The Lotter's proposal has already generated opposition from at least two members of the five-person Lottery Commission. They worry that opening lottery games to large numbers of foreign players could lead to all sorts of unintended consequences, from fraud to inequitable sales for retailers to violation of federal laws—and even the potential transfer of large amounts of U.S. dollars to dangerous places. In the June 27 meeting, commissioner Chris Telfer, a former state senator from Bend, crystallized the commission's alarm. "My concern is the integrity of the games and not jeopardizing that," Telfer said The Lottery Commission is considering the changes—and expansion of its player base—at a time when lottery revenues are soaring but also face a looming threat from a new Native American casino.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said, “2016 for the Iowa Lottery seems to be one of the best if not the absolute best ever. It was a good year not only for the Powerball run in January — the $1.5 billion Powerball run — but still, the day-to-day scratch tickets was the best ever,” according to Rich. He says the numbers are not finalized, but look very good. Rich says the sales will be over 300 million dollars which will be a record year, and the prizes payout to players will be the largest ever, as will proceeds to the state.

Montgomery- The chairman of the Alabama House Ways and Means Committee said Wednesday he’s hearing rumors that a special legislative session could be called to deal with Medicaid funding. Rep. Steve Clouse said there is also speculation that Governor Bentley will propose a state lottery to achieve that.

I would like to congratulate Christos, a distinguished professional and member of INTRALOT management team, for his re-election as Chair of ISACA”, said Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, and added ”Technology-driven innovation and trusted operations have always been at the top of our agenda and adopting international good practices on governance of technology, risk and security management are the means to achieve our goals. INTRALOT and the gaming sector at large will be greatly benefited by ISACA’s initiatives under Christos’ leadership.”  

EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier notes: “EL Members belong to a sustainable model which is based on principles, like solidarity, precaution and integrity. Driven by these principles, Lotteries have been a sustainable pillar of funding of grassroots sport in Europe. In fact, our core principles enable Lotteries to go even further and consider sport as a tool for social inclusion and non-formal education and we are delighted that these dimensions are clearly reflected in the High Level Group’s Report. We now have to work hard towards the implementation of these significant recommendations”.

Olli Sarekoski, will be the CEO of the new gaming company as of 1 January 2017. Mr Sarekoski (51) has been working as Executive Vice President of Veikkaus, responsible for the company’s Business Operations, for the past eight years. The new Finnish gaming company will start its operations on 1 January 2017, as the gaming operations of Fintoto, RAY, and Veikkaus merge.

I am very glad and excited, but also humble to have been given this opportunity, said Ms. Havnelid. Norsk Tipping is a vital contributor to Norwegian society. I look forward to lead Norsk Tippi ngs task of developing and offering attractive games within a framework of responsible gaming. The company ensures funding for a broad range of sports-, culture- and humanitarian organization s in Norway, states Havnelid. Havnelid emphasizes that her new job will be both exciting and chal lenging in an era of rapid digitalization, new technological developments, new customer expectati ons and increased competition within the lottery industry.

One of which involves a gaming pact with the California state government while the other tackled the debate on whether National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has authority over Native American enterprises on tribal land.

"As the long-standing central control system and lottery system provider to the Oregon Lottery, we're very pleased to maintain our leading position in the Oregon VLT market with this extended agreement. We secured this business with game themes that came from the two highly complementary legacy organizations that formed IGT, which serves as a powerful testament to the strength and market demand for our content portfolio,"said Nick Khin, IGT Senior Vice President of Sales, North America Gaming & Interactive.

With Facebook, Twitter, and Google expected to pull in 44% of all display advertising revenue in 2016, and media companies fighting the growing consumer boycott of display ads with popups that annoy the audience still loyal to them, the industry is desperate to find revenue models that make sense

Novomatic has the numbers at Ainsworth Game Technology

Should the vote go as expected, Novomatic will take the stake once necessary regulatory approvals are received

Please join us at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami on September 13 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award:

Tracey Cohen, Acting Director, DC Lottery

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

And also the PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award:

Arch Gleason, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

The lottery is projecting that it will finish the fiscal year on June 30 with $1.2 billion in revenue—14 percent more than last year—and it is on track to return $275 million to the state. “That’s exciting,” said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor. “That would be the most amount turned over to the state from the Hoosier Lottery ever.”

Provincial i-gaming website Espacejeux is operated by Loto-Quebec, the authorized operator of online gaming in Quebec. Lawmakers are taking action to prevent illegal online gaming requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to block consumer access to all major gambling sites except Espacejeux.

The new gambling platform approved will further blur the lines between traditional sports betting and fantasy sports contests, an industry that insists its games are not gambling. The first license goes not to the industry leaders FanDuel and Draft Kings, but to Henderson-based US Fantasy. Curiously, it is referred to as a “gambling” license.

“I am tremendously proud of this accomplishment by the Kansas Lottery Team and our great network of Lottery Retailers,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “We also want to say a big ‘thank you’ to our players, who are enjoying more fun and excitement playing lottery games.” “We were able to increase our original transfer goal because of the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot and accompanying record Kansas Powerball sales last January,” said Presta. “That additional revenue, combined with continued growth in instant ticket sales, proved to be a winning combination for the Kansas Lottery this year.”

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Panel Discussions to follow a new format. Half-hour of panel discussion followed by half-hour of interactive audience participation

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Monday, September 12

Conference Registration starting at 2pm  Pompeii Foyer

5:00 to 7:00 pm: Opening Night Reception

Tuesday, September 13

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI  

Opens the Conference sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Welcome to Miami and Lottery Expo: Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery Industry Collaboration as the key to unlocking the power of API/Cashless/In-Lane and other Retail Modernization initiatives

Special Session:  

The Promise of API (Application Programming Interface) Technology

Presentations on the urgency to implement / meaning and purpose of APIs will be followed by a special sessionthat includes audience Q & A.  APIs are the key component to building the IT platform that supports the rapid deployment of technological innovation across the board.How and why will APIs increase Lottery sales and net funds to beneficiaries - what are the costs and risks as well as the benefits to implementation of APIs? This topic was introduced at PGRI Smart-Tech in April, has gained momentum over the past few months, and is now at a point where concrete action-plans are being shaped. It’s time to take it “to the next level” - to connect the dots and relate objectives like in-lane sales, cashless transactions, standardized reports and audits for multi-state retailers, and more ... to the technologies that enable them. The key to unlocking the transformative power of APIs is multi-state collaboration and funding. How do we get there?


Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery, President of MUSL


Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery

Andy Davis, Chief Financial IT Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.

Paul Riley, Vice President Product Marketing and Interactive Wagering, IGT

TBA: Publix SuperMarkets Representative

11:00 am Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Providing Consumer Options –

Making Lottery Available in a Cashless Economy


Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery;

Chair of the NASPL Retail Subcommittee


Drew Svitko, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Lottery

Gardner Gurney, Director, Division of the Lottery, New York State Gaming Commission

Sue Strouse, VP Retail Strategy and Business Development, IGT

TBA: Circle K Representative

TBA: Georgia Lottery Corporation

12:30 pm: Luncheon Promenade B (South)

1:30 pm Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation    Starting a New Lottery in the Modern Era    Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: Stakeholder Relations: How might Lottery do a better job of engendering support from the national media and legislators at the federal as well as state levels? Who is advocating with a singular voice for those values and interests which are shared by all lotteries? Who is monitoring gaming legislation and court cases that impacts us all? How do we counter all the publicity of other gaming sectors with positive publicity for Lottery? Could our industry benefit if we had a national government affairs and PR effort? Is it time for a national branding campaign? How can we connect with and forge a more positive relationship with retailer stakeholders and associations; any Silver Bullet to defuse NACS opposition or otherwise overcome that obstacle?


May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries


Gerry Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery

Byron Boothe, Vice President Government Relations, INTRALOT

Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

Chip Polston, Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

Bret Toyne, Executive Director, Multi-state Lottery Association Update on MUSL Agenda and Initiatives

Rebecca Hargrove, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.; Senior Vice President, World Lottery Association (WLA)

On the Globalization of Gaming – How it Impacts State Lotteries in the U.S.

3:00 pm Coffee Break Pompeii Ballroom

Panel Discussion: The Impact of Daily Fantasy Sports, Pokémon GO, and other pop game phenoms on the broader games-of-chance industry and Lottery

How might popular new games impact Lottery? And even if the short-term impact on lottery spend is not significant, how might it reshape the play-styles of the twenty-somethings who we expect to become lottery players in their thirties and forties? How can we ensure that Lottery retains its appeal to consumers whose game-playing options have increased and changed so dramatically over the past few years? Too, as online gaming in other forms increases in popularity and acceptability, won’t that cause legislators to look more favorably on Lottery’s need to make its products available online? Are there game attributes (that comply with Lottery random logic)

of these new games that can be applied to Lottery? 

Moderator: TBA


Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Shan Daniels, Chief Brand Manager, Florida Lottery

Rick Weil, Chief Executive Officer, Innova Gaming Group/Diamond Game

Other Panelists TBA

4:00pm Awards Ceremonies

Lottery Industry Statesman Award

In Memory of Arch Gleason, Formerly President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery; President of the World Lottery Association; President or Chairs of all the offices of NASPL and MUSL

Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery

Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Reception

Other Presenters, Times TBA:
Simon Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Solutions
Brad Cummings, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EquiLottery

Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Scott Hoss, Senior Marketing Manager, INTRALOT
Brendan McCarthy, North American Sales, Novomatic Lottery Solutions
Byron Peterson, Director U.S. Sales, Pollard Banknote
Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President Business Development, Linq3
Rick Weil, Chief Executive Officer, Innova Gaming Group/Diamond Game

Wednesday, September 14

8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Pompeii Ballroom

9:00 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI Opens the Conference Sessions in Pompeii Ballroom

Special Session: Presentations on Retail Modernization to be followed by Interactive Discussion

Modernizing the lottery at Retail: Retail is reinventing itself for the modern consumer. CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies are helping them do it, and we can’t expect them to look out for our interests. Lottery needs to take the leadership role in this paradigm shift that will end upre-positioning the way products and services are sold at retail. Too, "convenience" has become the modern consumers' priority. That that will give rise to a new generation of 21st centuryconveniencestores which should represent an opportunity for Lottery. How can Lottery apply digital technology to enhance the player experience, how can Lottery create more co-promotions to help retailers achieve their own goals to sell more and drive store-traffic,and how can Lottery otherwise align with the modernization of the retail shopping experience?

Moderator:  Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:   Michelle Carney, Vice President, Marketing, IGT

Tracey Cohen, Interim Executive Director, D.C. Lottery

and Charitable Gaming Control Board

Tom Dolan, District Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery

Other Panelists TBA

12:30 pm: Luncheon and Reception






2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award
Please join us at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami on September 13 to honor the 2016 recipients of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award:
Tracey Cohen, Acting Director, DC Lottery
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Vernon Kirk, Executive Director, Delaware Lottery

And also the PGRI Lottery Industry Statesman Award:

Arch Gleason, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Very sadly, this award ceremony will be in memoriam.  Arch Gleason passed away on the night of Friday July 1.   In addition to being an industry giant for more than 25 years, in addition to tirelessly serving the industry associations in almost all of the offices up to and including president, Arch Gleason was the most genuinely kind and thoughtful person you could know.  This spirit of generosity and compassionate wisdom engendered such strong feelings of affection among his countless friends.  Our prayers and condolences go out especially to Arch’s family


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