Note from PGRI Editor: There are a number of stories about the apparent decision of the Governor of Illinois to terminate the Private Management Agreement with Northstar Lottery Group.  We have not posted them, not because it is not news-worthy, but because we are not able to confirm the accuracy of the stories.  The news stories about this situation all seem to be riddled with more speculation and spin than known facts.

In offering online gaming through Santa Ysabel Interactive, the Tribe is exerting its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe’s reservation.  Class II gaming, as defined by IGRA, includes poker and bingo, but does not include slot-based games or house-banked games, such as blackjack.  House-banked games and slot machines are defined as Class III games, and can only be offered in a tribal casino upon agreement with the state through a Tribal-State Gaming Compact.  Santa Ysabel has had such a compact with the state since 2005, but has no plans to offer Class III gaming through its interactive website.
Pressure on the gambling industry has intensified over the past year as the head of a US Treasury agency that monitors the financial system for evidence of money laundering gave two speeches reminding the casino industry of its compliance obligations.  Jennifer Shasky Calvery, who has led the agency – called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN – since September 2012, has a background in prosecuting organised crime.   “Banks that do business with casinos would be wise to pay attention to what the FinCEN director is talking about,” said Kevin Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. “Banks are years ahead of casinos when it comes to anti-money-laundering compliance. Now it’s the casinos’ turn to step up.” In addition to regulators’ own actions, bank examiners are pressing institutions they oversee to better manage the risk associated with the casino-related transactions they process, compliance officers in both industries said.
Portugal's final version of online gaming regulation is adapted from the experiences of its European neighbors, who are slowly accepting online gaming legislation. Gross gaming revenues in the online poker category will be taxed 15% across the board, applicable to operators with cumulative gross income of all games not surpassing €5 million. For operators with income surpassing €10 million, the rate is set at 30%.

PGRI Note:  Again, this article is written by advocates for commercial friendly regulations and low tax rates.

“Our players really enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games with big jackpots. Bingo is always fun to play and with draws on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, this game is already creating excitement,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “And the jackpot prize of $100,000 is the highest ever offered for a bingo game in Idaho’s history.”
The terms of the compact signed in 2004 required The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to contribute a flat fee of $17.4 million to the general fund each year.  The Department of Finance estimated that the state will receive reduced revenue of about $3 million to $5 million annually under the new deal.  American Indian tribes with casinos are significant donors to California campaigns. Viejas has made about $711,000 in contributions since January 2013 to state candidates and campaign committees, but none directly to Brown, according to state records.
Different Story in Europe  In Europe, lottery is popular with young people, and the UK serves as a very good example to show that point: About 25 percent of UK lottery players are young people aged between 16 and 24. Most of them purchase their tickets not in the old traditional way but online via UK and European lotteries which let players buy online tickets straight away the likes of EuroMillions and UK Lotto, or using online lottery ticket agents.
Paypal would add legitimacy to a market that has struggled on the processing side of the business. Visa and Mastercard payments still carry a decline rate of at least 25 percent. Some players are also running into problems with electronic checks.  Neteller, Skrill, and site-specific debit cards have a nearly 100 percent acceptance rate. The branding of these payment processors is not familiar to many recreational players.  Adding a powerhouse like Paypal to the U.S. regulated online poker and casino industry will give access to players that may otherwise be out of reach. Paypal boasts over 150 million worldwide active users.
About a third of the United States is within 25 miles of a casino.  The percentage of the U.S. population within a 25-mile radius of a casino is likely even higher than the geographical proximity because many of these locations are near major population centers.
“GTECH’s direct presence in France, one of Europe’s biggest gaming markets, will bring even greater benefits to our customers. Sales Manager Didier Tomas and our team look forward to developing these relationships,” said Attal. “We are grateful to our previous distributor in the French market, Ludi S.F.M., for two successful decades of business together, and wish them all the best and great success for the future.”
Commenting on the 1H14 Results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “As we have completed the first half of the FY 2014 period, we are very satisfied to have extended the duration of five of our existing contracts in North America, Australia and Asia and added a new major contract in the US. As we have mentioned in the recent past, these developments follow on the steps of our strategy to capitalize on our presence in existing jurisdictions. From a financial stand point, the Group posted in the second quarter a significant growth in operating cash-flow generation and a decrease of its net debt. Furthermore, the refinancing of our syndicated loan extended the Group’s debt maturities as we have no refinancing issues for at least the next three years, confirming the banking sector’s trust and support towards our strategy and business outlook.”
“If you're someone who feels like they never get any of the numbers when you play the lottery, then this is the game for you,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the Education Lottery. “With this game, if you match all the numbers you win $250,000 and if you don't match any of the numbers you win $250,000. Either way wins.”
"The extension of our instant games contract with Scientific Games demonstrates that the games they design and produce have served as a great asset to our instant game portfolio," said Ed Van Petten, Director of the Minnesota Lottery. "From licensed brands to unique play action and prize structures, these games are among the favorites with players in Minnesota. We have worked with Scientific Games since 1990 to create games that provide entertainment, value and engagement with the Lottery's brand. We are delighted to continue our collaboration to drive increased returns to the state's general fund and the environment."
"The Taiwan Public Welfare Lottery is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing lotteries in  Asia and we believe there is significant opportunity for instant category growth by working closely with the leadership of the TLC to develop innovative content and solutions to support their important mission," said Michael Conforti, Chief Executive Officer,  Asia-Pacific  for  Scientific Games.  "The addition of  Scientific Games as an instant game provider will help the TLC continue its impressive growth trajectory that has resulted in ever increasing returns to its public welfare programs."
LOTTERY EXPO 2014  September 9-11  **URGENT Room block extended until  Wednesday! Click here to make Room Reservation at Eden Roc HotelThe hotel is extending the $199 rate at their discretion so if you don't have your room yet don't wait - the whole block expires on Wednesday August 13.   If you would like assistance booking your hotel room please call  Janyll Dieguez Group Reservations Coordinator Eden Roc Miami Beach Phone: 305-674-5500 ext:5709





Thank you to all of the Speakers, Sponsors and attendees for attending Lottery Expo 2014 !!!
September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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Thank you all for participating in Lottery EXPO.  It's been a fabulous three days.  We hope you all enjoyed it and accomplished all of your objectives.  We will be working on our Spring and Fall conference events and will keep you posted as we confirm dates, venues and programs.  Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, I'm sure we'll see you at NASPL Atlantic City in a couple weeks, and then at the World Lottery Summit in Rome in November.  Be sure to come to the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at both of those events.  Gary Grief (Executive Director Texas Lottery and President of NASPL) and David Loeb (CEO Western Canada Lottery Corporation) will be inducted at NASPL event.  Tan Soo Nan (CEO of Singapore Pools) and Jean Jorgensen (Executive Director World Lottery Association) will be inducted at the WLS event in Rome.   Too, the winner of the Sharp Award for Good Causes will be recognized at NASPL.  This award goes to the NASPL lottery with the highest year-over-year percentage increase in net funds generated for its beneficiary.

Congratulations again to the recipients of the Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship (Connie Laverty O'Connor) and the Major Peter O'Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (Bret Toyne).  It was a lovely ceremony honoring two of this industry's most respected and well-liked leaders.  Their dedication is so appreciated and their contributions to the success of the industry, and to the success of so many of us on a personal level, have had momentous impact. Thank you Connie and Bret for all you do and for all you will be accomplishing in the years to come.  
 
And Thank you to our two keynote speakers, Cindy O'Connel and Gary Grief, for kicking Lottery Expo off in such great style and setting the stage for a series of thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations.  Thank you to all of the presenters, panelists and moderators as well.  And thank you especially to Cindy O'Connel and the incredible Florida Lottery team for being the most gracious and hard-working hosts anyone could hope for.  Everyone loves Florida and you just lock it in by making sure everyone is so pleased and impressed by the wonders of the Flamingo State.  We can't wait to be back next year! 

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