinos’ ability to control their floor average beyond the statutory machine minimum payout, which is 87 percent,” the spokeswoman said. “This change was made to align our regulations with the industry standard and provide the casinos with the flexibility they need to remain competitive."
“When the LOTTO game debuted in 1978, it was designed to fuel players’ dreams of being rich with a starting jackpot of just $250,000,” said New York Lottery Director Gardner Gurney. “LOTTO grew exponentially and over the years has turned 1,326 New Yorkers into LOTTO millionaires. We believe our LOTTO players have the knowledge, charisma and common sense to be rich in the best way." “We’re clearly having fun with the campaign’s wry portraits of wealthy eccentrics,” said Grant Smith, McCann Executive Creative Director, “The truth is that New Yorkers enjoy watching the odd behavior of some rich people. Because we all know that, if we were rich we’d do a better job of it.”
“This was a remarkably robust quarter for the Lottery,” Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp., said in a news release. “We saw growth across all of our products, helping to post record returns. The best news, of course, is that the funds raised will benefit Tennessee students and their families across the state.”.
“Working closely with Michael over the last several months, it became clear that his previous experience at both the local level and within the Treasurer’s office has prepared him for the challenge of leading the most successful lottery in the country,” said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.  “Michael has quickly demonstrated excellent management skills and a commitment."  "I am grateful to Treasurer Goldberg for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Lottery," Michael R. Sweeney, Executive Director said.  "I am fortunate to be joining an accomplished and dedicated team and look forward to leading this team as we strive to position the Lottery for sustained success over the next decade.”    The Lottery posted record-setting gross sales of $5.014 billion and a record net profit of $985.8 million in fiscal year 2015.     Sweeney was named Interim Executive Director prior to the departure of Beth Bresnahan, who concluded her tenure as Lottery Executive Director on June 30.
Season Two which was made up of lottery players from 16 states, including 15 where MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB Lottery instant game tickets were sold. The seven players were randomly selected after playing the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUBLottery instant ticket game from the New JerseyLottery and participating in its Second-Chance Drawing.  TV game show contestants played a series of MONOPOLY-themed games, such as Community Chest, Ride the Rails and Electric Company. Each game offered cash and other prizes, with a total value of up to $2.3 million. The final round offered one lucky contestant a shot at a $1 million prize. On "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB", the studio audience is deeply invested in the outcome as each contestant splits his or her cash winnings with one section of the studio audience in each of the signature games. In the final round, if the contestant passes GO, he or she will collect $200K to split with his or her audience section. If the contestant lands on GO, he or she wins $1 million and his or her audience section will split a cash prize worth up to another $1 million The "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" TV game show is filmed on a new, custom-built soundstage that is the largest in Nevada and atop the largest LED floor ever used on a TV series. The stage is located adjacent to Bally's Las Vegas on the Strip.
Bill Robinson, President and CEO, and Niaz Nejad, Vice President Lottery & Gaming Services of the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission, said, "We are excited to embark on this expanded partnership with Scientific Games. After a comprehensive RFP process, we selected the innovative Bally systems to replace our existing slot accounting system because we believe these tools will help us offer our players an exciting gaming experience and provide us the necessary information to grow our business. We consider this another big step in our progress towards our casino modernization efforts." "Scientific Games is privileged to be selected by AGLC for their enterprise systems solution provider," said Robert J. Parente, Chief Revenue Officer, Gaming, for Scientific Games. "Our selection further affirms Scientific Games' strategic focus and attention to innovation and system technology in the Canadian marketplace.  These systems solutions further enhance our opportunities to share our massive product portfolio and provide innovative gaming content to players in the region.  We look forward to continuing a fantastic partnership."
Gus, a takeoff on Punxatawney Phil, starred in ads promoting Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets for about eight years. The Pennsylvania Lottery eventually axed him in 2012 but that Gus' fans actually brought him back. "In the years since, we have continued to hear from players who told us how much they missed Gus and wanted him to return," Lottery executive director Drew Svitko said. "Simply stated, Gus is a Pennsylvania Lottery institution." The lottery even said in its statement that "the people have spoken." So, yes, it's all your fault that Gus the groundhog is back. One of those fans, incidentally, was former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who near the end of his second term as governor said that "Gus is a tremendous spokesman, and he’s Pennsylvania’s ‘second favorite groundhog.
“We believe the introduction of a fantasy sports platform at Mass. Lottery would help to embrace an emerging market while continuing to protect our retail partners,” Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney said. “This particular type of game would not cannibalize our existing products, it would obviously be a new product, it would help us to engage what we would refer to as a ‘next-generation’ player, and hopefully it would also help Lottery to create a new revenue source as opposed to eroding or maintaining existing offers.” Sweeney said the daily fantasy sports industry is “the biggest challenge” facing the Lottery, citing the industry’s use of technology, its appeal to younger players, and the ease with which people can take part in games.
The board of directors of the Wyoming Lottery Corp. received results of the audit by Cheyenne-based McGee, Hearne & Paiz during a meeting Monday. Board chairman Mark Macy said the lottery seemed to be “right on track or at least not significantly off on how our operations were conducted.” The audit noted a couple of minor accounting issues that lottery CEO Jon Clontz said the lottery had pointed out to auditors. “The fact that we’re still scaling the business from the ground up, and we can’t use state resources … I think it’s a remarkable outcome,” Clontz said.
Talk about a frightfully good Halloween! Tatts spokesperson Claire Taylor said this week would be massive with such an enormous amount of prize money up for grabs. “We expect the level of interest and excitement from our players will be extremely high."  Ms Taylor also offered some valuable advice to lottery players taking part in this week’s big draws. “When purchasing lottery tickets our advice is to always register them to a Tatts card. It is an important step that will protect players from missing out on prizes and also should they win one of the big prizes on offer this week, Tatts will contact them personally to advise them of their good fortune.”
IGT spokesman Phil O'Shaughnessy said the action marked the first time the manufacturer released a marquee licensed brand across both social and land-based operations. "Orange Is the New Black" won't be on casino floors until next year, but fans can still play the game on DoubleDown. In the past, IGT would migrate its popular slot machine titles, such as "Wheel of Fortune," to the social casino site. Gaming analyst Adam Krejcik said he expects the "Orange Is the New Black" model to become common. Social gaming is far too profitable to ignore. Krejcik said social casinos will reach $3.3 billion in revenue this year. By 2017, the figure could top $4 billion. "This is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing subsectors of gaming," said, Krejcik who manages digital and interactive gaming analysis for Southern California-based Eilers Research.
Myers, whose appointment is effective Monday, said he anticipates few changes within the commission. “There are two main things for me: We’re regulators, and that’s first and foremost for us,” he said. “The second thing is to continue to generate revenue for the state so we keep these good programs going.” Myers said he will also be monitoring changes within the industry, including development of innovative methods of delivering lottery and gaming products.
“With two lifetime prizes, CASH 4 LIFE is a one-of-a-kind game we are delighted to launch in Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery. “It should prove to be a popular addition to our existing array of entertaining games, while helping fulfill our mission of raising funds for valuable education programs in Tennessee.”
“The world is changing so quickly,” State Treasurer Deb Goldberg said. “If we are complacent, we will ultimately be obsolete.” Now let me remind everyone that we’ve been here before. Three years ago, her predecessor, Steve Grossman, saw how the Web and new interpretations of Internet gaming law could reshape the lottery business. He commissioned a study that concluded the “threat is imminent.”  That spurred a couple of bills in the Legislature, including one from the treasurer’s office, to create Web-based lottery games. They went nowhere.   But they’ve all been refiled, and State Senator Michael Rush introduced another one in January to allow the lottery to legalize online games of skills like fantasy sports and poker.   The reality is this: The lottery’s core customers are aging — 40 years old and up. These patrons don’t mind driving to convenience stores, plunking down cash, and walking away with a wad of scratch tickets. But that’s not how the millennials roll. These twenty- and thirtysomethings are digital natives who live on their smartphones. The idea of going somewhere to buy something with paper money is so 2002.   We can sit here and pretend that the lottery is just fine as is — the most successful in the country, the source of nearly $1 billion in aid to Massachusetts cities and towns last fiscal year. Or we can look ahead — and try to stay ahead.
An even more crucial carve-out, if the legislation is not to be consistently drawing dead, would need to be given to state lotteries. More than 10 U.S. states offer some form of online lottery services, creating a considerable opponent to efforts to prevent real-money online gaming. Fortunately for online poker supporters, the Chaffetz bill hasn’t made any progress this year. Ahearing on his bill was held in March. The Graham bill hasn’t had a hearing. Both pieces of legislation are big long shots of ever becoming law, thanks to hardship that any proposal faces in Congress these days, especially one as complicated as federal Internet gaming regulation or prohibition. Earlier this month it was reported by The Hill that since stand-alone legislation to ban online gaming is so unlikely a more threatening route at this point is a two-year moratorium on online gaming expansion. The ban could be put in place by mandating a federal study of the online gaming industry.
The legislation would recognize daily fantasy sports betting as a lawful activity but require internet website operators to be licensed in the state, making sure “fantasy sports betting is conducted fairly and legally” and that people who use such sites don’t get ripped off.
“The Lottery’s new Close Enough wager type is something that our players have been asking for and now we’ve delivered,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of the Lottery. “We believe Close Enough will attract new players to the Numbers and Win4 games, as well as current Lottery players, who want to get in on the excitement of this new wager type,”.
The latest language in the bill’s draft is free of any amendments that would allow French poker operators to share player pools with international countries. ARJEL President Charles Coppolani is seeking the power to negotiate shared liquidity agreements with other countries that have legalized online poker, and wishes to do so free of additional governmental approval. “We are opening a new page in the history of our democracy because this is the first time in our country and in Europe that a draft law has been opened up to contributions by citizens,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in late September.
Dexter claims to "bring the power of local scripting to the web, allowing you to build simple apps that link multiple services, run tasks and get rid of headaches." Dexter provides a way to create applications and processes by assembling blocks of pre-defined functionality. It could be used, for instance, to capture all the Tweets of under a hashtag, and then aggregate them for a CRM or content management system.
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would leave daily fantasy sports websites untouched as he pursues a federal ban on Internet gambling that is aimed largely at online poker.  "There are a lot of outstanding questions, and there are many of us who are concerned it is truly gambling. So we will see how that plays out," Chaffetz said. "Certainly Nevada is the leader in understanding gaming. So it should cause a lot of people concern if Nevada finds that it is truly gaming."  Chaffetz, however, plans to leave fantasy sports gambling to others while he focuses on his bill.
PGRI Note: This is an articulate and concise statement for why RAWA is so misguided, and why the regulation of gambling should remain in the purview of the states.  Click here to read Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona to US Senator Jeff Flake
“Attempting a federal ban on all online gaming nationwide is tantamount to burying our heads in the sand: it protects no one, least of all children. The only way to address online gaming risks to children, seniors, problem gamblers and others is by regulating it and enforcing best practices – not by trying to wish it away. Americans currently spend approximately $3 billion per year on offshore unregulated Internet gaming. Given this huge demand, the only way to effectively protect vulnerable populations and children is to subject trustworthy companies to strict regulation that will manage the risks and provide governmental oversight, and drive the rogue operators out of the market. States that have chosen to regulate this activity have demonstrated that regulation, coupled with technological safeguards, is very effective. Without providing a well-regulated opportunity for safe and legal online gaming, the U.S. will continue to find itself in the unfortunate position of being helpless to protect consumers and children online.”
The new releases include  Spartacus and Spider-Man. “The games build on a number of successful content releases this year, including WIZARD OF OZ Ruby Slippers™ and Moon Shadow said Rick Mountney, UK Director of Content Development at SG Gaming." “With new and exciting content including great licensed games due for release before the end of the year and throughout 2016, SG Gaming customers can look forward to a stream of successful titles on their terminals in the months to come," Mountney said.
"The orderly succession in the management makes WestLotto future proof while still ensuring stability in the established price, the market leader to consolidate in the lottery sector and expand. The decision taken today personnel decision strengthens WestLotto also for the needs of the future, such as the discussion about the future structure and legal regime of the German gaming market, "says Michael Stölting, Chairman of the Board WestLotto and responsible board member of the General Partner NRW.BANK.   "The approach taken by Theo Gossner way WestLotto with the European lottery Euro Jackpot draw up national and international success, is now consistently and sustainably continued. For this we wish Christiane Jansen and Andreas Kötter good luck! "  Current Managing Director, Theo Gossner retires March 31, 2016 from the company.

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