“We recently expanded our hotline to include evening drawings because we want to make it easy for players to check every ticket, every time,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “It’s important for players to check all tickets promptly because we want every winner to claim their prize,” Svitko added. “For draw games, prizes expire one year after the drawing date. For instant games, prizes expire one year after the end-sale date posted on palottery.com.”
“IGT is excited to showcase the combined global strength of our newly formed Company,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO, International. “At G2E Asia, we will present a portfolio that speaks volumes about our Customer First focus and our commitment to the success and growth of the Asia-Pacific market. IGT continues to invest in extensive market research with a global focus and local emphasis, ensuring that the games we develop resonate with our customers and their players.”
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are offering to singlehandedly solve Alabama’s short-term budget crisis, but with one controversial string attached. The Indians’ offer, which was first reported by the Montgomery Advertiser, is to cover the state’s approximately $250 million General Fund Budget deficit in return for the state granting them exclusive rights to casino gaming in the state.
“Unregulated online gaming is going on in front of us right now,” David Licht, of All-American Poker Network told the committee. “The issue is not will we legalize it, it is will we protect customers and derive revenue from it.”
The problem with banning online gaming is that it already exists, but it is just relegated to the shadows. A quick Internet search reveals that anyone with a credit card can start betting on any number of shady operators overseas. In any potential legalized U.S. gaming system, there would be an eight-point verification process, including Social Security number verification.  This would be more than enough to catch fraud and ensure consumer protections. In the three states that currently operate online gaming, there have been no allegations of underage or out-of-state betting. The same cannot be said for brick-and-mortar casinos. Since 2009, Adelson’s Sands Casinos in Bethlehem, Penn., have been fined more than $220,000 for allowing underage gambling on  more than 20 occasions. In recent cases, two 17-year-olds were able to place bets before casino security finally asked for identification. Rep. Chaffetz’s bill could restrict state lotteries’ online games that many states use to fund important priorities, like education. Without those funds, citizens might see taxes increase in other areas. When that issue was raised in a conference call with state lottery officials earlier this year, Chaffetz suggested that state officials try to pass their own federal bill instead of trying to amend his bill.
There were over 40 million fantasy sports participants in the US in 2014, with Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) the fastest-growing sector. Instead of choosing players and managing that team over an entire season DFS games are compressed into considerably shorter engagement times – with big money to be won.
Daily fantasy sports contests are a hit in the US, but in some states fantasy sports offerings fall foul of intrastate gambling and lottery regulations. This situation appears set to change however, as states including Iowa and Montana have introduced bills to legalise fantasy sports contests. David O. Klein and Jonathan E. Turco of Klein Moynihan Turco LLP discuss the bills that have emerged and the grey areas surrounding the legal and regulatory issues, and whether or not daily fantasy sports games rely on a significant element of chance in determining the outcome of the contest.
San Diego County retailers sold $302 million worth of lottery tickets in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  The California State Lottery provided $86 million in funding to public school districts in the county. “Marketing is an integral part of our business,” said Russ Lopez, the deputy director for corporate communications at the California lottery. “What we want to do is really appeal to the entertainment mentality of our players rather than the gambling mentality.”
During the Lottery's first three decades, over $9 billion in Lottery proceeds have helped fund state programs. "The Lottery's 30th anniversary is an occasion for looking back over three decades of incredible growth and change," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "As we look ahead, we must remain alert to opportunities to change and grow with consumer attitudes and preferences just as we've done the past 30 years."
Seven weeks after the ticket was turned in -- and nearly a year after it was originally purchased –- the winner is refusing to do a public cheque ceremony, which the B.C. Lottery Corp. says is a contractual obligation.   The Lotto Max ticket was purchased in Langley, B.C., and submitted just before a March deadline that would have voided the winnings.
Members of the House sponsored a new bill that would legalize and regulate online gaming, generating new revenues and protecting gamblers from predatory sites.
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “The National Lottery is all about changing lives – for the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of lottery funding and for all of the winners we create. Having raised almost £1.8 billion for National Lottery projects and awarded over £4 billion in prize money to our players during the year, we’re delivering on that promise. “Our success will continue to be driven by our focus on digital transformation, innovation, and offering our players an enhanced game portfolio and even greater convenience. We want to build on this year’s record-breaking performance, and deliver even more for winners and society in the years to come.”
ESPN has been cautiously attempting to enter the eSports market since it first streamed the world championships of the game Dota2 in July 2014 on ESPN3.com. Despite ESPN president John Skipper telling re/code back in September that eSports aren't sports — they're competition, like chess — the company has reportedly been pleased with the viewership their online streams of tournaments have received, which is why on Sunday it made an unprecedented move in the United States to finally broadcast eSports over the airwaves.
Unikrn has entered a partnership with Tabcorp, an Australian publicly-traded company in the wagering business with permission to operate in many markets around the globe.  Tabcorp has invested an undisclosed amount in Unikrn as part of the deal.
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office and state gaming regulators are pursuing the operator of an unlicensed online poker site in what’s believed to be first prosecution of its kind by the state.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Tulalip Tribes are not entitled to additional video-gambling terminals under terms of an agreement between the state and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

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"Our most important task ahead is that in the context of a clear responsibility to continue to strengthen the customer offering and customer experience so that it becomes even easier and more fun to play with us. Competition is tougher than ever. This, combined with the responsible gaming measures we introduced last year, we do not manage to keep the growth rate required to maintain our market share.Consumer protection costs," says Svenska Spel's President Lennart Käll.
Sales in China’s booming lottery market declined 6.3 percent in the first year-on-year drop in more than two years after the government launched a crackdown on online sales.
Under new regulations set out in the now approved Gambling Act  2015, online casino, games and bingo services will be subjected to a one per cent tax on gross gaming revenue in the country.  Operators that offer online sports betting services in Ireland will be charged at a 15 per cent net revenue rate for such operations. The rate is the same set by the UK Gambling Commission for online sports wagering operators in the regulated UK market.
James Henderson, chief executive officer of William Hill, said: “As expected, group operating profit was impacted by a £20 million increase in gambling duties following the introduction of POC tax in December 2014 and the increase in the machine gaming duty rate in March 2015.   “However, we are well positioned to benefit as the UK online market evolves following the introduction of POC tax, with our ongoing technology investments expected to benefit both product and customer experience and with a substantial marketing commitment.
PGRI Note:  This model of setting up private commercial online lottery companies to illegally compete with authorized government-lotteries is evolving quickly and with potentially profound impacts on the funding for Good Causes that state lotteries support.   This is article describes how Lottoland is tapping into new capital markets to hedge against the risk of covering large jackpots.  Much more on the implications of these developments are discussed in the next issue of Public Gaming International Magazine.

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SMART-TECH 2015 Video presentations

SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

SMART-TECH 2015 James Bader Partner The Parthenon Group (LINQ3 Presentation)

SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

SMART-TECH 2015 Susan Golightly Founder CODEI

SMART-TECH 2015 Beyond the Bricks - Scott Bowen Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Danny Bogus Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations at Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Brad Cummings President & CEO EquiLottery, LLC

SMART-TECH 2015 Rick Perrone Chief Executive Officer GAMEOLOGY

SMART-TECH 2015 - Tony Fontaine Vice President, Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions InComm

SMART-TECH 2015 Brendan McCarthy Novomatic Lottery Solutions

SMART-TECH 2015 Matt Isaacs Director, Retail Development POLLARD BANK NOTE

SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

SMART-TECH 2015 Paul Jason CEO PGRI Conference Introduction

SMART-TECH AWARD Presentations

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes Hoosier Lottery, Indiana - Sarah Taylor, Executive Director

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