Tatts spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said the Saturday lotto rise was the first in 3½ years, and the sixth in 33 years. “It’s really to maintain the sustainability of the game,” Ms Lewis said. “Prize amounts have also gone up. Divisions two to six are expected to increase by up to 8.3 per cent. “Every registered customer was advised and notices were placed in outlets.” The decision follows a 10c-per-game Powerball price increase last March.
"Working in collaboration with GTECH as a partner has been an important component of our years of record-setting success, a period that has produced more than $3 billion for education-related programs to benefit students and their families in Tennessee," said Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove.  "They have delivered expertise and reliability to the benefit of all our stakeholders at the Tennessee Lottery.  Now, on the strength of their impressive submission, we are pleased to partner once again with GTECH as we head into our next decade of successful operations."
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has earned the highest level of certification from the World Lottery Association (WLA) for achieving a best practices approach for the development and continuous improvement of responsible gaming strategies and programs in Manitoba.
“GTECH’s extensive experience deploying large-scale, open standards-based VLT Central Systems for World Lottery Association customers around the world will help OPAP maximize the benefits of its new VLT program,” said Walter Bugno, President and CEO, GTECH International. “INTELLIGEN’s open-standards architecture and foundational features, including its integrated Responsible Gaming solution, will ensure the program’s success and long-term sustainability, which ultimately benefit the people of Greece.”
The estimated $971 million in profits for the fiscal year that ended June 30 exceeded expectations by $34 million.  The lottery racked up its third consecutive year of record sales at $4.86 billion.
Total sales for the Chinese lottery market increased by 19 % to RMB178.4bn ( Euro 21.5bn) for the first half of 2014, following strong growth across both the Welfare Lottery and Sports Lottery.  According to data from China’s Ministry of Finance, Welfare Lottery sales increased by 16 per cent to RMB98.5bn, representing 55 per cent of total lottery sales in China.
Amaya Gaming, the pretty little duckling that turned into a magnificent swan, almost overnight, is now the official owner of the French subsidiary of PokerStars.  Amaya acquired the Rational Group for $4.9bn.
Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie Alford said that just like the other lottery games, the money will go toward funding Georgia education programs. “As with all Georgia Lottery games, profits from our "21-Black Series" will benefit the lottery-funded Hope Scholarship and Pre-K programs,” Alford said.
Malta has requested an opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding the compatibility of the recently adopted Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions as it relates to European law, and in particular, the definition of "illegal sports betting".  The Council of Europe calls on governments to adopt measures to prevent conflicts of interest in sports betting; to encourage sports betting regulatory authorities to fight against fraud including, if necessary, by limiting the supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets; and to fight against illegal sports betting by restricting access and blocking financial flows to and from customers.  Malta, which was one of the European nations involved in the drafting process, ultimately voted against the convention, stating that while it agrees with the principle aim of combating manipulation and fraud in sports, it believes that the betting provisions contained in the convention go beyond its scope and objectives.
“This growth over last year is thanks to our players and retailers, who understand the great things Pennsylvania Lottery games provide,” said Lottery Executive Director  Sil Lutkewitte. “For the third consecutive year the Lottery generated more than $1 billion  to support vital services and benefits for older adults across the state. This is great news, but the numbers also underscore the importance of getting legislative relief from the statutory minimum rate of return to position the Lottery to deliver more dollars to senior programs in future years.”
Last week, EU officials called for tighter rules to regulate online gambling to offer more protection for minors and to better oversee a fragmented market.  They pointed to data that showed members of the European Union accounted for some 45 percent of the world’s online gaming market. Boosting those numbers, they said, were companies operating out of Britain and Malta.
The UK’s Gambling Act completes its ‘point of consumption’ regulatory framework requiring all online gambling companies wishing to offer their websites in the UK to first obtain a remote gambling licence from the country’s Gambling Commission.  In the past, major gambling operators have obtained licences from such regulatory jurisdiction as the Isle of Man, Alderney, Gibraltar or Malta, but now the UK Gambling Commission is set to become an important global iGaming regulator. The move is also likely to shake up many offshore regulatory jurisdictions, as many major UK gambling operators, such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler, Bwin.Party, and BetFair, are based in locations such as Gibraltar.  Now, a requirement for qualify for a remote gambling licence, the online gambling operator must ensure that not more than 3% of its revenues are derived from grey markets, whilst also providing legal rationale for their presence in such markets in the first place.  This could potentially represent a game changer for the global iGaming market, as many major gambling firms will now have to exit grey markets if they are to be granted access to the UK. Furthermore, The Gambling Act could act as a potential model for other European online gambling markets.  PGRI Note:  This has hugely important implications for the entire EU online gambling regulatory structure.
NOVOMATIC, Europe’s largest integrated gaming group and owner of Icelandic lottery technology pioneer>Betware has been accepted as a member in three of the world’s most important lottery associations. With this, the company expands its competency in lottery services. We are proud to welcome NOVOMATIC as a WLA member, and to count them among our Gold Contributors”, says WLA President Jean-Luc Monet-Banet.
Mr. Buddy Roogow, the Lottery’s Executive Director, commented: “INTRALOT has been an extremely valuable partner with the DCLB. Their creative expertise and technical capabilities have allowed us to continue a leadership role in the industry by expanding our product line with new, exciting, innovative games and distribution channels, including interactive instant games played on player-activated terminals. With these new channels and games, we have increased our sales and player base without cannibalizing sales of other products. We very much look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with INTRALOT through 2020.”





Lottery Expo 2014 Conference September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program

September 9 to 11

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    www.edenrocmiami.com

Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

Platinum Sponsors:

GTECH, INTRALOT, HUDSON ALLEY SOFTWARE, LINQ3, SCIENTIFIC GAMES

Silver Sponsors and Exhibitors:  Arrow International, Camelot Global Services, Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, InComm, Jumbo Interactive, Pro-Lite

Tuesday, September 9:

WELCOME RECEPTION:  5:00 to 7:00 pm   Sea Breeze Terrace

Wednesday, September 10, 2014                            
8:00 to 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM.  Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer, PGRI, opens the conference sessions

Keynote addresses:

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery, Co-Host Lottery Expo

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery,

President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion:  Multi-Jurisdictional Games, promotional campaigns, and marketing strategies Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution.  Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort.  Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs?  Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show.  How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives?  What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?

Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Panelists:

Leslie Badger, Vice President Systems Marketing, Scientific Games Corp.

Connie Bloss, Vice President Marketing, Pennsylvania Lottery

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery

John Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Lottery

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Panel Discussion: Monopoly Millionaires’ Club

Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Executive Vice President World Lottery Association (WLA)

Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority

Steve Saferin, President Properties Group & Chief Creative Officer, Scientific Games Corp.

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association)

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon

Awards Ceremonies

Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Sharp Award for Good Causes

Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from Conference Sponsors

Panel Discussion:  Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?  Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.

Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:

David Barden, Executive Director, New Mexico Lottery

Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3

Larry Colatosti, Director, Retail Sales, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.

Tom Dolan, Regional Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software

RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace

Thursday, September 11

9:00 am Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery

Panel Discussion:  Content Marketing is being used to build a deeper connection with your customer. Connecting Lottery with a new generation of consumers means thinking and feeling like them - and building relationships based on that emotional connection.  It’s about telling a story more than selling.  It’s about re-branding, re-shaping our image so that everyone feels that Lottery “is for people like me”, it’s about integrating digital technology and retail merchandising strategies so that we are talking with our customers rather than at them so that consumers embrace Lottery as part of who they are and want everyone to know it.  How is Lottery evolving its approach to create this emotional connection that drives sales?  How can Lottery leverage the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales.  How can marketing and promotional strategies integrate the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail?

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Gary Gonder, COO and Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications , Missouri Lottery

James Hutchinson, Vice President – Marketing, Georgia Lottery Corporation

Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming

Nikki Orcutt, Vice President Marketing, West Virginia Lottery

Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from conference sponsors

Coffee Break

Gordon Medenica, Lottery Industry Consultant, Former Director of New York Lottery, Former President of NASPL

Ryann Petit-Frere, Manager Digital Strategy, California Lottery

Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group

Luncheon: 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Presentations:

Lucas Baffetti, General Manager of Loteria de San Luis

Konrad Komarczuk, Director of Innovation, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Juan Torres, Administrative and finance manager of Grupo slots

Panel Discussion: Bridging the gap between the online and off-line worlds

Lottery and its retailers both want to drive sales performance by consolidating their position with current customers and attracting new customers.  Lottery has always been a powerful driver of store traffic in the off-line world.  How can Lottery do the same in the on-line world?   How can Lottery and its retailers work together to build the omni-channel model that is so key to accomplishing our shared objectives? Retailers know they need to connect with their consumer via Internet and Mobile app’s and are doing that.  How can Lottery help them?  How can Lottery consolidate its position as a valued partner to its retailers, while promoting the adoption of the Internet channel to connect with the consumer?

Moderator and Panelists: TBA

Closing night Reception

Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org  

Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com 

Public Gaming /Paul Jason - pjason@publicgaming.com   / Susan Jason - sjason@publicgaming.com  /Office Phone - + 425-449-3000  
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