“After significant thought and reflection, I have decided it is time for me to retire,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Arch Gleason in a letter to the Lottery’s board of directors. “I have spent nearly 23 years as President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery and take great pride in what we have accomplished.” During Gleason's tenure as Kentucky Lottery President & CEO, he served as president of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and Chair of the Powerball Game Group, president of the North American State & Provincial Lottery Association (NASPL) and served five years as president of the World Lottery Association (WLA), the first American to do so.

"While favourable circumstances certainly helped, the renewal strategy we implemented over the past two years and efficient management across all our sectors were the main drivers of our success," explained Simon Patenaude, Loto-Québec's Acting President and CEO.

Dermot Griffin, CEO of Premier Lotteries Ireland commented; “We are really impressed with Camelot Global’s lean and agile approach to delivering all our digital requirements. This strategy enables the National Lottery to meet the needs of its players and allows them to play anytime and anywhere. We look forward to continuing with our partnership as we continue to modernise and enhance the functionality of our mobile & online offering.” Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global commented; “I am pleased that we have been able to truly partner with Premier Lotteries Ireland and working together with Dermot Griffin and his team have delivered the next phase of their digital journey. The enhanced mobile App provides players with further ways to play the exciting games the Irish National Lottery has to offer.

"Obviously, the huge Powerball jackpot [in January] was a major reason we are up in draw games, but we are up in almost all of our draw games for the year, including Powerball, Natural State Jackpot, Cash 3 and Fastplay," Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said in a written statement. "The fact that we are up in both instant tickets and draw game sales shows that the hard work and the strategies implemented by our staff are working," he said. Scratch-offs also are called instant tickets.

“We had a stellar year,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery Commission. “In addition to experiencing the world’s largest jackpot, we also launched our first $30 Scratchers game and made improvements and efficiencies.” “We are so pleased to be able to provide an additional $38 million for public education this fiscal year,” Reardon said. “We definitely have our work cut out for us next year to meet or beat this annual profit record.”

The head of the Illinois Lottery is resigning for medical reasons, according to a memo from the governor's office.  Gov. Rauner appointed Tim McDevitt to temporarily replace Lane for up to 60 days while the administration searches for a permanent replacement, according to the memo. Until Friday, Tim McDevitt was the deputy director of Government Transformation and Metrics, who, as part of that role, was working on the bidding process to replace the current private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, with a new firm. Before that he worked for Boston Consulting Group.

“This is by far the earliest in the fiscal year that the Texas Lottery has passed the $1 billion revenue mark,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “With phenomenal scratch ticket sales and January’s record-breaking Powerball jackpot, we anticipate that we will easily break last year’s fiscal year-end record of $1.242 billion to Texas.” “Our tremendous sales and revenue this fiscal year would not be possible without the talent and dedication of our lottery staff, vendors and retailers,” said Grief. “We are committed to our mission to generate revenue for Texas and we will continue to provide players with the best entertainment experience available through innovative games.”

“The NASPL verification process is helping us increase efficiency and add to our integrity,” Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. “We’re proud that our procedures have been recognized nationally.”

"Maryland's casino business is on a roll,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “Two consecutive record months is a noteworthy achievement and I congratulate all of our casino partners. Well done!"

Pennsylvania lawmakers were slated to reconsider and vote today on two separate amendments to a gaming expansion bill that would legalize online gaming in the state, with sites to be operated by current casino licensees.

“This game (Dakota Cash) needs a refresh and EZ Match is the way we’re looking at,” lottery executive director Norm Lingle told commissioners.

GLI’s Vice President of iGaming Salim Adatia said, “With any new market opening, there are bound to be unforeseen challenges for stakeholders to face. However, close collaboration between the regulatory agency, operator, software supplier(s) and testing laboratory can make all the difference in terms of success level. This was the case here.”


EL Industry Days 2016. With over 90% of total lottery sales in Europe happening in retail premises it is clear that the return on investment from improving the retail experience should be far in excess of anything achievable from improvements in the digital space. However, the “omnichannel” narrative continues to attract attention, capturing the zeitgeist of the current decade and, indeed, the digital age in which we live. But the pendulum never ceases its swing and we are now beginning to hear discussions about how to “warm up” the digital space and defrost the “cold click”.

Retail should provide the “warmest” of customer engagements possible; retailers should be ready to get behind the lottery and be part of the “fun and excitement” we so often talk about. The lottery customer journey cannot be better personalised than by having your own “personal shopper” – the retailer. The challenge for lottery companies and their Partner/Suppliers is to provide the support, functionality and facilities in the retail space to help the lottery agent in every way possible.

Whether it is beacon technology to provide customers with product information, flash sales or deals, digital signage, or traditional point-of-sale material, retailers expect the lottery to provide them with the means to create the best possible experience for their customers.

Once every two years, EL Industry Days provides the Partner/Suppliers with the opportunity to interact with lottery executives and share their visions for the future. They shared their experiences gained from partnering, developing and supporting markets with lottery clients across the world." Source:: Industry Days European Lottery Association

Also during the conference Dr. Ioannis N. KatakisStavros A. MichaelThierry PujolPhilippe Vlaemminck were inducted in the Lottery Industry Hall of fame

The GLI Group’s principal owner James Maida said, “We’re very pleased to invest in Bulletproof and their management team. Atlantic Canada is a great place to do business and an ideal place to concentrate some key centralized services Bulletproof provides. We’re going to deliver those services to a wider export market across the world. At the same time, we see an opportunity in parallel for on the ground operations to expand into other key regions of Canada and the USA which will only further strengthen the GLI Group and Bulletproof’s market position and success.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance explained recently: “Illegal gambling operators will be subject to more severe consequences, which will hamper their operations and thus increase the market share of legal entities offering gambling.” Polish online gambling advocates argue that regulating the industry is the best way to safeguard the interests of consumers, and that the only way to dissuade people from playing on unregulated, illegal sites is to give international operators the opportunity to become integrated within the Polish market.

Steve Beason, Enterprise Chief Technology Officer, Scientific Games, said, "Lottery is a $276 billion consumer product business globally. We are becoming an increasingly cashless society and consumers want to purchase lottery games on credit and debit cards, just like any other product they purchase at big box retailers, grocery stores, neighborhood shops, convenience stores and gas stations." Scientific Games' payment solution features card processing terminals which are Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) compliant for financial security standards; the terminals also support mobile payment options such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, 40 percent of convenience store transactions in 2014 were credit and debit card purchases. Cash purchases at point-of-sale are expected to drop to 22.5 percent in 2017 (Huffington Post Money). "We are the first company to implement secure, cashless payment solutions for lotteries, giving their retailers and players peace of mind that payment card transactions are processed on a secure, supervised system. Our global operations teams understand this is an important step forward to align with consumer demand," said Beason.

Lotteries COO Sue van de Merwe said the decision to rebrand was made to bring the brand into the next stage of evolution in a disrupted market. “While our game brands offer players a high level of trust and integrity with strong emotional attachment and community core values, we know the global landscape is changing and we needed to adapt our branding strategy to remain ahead of the game,” van de Merwe says.

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX told attendees of the Code Conference The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, forty years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale. So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.

"This is an incredible achievement that simply could not have been accomplished without the hard work of our small but dedicated staff, our players, and our incredible network of nearly 2,000 Lottery retailers in every corner of the state," Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said in a news release.

Jannie Haek, Administrateur Délégué for Loterie Nationale Belgium, said, "One of the primary reasons we selected Scientific Games is the results experienced by several other major lotteries in Europe with instant game products. We believe that Scientific Games' consumer insights, marketing strategies and the innovation they are bringing to instant games will be a means to entertain our players and grow revenues for Loterie Nationale."   John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Global Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "Instant products, often supported by interactive second-chance drawings on mobile and web, continue to be the largest year-on-year revenue growth for lotteries in many jurisdictions around the world. Our expertise with instant games is unrivaled, and we believe we can empower Loterie Nationale with the analytics, strategy and creativity to entertain Belgian players and grow sales."

Mr. Willy Ocier, President, Pacific Online Systems Corporation said: “INTRALOT has been a valuable partner in our endeavours to modernize the lottery landscape of Philippines. Harnessing INTRALOT’s global experience and gaming expertise, we have managed to expand our operations. The scope of this extension contract is to build on the existing strong foundations and offer our retailers a leading edge gaming technology that will boost the lottery sales.” INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, stated: “It has been with great enthusiasm that we have embarked on this long term partnership with Pacific Online. We are looking forward to continuing support to our customer’s team with our best-of-breed market-tested solutions in their efforts to offer compelling gaming products, optimize players’ gaming experience and further boost sales.”

"By cooperating with IGT, we leverage their longstanding experience and the successful development of lottery technology. We are convinced that this equips SACHSENLOTTO well for the future, and ensures we meet the requirements of the market," said Siegfried Schenek, managing director of Sächsische LOTTO-GmbH. "Our customers trust in the good and safe lottery portfolio we offer, and they benefit from it." "Since 1995, SACHSENLOTTO has relied on our Company's technology for the successful operation of its lottery program. This agreement is an important step in continuing to grow our presence in the German market," said Declan Harkin, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IGT International. "This upgrade to the central system platform will ensureSACHSENLOTTO continues to benefit from the flexibility and integrity it requires to achieve its business objectives now and in the future."

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Loterie Romande’s CEO commented; “We have enjoyed working with the Camelot Global team on the project. We look forward to continuing with our partnership as we continue to modernise and enhance the functionality of the www.loro.ch online gaming platform.” Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot Global commented; “I am delighted that we have been able to successfully deliver the Loterie Romande Sport App ahead of time and to such a high quality. We have achieved this by truly partnering with Jean-Luc Moner-Banet and his team. I would also like to thank my team for their hard work in delivering this Sports App.”

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