PGRI Awards Ceremonies to be held at Lottery EXPO Miami

1:30pm Wednesday September 10th OceanBallroom I Eden Roc hotel Miami

Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award:

Bret Toyne, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship:

Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.

Congratulations to Mr. Toyne and Ms. Laverty O’Connor.

Congratulations to the 2014 PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame inductees:

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission, USA

Jean M. Jørgensen, Executive Director of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

David Loeb, President of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC)

Tan Soo Nan, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Pools Pty Ltd

PGRI will conduct two induction ceremonies:

September 30 at 4:00 pm. at the NASPL Atlantic City Conference, Room 312

November 4 at 5:00 pm. at the World Lottery Summit Rome Convention Center

“We’re finding $20 is the fastest-growing price point in lottery products,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “Add that to the popularity of the Crossword concept and we expect Extreme Crossword to be a real winner for Kansas.”
Bally Technologies’ Senior Vice President of North American Sales and Corporate Marketing Robert Parente said, “It’s an honor to continue and expand our partnership with OLG to provide leading technology gaming systems throughout the province. This agreement demonstrates our continued commitment to the needs of the Canadian gaming market and we are very excited about working together to help OLG fulfill its modernization.”
“As a law enforcement officer, I am faced with crime and criminals every day,” Kevin Carroll, said the President of the Fraternal Order of Police of Virginia, added. “We need to do everything we can to shut unregulated sites, not give them more opportunities to thrive. Taking online gaming away from the states will do just that.”
The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda said that its new government has come up with a proposal for settling a long-standing despite with the United States.  Earlier last year, the World Trade Organization granted permission for Antigua and Barbuda to take digital content from apparently any U.S. firm, without paying them, in retaliation.  But, according to Intellectual Property Watch, that never went into effect.
Existing laws governing gambling in the nation were written in 1947, and were never changed to reflect the fact that gambling now takes place in the virtual world just as frequently as in brick-and-mortar casinos.   According to Mexican Gaming Commission President Fernando Zarate Salgado, the new laws took into consideration input from industry representatives, businesses, academics and even anti-gambling groups. If any major issues are found with the bill, there’s still time to work out the details. No specific details have been leaked, though it is expected that the  regulations should be friendlier to the gambling industry than those proposed in a draft seen last year.
“It has been both an honor and a privilege serving Nebraskans during my career. I want to thank Governor Heineman and Tax Commissioner Conroy for the trust they placed in me. Along with all the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with, we’ve achieved many significant goals. I’m going to miss them, but look forward to my new role serving church congregations in north-central Nebraska.”  Nebraska Lottery Marketing Manager Jill Marshall will serve as Acting Lottery Director and Lottery & Charitable Gaming Legal Manager Aaron Hendry will serve as Acting Charitable Gaming Director and Acting Athletic Commissioner until a replacement for Haynes is named.
State legislation passed the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009, requiring the lottery to “cooperate in identifying debtors to owe money”.
"One of the obligations given to us in our management contract, says Communication Manager Loterie Nationale, Pierre-Laurent Fassin, is to be where the player is. " But he adds,"the player finds himself increasingly on smartphones. "
Franz Wohlfahrt, Novomatic’s CEO, said: “The first half year results for 2014 demonstrate that our dual business strategy has once again proved to be the right way to a successful future. We achieved an increase in gaming operation revenues of 17 per cent. A significant growth in turnover was also achieved in the sales, e-business and betting segments.”
The GBGA filed its challenge last month in the British courts which it hopes will overturn new gaming legislation.  At the heart of GBGA’s grievance is the UK government’s decision to introduce regulation and taxation at the point of consumption, rather than the country of origin. GBGA’s only hope is the European Court of Justice, although Julian Harris says this would be incredibly unlikely to happen. “I am not aware of any piece of legislation ever being struck down by any court,” he says. “The ECJ could strike it down but it would have to be fairly flagrantly in breach of European law. And it’s not.”
“The governor’s office expressed concerns over the way the bill was written, and it was not so much that they disagreed with the concept of allowing sports betting,” NJ State Sen. Jennifer Beck said.  While Beck is leading one charge, Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), sponsor of the most recent bill, has scheduled a Sept. 22 vote to override the governor’s veto. “That is going to be the vote in the Senate, and it is really critical to the horseracing industry in Monmouth and Ocean counties,” Lesniak said.
"Advertisement and the activities of illegal operators became too aggressive, and that obliged us to proceed with the block of the sites and of all the transactions related to their operations."

The tipping point has arrived. Regulatory changes, universal consumer adoption of digital communication technologies, and the adoption of multi-channel retailing by lottery operators are transforming the face of the industry. The convergence of social media, internet promotional strategies, and traditional advertising channels is opening up entirely new vistas for Lottery to connect with its customers.

Government Lotteries and their commercial partners have become the market leaders. Instead of responding to change as it occurs in the market-place, Team Lottery is leading the charge with innovative approaches to brand extensions, integrating multi-media strategies for new customer-acquisition and core customer relationship management, aligning game development and marketing strategies with real-world player profiles instead of old-school demographic segmentation, and converting ‘big data’ into better products delivered at the right time, in the right place, to the right consumer. All the pieces are in place for Team Lottery to consolidate its position as the most progressive, exciting, and trusted operator in the games-of-chance industry.

Steve Jobs once said “The only ones crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do”. PGRI Conferences are about giving voice to the ideas that matter most, the ideas that are making an impact, the ideas that may even be changing the world of government-gaming. Join us in New York to be a part of the movement to reinvent Lottery for the modern consumer-driven market-place.

Thank you to all of the Speakers, Sponsors and attendees for attending Lottery Expo 2014 !!!
September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery PLATINUM SPONSORS
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