"Convenience stores are very important to the lottery. The channel represents about 75 percent of our retailers and about 80 percent of our sales," Paula Otto executive director of the Virginia Lottery, said." "7-Eleven is our largest retailer in terms of number of stores under that name, including franchises. They are responsible for approximately 20 percent of our overall sales."   "We know helping 7-Eleven and our other partners grow their business helps us grow our business. What 7-Eleven told us is that they are putting a huge emphasis on fresh foods. They want to be known as a destination for fresh foods," she said. "We came up with the idea that every 7-Eleven Virginia Lottery ticket would be a winner and the prize would be one of their food items, Otto continued." Specifically, the bottom of every 7-Eleven scratch-off ticket is perforated and a coupon is attached for a food item.
Commenting on the first quarter performance, Marco Sala, CEO of IGT, noted: “We had a solid first quarter for GTECH operations, continuing to run the underlying business efficiently and profitably, at the same time as we were completing a transformative merger. We were ready to launch the integration from day one, focusing on revitalizing our R&D capabilities. Exciting content delivered across the whole range of platforms is the key to consolidating our leadership of the global gaming industry.”   “We achieved near-record GTECH EBITDA during the first quarter on top of challenging, multi-year comparisons. We also improved our net financial position excluding one-off items linked to the transaction. We have confirmed our $280 million target for cost and revenue synergies and are on track to deliver them on schedule,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of IGT.
PGRI Note: This is a group of commercial online i-lottery operators that did not exist two years ago. This new class of operator is inventing a whole new business model to profit from selling lottery tickets by leveraging the brand value and reputations of the most established lotteries to channel profits away from Good Causes and over to private shareholders. It is not legal in most consumption countries, but with licenses in Gibraltar, the UK, Malta, and other safe-harbours, these companies sell all the major lottery brands online. Brands like Euro Millions, EuroJackpot, Powerball, Mega Millions, and more. Some have both B2C and B2B strategies, others have one or the other. Either way, they represent a threat to government-gaming operators, the integrity of their brands, and the legally licensed distributors of those brands. Hopefully lawmakers and regulators will take action sooner than later.
A fascinating case of Darwinian economic competition is occurring before our eyes. Legacy consumer-packaged goods brands and retail giants, like Gillette and Sunglass Hut, are being challenged head-on by fast-growing brand-retailer hybrids appealing to digital natives that expect to be engaged in a digital dialogue before and after purchase.

Brussels 8 May 2015 – The European Lotteries association welcomes the approach followed by the European Commission in its strategy to boost the digital economy in the EU context where 28 jurisdictions coexist, and where therefore consideration of subsidiarity and of sector-specificity are needed, in the interests of European consumers.

This week, the European Commission adopted its “Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe” which includes 16 initiatives to boost the digital economy and foster the internal market online. The European Commission in its announcements follows a proportionate and appropriate approach which aims at removing unjustified cross-border barriers online, whilst confirming that in some specific areas, national regulations must prevail in the interest of the consumers.
As EL President Friedrich Stickler notes: “In its strategy, the European Commission rightly addresses the EU economy’s needs for digitalisation and innovation”. Lotteries are strongly in favour of a well-regulated EU internal market whereby the principle of subsidiarity and the culturally diverse nature of lotteries in the Member States are taken into account. Lotteries stand united in a model that supports society and whereby innovative solutions in an online environment are pursued. In doing so, they stress the importance of ensuring the safety of the consumer in accordance with policies set by Member State governments; as well as strengthening possibilities for national authorities to ensure online security, including combating crime and anti-money laundering efforts and the fight against illegal operators. This is in line with the resolutions on online gambling adopted by the European Parliament that stress the very special nature of gambling.

Following the state Supreme Court’s decision not to take up appeals in two cases pertaining to electronic gaming, federal prosecutors, namely U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker, made an agreement with five software providers in the industry. They will cease operations in North Carolina by July 1, and Walker won’t pursue criminal charges against them.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer: "Our focus on developing new player entertainment experiences that engage players and drive growth for our customers is equally matched by our focus on realizing expected integration cost savings and increasing our free cash flow. The process of integrating Bally and Scientific Games is ahead of schedule. We are firmly focused on driving revenue opportunities enabled by leveraging the synergies created by our combined strengths in technology and product development.”
On track to have another record-breaking year.
Fantasy sports would be declared a game of skill in Kansas so they wouldn't be illegal under a measure that won final legislative approval Thursday. Insofar as the outcomes depend upon the knowledge and skill of the players, the games are not illegal.
Mr. Lyle Beckwith and NACS aren’t overly concerned about geolocation failures or underage gambling. They want to protect their monopoly on lottery sales for land-based retailers.

NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith asserts that in this day of technical savvy and Google searches, there is virtually no such thing as “intrastate gambling,” as it has become simple for anyone, anywhere – and any age – to play state lottery games. He writes, in part: “States looking to put their lotteries online, for example, want to pretend that this constitutes purely intrastate gambling activity, but they’re wrong. Unlike brick and mortar casinos and convenience stores that sell lottery tickets, the Internet is accessible any time, by anyone, from anywhere. Herein lies the real states’ rights problem. Say I’m in Hawaii, a state that does not allow any gambling. But all of a sudden, I can get online — apparently no matter how old I am — and play another state’s lottery from anywhere and everywhere with Hawaii. That means the state of Hawaii has lost its ability to control what gambling goes on within its borders and its citizens can gamble from home, work, the car and even church using their choice of computer, tablet or mobile phone. The rights of Hawaii and every other state in the country to limit the gambling that can be done within its borders are completely undermined by a single state offering online lottery sales.”

PGRI Comment: This illustrates either an astonishing level of ignorance, or the disingenuous machinations of one who is trying to sew misinformation into the dialogue about i-Lottery. I suspect the latter, since geo-location and age-restriction technologies have worked to great effect for many years, in Canada, Australia, most countries in Europe, and many other places all around the world; and now in the U.S. as well. It’s hard to believe that anyone would believe this Lyle Beckwith narrative. Unfortunately, one would think he would not be pitching this line if he weren’t getting at least some people to buy into it.

Despite the rise of online and mobile casino gambling, the National Lottery is still the most popular form of gambling in the UK. Ticket sales for the National Lottery was the most common form of gaming, accounting for 36% of gambling.
The NBA has been in recent negotiations with several global sports betting companies. One of them could soon become the league's official partner in Europe's regulated markets, which allows for betting on American pro sports. "The NBA has seen the success that English Premier League soccer clubs have had with sports betting operators, and they're following that same model," a source with knowledge of the discussions said. "They've seen the naming rights and the size of those deals, and they understand that it's an opportunity to open up another revenue stream overseas, in the hundreds of millions of dollars." The simple fact that the NBA, which declined official comment on the potential deal, is in these discussions is noteworthy.
The two state-run national lottery programs, run by the Russian Finance Ministry and the Sports Ministry, are extended to 2019. Non-state lotteries, which boomed after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, have been prohibited in Russia since last year.
Innova's Shares commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "IGG".  "We're extremely pleased to have completed our IPO. This is an important milestone that we anticipate will help us accelerate our development of new and innovative products, games and technologies for the large government lottery and gaming industries," said Innova's Chairman and CEO, Richard M. Weil .
The gambling industry has a total economic footprint of £5 billion, supports almost 40,000 jobs and is likely to continue to thrive well into the future.
“We couldn’t be any more pleased with the sales of the new Super Ticket™ 7’s,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “The game produced more than $1 million in sales every single day of its second week in stores.” At 12 inches by 8 inches, Super Ticket™ 7’s is the Texas Lottery’s largest scratch-off on the market and gives players the opportunity to play four separate scratch-off games on one play area for only $10. “We take our mission to generate funding for public education very seriously,” said Grief. “To that end, we are committed to providing the best entertainment experience available for our players through innovative games and we accomplished that with Super Ticket™ 7’s.”


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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

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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