When Springfield, Mass., needed to choose who would build its first casino, the city hired an outside adviser to help with the process.  The consulting firm Shefsky &Froelich recommended the deal go to MGM Resorts International. At the same time, the consulting firm also was working as a registered lobbyist in Illinois for MGM Resorts.  The arrangement highlights an often-overlooked trend as more cities and states embrace legalized gambling across the country: Private companies are being hired to write regulations and vet casinos, even as the same firms work the other side of the fence, helping casinos enter new markets and sometimes lobbying for their interests.  But letting consulting companies with deep ties to the gambling industry decide how casinos are run — and who runs them — is a significant departure from how established gambling states, including Nevada and New Jersey, do things.
PGRI Note: All over Europe, member states are fighting to prevent criminal i-gaming operators from invading their markets.  Belgium is currently on the front lines in this fight to enforce the laws over against illegal online operators.  Come to PGRI Smart-Tech in New York to hear why this has become a global issue, what individual countries can do to combat unlicensed gaming, and why government-lotteries need to collaborate globally to ultimately defeat this assault on national sovereign rights to regulate and tax gambling.  Friedrich Stickler (Managing Director, Austria Lottery, President of the European Lottery Association), Philippe Vlaemminck (Partner, Altius Law Firm, Legal Counsel to the European Lotteries) Piet Van Baeveghem (Deputy Director, Legal Counsel, Belgium Lottery) will be presenting on this very topic at PGRI Smart-Tech in New York.
That’s $4.45 billion U.S. dollars in January alone, up 9.2 percent year on year.   Welfare Lottery (a separate lottery) sales reached 15.83 billion yuan, up 7.8 percent year on year. And Sports Lottery sales rose 11.3 percent year on year to 11.32 billion yuan.  China's lottery sales topped 309.33 billion yuan ($50 Billion) in 2013, up 18.3 percent year on year.
PGRI Note:  The issue isn’t about whether there is a need to prevent problem gambling.  The issue is how best to accomplish the goal of preventing problem gambling.  This bill failed because some legislators felt that it would be a mistake for the state to impinge upon the methods of the OR lottery, which have worked so effectively for many years.  Legislators cited testimony from lottery director Jack Roberts that with or without the bill, the lottery is committed to responsible gambling efforts.  Everyone agrees on the actions, policies, and goals "But the question is, is the lottery doing it already? I think they are."  Legislators are “encouraged by the direction lottery director Roberts, and lottery commission chair Elisa Dozono, appear to be taking the lottery.
PGRI Note: There is a provision in UK lottery laws that allows for small local charities to operate legally.  A company called "The Health Lottery" has organized these many small local lotteries into a massive network that has become a formidable national operator of lottery, in clear violation of UK laws that assign exclusive rights to operate a national lottery to the UK National Lottery.   Applying a cap to the profits would address this problem by prohibiting profits from being generated en masse like the Health Lottery does (50 million pounds in 2013 alone, and it was launched just three years ago!), while allowing local charities to continue to operate and generate funds for local causes like the laws intend.
"The Hoosier Lottery is dedicated to upholding the ethics and standards of the WLA's principles of responsible gaming," said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor. "These principles are necessary to ensure the protection of Hoosier Lottery players, and emphasizes our commitment to our fellow organizations that are equally dedicated to addressing the effect of gaming on Hoosiers across the state."
Celebrating the licence signing, Dermot Griffin, CEO Designate, Premier Lotteries Ireland, said:  “ am delighted the Government has awarded Premier Lotteries Ireland the licence to operate the Irish National Lottery.  Premier Lotteries Ireland will invest in the National Lottery and its Retail Network, providing state of the art technology to facilitate game innovation. In addition, we will provide players with choice through the development of the online channel. These opportunities will allow us to grow the National Lottery, increase returns to Good Causes, and create jobs in Ireland. Premier Lotteries Ireland will continue to operate with the existing National Lottery branding, maintaining the highest levels of integrity and responsible gaming.”
In fiscal year 2013, the most recent year available, Lottery figures show the thoroughbred and greyhound industries received Lottery subsidies totaling $87.6 million.
INTRALOT Group Chief Products & Services Officer, Mr. George Zenzefilis, stated: “We are extremely honored by Croatian Lottery’s continued trust in INTRALOT and are very pleased to be the strategic partner that has assisted the Croatian Lottery in implementing its interactive gaming strategy from the very beginning. The upcoming launch of the suite of state-of-the-art e-instant and e-scratch games, and the implementation of an extensive roadmap of games to follow, will put the Croatian Lottery within the ‘elite’ of the WLA Lotteries as far as interactive gaming practices is concerned.”
“We are proud to have Scientific Games as the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s instant game provider since we began in 1993 and we look forward to many exciting games created for Georgia players using the Alpha P-7 technology,” said Debbie Alford, President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, currently the 2nd highest performing instant lottery per capita in the world with $2.6 billion in instant game sales in fiscal year 2013.
During the year ISBB launched 3 new betting platforms: new horse betting program (with GBI tote pool), new and most advanced betting site offering more games and options and a sophisticated mobile betting application. " the new technologies will enable us to reach our strategic income  goal of 3 Billion NIS within 3 years. We are sitting high in the saddle watching it come  true", says Zach Fishbein, ISBB Chairman.
In all, about $20 billion out of the nearly $70 billion in overall annual lottery revenues is used by states after prize money, retailer commissions, advertising and administrative expenses are taken out. Most states target their lottery revenue to specific causes, with education being the most popular."
Representatives of Scientific Games welcomed the governor and other dignitaries to a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Alpha P-7, the company’s most advanced manufacturing technology for printing instant lottery games. Jim Kennedy, executive vice president, which produces tickets for more than 120 lotteries worldwide, said the new technology will allow Scientific Games to manufacture some 53,000 secure lottery instant game tickets per minute. “This year alone, that press, that single press — one of four in this building and one of 11 worldwide — will produce $2 billion of revenue for good causes,” Kennedy said.


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Conference Themes:

-- The New World of Branding, Marketing, and Distributing Multi-Jurisdictional Games

-- Leveraging the power of scale to drive innovation in game development and promotional strategy

-- The triumph of the traditional “Lottery Game” over “i-gaming” newcomers

-- Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization

-- Standardizing reporting and business process across multiple jurisdictions

-- Connecting Lottery, Consumers, and Retail via Mobile

-- Building a Mobile-driven sales and promotion playbook

-- Reinventing Lottery’s website/internet strategies to transform its connection to Consumers and Retailers alike 

September 10: Latin American Track 

September 11 and 12:  Global Tracks

SMART-TECH 2014  was held in NYC on April 1 and 2. 

Thank you to our Speakers and Sponsors and Thank you all for attending!  The video recordings of the presentations will be posted on www.PGRItalks.com this week.  

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