According to a report recently issued by Spain's CODERE Foundation and the  Institute of Policy and Governance of the  Charles III University, nearly half of the country's online poker players currently play their games on illegal sites.  And according to the latest figures released by the DGOJ about the second quarter of 2014, Gross Gaming Revenues fell by 6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2013, while the total number of online poker players fell by 5 percent.
"All of us who work at the Lottery are proud of that. It's why we go to work each day," spokesman John Haggerty said.
The new levy on online transactions will mainly target foreign-based bookmakers that offer remote services to customers based in the country.  Such operators currently benefit from a relatively tax-free regime, which in turn means Ireland misses out on millions of euros worth of tax each year.  Under the new law, remote bookmakers and betting exchanges providing betting services will be required to obtain a licence in Ireland regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the country. Such operators will also be liable to pay tax on betting recently announced it is to introduce a  new gambling law that will require overseas operators to obtain a licence, and pay taxes.
The county has been trying for years to get the Cayugas to pay county, town and school district taxes on the more than 1,200 acres the nation owns in the county and acquired since 2003.  The Sherrill vs. Oneida Indian Nation U.S. Supreme Court case ruled that tribes have to pay taxes on non-reservation land they own.
If you listen to lottery players for years as I have, they continually tell us that, why should one person win $100 million, why can't 100 people win a million apiece? That's what this game is going to bring them," said Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and national chairman of the game.
“The unique design of the MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery game is expected to generate more simultaneous millionaires than any other game in lottery history,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta.   “The Kansas Lottery is thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our players a game that gives them three different ways to win at least $1 million,” said Presta. “It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it will be a unique addition to our product lineup.”   “The MONOPOLY brand is one of the most successful brands in gaming with players winning with MONOPOLY-branded lottery, slots and sweepstakes. With our MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB lottery game, the Top Prize will break the bank and make more millionaires than ever before,” said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games. “Our player research consistently indicates that participants would prefer to see the millions of dollars in lottery prizing distributed to multiple winners, rather than one or two players winning hundreds of millions of dollars each.”
Pat McHugh, President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games said, “This conversion project was a great example of collaboration with the North Dakota Lottery and its retail network. With the new systems technology, the player subscription program, players club and Points for Prizes™ program, North Dakota is well-positioned for continued growth with additional ways to their engage players. Players are also responding positively to the new self-serve kiosks installed as part of the systems conversion.” Scientific Games has served as the central gaming systems provider for the North Dakota Lottery since the Lottery began in 2004.
"The Hoosier Lottery's 25th anniversary is a milestone that all of us should be proud of," said Executive Director Sarah Taylor. "Today's celebration is a reminder of the Lottery's commitment to maximizing revenue for good causes."
“GTECH is looking forward to offering lotteries humorous, animal themed instant tickets featuring From Frank imagery and content.  We are confident the From Frank brand will add value and appeal to this category for lotteries,” said GTECH Senior Director, Brand Licensing & Marketing Pat Schmidt. Lotteries are excited about the brand and believe it will translate well into successful lottery games that will appeal to core and light players alike.”

Gary Grief was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 30, at 4:00 pm, Room 312, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Click here to visit the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame website


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The tipping point has arrived. Regulatory changes, universal consumer adoption of digital communication technologies, and the adoption of multi-channel retailing by lottery operators are transforming the face of the industry. The convergence of social media, internet promotional strategies, and traditional advertising channels is opening up entirely new vistas for Lottery to connect with its customers.

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