The launch will be synchronised through a public competition on Thunderclap, with athletes, sports governing bodies, UK Sport and the British Olympic Association launching the ad at exactly the same time through their social channels – all to celebrate the unique affinity between the National Lottery-playing public and the athletes they are supporting on the Road to Rio.   National Lottery players support 1,300 athletes meaning that they can train full time while benefiting from world class coaching, medical support, training facilities and pioneering sports science and technology programmes.

Marco Tasso, SVP of IGT Global Product Marketing, Lottery: “The addition of OnePlace gives our customers a holistic set of tools to drive retail performance. Sales force automation complements the numerous other solutions, tools, and services IGT provides to our customers to drive retail performance. Now we can provide a more comprehensive offering to lotteries and their retail partners.”    Adam Perlow, Vice President of IGT Sales Force Automation Solutions, said, “The transition for Hudson Alley’s current customers will be seamless, with no interruption to the service they’ve come to expect.

"The most pleasing though is that the influx of new customers is the highest in the segment younger adults, ie where the battle for customers is hardest. It is perhaps the most important idea that we are able to offer attractive products and services for new generations, says CEO. Dir. Torbjørn Almlid in Norsk Tipping". Norsk Tipping's  proceeds are donated to charitable purposes. Since 1948 Norwegian Tipping contributed over 120 billion (price adjusted) to charitable causes.

On Tuesday, the Polish Council of Ministers approved amendments to the Polish Gambling Act. While Poland previously permitted only online sports betting, it has now authorized casino and poker verticals, although online casino will be restricted to state-owned lottery operator Totalizator Sportow

Philip Graf, Commission Chairman, said: “Over the past two years we have emphasised to Boards and business owners the importance of putting consumers at the heart of business culture and practice, and managing the risks of gambling related harm and money laundering. “There has no doubt been a very welcome change in attitude in a number of major companies. However, whilst there has been a great deal of activity, it is also clear that much still needs to be done, including by my successors, to deliver real impact.”

“All businesses are going mobile to strengthen their brand and survive in today’s economy,” said Marty Gibbs, executive vice president and COO of the Kentucky Lottery. “Customers expect brands to be accessible online and on their devices. We’re delivering what folks want.”

“We appreciate the commitment from our dedicated lottery and COAM retailers, players, vendor partners and employees. We are grateful to our board of directors for their leadership and guidance,” said Debbie D. Alford, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery. “We’re proud to have reached the extraordinary milestone of raising over $1 billion for HOPE and Pre-K.”

Gardner Gurney, Director of the New York Lottery, said, "We are always searching for ways to work collectively with the video gaming facilities within New York and Jackpot Party has offered us this opportunity. As a game offered at some of the video gaming venues in New York, this game was perfect for crossing over to our lottery portfolio. Just as video gaming customers expect bonusing opportunities, the back of the Jackpot Party instant game offers lottery players similar bonus opportunities to win. New York players have been receptive to the instant game, we see Jackpot Party as a brand with omni-channel appeal."  Dennis Berg, Director of the Ohio Lottery, said, "The Gold Fish brand is a popular VLT game in our Ohio racinos, so it was a natural cross-over to a lottery instant game. The Gold Fish instant game is performing well in our $2 game category."

“It’s been a stellar year,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Lottery. “These results are welcome news for students and families in Tennessee, who continue to benefit from the more than one million scholarships, grants and dual enrollment awards given since we began. I’m proud of our entire team, and we remain committed to the strategies that have led to 12 consecutive years of sales growth.”

Every business and agency must examine changes in technology and adapt accordingly, said Charles McIntyre, executive director of the NH Lottery Commission.   The discussion and review comes as the Massachusetts State Lottery pursues legislative approval of a pilot program for online games, The Boston Globe reports. The marketplace is also seeing younger generations, the “digital natives,” eager to stay and play online.  “Their patience for content is much more limited than older generations,” McIntyre said.  McIntyre is keen to keep pace with trends and consumer interest, a focus that contributed to the state lottery exceeding $300 million in sales this year, which is a record. It’s another reason he and the commission are looking around at what other states are doing.  "When Mass. adopts online games, I certainly have a real fear on revenues,” McIntyre said.

“I am very pleased that the Lottery has once again been able to deliver record-setting revenues that will benefit all of our cities and towns,” said Deborah Goldberg, who as Treasurer serves as Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. “The local aid derived from Lottery profits is crucial to municipal budgets and the funding of important initiatives and services at the local level.”

“We can balance our mission to raise money for good causes with our responsibility to look after the interests of players,” Executive Director, Alice Garland said. “Everyone who works at a lottery – whether they work in sales, security, advertising or any other department – has an important role to play in sustaining that effort.”

“The combined gaming revenues for Fiscal Year 2016 are $9 million ahead of last year’s record,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “This was made possible by the support of our terrific players and we owe them a big ‘thank you.’ I also want to express my gratitude to our staff, lottery retailers and casino managers for their hard work. Together, we’re always looking for new ways to create and promote fun and exciting games for our players, while generating important revenue for the State.”

“This record of success is possible because North Carolinians enjoy playing lottery games and support the lottery’s mission,” said Alice Garland, the lottery’s executive director. “Prizes averaged $4.1 million a day last year, providing lots of good luck to folks all across the state. The fun adds up to more than $600 million to support education that wouldn’t be there otherwise.”

"This is just a convenience. We're keeping up with the modern times," said Sen. Don Humason, a Westfield Republican

Upon consummation of the transaction, Hydra's CEO Lorne Weil will become Executive Chairman while Inspired's founder and current CEO Luke Alvarez will continue in his leadership role as CEO in addition to being named to the Board of Directors.
Lorne Weil commented, "We have been searching for a compelling business that utilizes our skill set to drive growth. We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Luke and his team as we work together to grow the digital business through increased focus and the deployment of new technology and content."  Hydra will host an investor conference call to discuss the business combination on July 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM ET.

The Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group achieved extremely positive results in the first half of 2016, as Director General Karl Stoss confirmed in a press statement on 15 July: “Clear growth in sales was achieved in many areas, and with excellent results for all group companies and segments, we are confident that we will close the 2016 business year with record sales and profits.”

Michelle Carinci, Lottotech’s CEO, says: “Our players are at the core of everything we do at Lottotech. The Lottotech team is always looking for effective ways to improve our product and services to our players. Over 77% of adults play Loto regularly and nearly 100% use a mobile device so it was logical to develop an app that would make the entire Loto experience more convenient and fun.”

Conference call: Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:00 a.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. BST / 2:00 p.m. CEST

Legislation, which would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling, would allow state casinos to operate satellite locations with up to 250 slot machines each and would allow slot machines in airport terminals. The bill passed the House of Representatives on June 28, on a 114-85 vote, and is pending in the Senate. “Since that’s happened, I haven’t had a meeting with any of the commissioners to talk about our options,” acting lottery director John Myers Myers said. “There are certainly things we need to consider going forward. To stay competitive, we’ll have to consider these, as well.”

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September 12th - 14th, 2016

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PGRI (Public Gaming Research Institute)

Updated Lottery Expo 2016 Preliminary Program

Conference Sessions September 13 & 14 Eden Roc Hotel Miami, Florida

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Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday Reception to follow lunch.

Panel Discussions to follow a new format. Half-hour of panel discussion followed by half-hour of interactive audience participation

Double Platinum Sponsor: IGT

Platinum Sponsors: Diamond Game,  INTRALOT,  Linq3

Silver Sponsors: Abacus Solutions International Group, Carmanah Signs, EquiLottery, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Pollard Banknote

Presenters, Times TBA:
Bill Breslo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Game
Simon Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Solutions
Brad Cummings, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EquiLottery
Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Scott Hoss, Senior Marketing Manager, INTRALOT
Brendan McCarthy, North American Sales, Novomatic Lottery Solutions
Byron Peterson, Director U.S. Sales, Pollard Banknote
Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President Business Development, Linq3

Monday, September 12

Conference Registration starting at 2pm  Pompeii Foyer

5:00 to 7:00 pm: Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, September 13

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI  

Opens the Conference sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Welcome to Miami and Lottery Expo: Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Industry Collaboration as the key to unlocking the power of API/Cashless/In-Lane and other Retail Modernization initiatives

Special Session:  

The Promise of API (Application Programming Interface) Technology

Presentations on the urgency to implement / meaning and purpose of APIs will be followed by a special sessionthat includes audience Q & A.  APIs are the key component to building the IT platform that supports the rapid deployment of technological innovation across the board.How and why will APIs increase Lottery sales and net funds to beneficiaries - what are the costs and risks as well as the benefits to implementation of APIs? This topic was introduced at PGRI Smart-Tech in April, has gained momentum over the past few months, and is now at a point where concrete action-plans are being shaped. It’s time to take it “to the next level” - to connect the dots and relate objectives like in-lane sales, cashless transactions, standardized reports and audits for multi-state retailers, and more ... to the technologies that enable them. The key to unlocking the transformative power of APIs is multi-state collaboration and funding. How do we get there?

Moderator:

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery, President of MUSL

Panelists:

Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Andy Davis, Chief Financial IT Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Austin Huggins, Publix SuperMarkets

Paul Riley, Vice President Product Marketing and Interactive Wagering, IGT

11:00 am Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Providing Consumer Options –

Making Lottery Available in a Cashless Economy

Moderator:

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery;

Chair of the NASPL Retail Subcommittee

Panelists:  

Drew Svitko, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Lottery

Gardner Gurney, Director, Division of the Lottery, New York State Gaming Commission

John Spicknall, Director of Package Goods and Services, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.

Sue Strouse, VP Retail Strategy and Business Development, IGT

TBA: Georgia Lottery Corporation

12:30 pm: Luncheon Promenade B (South)

1:30 pm Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation    Starting a New Lottery in the Modern Era    Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Relations: How might Lottery do a better job of engendering support from the national media and legislators at the federal as well as state levels? Who is advocating with a singular voice for those values and interests which are shared by all lotteries? Who is monitoring gaming legislation and court cases that impacts us all? How do we counter all the publicity of other gaming sectors with positive publicity for Lottery? Could our industry benefit if we had a national government affairs and PR effort? Is it time for a national branding campaign? How can we connect with and forge a more positive relationship with retailer stakeholders and associations; any Silver Bullet to defuse NACS opposition or otherwise overcome that obstacle?

Moderator:

May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries

Panelists:

Gerry Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Byron Boothe, Vice President Government Relations, INTRALOT

Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

Chip Polston, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

Bret Toyne, Executive Director, Multi-state Lottery Association Update on MUSL Agenda and Initiatives

Rebecca Hargrove, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.; Senior Vice President, World Lottery Association (WLA)

Global Gaming Update

3:00 pm Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: The Impact of Daily Fantasy Sports, Pokémon GO, and other pop game phenoms on the broader games-of-chance industry and Lottery

How might popular new games impact Lottery? And even if the short-term impact on lottery spend is not significant, how might it reshape the play-styles of the twenty-somethings who we expect to become lottery players in their thirties and forties? How can we ensure that Lottery retains its appeal to consumers whose game-playing options have increased and changed so dramatically over the past few years? Too, as online gaming in other forms increases in popularity and acceptability, won’t that cause legislators to look more favorably on Lottery’s need to make its products available online? Are there game attributes (that comply with Lottery random logic)

of these new games that can be applied to Lottery? 

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Shan Daniels, Chief Brand Manager, Florida Lottery

Rick Weil, Chief Executive Officer, Innova Gaming Group/Diamond Game

Other Panelists TBA

4:00pm Awards Ceremonies

Lottery Industry Statesman Award

In Memory of Arch Gleason, Formerly President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery; President of the World Lottery Association; President or Chairs of all the offices of NASPL and MUSL

Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Reception

Wednesday, September 14

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI Opens the Conference Sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Special Session: Presentations on Retail Modernization to be followed by Interactive Discussion

Modernizing the lottery at Retail: Retail is reinventing itself for the modern consumer. CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies are helping them do it, and we can’t expect them to look out for our interests. Lottery needs to take the leadership role in this paradigm shift that will end upre-positioning the way products and services are sold at retail. Too, "convenience" has become the modern consumers' priority. That that will give rise to a new generation of 21st centuryconveniencestores which should represent an opportunity for Lottery. How can Lottery apply digital technology to enhance the player experience, how can Lottery create more co-promotions to help retailers achieve their own goals to sell more and drive store-traffic,and how can Lottery otherwise align with the modernization of the retail shopping experience?

Moderator:  Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:   Michelle Carney, Vice President, Marketing, IGT

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Tom Dolan, District Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

12:30 pm: Luncheon and Reception

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2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award
Please join us at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami on September 13 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award:
Tracey Cohen, Acting Director, DC Lottery
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery


And also the PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award:

Arch Gleason,President and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Very sadly, this award ceremony will be in memoriam.  Arch Gleason passed away on the night of Friday July 1.   In addition to being an industry giant for more than 25 years, in addition to tirelessly serving the industry associations in almost all of the offices up to and including president, Arch Gleason was the most genuinely kind and thoughtful person you could know.  This spirit of generosity and compassionate wisdom engendered such strong feelings of affection among his countless friends.  Our prayers and condolences go out especially to Arch’s family
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