Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director said, “It’s refreshing that Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch can show the public that winning the Lottery doesn’t change people’s intrinsic values or sense of fiscal responsibility.  In fact, the winners that I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting are typically responsible, hard-working people who just got lucky. Their dreams are simply to live a happy life without financial struggles.”
PGRI Question: Even if states decide to legalize and regulate Fantasy Sports, won’t Fantasy Sports potentially run afoul of PASPA and federal government laws that prohibit sports betting and cross-border internet-based sports-betting? Maybe this could be the catalyst to cause the federal government to re-evaluate the whole efficacy and constitutionality of laws that allow four states to operate sports-betting and prohibit all the others from operating sports-betting.
The arbitrator, retired judge Charles Chapel, wrote in his ruling that “use of the Internet is merely using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal revenues. ”It does not extend or restrict the scope of the games and does not amend the compact in any way,” Chapel wrote.
Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett confirmed Tuesday the agency is monitoring reports about the recent $140 million sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to the Sheldon Adelson family including questions raised about reporters being assigned to investigate a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands Corp.
“We need to make sure our products are staying relevant to how consumers engage and purchase products,” said Michael Sweeney, executive director of the Lottery. “I have a business that is not allowed to be online and can only accept cash.” The Lottery is still in the early stages of studying the market for digital games and doesn’t plan any new contests without backing from elected state officials, Sweeney said

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Though other lotteries make headlines with their larger top prizes, El Gordo (The Fat One) is ranked as the world's richest and makes its mark every year in Spain, uniting the country because almost everyone takes part. The No. 1 prize gives out a jackpot of just 400,000 euros, but more than 1,000 tickets win the big one and the lottery hands out 24 million prizes overall.   "Nearly everyone has a ticket, or a share in one,"
This is the result of Paddy Power and Betfair merger
New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings have filed separate lawsuits against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a day after she declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in the state
Litigation was filed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010 seeking recovery of alleged losses by Kentucky residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars' website during a period between 2006 and 2011.
Kentucky judge ruled that the PokerStars website willfully violated Kentucky’s anti-gambling laws between 2006 and 2011, where more than 34,000 people lost $5 or more stemming from more than 246 million bets. Wingate also ordered Amaya, PokerStars parent company, to pay 12 percent interest each year until all of the money is collected. Lawyers for Amaya indicated at a court hearing last week they would likely appeal a major financial judgment against them.

“An integral part of the Tennessee Lottery’s success is our commitment to the best practices and standards created by the WLA,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of TELC. “Operating in a socially responsible manner, creating new strategies that serve as models for other lotteries, and adhering to industry best practices is yet another way the TELC proves its commitment to education in Tennessee.”

INTRALOT Group Vice-President Business Development, Europe and Africa, Mr. Antonis Markopoulos, added: “Our investment in Kenya comes just a few months after our project in Nigeria, ratifying our dedication to further penetrate to the African continent. Today’s partnership with Acumen and Safaricom through the MPESA platform guarantees a reliable, secure and eventually successful operation in the country. INTRALOT’s iFlex platform will efficiently implement our expert know-how and offer to the Kenyan players a fully personalised, unique and entertaining game experience, while enhancing the principles of responsible gaming countrywide. Kenya sets the basis of the expansion of our presence in East Africa

"Both FanDuel and DraftKings have vastly expanded their operations in just the last year, bringing in hundreds of thousands of additional players in New York alone. A stay here would thus not merely preserve the status quo, but instead give a green light to the continued, massive growth of DFS into the New York market," Schneiderman's office said in its letter to the Supreme Court. Schneiderman, who maintains that DFS is gambling, also argued that DraftKings and FanDuel would not "suffer irreparable harm" if the stay is denied.

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April 7 and 8 at the Park Lane Hotel
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 April 6th  in the same Hotel as SMART-TECH and same ballroom The Ultimate Bricks & Clicks Event:  Making it easy to participate in two industry-leading conferences:  Two Industry-Shaping events. Both events to be held in the Main Park Ballroom at the Park Lane Hotel.

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WLA i-Lottery for U.S. Market Seminar Wednesday, April 6: Engaging Retailer Support, Developing and Marketing games for the online consumer, Managing Public & Stakeholder Relations, Integrating with the Retail channel – Applying World-Class Experience to the opening of the U.S. i-Lottery Market-Place.

SMART-Tech The Future of Retailing Conference Thursday & Friday, April 7 and 8:  What will the Era of Retail Transformation mean to Lottery?  How can Lottery leverage and apply the most advanced concepts that are positioning land-based Retail for long-term success?  Think “Retail Optimization” on steroids!  

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