|Gardner Geurney, Acting Lottery Director commented; “The gambling landscape in New York State has changed over the last twelve months, and will continue to change and become more competitive. In order to safeguard state aid to education it is highly critical that we look at alternative approaches for the future of the Lottery. Camelot Global Services has the necessary skills and expertise to provide insight in identifying paths to achieve state aid to education goals.”|
|“This contract is important to GTECH as it allows us to re-establish a relationship with the Colorado Lottery which dates back to 1988 when we first brought the Lottery online,” said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “We have conducted comprehensive retailer and consumer research studies in Colorado to gain a better understanding of the marketplace today, and in the future. GTECH looks forward to upgrading the Colorado Lottery’s operating systems and its retailers with our latest technology, product solutions, and games necessary to support the Lottery’s next phase of growth.”|
Las Vegas Casino Mogul Adelson Lobbies to End Internet Gaming -with potentially profound impact on U.S. state lotteries
By Mark Hichar*
|POWERBALL is always looking to refresh its game and bring more value to its players," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "In Florida, POWERBALL sales contribute millions of dollars to education each year, so keeping its appeal is very important." The return of the multiplier to the Power Play feature is part of a year-long sales and branding campaign to support POWERBALL sales and introduce the Ultimate Tailgate Party Drawing to players. Pro football greats Terry Bradshaw, Warren Moon, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and Joe Namath will serve as spokesmen as part of the campaign.|
|Strong 2nd Quarter Provides $85 Million for Education Total Education Funding Since Inception Now Exceeds $2.89 Billion. “With the Lottery soon to mark a decade in Tennessee, it’s gratifying to see that our ticket sales continue to show solid and consistent gains year after year,” said Rebecca Hargrove, Lottery President and CEO. “The goal and end result, of course, is an increase in proceeds for the education programs that assist so many deserving students and their families all across Tennessee.”|
|Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totalled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for education. “More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”|
|Gov. Chris Christie predicted Internet gambling in New Jersey would generate $1 billion in its first year. Just $8.4 million in revenue was collected from the time online wagering in December, its first month of operation. PGRI Note: Two things about this. While $8.4 million is a small number, it is likely to increase since i-gaming is just getting started in NJ. If it doubles or triples (which I would submit is a conservative estimate), that adds up to an annualized figure of $200 to $300 million. Second, it seems like jurisdictions that are entering the i-gaming space are all basing their revenue projections on the assumption that they will build a big export business, somehow attracting players from outside of their jurisdiction. It is silly to think that will happen, especially if you have something other than the 1% tax rate of a Malta or Gibraltar. The thing that all jurisdictions entering the i-gaming space should concentrate on is not how to compete with Malta and Gibraltar for the inter-state or international i-gaming action. Instead, they should focus on how to make sure that ALL the revenue generated by the residents of their jurisdiction stays within the jurisdiction and does not go off-shore to Malta, Gibraltar, or some other rogue tax-haven jurisdiction. And U.S. states should not have to compete with each other for that revenue, otherwise states that charge more than the 6% or 7% tax will lose all the revenue to states like NJ or NV which charge low taxes on gambling revenues. I-gaming is an industry that should emphatically NOT be subject to the pressures of market-driven capitalism for the simple reason that the most material competitive advantage in this industry is … the tax rate.|
|An anti-online gaming group funded by Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson is distributing a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that warns Internet wagering can be used by criminals to conduct money-laundering activities. Opponents of online gambling are promoting draft legislation that would reverse the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2011 determination that overturned the Federal Wire Act, allowing individual states to adopt Internet gaming. Congressional sources said the bill came from Adelson’s group.
PGRI Note: This dis-information campaign is very disturbing on many fronts. First, journalists who write about these issues do not seem to realize how the words that are put into their mouths by propagandists are twisted to manipulate. The U.S. Dept of Justice did not “overturn the Federal Wire Act”, they clarified the Wire Act to apply to sports-betting and that it was not intended to abrogate the rights of states to regulate and tax Internet gaming (which did not even exist when the Wire Act was executed). Second, the notion that anti-gambling groups are allying with the most shameless casino gambling profiteer is weird. Third, the fact that bad things and criminality happen, like money laundering, is the very reason why the industry should be properly regulated. Prohibition is the haven for criminal activity, just as it was during the era of liquor prohibition in the 1920s in the U.S. Adelson’s dis-information propagandizing cleverly insinuates that prohibition is the solution to these problems when it is clearly the opposite. And to the point of money-laundering, how ironic that it was Sheldon’s own Las vegas Sands recently paid $47 million to settle a charge of money-laundering with the U.S. SEC. $47 million!
|The legislation provides that all online gambling firms operating in the UK pay a point of consumption tax – which currently stands at 15% of gross gaming revenue – and that all online gaming companies hold a UK Gambling Commission license. That would alter the current system where foreign companies are regulated by their respective jurisdiction. In addition, those companies would be required to inform the UK Gambling Commission of any “suspicious betting behaviour that involves UK customers.”
PGRI Note: This is a critical regulatory issue. Does the gambling transaction take place at the point where it is processed by the operator’s server, or at the place where the player is located (i.e. the “point of consumption”). It is vital that legislators all around the world stand firm that gambling takes place at the point of consumption. This will be just as important in the U.S. as it is in Europe. Without unambiguous affirmation that gambling takes place at the point of consumption, low-tax havens like Malta and Gibraltar will completely rule the entire European market; and all internet gambling in the U.S. would be based in Indian Tribal land with all of the profits flowing out of the states and into Tribal gaming operators.