The arrangements are ­similar to those involving lottery sales at gas pumps and ATMs in Minnesota. But using restaurant iPads to sell lottery tickets breaks new ground. “We’ve really not done anything quite like that before,” said Ed Van Petten, executive director of the State Lottery.
"More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. "We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia's students.
Rebecca Hargrove, the lottery’s president and CEO since it began, said its profit growth has averaged 5 percent a year, almost twice the industry average since 2004. The amount of money that has gone to education programs, including scholarships, approaches $3 billion.    “It’s the first time in the history of the lottery industry that a start-up has grown nine straight years,” Hargrove said.
Gardner Geurney, Acting Lottery Director commented; “The gambling landscape in New York State has changed over the last twelve months, and will continue to change and become more competitive. In order to safeguard state aid to education it is highly critical that we look at alternative approaches for the future of the Lottery. Camelot Global Services has the necessary skills and expertise to provide insight in identifying paths to achieve state aid to education goals.”
“This contract is important to GTECH as it allows us to re-establish a relationship with the Colorado Lottery which dates back to 1988 when we first brought the Lottery online,” said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel.  “We have conducted comprehensive retailer and consumer research studies in Colorado to gain a better understanding of the marketplace today, and in the future.  GTECH looks forward to upgrading the Colorado Lottery’s operating systems and its retailers with our latest technology, product solutions, and games necessary to support the Lottery’s next phase of growth.”

Las Vegas Casino Mogul Adelson Lobbies to End Internet Gaming -with potentially profound impact on U.S. state lotteries

By Mark Hichar*

*  Mark Hichar is a Partner with Hinckley, Allen and Snyder, LLP and is the Chair of its Gaming Law Practice Group.  He represents operators of casinos, Internet gaming websites, and providers of gaming systems, software and services, among others. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

POWERBALL is always looking to refresh its game and bring more value to its players," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "In Florida, POWERBALL sales contribute millions of dollars to education each year, so keeping its appeal is very important." The return of the multiplier to the Power Play feature is part of a year-long sales and branding campaign to support POWERBALL sales and introduce the Ultimate Tailgate Party Drawing to players. Pro football greats Terry Bradshaw, Warren Moon, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and Joe Namath will serve as spokesmen as part of the campaign.
Strong 2nd Quarter Provides $85 Million for Education Total Education Funding Since Inception Now Exceeds $2.89 Billion. “With the Lottery soon to mark a decade in Tennessee, it’s gratifying to see that our ticket sales continue to show solid and consistent gains year after year,” said Rebecca Hargrove, Lottery President and CEO. “The goal and end result, of course, is an increase in proceeds for the education programs that assist so many deserving students and their families all across Tennessee.”
Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totalled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for education.   “More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”
Gov. Chris Christie predicted Internet gambling in New Jersey would generate $1 billion in its first year.  Just $8.4 million in revenue was collected from the time online wagering in December, its first month of operation. PGRI Note:  Two things about this.  While $8.4 million is a small number, it is likely to increase since i-gaming is just getting started in NJ.  If it doubles or triples (which I would submit is a conservative estimate), that adds up to an annualized figure of $200 to $300 million.  Second, it seems like jurisdictions that are entering the i-gaming space are all basing their revenue projections on the assumption that they will build a big export business, somehow attracting players from outside of their jurisdiction.   It is silly to think that will happen, especially if you have something other than the 1% tax rate of a Malta or Gibraltar.  The thing that all jurisdictions entering the i-gaming space should concentrate on is not how to compete with Malta and Gibraltar for the inter-state or international i-gaming action.  Instead, they should focus on how to make sure that ALL the revenue generated by the residents of their jurisdiction stays within the jurisdiction and does not go off-shore to Malta, Gibraltar, or some other rogue tax-haven jurisdiction.  And U.S. states should not have to compete with each other for that revenue, otherwise states that charge more than the 6% or 7% tax will lose all the revenue to states like NJ or NV which charge low taxes on gambling revenues. I-gaming is an industry that should emphatically NOT be subject to the pressures of market-driven capitalism for the simple reason that the most material competitive advantage in this industry is … the tax rate.
An anti-online gaming group funded by Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson is distributing a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that warns Internet wagering can be used by criminals to conduct money-laundering activities. Opponents of online gambling are promoting draft legislation that would reverse the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2011 determination that overturned the Federal Wire Act, allowing individual states to adopt Internet gaming. Congressional sources said the bill came from Adelson’s group.

PGRI Note:  This dis-information campaign is very disturbing on many fronts.  First, journalists who write about these issues do not seem to realize how the words that are put into their mouths by propagandists are twisted to manipulate.  The U.S. Dept of Justice did not “overturn the Federal Wire Act”, they clarified the Wire Act to apply to sports-betting and that it was not intended to abrogate the rights of states to regulate and tax Internet gaming (which did not even exist when the Wire Act was executed).  Second, the notion that anti-gambling groups are allying with the most shameless casino gambling profiteer is weird.  Third, the fact that bad things and criminality happen, like money laundering, is the very reason why the industry should be properly regulated.  Prohibition is the haven for criminal activity, just as it was during the era of liquor prohibition in the 1920s in the U.S.  Adelson’s dis-information propagandizing cleverly insinuates that prohibition is the solution to these problems when it is clearly the opposite.  And to the point of money-laundering, how ironic that it was Sheldon’s own Las vegas Sands recently paid $47 million to settle a charge of money-laundering with the U.S. SEC.  $47 million!

The legislation provides that all online gambling firms operating in the UK pay a point of consumption tax – which currently stands at 15% of gross gaming revenue – and that all online gaming companies hold a UK Gambling Commission license. That would alter the current system where foreign companies are regulated by their respective jurisdiction. In addition, those companies would be required to inform the UK Gambling Commission of any “suspicious betting behaviour that involves UK customers.”

PGRI Note: This is a critical regulatory issue.  Does the gambling transaction take place at the point where it is processed by the operator’s server, or at the place where the player is located (i.e. the “point of consumption”).  It is vital that legislators all around the world stand firm that gambling takes place at the point of consumption.  This will be just as important in the U.S. as it is in Europe.  Without unambiguous affirmation that gambling takes place at the point of consumption, low-tax havens like Malta and Gibraltar will completely rule the entire European market; and all internet gambling in the U.S. would be based in Indian Tribal land with all of the profits flowing out of the states and into Tribal gaming operators.

“More and more consumers are choosing digital channels for business and entertainment and that includes Lottery players.  Providing iLottery services as an option for players helps the Michigan Lottery stay competitive in the entertainment marketplace and keeps our offerings up to date.  The Michigan Lottery is constantly changing and evolving to meet the demands of its players as part of its efforts to increase revenues and provide additional funding to the state’s schools,” said Tom Weber, the Lottery’s chief deputy commissioner.
“Our newest New York Lottery scratch-off game offers players a higher cash jackpot prize of $7,500,000,” said Gardner Gurney, Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery. “We believe our current players and perhaps some new Lottery players will want to get in on the excitement of a chance to win such a spectacular, life-changing cash prize.
Consumers can play Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lotto from their smart phone, check winning numbers and jackpots and, for the first time, even find a nearby retailer. The free app is available for download on iOS and  Android devices and is the first of its kind in the United States.
PGRI Note: As the laws relating to internet gaming become clarified, the issue of legality  is being removed.  But there is another issue for banks considering whether to accept credit cards for internet gambling.  Banks may regard the extension of credit for gambling as being a higher commercial risk, from a purely business perspective.
See Mark Hichar Article explaining the implications of the Adleson initiative
PGRI Note: YES.
It marked the fifth year in a row that such a result was reported by the highest grossing casinos in the Silver State. The last fiscal year, 2012, was better for the casinos as they reported a net loss then of only $1.21 billion.







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