|RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, will be discussed by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on RAWA Thursday, March 26th. RAWA (Bill HR 707) seeks to amend the federal law’s Wire Act in order to outlaw the transmission of Internet betting and wagering activities. Backed by casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, the world’s 18th richest person according to Forbes, RAWA would effectively eliminate online poker and Internet casino games in the United States. In addition, HR 707 could prevent state lotteries from offering Internet services even for its drawings.
Though conservative Republican lawmakers have tended to steer clear of online poker, the GOP is no longer completely on the same page. Adelson is a longtime financial backer of conservative candidates and will likely have a considerable impact on the 2016 election process through political action committees. But not all GOPers are on-board with Adelson and RAWA, including former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a two-time presidential candidate who associated with both the Republican and Libertarian parties. Paul called RAWA “crony capitalism” and said it has no business being in mainstream politics. Grover Norquist, perhaps the most influential person in DC for conservative politicians said, “States don’t need federal government babysitting them.” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), a likely 2016 candidate, is also thought to be against RAWA as he signed Internet gaming into law in New Jersey.
|"As the lottery’s executive director, I would much rather see more people buying a few tickets, than a few people buying more tickets, said Otto." The theme of this year’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is “Have the Conversation.” Take some time to learn more about problem gambling and gambling addiction, and if you see the telltale signs in a friend, colleague or loved one, don’t chance it. Talk to them and let them know help is available.|
|Up 23.9 percent from the same month last year. Welfare lottery sales increased by 10.7 percent, while that of the sports lottery surged 42.7 percent 2014 lottery ticket sales totaled 382.38 billion yuan ($61 billion), up 23.6 percent from 2013.|
|Slot machine giant International Game Technology signed a deal with Bahamian resprt to provide games to half of the casino’s slot machine floor. IGT will install more than 500 of the company’s slot machines and deploy its management system in the casino, which is set to open later this month.|
|Really? Back to analog? “The standard digital computer cluster equipped with multiple central processing units (CPUs), each programmed to tackle a particular piece of a problem, is just not designed to solve the kinds of equations at the core of large-scale simulations.” These critical equations, known as partial differential equations, describe fundamental physical principles like motion, diffusion, and equilibrium. They involve continuous rates of change over a large range of physical parameters relating to the problems of interest, so they don’t lend themselves to being broken up and solved in discrete pieces by individual CPUs.|
|In the 43 states with state lotteries, Chaffetz’s bill would mandate how those lotteries can be run to the point where some lottery sales will be prohibited. That has repercussions for states that fund education (or other) priorities through lottery proceeds. And, absent those lottery finds, we all know where the states would move next to raise those funds – taxpayers.|
|Today, we estimate that more than 70 million NCAA March Madness brackets were completed. With an estimated 40 million Americans betting $2 billion dollars on brackets – and another $7 billion on individual games – it is clear that gaming is increasingly embraced nationwide.|
|Lobbyist JeremyChou said, “The lottery is operating efficiently. … You have a problem at the Racing Commission, I think. … But if you do have a problem with the Racing Commission, we ask you, fix the Racing Commission. I don’t think the answer is the creation of a new agency. I don’t think that addresses your issue.”|
|“This is an entertaining instant ticket that continues the MONOPOLY™ theme and ties-in with the dynamic new television game show of the same concept,” said Rebecca Hargrove, CEO and President of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “We believe this innovative collaboration will add excitement for our players while furthering our mission to raise funds for education in Tennessee.”|
|Anne Noble, CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., said any new gaming would cannibalize lottery revenue, which totaled nearly $320 million for the state last year. That's more than the two existing casinos combined, she noted.|
|Idaho House panel Introduces bill to create a gaming commission that would oversee all gambling in Idaho, putting racing and lottery both under one commission.|
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