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Hansjorg Holtkemeier has been a member of the managing board of the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin since 2005, and a member of the EL Executive Committee since 2009.  The General Assembly also appointed Fernando Paes Afonso of Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa as First Vice President and Robert Chvatal of Sazka (Czech Respublic) as Second Vice President.
The voices advocating for proper regulation of sports-betting in the U.S. are getting louder and louder
Alaska only allows gaming by charitable organizations, such as nonprofits and civic or service organizations, with many selling pull-tabs or operating bingo parlors.
Online games are becoming more and more ‘infantilised’ as developers tap into a warm nostalgia in gamblers. The trend isn’t restricted to online gambling. Popular social gaming titles like Candy Crush Saga feature cutesy intro sequences straight out of a Nintendo game and icons made up almost exclusively with sweets.  The lines between styles are being blurred. Candy Crush Saga looks like a modern-day real-money slot, especially with its ‘exploding reels’ style which has been mimicked and trademarked by all the major slots developers in recent year.  This nostalgic element is key for slots developers.
“Pollard Banknote’s Eco Scratch™ adds a new, distinct look to our instant game portfolio. It offers a unique alternative to foil and white card stock, and printing on this stock gives us color options and combinations that are simply not possible with standard stocks,” explained Vibeke K. Haakonsen, Brand Manager, FLAX (Norsk Tipping’s instant product line). “We like to change the ticket art on our base games regularly, and Eco Scratch™ is the latest print innovation available.”
Lottery Director Randy Miller said it will offer “a little twist” from the five rolling jackpot-style multi-state draw games currently available in North Dakota: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2 and 2by2.   “We felt that the lottery must offer exciting and attractive games that add value to our product mix for players to play, and this game seemed to offer that,” he said.
Despite a record "history" of 387.6 million Swiss francs (2.6%) of gross gaming revenue (GGR), Loterie Romande, CEO, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet described the year 2014 as "relatively stable." If the amount is "stable", it is still part of a context of increasingly fierce market competition games, stressed Moner-Banet.
Commenting on the launch of the GLMS, Friedrich Stickler, GLMS President and EL President, stated: “Both the EL and the WLA are absolutely committed to honest betting and sports integrity worldwide. We recognize the role we play in helping safeguard that spirit. The GLMS, powered by Sportradar, will give our Members a unique, global view into betting behavior and irregular betting patterns.  It is of great importance that two lotteries from Asia have joined the GLMS given the fact that Asia accounts for the biggest part of the global sports betting activity. "I am excited that the EL and the WLA have taken this bold step to eliminate the threat of match-fixing and preserve the integrity of sports”. WLA President, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet added, “The world lottery community is gaining momentum in its efforts to combat match-fixing and to preserve the integrity of sports. The launch of the GLMS is a testament to that fact. Our cooperation with the EL in founding the GLMS, aided by the Sportradar's state-of-the-art technology, will help us unite our member lotteries across five continents in the fight against fraud in sports.
“We are very pleased to welcome Andreas Kohlmann and we are confident that his wide-ranging experience, profound knowledge and excellent network of relationships will support the establishment of our products and solutions in the German-speaking market. The timing of Mr Kohlmann joining Novomatic Lottery Solutions is perfect, considering we are at the culmination of the integration of Betware within the NOVOMATIC Group, along with investments undertaken to encourage a 360 degrees solution platform. We have thus laid the foundation to present ourselves to the market as the leading provider for innovative high quality solutions”, Miriam Lindhorst said on the occasion of Mr Kohlmann’s appointment.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that federal regulators at the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) are not effectively promoting voluntary compliance with federal guidelines concerning the proper handling of money, accuracy of financial statements, and security requirements at Indian casinos “The NIGC should find more effective methods that will ensure all facets of gaming are conducted with accountability and accuracy, said Chairman Barrasso.
Right now, if a gambler wins $1,200 or more, their machine locks up and the staff comes over to make the guest fill out a W2-G form, effectively notifying the IRS of the win. Once the form is filled out, the attendant unlocks the machine and the guest can continue to play. If the IRS has its way, that amount will be dropped to $600.  Casinos are rallying against the lower limit, citing increased time constraints and revenue loss.  “At SugarHouse Casino, about 1,700 people each month fill out W2 forms after winning $1,200 or more. Under the proposed rule, that number would grow to 10,000 a month." The casino industry is worried that taking the time to fill out all of the forms will cause revenue loss. Let’s take a real look on how this is going to affect the average guest to a casino to see if the concerns are exaggerated.  In terms of what it might cost you as a gambler: that of course is based on how much you win or lose. Here is the best piece of advice that anyone can give you:  Make absolutely sure that your player’s card is in that machine before you even put your first dollar in. What most people don’t know is that if you do win a jackpot, you can take your losses away from that W2-G. Those player’s cards keep track of all your gaming and at the end of the year, you can either go online or contact the casino directly and request your win/loss statement for tax purposes.
State regulators have been ordered by the court to allow slot machines at a Gadsden County racetrack.  The ruling, if it stands, could have implications on a $1 billion deal the state has with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Under the agreement, the tribe can stop its payments to the state if pari-mutuels outside of Broward and Miami-Dade counties start operating slots.  Legislative leaders and the tribe failed to reach an agreement on a new deal before the regular legislative session ended in May, and the issue is not expected to be addressed during a special session on the budget that begins Monday.
GGR in Macau for the first five months of 2015 has plummeted 37.1% year over year.  The continuous downside reflects the nationwide crackdown on corruption in China. This has compelled Macau officials to impose restrictions on high rollers to stop billions of dollars from being siphoned off illegally from mainland China to Macau. A cooling Chinese economy, tighter visa policies, political unrest and a smoking ban on mass market gaming floors have compounded woes.  Macau’s gaming revenues have gone downhill since Jun 2014 due to the anti-corruption drive by the Chinese government.  Nevada gaming revenues for the month of April were $897.9 million, up 5.4% year over year. The April increase came after declines in the month of February and March.
Rose J. Hudson, the president of the Louisiana Lottery, said current law already directs plans for this money — it must be used for future scratch-off prizes or promotions. "Simply put, unclaimed prize funds belong to Lottery players," Hudson said in a written statement. "As you can imagine, our players love this." By funneling the unclaimed money back into prizes, she said the Louisiana Lottery has increased scratch-off sales more than 40 percent the last five years. "In a nutshell, more sales equals more money for the state," she said, noting that 35 percent of Lottery revenue is constitutionally dedicated to K-12 public education.

EL Congress 2015 in Oslo, Norway "Touch Tomorrow" Photo Collage


EL Congress 2015 - DAY 2 - PHOTOS in Oslo, Norway "Touch Tomorrow" Photo Collage


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LOTTERY-EXPO 2015 Sept 9-11, 2015

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Panel Discussion and Presentation topics at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami:

 

Breakthrough Marketing/Promotional Ideas for Lottery’s Corporate Accounts

We know what we want from our retail partners: more focus on the mission to sell Lottery products!   How do we engage big corporate accounts to embrace that mission like we want them to?  Lottery’s brand equity, connection to countless millions of shoppers, and ability to drive store traffic are under-utilized assets that can deliver value to our retail partners and in turn engage them in our mission.  It is starting to happen in a big way.  Panelists will discuss successful initiatives to collaborate with corporate account retail partners on cross-sell-promotions and new product design.  Panelists will also build on these successes to explore fresh new ideas for how Lottery can develop a stronger, more productive, relationship with its corporate accounts.   

 

Building out the multi-state platform for Big-Box Corporate Account Retailers

Logistical back-office hurdles have stymied Lottery’s ability to develop the full potential of multi-state retail operations.  Now, substantial progress is being made to meet the needs of these multi-state retailers.  What has been accomplished; how can we lock-in the progress that has been made; what are the current issues that are being addressed; what are the most do-able, actionable things that Team Lottery should do to blow open the doors to successful expansion of Lottery in the multi-state big-box retail channel? 

 

Bricks & Clicks:  The merging of Interactive and Land-Based Retail

Retail and Lottery both recognize that “Interactive” is about is much more about creating the optimal consumer experience than it is about selling products online.  How are progressive lotteries leading the charge into an “Internet of Things” future that integrates digital technologies into the fabric of all we do?  How are Retailers doing the same thing, and how can we join together to forge the most productive and mutually beneficial pathways to integrate Interactive and Land-Based initiatives? 

 

Behavioral Economics Applied to Lottery

There is much talk about “convergence” in the industry.  The easy access to all forms of gaming is contributing to experimentation by the consumers.  As consumers migrate from one game category to another, the need to identify and focus on the attributes that make Lottery most appealing to the consumer is greater than ever.  How can Lottery clarify its messaging, its brand, its products and promotions to differentiate itself in this competitive market-place, and carve out its own unique connection to the consumer?

 

Betting on Interactive

Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources, and with each other.  Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic.   How are successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, drive sales, and disseminate information?  How are lotteries integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business to position themselves for successful long-term sustainable growth?

 

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