New York voters passed a referendum in November that approved up to seven private casinos statewide after lawmakers approved the constitutional amendment earlier in the year. The first four are limited to the Catskills, Southern Tier and Albany area.
Mr. Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, President of the WLA, said that: “This is indeed an accomplishment for the company who has been certified with a level 4 certification, being the highest level that a lottery can attain in this certification”.  The President of EL, Mr. Friedrich Stickler, commented: “Being recognized by the European Lotteries on such an important subject is indeed a huge landmark not only for Maltco Lotteries but also for Malta. I congratulate all the Maltco’s team for the hard work they have put towards this project”.
"We are very excited to begin working with Washington's Lottery for the first time in our company's history," said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote, adding that "by securing this new contract, the Lottery demonstrates its confidence in our ability to offer the latest innovations to help maximize proceeds for the wide-ranging education programs it supports. We look forward to helping the Lottery creatively respond to changes in both the lottery industry and theWashington marketplace with exciting leading-edge innovations that have broad appeal."
State Sen. Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union said, “Congress should leave us alone.” Lesniak added, “Instead of a dangerous, overseas black market, consumers in the state of New Jersey have a safe place to go – a program that not only includes essential consumer protections, but also generates thousands of dollars in revenue,”
Author and game designer  Jane McGonigal describes the idea of ten-year forecasting and how it impacts game design. The idea, she explained, is similar to how jellybeans can be mixed and combined to create different flavors, like a banana split or candy apple. But with forecasting, researchers look at signals, things that have become important topics of discussion, and see how they could combine in the future to create something new.  In her latest ten year forecasting McGonigal looked at a variety of signals and came up with five futuristic games inspired by the ideas that seem to be building buzz.
The National Lotteries Board (NLB), although a public body, is under no obligation to provide information to the media or anyone else on its operations when possible harm may occur if this information lands in the public domain.  This is according to a recent Pretoria High Court judgment.   “Instead of providing some detail so the NLB could respond and not be tarnished without the ability to respond, the applicant merely argued the NLB confuses its right to access to information.”  Judge Ebersohn said Media24 could not simply say it did not have to justify its request for access to this information.
The economic crisis in France and the complexity of poker as a game are blamed for the poker market’s underperformance
"FDJ is a valued and long-term partner and this is an extremely positive achievement for Scientific Games," said Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive of Lottery.  "It confirms our position as the number one instant game supplier for FDJ."
Businesses that understand and apply gamification techniques will out-flank their competitors in the race to capture the scarcest commodity of the 21th century – the attention and engagement of staff and customers.”
Illinois is now the first state ever to have a lottery gaming app that lets those who are geo-targeted as being within the state lines to actually purchase tickets.  Now that the Illinois App has been downloaded more than 128,000 times and has sold nearly $1 million in ticket sales, expect more states to follow suit, allowing players to purchase Powerball, Mega Millions and Lotto tickets directly from their mobile devices.  Northstar is the operator of the Illinois Lottery, and GTECH is the creator of the Mobile App.
Analysts forecast the Social Gaming market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 24.06 percent over the period 2012-2016.
Lottery Director Gerald Aubin said a cold winter, combined with playoff appearances by the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, kept potential patrons and customers away. He predicted that the numbers will rebound during the spring.
The lottery is holding six shows around the state this year. People who have non-winning Hoosier Millionaire tickets can use them to register online to be on one of the shows.
The study may end up being a fair and unbiased take on the affect iGaming could have on Mississippi. However, it isn't being conducted in the usual manner — and that's concerning.  State Rep. Richard Bennett, the Republican chairman of the Mississippi House Gaming Committee who requested the study, has made it clear that he is against passing online gaming legislation. And, despite being the main legislator pushing for internet gaming in the state, Dem. Rep. Moak wasn't consulted before the study was ordered. Another member of the eight-person task force is Dorothy Loggins from the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling.
The Lotteries Act prohibits gaming advertising other than by licensed operators, but its provisions only apply to state licensed media outlets. Media licensed by other EU countries are not bound by the act. The government has  pledged to resolve the problem but it has failed to do so in the courts—which cite EU treaties and constitutional rights to free speech when rejecting prosecutions.
At issue is whether operators who violated the U.S.prohibition against illegal online gambling (like Pokerstars) should be allowed to apply for license if or when a state choses to regulate and license the internet gambling industry.
The US Treasury Department is developing a requirements which would mean US casinos would have to vet where high rollers’ funds are coming from. The move is part of a push to address concerns that criminals are using casinos for  money laundering.  
PGRI Note: Those concerns appearing to be well-founded since the operation of the big kahuna himself, Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp., was just fined $47 million for failing to report deposits from an alleged drug trafficker.
The Danish Gambling Authority recently instructed Internet service provider Three to block five suspected sites, which have been named to include  7red.com, 7red.dk, quasargaming.com, wintrillions.com and trillonario.com.  Previously, the DGA imposed blocks on 12 gambling firms also lacking official Danish  online gambling licenses, most notably Betclic Everest subsidiary  Bet-At-Home and several Playtech-powered sites, including Titan Poker.

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