Stefan Szymanski, an economist at the University of Michigan, believes that legalization actually makes cheating less likely. Legal, regulated bookies are far less likely to fix matches than illegal bookies, Szymanski explained recently to The New York Times Magazine. They face much greater consequences for doing so, and the reward simply isn't worth it, in many cases.   Legalizing bookies reduces the pool of illegal bookies. But it also gives those regulated parties a legal form of recourse if they do believe a game has been fixed -- and those bookies, ever vigilant of their bottom-line, would place even more trained eyes on each game.   Illegal bookies, meanwhile, have no such options when they believe they have been wronged by a fixed game. And such elements put the welfare of legal bookie operations at risk, because if customers believe the games are fixed, they won't be so eager to place a bet -- and bookie revenues will dwindle fast.
"We are delighted to continue innovating with Scientific Games to bring entertaining lottery games to Atlantic Canadian players through technology that both serves us today and leads us into the future," said Brent Scrimshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Lottery Corporation. "Our conversion to the AEGIS NGS and Sciplay systems will provide ALC with the opportunity to securely and responsibly grow through traditional retail channels, and now mobile, internet and emerging channels."  "The combination of the AEGIS NGS gaming system and the Sciplay iLottery system will offer ALC a completely integrated technology solution and a deep entertainment portfolio of traditional and digital lottery games for players," said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.
"Many international gambling sites are very aggressive with their direct marketing," Timo Kiiskinen, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at RAY said. “And they make no effort to care for their customers. They can, for example, promise new customers 100 euro bonuses when they register," he said. The foreign companies are making offers that Finnish companies are not allowed to. "It's clear that often customers will take the best deal when they’re considering gambling," Kiiskinen said.  Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY), Veikkaus and Fintoto were set up as monopolies, and are required to give away profits to charitable organisations. They’re also charged with the promotion of moderate gambling. Foreign gambling sites have no such restrictions and by using social media and paying Finnish bloggers to help recruit gamblers to these sites, they circumvent current law.
Dutch licensed national operators the Dutch Lottery, Nederland Charites Lottery, Lotto NL, Holland Casino and Sportech Racing have been included as founding members of the ‘Netherlands Gaming Platform’.
“The combination of GTECH and IGT brings together two highly complementary legacy businesses to form the true blue chip company in global gaming. The new name and branding reflect this positioning. In addition, our two companies have similar core values; in fact, our respective names are derived from the same origin. The comprehensive footprint of our new group fully validates the global claim inscribed in the IGT name,” said Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive Officer.“Our new logo, marrying the IGT name and the iconic GTECH globe, draws upon the substantial brand equity of our two companies. It symbolizes our unique capacity to transform the industry with cutting-edge technology and innovative content; to deliver exciting game experiences through every channel, including gaming, lottery, interactive, mobile, and social; and to be the partner of choice in the global gaming industry.”
Legalized gambling won't increase the likelihood of rigged matches, because bringing betting out of the seedy black market underworld—where the vast majority  of gambling currently takes place—and into regulated legal markets would only add transparency.
The bill, HB 649, already has support, sponsored by seventeen Representatives.A recent study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that Internet Gaming is a large new source of revenue from which the Commonwealth could benefit.  Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive gaming as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming, licensed facilities and the communities in which they operate. [I-]Gaming has already been authorized in nearby states that directly compete with our current licensed casinos. Many Pennsylvania residents participate in illegal and unregulated gaming sites. Establishing a strong regulatory framework under the Gaming Control Board will assist in shutting down these illegal sites and enhance consumer protection for our gaming residents.
Germany’s association of state-owned lottery operators, DLTB requests the German Federal Government to intervene to prevent the partly state-owned Deutsche Telekom from launching online sports-betting without a German license.   Operators contend that their licenses in Austria (or Gibralter or Malta) entitle them to operate in Germany.  It is the position of government-lotteries, the European Lotteries Association, and in fact the Parliament of European Union member states, that license in the country where the consumer/player resides is required to offer online gambling to those consumers.
“OnePlace is an industry leader in providing relevant and timely sales data in a concise manner. The Arizona Lottery is thrilled to have this robust information available to assist in driving sales for all of our retail partners.” said Raynie Hosto Director of Sales at the Arizona Lottery. “We are excited to partner with the Arizona Lottery and are delighted that they chose to join the growing list of lotteries that are using OnePlace.” said Adam Perlow, Hudson Alley’s CEO.
State Rep. Bob Rita introduced a bills that would create five new casinos in: Chicago, the South suburbs, Lake County, Winnebago County (Rockford) and Vermillion County.
Amazon.com Inc. is upping the ante on its $1 billion bet on videogame-streaming site Twitch.   Twitch draws 100 million users each month to watch others play online games such as “Minecraft” and “League of Legends”, and now, online poker players.
“Responsible Gaming is very important to all of us at the California Lottery, from our employees to our retailers, vendors and players,” said Paula LaBrie, Acting Director of the California Lottery.  “We knew our Responsible Gaming Program was one of the strongest in the nation, but we’re always looking for ways we can continue to improve our practices. Given the size of the California Lottery and the amount of supplemental funding we provide to public education, achieving a Level Four status is quite an accomplishment. We are pleased the California Lottery is the first lottery in the nation to achieve this certification.”

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SMART-TECH 2015

SMART-Tech 2015 Preliminary Conference Program

(We outgrew our space so have new larger Ballrooms :)

Updated March 27th

Monday Reception 5-7p - 16th Floor Sky Lobby

*New - Meeting room Tuesday and Wednesday in  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 - 5th Floor

*New  Luncheon Tuesday and Wednesday  - Lyceum Complex  - 5th Floor

*New  Reception Tuesday and Wednesday Lyceum - Complex  - 5th Floor

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March 30, 31, and April 1

Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City · Join over 200 of your colleagues for Smart-Tech NYC. · Fabulous Program: Cutting Edge Topics, World-Class Speakers (See below) · Fabulous Venue:  Marriott Marquis is at 45th & Broadway, the heart of Times Square and the Theatre District · Fabulous opportunity to visit with the leaders from 50+ different lotteries. · Fabulous Networking Opportunity:  Three Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
 
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SMART-Tech 2015 Conference Program

March 30, 31, and April 1

Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City

Visit www.PublicGaming.org for conference updates, more info, and Links for registering

Monday Reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday at the Fabulous 16th Floor SkyLobby Lounge

Tuesday, March 31    Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

7:30 to 8:30 am:          Continental Breakfast  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

8:30 AM: Conference Sessions Begin   Note that sessions begin at 8:30 am.) 

Ø 8:30 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI, opens the conference sessions  Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

Ø Gardner Gurney, Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Gaming Commission and its Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery

Ø Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Ø Panel Discussion:  Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations

Nurturing a positive public persona is key for all brands. Multi-billion dollar companies all have a public relations departments that build the brand image on the national level, not just the local level.  Lottery's counterparts in the gaming and casino gambling industries certainly have very well-funded PR machines. How can Team Lottery carve out a more prominent place in the national consumer consciousness, and promote a positive public image for Brand Lottery on the national stage?  (Yes, we do need to deal with limitations on self-promoting PR; and the fact that 45 lotteries do not have identical PR agendas.  But still…)

Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery and President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Panelists:

Gerald Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Presentations:

Michael Chambrello, Chief Executive Officer of North America Lottery, GTECH

Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive Lotteries, Scientific Games

Ø Panel Discussion:  Reinvigorating the draw-games category

What can we do to recapture the magic and growth in the draw games?  How can we improve the player experience, perhaps augment the jackpot-driven buyer-motive with other attributes and promotional angles to stimulate consumer interest, and otherwise increase the appeal of the draw-games?

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

Panelists:

Sean Athey, Vice President, Systems Sales, Scientific Games Corp.

Dennis Berg, Executive Director, Ohio Lottery

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Lottery

Anne Noble, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Lottery Corp.

John Pittman, Vice President Marketing, INTRALOT USA

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, Multi-State Lottery Association

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

Ø Presentation:  Leigh-Ann Goad, Research & Consumer Strategist, Virginia Lottery Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor 

Ø Panel Discussion: The new science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding consumer behavior? For instance, market analysis methodologies are moving beyond the limitations of conventional segmentation that focus on age, sex, and income classifications; and beyond surveying customers in stores or conducting of in-person focus groups. How are “virtual focus groups” and “psychographic profiling” and other new methodologies changing our perspective from product-centric to customer-centric?  What are the forward-looking methods in consumer research - and how will they improve our understanding of consumer behavior and enhance our ability to design and sell lottery products? Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery, and Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium Panelists:

Don Feeney, Research & Planning Director, Minnesota Lottery

Nikki Orcutt, Deputy Director of Marketing, West Virginia Lottery

Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Marketing & Sales, OLG

Zurine de Saez Viteri, Managing Director, Lottovate

Ø Presentations:

· Fivi Rondiri, Corporate Marketing Coordinator, INTRALOT, USA

· Brian Roberts, President, North America, Jumbo Interactive

· Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs

· Adam Perlow, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Alley Software, Inc.

· Jamie Bader, Managing Partner, Parthenon

·Richard Bateson, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

· Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

Ø Panel Discussion:  Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators?

The government-lottery industry depends on the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks to protect its business model.  Market-driven changes and well-funded private interests (off-shore online gaming operators, Facebook and Google, Sheldon Adelson, etc.) are making it increasingly difficult for governments and their regulators to control the industry.   “Non-money” online games (paradoxically, some that are making more money than real-money games) are integrating prizes into their game structures in ways that defy the traditional definitions of “gambling”.  Games are being invented that have an element of skill, or some twist on prize structure or the precise nature of the “wager”, or otherwise finding ways to avoid being classified as "gambling".  What about Fantasy Sports – why is it not classified as gambling? Bitcoin and cyber-currencies threaten to unleash underground economies that evade regulatory constraints and the obligation to pay taxes.   Online betting websites that replicate the lottery-playing experience and others that appear to be selling the most popular lottery games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Euromillions but are illegal and fraudulent … What are the front-lines in the battle to preserve the integrity of the gaming and gambling industry?  What can we do to prevent the breakdown of regulatory discipline and effectiveness?

Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Panelists:

Mark Hichar, Partner, Hinkley, Allen Snyder Law Firm, Chair of Gaming Law Practice Group

Friedrich Stickler, Managing Director of Austrian Lotteries and President, The European Lotteries Association (EL)

Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Altius Law Firm, Legal Counsel to various European Lotteries & Operators

5:00 to 7:00 pm:  Reception Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

Wednesday, April 1    Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

7:30 am to 8:30 am:    Continental Breakfast  inside Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor

8:30 AM:   Conference Sessions Begin 8:30 AM:   Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Presentations:

· Julin Shaw, Manager of Interactive Sales & Marketing, NeoPollard Interactive

· Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panel Discussion: Interactive goes Mainstream:  Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources, and with each other.  Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic.   How are successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, disseminate information, and drive sales?  How are some lotteries positioning themselves for a successful long-term sustainable business by integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business? Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panelists:

Debbie Alford, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Lottery Corp.

Danny Bogus, Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations, Michigan Lottery

Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Camelot Global

Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote

Ø Presentations:

· Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President, iGaming, and Senior Vice President, Americas Interactive, GTECH

· Buddy Roogow, Executive Director, DC Lottery and

Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, DC Lottery

· Brendan McCarthy, Novomatic Lottery Solutions North America

· Sara Navidazar, Director of Marketing, Diamond Game

· Tony Fontaine, Vice President of Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions, InComm

· Matthew Isaac, Director, Retail Development, Pollard Banknote Limited

· Rick Perrone, President & CEO – Gameology®; dba of Tournament One Corp

· Frank Rash, Chief Operating Officer, Shoutz, Inc.

· Brad Cummings, Chief Operating Officer, EquiLottery

· Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming, BCLC (British Columbia)

Ø 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.  How can Team Lottery continue to modernize itself to take full advantage of these trends? Moderator:

May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery Panelists:

Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs

Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software

Brian Roberts, President North America, Jumbo Interactive

Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3

Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Luncheon Wednesday Afternoon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor

2:00pm -5pm - Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Presentation: Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery      Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2  5th Floor  

Ø Panel Discussion:  Managing Uncertainty as the key to successful Innovation Lotteries operate in an unforgiving business and political climate, the stakes are high, and the rate of change is increasing while visibility into the future is decreasing.  How do we know when to move from the research and study mode to launch mode?  Are there ways for an action-plan to include the flexibility to adjust course on the basis of new information gleaned from the real-world consumer response?  How can this new science of managing uncertainty be applied to the business of designing and launching new lottery games, promotional campaigns, and innovation in general - - and building a solid and sustainable growth plan? Moderator:

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Panelists:

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery

Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery

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

Ø Presentation: Peter Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Jackpocket

Ø Presentation: Gordon Medenica, Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

Ø Presentation: Susan Golightly, Principal, CODEI Marketing

Ø Award ceremonies

· Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes

See page 12 for the announcement of the Sharp Award Winner for 2015:

Hoosier Lottery and Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

Awarded to the Lottery which produces the largest year-over-year increase in net funding to Good Causes

· Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

See page 10 for biographies of the 2015 Recipients:

· Margaret Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

· Peg Rose, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery

· Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Reception 5-7pm Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor


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