“With Texas Lottery Live!, players and music fans can see live performances from some of their favorite music artists and have the chance to meet the performers backstage,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
|If Oklahoma changes laws to legalize, regulate, and tax fantasy gaming as “gambling”, it stands to lose a rather substantial revenue stream from state Tribes. Tribes do not pay taxes to the state but, in Oklahoma, they do pay fees for the right to offer casino gambling. Oklahoma’s agreement with the Tribes states that the Tribes are only bound to pay fees “so long as the state does not change its laws … to permit the operation of any additional form of gaming by any such organization licensee, or change its laws to permit any additional electronic or machine gaming within Oklahoma.”|
|Illinois internet sales initiative (allowing single tickets for the state's Millions, and games to be purchased online or via its mobile app) was enabled via a “pilot program” which expires March 25. Bills that would have allowed the program to continue did not pass the Illinois General Assembly before the Assembly adjourned last week. Because state representatives are not set to return until April, the program will not continue. It remains to be seen if the discontinuation will be temporary or permanent. Lottery players will still be able to purchase lottery subscriptions, just not single tickets. The state will also be seeking proposals on firms interested in managing the lottery. Uncertainty over the status of the online channels would likely affect the value of such a management agreement.|
|Fantasy sports wagering, including on popular daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, would be legal in Iowa and regulated by the state board that governs casino gaming under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers. The legislation establishes taxes and fees and places daily fantasy sports wagering under the purview of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.|