|Portugal's final version of online gaming regulation is adapted from the experiences of its European neighbors, who are slowly accepting online gaming legislation. Gross gaming revenues in the online poker category will be taxed 15% across the board, applicable to operators with cumulative gross income of all games not surpassing €5 million. For operators with income surpassing €10 million, the rate is set at 30%.
PGRI Note: Again, this article is written by advocates for commercial friendly regulations and low tax rates.
|“Our players really enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games with big jackpots. Bingo is always fun to play and with draws on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, this game is already creating excitement,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “And the jackpot prize of $100,000 is the highest ever offered for a bingo game in Idaho’s history.”|
|The terms of the compact signed in 2004 required The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to contribute a flat fee of $17.4 million to the general fund each year. The Department of Finance estimated that the state will receive reduced revenue of about $3 million to $5 million annually under the new deal. American Indian tribes with casinos are significant donors to California campaigns. Viejas has made about $711,000 in contributions since January 2013 to state candidates and campaign committees, but none directly to Brown, according to state records.|
|Different Story in Europe In Europe, lottery is popular with young people, and the UK serves as a very good example to show that point: About 25 percent of UK lottery players are young people aged between 16 and 24. Most of them purchase their tickets not in the old traditional way but online via UK and European lotteries which let players buy online tickets straight away the likes of EuroMillions and UK Lotto, or using online lottery ticket agents.|
|Paypal would add legitimacy to a market that has struggled on the processing side of the business. Visa and Mastercard payments still carry a decline rate of at least 25 percent. Some players are also running into problems with electronic checks. Neteller, Skrill, and site-specific debit cards have a nearly 100 percent acceptance rate. The branding of these payment processors is not familiar to many recreational players. Adding a powerhouse like Paypal to the U.S. regulated online poker and casino industry will give access to players that may otherwise be out of reach. Paypal boasts over 150 million worldwide active users.|
|About a third of the United States is within 25 miles of a casino. The percentage of the U.S. population within a 25-mile radius of a casino is likely even higher than the geographical proximity because many of these locations are near major population centers.|
|“GTECH’s direct presence in France, one of Europe’s biggest gaming markets, will bring even greater benefits to our customers. Sales Manager Didier Tomas and our team look forward to developing these relationships,” said Attal. “We are grateful to our previous distributor in the French market, Ludi S.F.M., for two successful decades of business together, and wish them all the best and great success for the future.”|
|Commenting on the 1H14 Results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “As we have completed the first half of the FY 2014 period, we are very satisfied to have extended the duration of five of our existing contracts in North America, Australia and Asia and added a new major contract in the US. As we have mentioned in the recent past, these developments follow on the steps of our strategy to capitalize on our presence in existing jurisdictions. From a financial stand point, the Group posted in the second quarter a significant growth in operating cash-flow generation and a decrease of its net debt. Furthermore, the refinancing of our syndicated loan extended the Group’s debt maturities as we have no refinancing issues for at least the next three years, confirming the banking sector’s trust and support towards our strategy and business outlook.”|
|“If you're someone who feels like they never get any of the numbers when you play the lottery, then this is the game for you,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the Education Lottery. “With this game, if you match all the numbers you win $250,000 and if you don't match any of the numbers you win $250,000. Either way wins.”|
|"The extension of our instant games contract with Scientific Games demonstrates that the games they design and produce have served as a great asset to our instant game portfolio," said Ed Van Petten, Director of the Minnesota Lottery. "From licensed brands to unique play action and prize structures, these games are among the favorites with players in Minnesota. We have worked with Scientific Games since 1990 to create games that provide entertainment, value and engagement with the Lottery's brand. We are delighted to continue our collaboration to drive increased returns to the state's general fund and the environment."|
|"The Taiwan Public Welfare Lottery is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing lotteries in Asia and we believe there is significant opportunity for instant category growth by working closely with the leadership of the TLC to develop innovative content and solutions to support their important mission," said Michael Conforti, Chief Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific for Scientific Games. "The addition of Scientific Games as an instant game provider will help the TLC continue its impressive growth trajectory that has resulted in ever increasing returns to its public welfare programs."|
|LOTTERY EXPO 2014 September 9-11 **URGENT Room block extended until Wednesday! Click here to make Room Reservation at Eden Roc HotelThe hotel is extending the $199 rate at their discretion so if you don't have your room yet don't wait - the whole block expires on Wednesday August 13. If you would like assistance booking your hotel room please call Janyll Dieguez Group Reservations Coordinator Eden Roc Miami Beach Phone: 305-674-5500 ext:5709|
|“The California Lottery spent the better part of one year preparing the material to earn these certifications,” said Acting Director Paula LaBrie. “We consider this a great success and an important business milestone for our organization. GLI’s Professional Services team helped us complete the necessary requirements for certification, and we appreciate their effective and professional skills needed to achieve this goal.”|
Panel Discussion and Presentation topics at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami:
Breakthrough Marketing/Promotional Ideas for Lottery’s Corporate Accounts
We know what we want from our retail partners: more focus on the mission to sell Lottery products! How do we engage big corporate accounts to embrace that mission like we want them to? Lottery’s brand equity, connection to countless millions of shoppers, and ability to drive store traffic are under-utilized assets that can deliver value to our retail partners and in turn engage them in our mission. It is starting to happen in a big way. Panelists will discuss successful initiatives to collaborate with corporate account retail partners on cross-sell-promotions and new product design. Panelists will also build on these successes to explore fresh new ideas for how Lottery can develop a stronger, more productive, relationship with its corporate accounts.
Building out the multi-state platform for Big-Box Corporate Account Retailers
Logistical back-office hurdles have stymied Lottery’s ability to develop the full potential of multi-state retail operations. Now, substantial progress is being made to meet the needs of these multi-state retailers. What has been accomplished; how can we lock-in the progress that has been made; what are the current issues that are being addressed; what are the most do-able, actionable things that Team Lottery should do to blow open the doors to successful expansion of Lottery in the multi-state big-box retail channel?
Bricks & Clicks: The merging of Interactive and Land-Based Retail
Retail and Lottery both recognize that “Interactive” is about is much more about creating the optimal consumer experience than it is about selling products online. How are progressive lotteries leading the charge into an “Internet of Things” future that integrates digital technologies into the fabric of all we do? How are Retailers doing the same thing, and how can we join together to forge the most productive and mutually beneficial pathways to integrate Interactive and Land-Based initiatives?
Behavioral Economics Applied to Lottery
There is much talk about “convergence” in the industry. The easy access to all forms of gaming is contributing to experimentation by the consumers. As consumers migrate from one game category to another, the need to identify and focus on the attributes that make Lottery most appealing to the consumer is greater than ever. How can Lottery clarify its messaging, its brand, its products and promotions to differentiate itself in this competitive market-place, and carve out its own unique connection to the consumer?
Betting on Interactive
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, drive sales, and disseminate information? How are lotteries integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business to position themselves for successful long-term sustainable growth?