“Scratchers sales last week were $18.8 million,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Of those sales, $4.3 million was from the new $30 Scratchers game alone.”

Sen. John Unger compared fantasy sports betting to horse racing, saying it should be regulated as such. Fantasy sports gambling is no different in our view than video lottery, betting on horses or greyhounds, all of which are regulated and supervised by the West Virginia Lottery Commission or other entities. Why should the lucrative field of fantasy sports betting be given a pass? Especially in a time of state budget woes, we believe regulating and taxing fantasy sports gambling would provide not only important oversight, but much-needed revenue. And as Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler pointed out, all other forms of legalized gambling provide money dedicated to important programs for senior citizens, school facilities and the PROMISE Scholarship. Let’s be clear, we aren’t against fantasy sports gambling. And the small workplace- or friend-based games should proceed as they currently do. But major, multimillion-dollar corporations that promote sports gambling should be regulated and taxed.


We are very sad to report that, following a courageous three-year battle with cancer, Jean Jørgensen has passed away.  Jean’s character and dedication to serving this industry came to represent the goals and ideals of the WLA.  The respect and affection held for Jean will live on in the memories of all who knew him.  His warmth, friendship, and positive leadership style will be missed by so many from all around the world.

Len Ainsworth, founder and executive chairman of gaming machine supplier Ainsworth Game Technology (AGT), said that with Novomatic's strength and support, the future of AGT was assured and its potential increased. Professor Johann Graf, founder of Novomatic said: “Ainsworth is iconic and we are delighted to become substantial shareholders in the company (if shareholder approval is granted). We support the Board and management’s strategy and look forward to assisting the Company as it continues to successfully build its international footprint and profile.”   Mag. Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC, commented on the latest announcement, saying that the planned acquisition of Ainsworth Game Technology shares will be a continuation of his company’s international growth strategy, with the targeted Australian gaming manufacturer being among the leaders in the production and distribution of related solutions in Australasia and the Americas.

Despite the fact that the defendants did design bots to play online poker, they were acquitted of fraud.

The Company will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss the results. Conference call: Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:00 a.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. GMT / 2:00 p.m. CET

Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, who is also the Senate General Fund budget committee chairman, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 232, which would dedicate all revenue generated by such lottery sales to the General Fund. Pittman said the bill, modeled on a North Dakota law, would generate$55 million annually for the state’s budget. He said an Alabama lottery that allowed only multistate drawings would “only need a handful of employees to administer it.” “It keeps it restricted. You’re not creating a bureaucracy. You’re not putting the state in the lottery business. People that don’t want to sell them don’t have to. It’s voluntary,” Pittman said.
“Our relationship with Pollard Banknote began nearly two decades ago, and in that time we have achieved great success implementing many of the company’s strategic recommendations,” said Kevin Donnellan, Interim Lottery Director of the Arizona Lottery. “Most recently, we have worked with Pollard Banknote to lead the launch of our new Instant Tab program, selling instant tab tickets in age-restricted locations. We have worked closely with the company to grow both our instants sales and instant tab sales and will continue to explore new ways to offer our players even more value and excitement.”   “We are very proud of our enduring partnership with the Arizona Lottery,” said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. “Through ongoing consultation, the Lottery has taken advantage of many of our print innovations over the years, including Scratch FX® and the recent launch of its inaugural PlayBook®—the $20 Big Money Game Book. We are excited to have the opportunity to continue working with the Lottery to offer the best services and produce the best games possible to generate revenues for a variety of state programs.”

Investor Conference Call: Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time

The European Commission (EC) has abandoned the concept of a pan-European regulatory framework for online gambling, accepting that individual member states largely oppose synchronizing their Internet gaming regulations. The move interestingly mirrors similar issues in the US, where states’ rights vs. federal dictates have become an ongoing battle in the iGaming wars.

Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher of Iona, chairman of the committee, says the agency would oversee Idaho tribal gaming, horse racing and state lottery gambling. The bill wouldn’t dissolve the state’s current racing and lottery commissions. Instead, it would create an additional gaming commission housed under the new agency.

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