“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.
Virginia officially legalized daily fantasy sports, like those run by DraftKings and FanDuel, by signing into law the “Fantasy Contests Act” Monday. The new law is the nation’s first formal approval of the industry after its come under scrutiny across many states for allowing what regulators see as illegal online gambling.  Daily fantasy sports sites will now be overseen by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service.  Daily fantasy sports were acknowledged by Virginia lawmakers as a game of skill vs. pure chance, a key difference that allows sites to avoid a federal ban on online gambling.  Both FanDuel and DraftKings were pleased with the news. DraftKings said it “will continue to work actively to replicate this success with dozens of legislatures.” Cory Fox, a lawyer for FanDuel, said he hopes “to see more states follow Virginia’s lead in the months ahead.”  Daily fantasy sports are currently banned altogether in many states, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington. Attorney generals in New York and Illinois have also said the online games are illegal, but the rulings are being challenged.
A bill raised by the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee would allow for lottery tickets to be sold online through a licensed vendor. If the bill moves forward, Connecticut would be one of the few states in the country to offer online lottery tickets. It would also be one of the only states to sell online tickets through an outside vendor.
Gambling operators providing their services within Romania’s borders paid the amount of €269 million in taxes in 2015, up 71% as compared to the €157 million posted for 2014.  Additionally, gambling companies that offered land-based services paid the approximate amount of €70 million for authorization and the relevant licenses.   In May 2015, Romanian lawmakers introduced overhauled gambling regulations, opening the local market for international operators. The new legislation was designed in a manner to make the country more attractive to foreign investors and companies that would thus boost its budget. In October 2015, the country’s gambling regulator posted a blacklist of online gambling operators, with bwin.party and Bet365 being among those. The National Gambling Office back explained its decision with the fact that operators continued operating in the country, despite the fact that they were awaiting temporary licenses from the regulator.
The judges ruled that the fact that the player has no influence over the cards that are dealt, and that the cards that are dealt does influence the outcomes of the game, therefore constitute an element of chance that means that poker is therefore to be classified as a game of chance.
“If we sell more tickets, we’ll make more money for education and that’s what we want to do,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Lottery. That’s why lawmakers asked lottery officials to take a look at new games to boost revenue. Garland gave a presentation to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Thursday, showing some other games several other states offer. “It’s really helpful to look to other states because if they succeeded in other states, they’ll probably do well in North Carolina,” said Garland. “We think there are some opportunities for us in some of the things presented today.”

11 provincial-level regions saw their lottery sales rise,with Hubei, Henan, Fujian, Yunnan, and Jiangsu climbing the most

LONDON, U.K. – March 11, 2016 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) today announced that Marco Sala, Chief Executive Officer, and Alberto Fornaro, Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the Macquarie Consumer Focus Forum on Monday, March 21, 2016.

“We are grateful to be aligned with the NCEL in innovating its business and achieving consecutive years of record success, and we welcome the opportunity to support the NCEL in ushering in its next exciting chapter,” said Michael Chambrello, IGT CEO, North America Lottery. “We look forward to furthering our partnership, helping to increase contributions to education, and bringing the greatest value to North Carolinians as we help the NCEL reach and exceed its next set of strategic goals.” The Education Lottery’s partnership with IGT during its first 10 years of operations is one of the major reasons it has succeeded in increasing both sales and earnings every year,” said Alice Garland, Executive Director of the NCEL. “With our new partnership, the lottery will get the systems and equipment it needs to work more effectively and efficiently for its players, its retail partners and the good cause it serves. By working together, the next 10 years can be as successful as the first.”

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that the Lottery took note of the ease with which it could interface with Szrek2Solutions’ equipment as well as the reporting features that the equipment provided. “Szrek2Solutions’ proposal aligned well with the details in the Lottery’s request for proposals for drawing equipment,” Rich said.

"It absolutely was a great decision for us and has had a positive effect on not just consumer sentiment but sales as well," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko told a Senate panel this week.

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