It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Doris Burke on May 15th after a lengthy illness.  She died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her husband, Duane, of 65 years, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Doris was born on September 19, 1930.  She lived an accomplished and adventurous life, starting new businesses, writing books, travelling and raising two children with her husband Duane.  She and Duane founded Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI) in 1971.  She is survived by her loving husband, her two children, Susan and Steve, her grandchildren Nicolle, Julie and Robert and her great grandchildren, Jack and Ella her many cousins and other beloved family.   Doris lived a wonderful life. Her kindness and love was such a blessing for everyone who knew her and her spirit will always shine brightly in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19, at  Sunset Hills Funeral Home 1215  145th Place SE Bellevue, WA  98007 Phone 425-746-1400.
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Panel Discussion moderated by


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

The Next Era of Multi-state Draw Games:

Is the model of ever-increasing jackpots sustainable?  Are there ways to develop other game attributes and appeal to buyer motives and engage consumer demand?  How can we leverage our trusted brand value, be more creative in product development, develop innovative promotional concepts, and increase the effectiveness of our social “gaming” or networking initiatives in a manner that will allow us to develop a sustainable long-term strategy for multi-state draw games? How important is it for individual state lottery directors to find a way to work together as a single cohesive team to manage Powerball, Mega Millions, the national promotional strategies for both games, and the development of new national games, and promotions.  Or, conversely, should lottery directors work together to implement multi-state games only when the stars align and everyone agrees on everything, and reconcile ourselves to a balkanization of the multi-state games?

Panelists: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery, President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL),
Carole Hedinger
, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Stephen Martino
, Executive Director, Maryland Lottery
Charles McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire
Connie Laverty O’Connor, Chief Customer Officer, GTECH; CEO, GTECH Indiana.

This video presentation is brought to you by Public Gaming Research Institute and was recorded at SMART-TECH 2014  in New York City, April 2014.

Anthony G. Gumina

January 29, 1958 - April 27, 2014

Tony Gumina died Sunday evening, surrounded by his family.  Many of you knew Tony; and to meet him was to be his friend.

Tony was the driving force behind the Pro-Football Hall of Fame promotion.  He also brought Ray Charles to the lotteries, starting with the Georgia Lottery and including Powerball, and many other lottery promotions. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) submitted a letter to Congressional leadership opposing the recently introduced “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” and urging Congress to support states’ rights.  The legislation, by expanding the 1961 Wire Act, would effectively preempt the historical and constitutional right of states to regulate gambling within their borders.

Created in 1993 to honor Major Peter J. O’Connell, first director of the Rhode Island Lottery, recipients of the award have distinguished themselves over a long period of time and have made important contributions in the lottery industry. Following is a list of prior Award recipients (alphabetic sequence):

Major Peter J. O’Connell Lifetime Achievement Recipients

George Andersen - Deceased - Former Director, Minnesota Lottery; Former President NASPL, US

Ralph Batch - Deceased - Former Director, NJ, IL & DE Lotteries; First President NASL, US

Ray Bates - Former National Lottery Director, Irish Lottery, IRELAND

Daniel Bower - Co-founder of Scientific Games; , US

Margaret DeFrancisco, Senior Vice President/Pollard Banknote, Former President NASPL, Former President & CEO, Georgia Lottery, US

David Gale - Executive Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, US

Arch Gleason - President & CEO, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, US, Former President NASPL; Former President World Lottery Association (WLA)

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission, President of NASPL, US

Rebecca Paul Hargrove -- President & CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery; Sr. Vice President of the
World Lottery Association (WLA); Former President, NASPL; Former CEO/Director of Florida, Georgia and Illinois Lotteries, US

Clint Harris - Former Executive Director, Minnesota State Lottery, Former President NASPL, US

James Hosker - Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Lottery + GTECH Executive, Former President, NASPL, US

James Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive of Lottery, Scientific Games, US

Connie Laverty O'Connor, Chief Customer Officer, GTECH; CEO, GTECH Indiana; Former COO, Georgia Lottery; Former Dir. Marketing, Sales, NY Lottery, USA

Cluny Macpherson - Former President, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CANADA

Garth Manness - Former President, Ontario Lottery Corporation, CANADA

John Musgrave,  Executive Director, West Virginia Lottery, US

Reidar Nordby Jr. - Former President &CEO, Norsk Tipping, NORWAY

Jim O'Brien, Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Scientific Games; Former Director of Marketing of the Massachusetts State Lottery, US

Major Peter J. O-Connell - Former Executive Director, RI Lottery, US

John Pittman, Vice President of Marketing, Intralot, US

Vic Poleschuk, Former President and CEO of British Columbia Lottery Corp, CANADA

Edward Powers - Deceased - Director of First Modern US Lottery, New Hampshire, US

Buddy Roogow, Executive Director of the D.C. Lottery, Former President of NASPL, Former Director of the Maryland Lottery

Jim Scroggins - Former Director of the Oklahoma Lottery, US

Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President, LINQ3; Former President of NASPL; Former CEO New Mexico Lottery; Former Executive Director North Carolina Education Lottery; Former Executive Vice President, Georgia Lottery US

Guy Simonis - Former President, British Columbia; Former President, NASPL; Former President,
World Lottery Association (WLA), CANADA

Dr. Edward Stanek - Former President & CEO, Iowa Lottery Authority, Former President NASPL, US

Charles Frost Strutt - Executive Director, MUSL, US

J. Bret Toyne, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Ed Trees, Regional VP Sales, Printed Products, Scientific Games; Former Director Pennsylvania Lottery, US

James Wimsatt - Former Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, US

*Stephen Wynn - CEO, Wynn Resorts, Nevada, US 

Jerome Young - Deceased -Vice President, IGT, US

Mark Zamarripa - Former Director, Colorado Lottery, US

Greg Ziemak - Former Director, Connecticut and Kansas Lottery, Former President NASPL, US

Invitation to write for Public Gaming International Magazine, and the chance to win an expense-paid trip (travel, meals, & hotel) to present on PGRI’s conference program.

PGRI Note: Congratulations to Team NASPL and the California Lottery for hosting a fabulous educational seminar in San Diego last week.  The “Professional Development Seminar” includes top industry leaders, brilliant keynote speakers, and top operating executives in an intensive and highly interactive learning experience.  Visit to learn more about the conferences and other services provided by the lottery association that serves the North American members.

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“I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award. To become a member of such an esteemed group is beyond my wildest expectations. I will continue to exert all of my energies to furthering our great industry,” stated Roogow.

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It is with profound sorrow that we inform you of the tragic passing of Tracy Marie Laverty.  Tracy was 31 years old.   Our prayers are with Tracy, and our hearts go out to her mother, Connie Laverty O'Connor, and her family.


I am experimenting with a different way to comment on the news.  Instead of a “blog” or “wall”, my comments will just be attached to the news story, preceded by a “PGRI Note:”   My thought would be to give this a try for a couple weeks and see which format makes more sense, and is better for our readers.  Feel free to let me know if you have a preference.

PGRI Note:  The World Economic Forum in Davos just concluded.  The consensus is that there is a markedly different spirit of optimism than there was at the meeting last year.  For one thing, there is relief that the Euro currency didn’t collapse.  Global macro-economic problems persist, some even appearing to be intractable, but at least they are not threatening us with imminent economic crises. Lottery has weathered the challenges of the previous years much better than almost any other industry.  If the spirit of Davos Forum is reflected in rising consumer optimism, now is the time to really step on the gas.  The gaming, gambling, and lottery industries are undergoing seismic changes and we need to act now to ensure that the beneficiaries of lottery funding benefit by those changes.

Major Peter J. O'Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony March 21, 1:30 pm 2012 at SMART-Tech 2012, Helmsley Park Lane HotelNew York City
2012  Recipients

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President, Linq3





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