Today, the Advocate General Szpunar issued his Opinion in the Ince Case (Case C-336/14) which follows the request for a preliminary ruling from the Amtsgericht Sonthofen in Bavaria, Germany. In light of this Opinion, EL takes note of the Advocate General’s confirmation of the existing European jurisprudence in the field of gambling, namely: · Gambling is not an ordinary economic service where competition is liable to have detrimental effects · EU Member States have the right to restrict the offering of gambling services on their territory in order to prevent crime and protect consumers · Member States are free to define their national regulation on gambling for their territory in accordance with the Treaty provisions which do not “require Member States to liberalise markets in the domain of gambling”, and are not contrary to State monopoly in this field. The Advocate General further confirms that it remains to the German Court to assess the justification for the national regulation in place which aims at protecting consumers and preserving public order.
Mrs. Lynne Roiter, WLA General Secretary, who heads the WLA Responsible Gaming program, stated: "INTRALOT’s contribution to the new RG vendor framework has been very important; as a longtime platinum contributor of the WLA, the company has a demonstrated commitment to responsible gaming and to stakeholder engagement. INTRALOT was not only one of the first to voice the need for a vendor standard equivalent to that already in place for operators, but it is also one of the pioneers to successfully demonstrate compliance and receive certification. I would like to congratulate them."
- We think that establishing a new gambling operator is a rational reform. The decision to merge provides an explicit ground for ensuring the efficiency and competitiveness of the Finnish gambling system. We consider this important in order that we can offer the best possible customer service and prevent the harms of gambling efficiently. We are ready for the change and hope that it is implemented as quickly as possible, says Veikkaus’ CEO Juha Koponen. - When we merge, it is essential that we can continue to offer our customers Finnish games that are increasingly attractive, while improving our service. The new gambling operator and the reformed legislation should lead to improved customer experiences especially on the Internet, which the current three-operator model has not actually been designed for, says Mr Koponen.
"All of us at Pollard Banknote are very excited that Niké has chosen our new Flip Scratch™ innovation to enhance its latest instant ticket offering," said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. "The new look and play style will not only draw attention at retail, but also offers a fun new way to play that's different from other products players have seen before. The new format adds value for players with a whole new layer of winning opportunities."
“We work hard to ensure revenues increase year-after-year,” said Tony Bouie, Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery. “It’s extremely important because a portion of those revenues is allocated toward funding important programs in Arizona that would not receive funding otherwise.”
“When we found out that WrestleMania 32 is taking place in Dallas, we knew we wanted to be involved,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We are excited about this opportunity and believe this partnership will be an asset in generating revenue for Texas education.”
“This agreement demonstrates IGT’s continued commitment to the French gaming market, which is an important region for the Company,” said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International. “It enables LUDI, a valued IGT distributor, to provide a greater choice of top-performing products and systems to customers, and provides clients with the additional benefit of LUDI’s direct connection with IGT, the world’s leading end-to-end gaming company.”
Jim Kennedy, Group Chief Executive of Lottery for Scientific Games, said, "Instant games are a rising star in Germany and across Europe, and we are delighted to bring our CSP program to Brandenburg to help satisfy the demand of the instant product. As of today, over the full-term of our eight instant game service co-operations in Germany, we have helped increase instant game acceptance relative to revenues for these lotteries by 203 percent on average. We are able to deliver customer-centric innovation for instant products at scale, and that's the foundation of our CSP success."
Commenting on the extended contract, David Barden, Director of the state lottery, said that the supplier has long been a valuable partner. Mr. Barden further noted that the “technical capabilities and innovative games” INTRALOT offers have contributed to the expansion and diversification of the lottery’s product offeringnbsp;with new titles and distribution channels.
Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto said all signs point to another promising, potentially record-breaking year. The 2015 success was due to a number of factors, including sound business practices and the introduction of new and exciting games. Overall, Otto said the sales success was driven by the more than $1 billion in sales of Scratcher tickets, including a number of tickets created by Pollard Banknote. "Many people think that our overall success is determined by all those headline-grabbing games like Mega Millions and Powerball," Otto said. "In fact, it's the steady sales of Scratcher tickets that has gotten us to where we are today. And Pollard Banknote has been a fantastic partner in helping us offer a dynamic range of popular games."
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “Thanks to very strong growth across our mobile channel and in our GameStore category, we’ve made an extremely positive start to the financial year. In just six months, we’ve delivered almost £2.9 billion for our players and for National Lottery projects – making a truly life-changing difference to people and communities throughout the UK."
“NCR has a long history of innovation that improves consumer experience while driving retailer revenue. We’ve combined that with Linq3’s proven ability to help lotteries reach more consumers through a very convenient purchase point readily available,” said Daniel Cage, Linq3 CEO.
"Pollard Banknote is very excited to exclusively offer Awkward Family Photos® to our lottery clients,"noted Sina Aiello, Pollard Banknote’s Vice President, Marketing. "It’s a very social brand with a significant Facebook and Instag ram presence. It has been gaining momentum recently with the launch of four books and a touring museum exhibition, and we look forward to leveraging this momentum with a variety of entertaining promotional opportunities for our clients."
Following September’s announcement that the European Court of Justice (ECJ), had not reviewed the Hesse Ministry’s German sports betting regulations. The Hessian Administrative Court has moved to completely overhaul the proposed national framework. Facing further delays and pressure from numerous political, sporting and business stakeholders, the court has moved to clear the regulatory framework’s review process, stating that its regulatory make-up of limiting German betting licenses to twenty operators as unconstitutional. The court detailed that it would be more effective for German law-makers to re-start the framework, with transparent regulatory and business concessions recommended by Wisebaden Courts who had reviewed Hesse Ministry proposals. German news sources have detailed that the courts actions have gained popular support from ministers. “We need urgently a constructive dialogue on a gambling legal paradigm shift in Germany. The regulatory chaos must end. The Hessian state government has just presented a reasonable basis for discussion. “
“This was a remarkably robust quarter for the Lottery,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “We saw growth across all of our products, helping to post record returns. The best news, of course, is that the funds raised will benefit Tennessee students and their families across the state.”
“Our fiscal year is off to a strong start, which is great news for the many students and families who benefit from the HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “It is rewarding to know that Georgians support our products and lottery-funded educational programs.”
Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "Imagine being able to give the fun and entertainment of lottery games with the convenience of a gift card. InComm is on the leading edge of commerce technology with strong retail partnerships. Their payment network and retail footprint, combined with Scientific Games' lottery solutions, offers lotteries a way to reach new consumers who may like to purchase lottery games and help drive incremental revenue for lottery beneficiaries such as local retailers, education, senior citizens, infrastructure and the environment."
“Building customer relationships and converting those relationships into successful lotteries are part of Jay Gendron’s genetic makeup. For 20 years, Jay has brought a set of values and commitment to customer service that has helped redefine the lottery industry,” said Michael Chambrello, CEO of North America Lottery for IGT. “Jay has made it his business to personally get to know each of his customers and ensure their business objectives are met. He has demonstrated trust, integrity, and responsibility – qualities that have made him a respected lottery professional both within IGT and the lottery industry.”
Jim Kennedy, CEO, Lottery for Scientific Games, said, “We are truly honored to have Jim engaged daily with our customers and account teams. He brings together proven marketing games and insights to help our customers grow net profits as we lead instant game innovation around the world.
Commenting on Shaheen entering a distinguished group of 60 current Lottery Hall of Fame members, Daniel Cage, CEO of Linq3 said, “Tom has and continues to play a key role in moving our business forward. His recognition for this important distinction is a reflection of the values for which he is known by everyone in the industry; great integrity and professionalism and a wonderfully straightforward approach to everything he does.”
"In my 45 years of experience, I've never seen anything like this before," Wynn said. The industry is also taking a hit from new government rules. Wynn said he is particularly flummoxed by the local government's decision to limit the number of tables allowed at new casinos, including one that his company is building. "The table cap is the single most counter-intuitive and irrational decision that was ever made," Wynn said. "Here we are spending billions of dollars ... and then arbitrarily somebody says, 'well you should only have this many tables.' No jurisdiction ever has imposed that kind of logic on us." "We built tens of thousands of rooms and restaurants and attractions, but they say, 'you're not allowed to gamble, because you can't have the tables.' Well that's one of the reasons they come to Macau."
“The Texas Lottery is a $4 billion enterprise that has generated more than $1 billion in revenue annually for the state for the past 12 years,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “As a business of this size, we take responsible growth seriously and are committed to the World Lottery Association’s principles of responsible gaming.”
“The performance generated under the initial three pilot locations by the local progressive and multi-price features on our TapTix dispensers in Ontario has been a success,” said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. “As projected, the TapTix devices that have the Features installed are generating higher levels of player engagement and win per unit than the devices without the Features. We look forward to continuing to work with OLG and all of our lottery partners to continue to deliver products and features that assist charities and social programs in the province that benefit from gaming activities.”  Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG added, “INNOVA has helped to develop and deliver the devices and features that Ontario consumers like. These additional features should continue to contribute incremental revenue for charities that depend on gaming revenue to serve their communities and we look forward to the expansion of this pilot to all of our Charitable Gaming Centres in the province of Ontario.”
“It’s the dawn of a new era,” announced Marco Tasso, Senior Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Lottery, IGT.   With Aurora’s end-to-end interoperability, Matthew Whalen, IGT’s Senior Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Lottery, explains, “Existing customers of IGT legacy systems, including Enterprise Series, can incrementally add key components to reap significant benefits without completely overhauling their current lottery solution.”     For IGT, it is all about supporting the path to innovation. “Aurora offers flexibility within a dynamic system, but the core focus is the player,” said Tasso“It delivers the solutions that lotteries need to increase their customer base and revenues to good causes.”
Moving forward in its search for a new private management partner, the Illinois Lottery has posted a Request for Information (RFI) to initiate an open dialogue with market participants and gain information as well as industry perspective.
“Success like this proves our model is working,” said Florida Lottery Interim Secretary Tom Delacenserie. “By offering bigger games players get to experience more winning moments, Lottery retailers earn higher commissions and most importantly, more revenue is transferred to education.”
Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said, "The Arkansas Lottery was the very first lottery to offer a fully integrated loyalty club to our players. Since 2009 we have provided our players a second chance for their non-winning instant tickets along with points that can be redeemed for prizes. Throughout the years we have continued to speak with our club members for ways to enhance our loyalty club programs. I am pleased to say that providing them with a mobile app which enables them to view our lottery information along with the ability to scan tickets to enter second-chance drawings and earn points for prizes was high on their list."    Gordon Medenica, Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said, "Today's lottery players are busy, tech-savvy people who want quick and easy access to information. This new app provides them with the type of convenience they have been asking for and have come to expect from the Maryland Lottery. I believe our players will respond positively to the ticket-scanning and retailer-search features."
Executive Director Rollo Redburn said, “It has been an honor to watch this agency grow and become what it is today.” He went on to say that, “More than ever our staff is focused on improving games for our Players and always searching for new ways to increase our contributions to Oklahoma education programs.”

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