The board of directors of the Wyoming Lottery Corp. received results of the audit by Cheyenne-based McGee, Hearne & Paiz during a meeting Monday. Board chairman Mark Macy said the lottery seemed to be “right on track or at least not significantly off on how our operations were conducted.” The audit noted a couple of minor accounting issues that lottery CEO Jon Clontz said the lottery had pointed out to auditors. “The fact that we’re still scaling the business from the ground up, and we can’t use state resources … I think it’s a remarkable outcome,” Clontz said.
Talk about a frightfully good Halloween! Tatts spokesperson Claire Taylor said this week would be massive with such an enormous amount of prize money up for grabs. “We expect the level of interest and excitement from our players will be extremely high."  Ms Taylor also offered some valuable advice to lottery players taking part in this week’s big draws. “When purchasing lottery tickets our advice is to always register them to a Tatts card. It is an important step that will protect players from missing out on prizes and also should they win one of the big prizes on offer this week, Tatts will contact them personally to advise them of their good fortune.”
IGT spokesman Phil O'Shaughnessy said the action marked the first time the manufacturer released a marquee licensed brand across both social and land-based operations. "Orange Is the New Black" won't be on casino floors until next year, but fans can still play the game on DoubleDown. In the past, IGT would migrate its popular slot machine titles, such as "Wheel of Fortune," to the social casino site. Gaming analyst Adam Krejcik said he expects the "Orange Is the New Black" model to become common. Social gaming is far too profitable to ignore. Krejcik said social casinos will reach $3.3 billion in revenue this year. By 2017, the figure could top $4 billion. "This is one of the most lucrative and fastest growing subsectors of gaming," said, Krejcik who manages digital and interactive gaming analysis for Southern California-based Eilers Research.
Myers, whose appointment is effective Monday, said he anticipates few changes within the commission. “There are two main things for me: We’re regulators, and that’s first and foremost for us,” he said. “The second thing is to continue to generate revenue for the state so we keep these good programs going.” Myers said he will also be monitoring changes within the industry, including development of innovative methods of delivering lottery and gaming products.
“With two lifetime prizes, CASH 4 LIFE is a one-of-a-kind game we are delighted to launch in Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery. “It should prove to be a popular addition to our existing array of entertaining games, while helping fulfill our mission of raising funds for valuable education programs in Tennessee.”
“The world is changing so quickly,” State Treasurer Deb Goldberg said. “If we are complacent, we will ultimately be obsolete.” Now let me remind everyone that we’ve been here before. Three years ago, her predecessor, Steve Grossman, saw how the Web and new interpretations of Internet gaming law could reshape the lottery business. He commissioned a study that concluded the “threat is imminent.”  That spurred a couple of bills in the Legislature, including one from the treasurer’s office, to create Web-based lottery games. They went nowhere.   But they’ve all been refiled, and State Senator Michael Rush introduced another one in January to allow the lottery to legalize online games of skills like fantasy sports and poker.   The reality is this: The lottery’s core customers are aging — 40 years old and up. These patrons don’t mind driving to convenience stores, plunking down cash, and walking away with a wad of scratch tickets. But that’s not how the millennials roll. These twenty- and thirtysomethings are digital natives who live on their smartphones. The idea of going somewhere to buy something with paper money is so 2002.   We can sit here and pretend that the lottery is just fine as is — the most successful in the country, the source of nearly $1 billion in aid to Massachusetts cities and towns last fiscal year. Or we can look ahead — and try to stay ahead.
An even more crucial carve-out, if the legislation is not to be consistently drawing dead, would need to be given to state lotteries. More than 10 U.S. states offer some form of online lottery services, creating a considerable opponent to efforts to prevent real-money online gaming. Fortunately for online poker supporters, the Chaffetz bill hasn’t made any progress this year. Ahearing on his bill was held in March. The Graham bill hasn’t had a hearing. Both pieces of legislation are big long shots of ever becoming law, thanks to hardship that any proposal faces in Congress these days, especially one as complicated as federal Internet gaming regulation or prohibition. Earlier this month it was reported by The Hill that since stand-alone legislation to ban online gaming is so unlikely a more threatening route at this point is a two-year moratorium on online gaming expansion. The ban could be put in place by mandating a federal study of the online gaming industry.
The legislation would recognize daily fantasy sports betting as a lawful activity but require internet website operators to be licensed in the state, making sure “fantasy sports betting is conducted fairly and legally” and that people who use such sites don’t get ripped off.
“The Lottery’s new Close Enough wager type is something that our players have been asking for and now we’ve delivered,” said Gardner Gurney, Director of the Division of the Lottery. “We believe Close Enough will attract new players to the Numbers and Win4 games, as well as current Lottery players, who want to get in on the excitement of this new wager type,”.
The latest language in the bill’s draft is free of any amendments that would allow French poker operators to share player pools with international countries. ARJEL President Charles Coppolani is seeking the power to negotiate shared liquidity agreements with other countries that have legalized online poker, and wishes to do so free of additional governmental approval. “We are opening a new page in the history of our democracy because this is the first time in our country and in Europe that a draft law has been opened up to contributions by citizens,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in late September.
Dexter claims to "bring the power of local scripting to the web, allowing you to build simple apps that link multiple services, run tasks and get rid of headaches." Dexter provides a way to create applications and processes by assembling blocks of pre-defined functionality. It could be used, for instance, to capture all the Tweets of under a hashtag, and then aggregate them for a CRM or content management system.
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would leave daily fantasy sports websites untouched as he pursues a federal ban on Internet gambling that is aimed largely at online poker.  "There are a lot of outstanding questions, and there are many of us who are concerned it is truly gambling. So we will see how that plays out," Chaffetz said. "Certainly Nevada is the leader in understanding gaming. So it should cause a lot of people concern if Nevada finds that it is truly gaming."  Chaffetz, however, plans to leave fantasy sports gambling to others while he focuses on his bill.
PGRI Note: This is an articulate and concise statement for why RAWA is so misguided, and why the regulation of gambling should remain in the purview of the states.  Click here to read Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona to US Senator Jeff Flake
“Attempting a federal ban on all online gaming nationwide is tantamount to burying our heads in the sand: it protects no one, least of all children. The only way to address online gaming risks to children, seniors, problem gamblers and others is by regulating it and enforcing best practices – not by trying to wish it away. Americans currently spend approximately $3 billion per year on offshore unregulated Internet gaming. Given this huge demand, the only way to effectively protect vulnerable populations and children is to subject trustworthy companies to strict regulation that will manage the risks and provide governmental oversight, and drive the rogue operators out of the market. States that have chosen to regulate this activity have demonstrated that regulation, coupled with technological safeguards, is very effective. Without providing a well-regulated opportunity for safe and legal online gaming, the U.S. will continue to find itself in the unfortunate position of being helpless to protect consumers and children online.”
The new releases include  Spartacus and Spider-Man. “The games build on a number of successful content releases this year, including WIZARD OF OZ Ruby Slippers™ and Moon Shadow said Rick Mountney, UK Director of Content Development at SG Gaming." “With new and exciting content including great licensed games due for release before the end of the year and throughout 2016, SG Gaming customers can look forward to a stream of successful titles on their terminals in the months to come," Mountney said.
"The orderly succession in the management makes WestLotto future proof while still ensuring stability in the established price, the market leader to consolidate in the lottery sector and expand. The decision taken today personnel decision strengthens WestLotto also for the needs of the future, such as the discussion about the future structure and legal regime of the German gaming market, "says Michael Stölting, Chairman of the Board WestLotto and responsible board member of the General Partner NRW.BANK.   "The approach taken by Theo Gossner way WestLotto with the European lottery Euro Jackpot draw up national and international success, is now consistently and sustainably continued. For this we wish Christiane Jansen and Andreas Kötter good luck! "  Current Managing Director, Theo Gossner retires March 31, 2016 from the company.

“Let’s be clear that RAWA does nothing to stop unregulated Internet gambling in the United States and in fact, only makes it harder for America’s law enforcement to protect vulnerable consumers,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “RAWA does not address the current offshore and unregulated market that exists today and is particularly dangerous because it prohibits states from authorizing and safeguarding their own citizens. If Congressman Chaffetz has his way, the U.S. government will have no jurisdiction for rooting out and prosecuting unregulated operators.”  “The truth is that the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and efforts to ban Internet gambling were put in motion solely to benefit a billionaire casino owner’s bottom line,” said  Pappas. “Concerns around the ‘dangers’ of regulated Internet gambling are clearly manufactured and fall flat when you look at the facts.”
"Scratch-off sales continue to be a player favorite with $3 million more in sales than last year, which was a record year for our instant product. Our in-state Lotto game also experienced a 44 percent sales spike thanks to the recent $3.2 million jackpot run, the largest in 17 years," explained Lottery President/CEO Rose Hudson.
“It’s been almost magical how he’s (John Musgrave) protected the integrity of the lottery and has been able to grow it,” member Michael Adams said. Integrity was the common theme of the comments from commission members and the lottery staff.  The West Virginia Lottery was bringing in $250 million a year when he took over in 1997. He led it to annual revenues of more than $1.5 billion. “John Musgrave has been a significant part both from an administrator standpoint, a regulator standpoint, and he and the industry have worked together very well,” West Virginia Racing and Gaming Association President John Cavacini said.   He had a steady hand. He was respected in the industry….I don’t know what else you could say,” Adams said. Musgrave took Tuesday’s emotional meeting in stride, thanking everyone for their comments.  “My position has always been that we were regulators first,” he told reporters after the meeting. “Our job was to protect the public and protect the people and do the very best we could do to keep gambling intact.”

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