Online sales have created $68 million in tax revenue since the program began in 2012.

“It gives me chill bumps to be perfectly honest, because it is life changing,” says Alice Garland, director of the NC Education Lottery. The lottery doesn't only help out those who win, by law it also gives back to education. In its first year, the lottery accounted for $62.3 for education.  Last year, a $521.2 check was cut for the state. “We are the only state lottery in the country that has increased sales and return to our beneficiary – to education- every year that we've been in business,” says Garland.

In the 2015 fiscal year, the Lottery’s contribution to Michigan’s public schools was $795.5 million. Since it began in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $19.6 billion to education in Michigan.

Fiscal 2015: Lottery made $985.8M in profit

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Virginia Lottery which has enjoyed six consecutive years of sales growth, with most recent annual sales reaching $1.84 billion,"said Michael Chambrello, IGT CEO, North America Lottery. "The solutions and services we will deliver are founded on extensive Virginia player and retailer research and aligned with the Lottery's strategic objectives. We will continue to work with the Lottery to bring them to the next level of growth, and help to maximize proceeds to support public education in the Commonwealth."   "We look forward to taking our customer service to a new level, for our retail partners and our players, when the new IGT terminals hit the market in 2017," said Paula Otto, Virginia Lottery Executive Director. "Helping our 5,350 retailers deliver a secure and convenient customer experience to Virginiaconsumers is a cornerstone of our strategy. This partnership will help us continue to meet and exceed our profit goals in support of K-12 public education."
The Managing Director of the State Lottery of Minas Gerais, Mr. Henrique Pereira Dourado, stated: “After an unprecedented operational success that has allowed us to raise significant funds for the benefit of our citizens, we have decided to renew our fruitful cooperation with our partner INTRALOT. We are confident that INTRALOT’s expertise and international experience will support our endeavours to reshape the Brazilian gaming market and increase value for our stakeholders.” Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, commented: “The renewal of this contract is testimony to the success of our operation in this region and the trust we have built with our partners. We will concentrate all our efforts towards fulfilling our strategic goals in the new area, maximizing social benefits, and promoting responsible gaming and value creation for all stakeholders. Brazil offers many opportunities which we are eager to explore through reliable, market-tested gaming solutions.
“Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about sprucing up your home,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “We’ve teamed up with The Home Depot to be able to offer some amazing prizes, including a backyard makeover, a new bed and bath re-do, a dream kitchen and $500 gift cards. The grand prize in the promotion is a taxes-paid $50,000 Dream Makeover. Not to mention, the Scratchers game offers great cash prizes, too.”

On Monday, State Attorney General Eric, and the two leading DFS operators confirmed a settlement deal had been struck that halts ongoing litigation. DraftKings and FanDuel will no longer accept wagers from New York residents, and Schneiderman will pause his proceedings against the platforms that he believes have been facilitating illegal online gambling services.

The nominations for the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards have just been announced and MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB has been recognized in the following categories: 1. OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW 2. OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST The awards ceremony will be held May 1 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in LA, but will not be broadcast.

“This milestone is a testament to the Lottery’s ongoing success and its impact on helping Tennessee students achieve their higher education goals,” said Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove. “We remain committed to maximizing dollars for these vital scholarships and grants, which can be the primary means for a student to achieve a postsecondary education.”

Over $3.6 billion raised; 1,000,000 educational opportunities for Tennesseans

“We are excited to partner with Richard Rawlings and a successful Texas-based brand like Gas Monkey Garage,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We anticipate that our players and fans of Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’ Loud will respond enthusiastically to this new game.”
Group CEO of INTRALOT, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, commented on the deal: “Since acquiring a betting operator license in Italy in 2007 and at a later stage VLT and AWP licenses, INTRALOT has established a strong presence in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the world. We are thrilled about the great prospects of a partnership with Gamenet that will enhance our product offering and presence in the country, in line with our strategy to seek synergies with strong local partners in promising gaming markets around the Globe”.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games, said, "EMPOWER attendees are in for an incredible three days of innovation, technology, and entertainment designed to propel them to new levels of professional and personal success. "The conference is a must-attend for every Scientific Games customer seeking to learn more about our new combined business and the integrated approach we deliver with the industry's most comprehensive and inventive product suite. We look forward to engaging our customers with great speakers, powerful insights, and lots of fun. Most of all, this is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from our customers while we inform, inspire, and entertain."   The EMPOWER conference keynote speaker is Apple Computer co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple's first line of products and influenced the popular Macintosh
In an effort to reverse the DOJ’s ruling on the 1961 Wire Act, retail industry stakeholders are asking members of Congress to support the Restoration of America’s Wire Act in the House (H.R. 707) and Senate (S. 1668).
Prize, chance, consideration. Those are the three qualifiers for a game to be dubbed gambling in Arizona. The question for the Arizona Legislature is whether fantasy sport leagues have all three. If they do and SB1515 becomes law, the state could lose $100 million in shared revenues from Native American tribes that operate casinos and gaming operations.
Tatts won the pokies deal in late February with total licence fee payments of $209 million, which sources close to the process have now revealed was nearly double the $110 million bid by other bidders.  Tatts' next major battle is the Victorian lotteries contract, with the Victorian government working through initial registrations of interest  for the new 10-year licence to run from July 1, 2018.
The filing alleges that the Costa Rica-based gambling site instructed U.S. customers to use Amazon gift cards to fund their 5Dimes sports betting, in an effort to skirt the U.S. financial system. The feds say 5Dimes also paid out winnings to U.S. customers in Amazon gift cards, or in merchandise they picked out on 5Dimes does not charge a fee for bettors who fund their accounts with Amazon gift cards. The gambling site also offers bettors a 10 percent bonus if they choose to receive their winnings in the form of Amazon gift cards added to their Amazon account.
Of the $9.2 billion that will be wagered this year on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, only about $262 million will be bet legally at Nevada sports books. The total illegal sports betting market in the United States grew to $148.8 billion in 2015.

“We ended a year of transformation with a strong quarter for our lottery and gaming operations, enabling us to reach the high end of our EBITDA guidance,” said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. “We established IGT as the global gaming leader with a commitment to being a customer-first organization and to deliver the content, technology, and expertise that drives player demand. We are confident that we have established a solid foundation from which we can continue to lead the gaming industry and grow our business.”


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