"We are excited about the potential gains in efficiencies and in retailer satisfaction that will result from our upgrading to Lapis’ gemIntelligence platform," said Paul Mandeville, Assistant Executive Director/Director of MIS at the Massachusetts Lottery. "Lapis’ expertise and the flexibility of their Agile Platform™ supported the rapid customization of gemIntelligence, including adding many new features such as instant ticket real time ordering; all in just two months.”
The Director of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission told the Public Safety Committee that the slot-style games violate their two-decade-old compact, which gives Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos exclusivity of all slot machine gambling in Connecticut. He added the games "would relieve the tribe from their ability to pay 25 percent" of the yearly revenue.  Senate Bill 80, sponsored by State Sen. Dante Bartolomeo, would ban internet sweepstakes cafes.
10% of equity sold for 212 million pounds ($353 million), which makes the market value of this online gambling company $3.53 billion.
“Having this GSA Certification is a significant achievement, because it signals to our customers and the industry that our SGVideo System meets the highest standards for interoperability and efficiency,” said Brennen Lawrence, Senior Vice President of North American Gaming for Scientific Games.
When Springfield, Mass., needed to choose who would build its first casino, the city hired an outside adviser to help with the process.  The consulting firm Shefsky &Froelich recommended the deal go to MGM Resorts International. At the same time, the consulting firm also was working as a registered lobbyist in Illinois for MGM Resorts.  The arrangement highlights an often-overlooked trend as more cities and states embrace legalized gambling across the country: Private companies are being hired to write regulations and vet casinos, even as the same firms work the other side of the fence, helping casinos enter new markets and sometimes lobbying for their interests.  But letting consulting companies with deep ties to the gambling industry decide how casinos are run — and who runs them — is a significant departure from how established gambling states, including Nevada and New Jersey, do things.
PGRI Note: All over Europe, member states are fighting to prevent criminal i-gaming operators from invading their markets.  Belgium is currently on the front lines in this fight to enforce the laws over against illegal online operators.  Come to PGRI Smart-Tech in New York to hear why this has become a global issue, what individual countries can do to combat unlicensed gaming, and why government-lotteries need to collaborate globally to ultimately defeat this assault on national sovereign rights to regulate and tax gambling.  Friedrich Stickler (Managing Director, Austria Lottery, President of the European Lottery Association), Philippe Vlaemminck (Partner, Altius Law Firm, Legal Counsel to the European Lotteries) Piet Van Baeveghem (Deputy Director, Legal Counsel, Belgium Lottery) will be presenting on this very topic at PGRI Smart-Tech in New York.
That’s $4.45 billion U.S. dollars in January alone, up 9.2 percent year on year.   Welfare Lottery (a separate lottery) sales reached 15.83 billion yuan, up 7.8 percent year on year. And Sports Lottery sales rose 11.3 percent year on year to 11.32 billion yuan.  China's lottery sales topped 309.33 billion yuan ($50 Billion) in 2013, up 18.3 percent year on year.
PGRI Note:  The issue isn’t about whether there is a need to prevent problem gambling.  The issue is how best to accomplish the goal of preventing problem gambling.  This bill failed because some legislators felt that it would be a mistake for the state to impinge upon the methods of the OR lottery, which have worked so effectively for many years.  Legislators cited testimony from lottery director Jack Roberts that with or without the bill, the lottery is committed to responsible gambling efforts.  Everyone agrees on the actions, policies, and goals "But the question is, is the lottery doing it already? I think they are."  Legislators are “encouraged by the direction lottery director Roberts, and lottery commission chair Elisa Dozono, appear to be taking the lottery.
PGRI Note: There is a provision in UK lottery laws that allows for small local charities to operate legally.  A company called "The Health Lottery" has organized these many small local lotteries into a massive network that has become a formidable national operator of lottery, in clear violation of UK laws that assign exclusive rights to operate a national lottery to the UK National Lottery.   Applying a cap to the profits would address this problem by prohibiting profits from being generated en masse like the Health Lottery does (50 million pounds in 2013 alone, and it was launched just three years ago!), while allowing local charities to continue to operate and generate funds for local causes like the laws intend.
"The Hoosier Lottery is dedicated to upholding the ethics and standards of the WLA's principles of responsible gaming," said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor. "These principles are necessary to ensure the protection of Hoosier Lottery players, and emphasizes our commitment to our fellow organizations that are equally dedicated to addressing the effect of gaming on Hoosiers across the state."
Celebrating the licence signing, Dermot Griffin, CEO Designate, Premier Lotteries Ireland, said:  “ am delighted the Government has awarded Premier Lotteries Ireland the licence to operate the Irish National Lottery.  Premier Lotteries Ireland will invest in the National Lottery and its Retail Network, providing state of the art technology to facilitate game innovation. In addition, we will provide players with choice through the development of the online channel. These opportunities will allow us to grow the National Lottery, increase returns to Good Causes, and create jobs in Ireland. Premier Lotteries Ireland will continue to operate with the existing National Lottery branding, maintaining the highest levels of integrity and responsible gaming.”
In fiscal year 2013, the most recent year available, Lottery figures show the thoroughbred and greyhound industries received Lottery subsidies totaling $87.6 million.
INTRALOT Group Chief Products & Services Officer, Mr. George Zenzefilis, stated: “We are extremely honored by Croatian Lottery’s continued trust in INTRALOT and are very pleased to be the strategic partner that has assisted the Croatian Lottery in implementing its interactive gaming strategy from the very beginning. The upcoming launch of the suite of state-of-the-art e-instant and e-scratch games, and the implementation of an extensive roadmap of games to follow, will put the Croatian Lottery within the ‘elite’ of the WLA Lotteries as far as interactive gaming practices is concerned.”
“We are proud to have Scientific Games as the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s instant game provider since we began in 1993 and we look forward to many exciting games created for Georgia players using the Alpha P-7 technology,” said Debbie Alford, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, currently the 2nd highest performing instant lottery per capita in the world with $2.6 billion in instant game sales in fiscal year 2013.
During the year ISBB launched 3 new betting platforms: new horse betting program (with GBI tote pool), new and most advanced betting site offering more games and options and a sophisticated mobile betting application. " the new technologies will enable us to reach our strategic income  goal of 3 Billion NIS within 3 years. We are sitting high in the saddle watching it come  true", says Zach Fishbein, ISBB Chairman.
In all, about $20 billion out of the nearly $70 billion in overall annual lottery revenues is used by states after prize money, retailer commissions, advertising and administrative expenses are taken out. Most states target their lottery revenue to specific causes, with education being the most popular."
Representatives of Scientific Games welcomed the governor and other dignitaries to a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Alpha P-7, the company’s most advanced manufacturing technology for printing instant lottery games. Jim Kennedy, executive vice president, which produces tickets for more than 120 lotteries worldwide, said the new technology will allow Scientific Games to manufacture some 53,000 secure lottery instant game tickets per minute. “This year alone, that press, that single press — one of four in this building and one of 11 worldwide — will produce $2 billion of revenue for good causes,” Kennedy said.

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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 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Fabulous 16th Floor SkyLobby; luncheons on Tuesday & Wednesday; as well as two days of working together.

The Smart-Tech program will include Lottery Directors and Executives from the following jurisdictions: Atlantic Lottery, Canada; Arkansas Lottery; BCLC, Canada; Colorado Lottery,  Connecticut Lottery; DC Lottery; Delaware; Florida Lottery; Georgia Lottery; Hoosier Lottery Indiana; Iowa Lottery; Kansas Lottery; Kentucky Lottery; Loto-Quebec Lottery; Maine Lottery; Maryland Lottery, Minnesota Lottery; Michigan Lottery; Missouri Lottery; New Hampshire Lottery; New Jersey Lottery; New York Lottery; North Carolina Lottery; Ohio Lottery; OLG, Ontario Canada; Oregon Lottery; Rhode Island Lottery; Sportowy Totalizator Lottery of Poland; St. Vincent & The Grenadines; Tennessee Lottery; Texas Lottery; Vermont Lottery; Virginia Lottery; Washington's Lottery; West Virginia Lottery; MUSL

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Monday, March 30, 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Opening Night Reception, SkyLobby
Tuesday, March 31            Manhattan Ballroom
8:00 to 9:00 am:          Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM:                    Conference Sessions Begin
Tuesday to also include 10-Minute presentations from Platinum Sponsors:
Camelot Global, Carmanah Signs, GTECH, Intralot, Hudson Alley Software, Jumbo Interactive, Linq3, Lottovate, NeoPollard, Scientific Games

Ø Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI, opens the conference sessions

Ø Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission

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 state/local level.  Lottery's counterparts in the gaming and casino gambling industries have very well-funded PR machines. How can Team Lottery 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, let’s talk about what we can do )

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

Panelists:

Gerald Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Susan Dolinski, Vice President, Social Responsibility & Communications, BCLC

Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Ø Panel Discussion:  Reinvigorating the draw-games category What can we do to recapture the magic and growth, and reinvigorate 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.

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

Ø Presentation:   Leigh-Ann Goad, Research & Consumer Strategist, Virginia Lottery and Alan Hussey, Economic Research Manager, Virginia Lottery

Ø Panel Discussion: The new science of Customer-Centric R & D
What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding human 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
TBA Executive from 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 their business model.  Market-driven changes, well-funded private interests (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”. Will games be invented to have an element of skill and and not be classified as "gambling"?  What about the prize structures of Fantasy Sports? 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
Lynne Roiter, Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Legal Affairs at Loto-Québec and General Secretary of the World Lottery Association (WLA)
Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Altius Law Firm, Chair of its Gaming Law Practice Group
Wednesday, April 1         Manhattan Ballroom
8:00 to 9:00 am:          Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM:                    Conference Sessions Begin
To include 10-minute presentations from Silver Sponsors:
Diamond Game, EquiLottery, InComm, Pollard Banknote, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Shoutz/LotteryHub
9:00 AM:  Conference Sessions Begin

Ø Presentation:  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 ar e successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, disseminate inform ation, and drive sales?  How are some lotteries positioning themselves for a successful long-term sustai nable business by integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business?
Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery
Panelists:
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

ØPresentation:   Buddy Roogow, Executive Director, DC Lottery and Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, DC Lottery

Ø Presentation:  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
Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President Business Development, Linq3
Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Luncheon
Wednesday Afternoon

Ø Presentation:  Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery

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

Ø Presentation: Susan Golightly, Principle, CODEI Marketing

Ø Award ceremonies
Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes:
Hoosier Lottery
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
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.

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