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”We cannot say that, conceptually, watching a video-taped (or digitally recorded) image of a horse races makes the event any less of a horse race than watching a re-run of a basketball game makes it something other than a basketball game," Justice Venters wrote for the court.
The US Supreme Court will soon announce whether it has decided to examine the Dicristina case, thereby issuing a ruling that will have consequences for the legality of poker in many US States.  A decision by the Supreme Court would determine whether poker, as a game of skill, is covered by the Illegal Gambling Business Act.
State Rep. Alyce Clark (D-Jackson) supports a lottery: "It doesn't make sense to me to go across the river and take care of their children when our children need that money here in Mississippi."
South Dakota Senate votes to increase number of machines per casino from 10 to 15
Pollard Banknote Limited announces their latest product created with and for the Michigan Lottery: $5 Diamond Wild Time. It features an “interactive second chance game app…By using the app to enter non-winning tickets, players have the opportunity to win Players Club reward points or instant game cash coupons, which are redeemable at any retailer.”
Arkansas’ lottery ranks 16th among the 45 state lotteries in per capita sales. The Lottery Commission’s Retail and Marketing Committee discussed allowing ticket sales via debit card, rather than cash. This change would require legislative action.
China's lottery fans still mostly play the old-fashioned way — through agents at brick-and-mortar locations. Only 6% of the country's $42 billion-plus lottery market is conducted online. But the online lottery market has been catching on.
New Jersey is attempting to overturn a federal ban on sports betting that exists in all but four states. A federal appeals panel had ruled against the state. At issue are two legal questions: “Does the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act usurp state authority, in violation of the 10th amendment? And does its granting permission to only four states to conduct sports betting violate the principal of equal sovereignty?” Sports betting is limited to states that legalized it before a 1991 deadline - Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. New Jersey failed to act during a prescribed window.
The commemorative ticket is $25 to play. There will be a second chance drawing when the game officially ends, and one player will win $25,000. The game has more than $11 million in total prizes.
Additionally, the Lottery holds a five year renewal option, to provide Veterans' Organizations (VOs) in the state with Instant Ticket Lottery Machines (ITLM) and related services.
PGRI Note: This article is like much of the reporting on online gambling legislation in Europe. It is colored by the special interest groups that favor de-regulation of internet gambling. Their goal is to lobby the European Union Commission to force EU member states to open up the markets to multiple operators that can sell across borders. The result of this action would be a race to the bottom in tax rates charged (witness the complaints of operators over the U.K. 15% tax rate. These operators are based in Malta and Gibralter and other tax-havens where the rate is literally 1% or 2%. The goal is to bully governments across the world into charging minimal tax rates.). This would clearly decimate the government-gaming industry that channels billions of euro in funding for good causes that benefit society. Of course, a similar, albeit less stark and dramatic, conflict exists in the U.S., between commercial interests that want to channel those billions over to private shareholders and the state governments that want to channel these funds to education and other good causes.
FOR WEEKLY SCRATCH-OFF SALES “Twenty-one Florida Lottery games had sales of more than $1 million last week,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “This is good news across the board because higher sales result in more winners, increased commissions for retailers and more revenue generated for Florida’s students and schools.” The Florida Lottery newest $25 Scratch-Off game, 100X THE CASH, led the Scratch-Off game sales, exceeding $15 million in sales last week. The $20 GOLD RUSH TRIPLER Scratch-Off game followed closely behind with more than $9.5 million in sales. Terminal game sales are also contributing to the Lottery’s bottom line, as both multi-state jackpot games continue to roll over, creating hundred-million-dollar jackpots. The Lottery has been averaging more than $100 million in total sales every week for the past seven weeks.
PGRI Note: Norway has a regulatory model of strict government monopoly control. This is yet another article that is interesting because it informs, but has a terribly biased view that government monopoly is somehow contrary to the interests of the public, when in fact it protects the interests of the public and channels gambling profits to good causes instead of the enrichment of a small group of private shareholders.
The dialogue comes at a time when Bitcoins and other virtual currencies have been gaining the backing of legitimate investors and mainstream businesses. Last month, Overstock.com became the first major retailer to accept digital money. An online florist, Bloomnation, also began accepting Bitcoins in time for Valentine's Day. Users exchange cash for digital money using online exchanges, then store it in a wallet program in their computer. The program can transfer payments directly to a merchant who accepts the currency or to private parties anywhere in the world, eliminating transaction fees and the need to provide bank or credit card information. PGRI Note: Without commenting on the merits of Bitcoin headlines like this, and to some extent the article itself, imply that since a new technology poses potential risks or problems, that it should therefore be prohibited. Hopefully, lawmakers recognize the myopic narrow-mindedness of that kind of knee-jerk reaction to innovation.
“We’re extremely pleased to offer our players this multi-functional new app,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “This gives us yet another way to connect with our players, reward our VIP Players Suite® members and, ultimately, maximize proceeds for the students and families of our great state.”   Amy Bergette Hill, Senior Vice President for Interactive at Scientific Games, said, “The creation of the ticket scanning function is a significant step forward, and we commend the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation for being the first to offer it to its players. This makes the ticket entry process much quicker and more convenient for players, and eliminates any possibility of incorrectly keying in a number. The scanning tool is a noteworthy feature of Tennessee’s new app, and now can be offered with other mobile apps we build for our customers.”

Although internet betting is illegal in Pennsylvania, the state does not have any law establishing what punishments should be meted out to those convicted. In a proposed bill, first time offenders could face a fine of $300 and 90 days in jail. A second violation could lead to a fine of $2,500 and one year in prison. Pennsylvania is reportedly also considering the legalization of online gambling.
According to Mr. David Barden, Director of the New Mexico Lottery, “I look forward to continuing our productive relationship with INTRALOT as the lottery moves towards new technology and sales channels benefiting the future of New Mexico through our support of higher education.”
Gov. Jindal’s position loses all credibility when looking at the lack of evidence for his claims and considering the big picture of gaming and gambling in the U.S.
It doesn't actually let you wager cash online. That's not legal In Connecticut at this point.  But players can spend $4.90 to $199 to buy "virtual credits" that help the player advance in the games. Those credits can become reward points for merchandise at Foxwoods retail stores, restaurants, spas, theaters or hotel. PGRI Question: This article does not make clear whether the player must be physically located within Tribal land, and not in state land adjacent to Tribal land.  Presumably that would be the case.  Clearly, a game that sells “virtual credit” for points that can be rewarded with points redeemable for prizes would need to be regulated as gambling.  And Tribes can offer gambling to players only within Tribal land.
Gamification:  It’s simply the implementation of game mechanics to non-game activities to prompt specific behaviors. People have fundamental desires for acknowledgement, status, achievement, reward, altruism and competition. By wrapping the appropriate set of game mechanics around your idea scheme you can create an experience that boosts engagement and participation.  Game designers are really good at engaging the player to keep playing by incentivising them with points and rewards and providing them with barriers to push through to rank-up which in turn gives them new challenges or privileges which in turn gives them more kudos amongst their peers.
PGRI Note:  This complaint against these mega-casinos in Nevada is a perfect example for why internet gaming should be operated by state lotteries.  It is not enough to comply with the letter of the law (although in this case they did not even do that).  Combine the infractions described in this article with the huge money-laundering penalty  paid by Las Vegas Sands, and yes this is the casino behemoth run by none other than the pious crusader and one of the richest people in the world, Sheldon Adelson), and we can see the folly in turning the internet gaming industry over to the commercial casino gaming operators in a legalize and tax model.  If, like in the casino gambling industry, the operator of internet gaming is more focused on its own commercial interests than in serving the will of government legislators and the interests of the general public, there are countless ways that the operator can skirt the letter of the law.  It’s time for states to take control of this industry and use their own state lottery organization to manage and operate i-gaming for the benefit, and the protection, of its citizens.






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