Tatts spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said the Saturday lotto rise was the first in 3½ years, and the sixth in 33 years. “It’s really to maintain the sustainability of the game,” Ms Lewis said. “Prize amounts have also gone up. Divisions two to six are expected to increase by up to 8.3 per cent. “Every registered customer was advised and notices were placed in outlets.” The decision follows a 10c-per-game Powerball price increase last March.
"Working in collaboration with GTECH as a partner has been an important component of our years of record-setting success, a period that has produced more than $3 billion for education-related programs to benefit students and their families in Tennessee," said Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove.  "They have delivered expertise and reliability to the benefit of all our stakeholders at the Tennessee Lottery.  Now, on the strength of their impressive submission, we are pleased to partner once again with GTECH as we head into our next decade of successful operations."
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has earned the highest level of certification from the World Lottery Association (WLA) for achieving a best practices approach for the development and continuous improvement of responsible gaming strategies and programs in Manitoba.
“GTECH’s extensive experience deploying large-scale, open standards-based VLT Central Systems for World Lottery Association customers around the world will help OPAP maximize the benefits of its new VLT program,” said Walter Bugno, President and CEO, GTECH International. “INTELLIGEN’s open-standards architecture and foundational features, including its integrated Responsible Gaming solution, will ensure the program’s success and long-term sustainability, which ultimately benefit the people of Greece.”
The estimated $971 million in profits for the fiscal year that ended June 30 exceeded expectations by $34 million.  The lottery racked up its third consecutive year of record sales at $4.86 billion.
Total sales for the Chinese lottery market increased by 19 % to RMB178.4bn ( Euro 21.5bn) for the first half of 2014, following strong growth across both the Welfare Lottery and Sports Lottery.  According to data from China’s Ministry of Finance, Welfare Lottery sales increased by 16 per cent to RMB98.5bn, representing 55 per cent of total lottery sales in China.
Amaya Gaming, the pretty little duckling that turned into a magnificent swan, almost overnight, is now the official owner of the French subsidiary of PokerStars.  Amaya acquired the Rational Group for $4.9bn.
Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie Alford said that just like the other lottery games, the money will go toward funding Georgia education programs. “As with all Georgia Lottery games, profits from our "21-Black Series" will benefit the lottery-funded Hope Scholarship and Pre-K programs,” Alford said.
Malta has requested an opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding the compatibility of the recently adopted Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions as it relates to European law, and in particular, the definition of "illegal sports betting".  The Council of Europe calls on governments to adopt measures to prevent conflicts of interest in sports betting; to encourage sports betting regulatory authorities to fight against fraud including, if necessary, by limiting the supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets; and to fight against illegal sports betting by restricting access and blocking financial flows to and from customers.  Malta, which was one of the European nations involved in the drafting process, ultimately voted against the convention, stating that while it agrees with the principle aim of combating manipulation and fraud in sports, it believes that the betting provisions contained in the convention go beyond its scope and objectives.
“This growth over last year is thanks to our players and retailers, who understand the great things Pennsylvania Lottery games provide,” said Lottery Executive Director  Sil Lutkewitte. “For the third consecutive year the Lottery generated more than $1 billion  to support vital services and benefits for older adults across the state. This is great news, but the numbers also underscore the importance of getting legislative relief from the statutory minimum rate of return to position the Lottery to deliver more dollars to senior programs in future years.”
Last week, EU officials called for tighter rules to regulate online gambling to offer more protection for minors and to better oversee a fragmented market.  They pointed to data that showed members of the European Union accounted for some 45 percent of the world’s online gaming market. Boosting those numbers, they said, were companies operating out of Britain and Malta.
The UK’s Gambling Act completes its ‘point of consumption’ regulatory framework requiring all online gambling companies wishing to offer their websites in the UK to first obtain a remote gambling licence from the country’s Gambling Commission.  In the past, major gambling operators have obtained licences from such regulatory jurisdiction as the Isle of Man, Alderney, Gibraltar or Malta, but now the UK Gambling Commission is set to become an important global iGaming regulator. The move is also likely to shake up many offshore regulatory jurisdictions, as many major UK gambling operators, such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler, Bwin.Party, and BetFair, are based in locations such as Gibraltar.  Now, a requirement for qualify for a remote gambling licence, the online gambling operator must ensure that not more than 3% of its revenues are derived from grey markets, whilst also providing legal rationale for their presence in such markets in the first place.  This could potentially represent a game changer for the global iGaming market, as many major gambling firms will now have to exit grey markets if they are to be granted access to the UK. Furthermore, The Gambling Act could act as a potential model for other European online gambling markets.  PGRI Note:  This has hugely important implications for the entire EU online gambling regulatory structure.
NOVOMATIC, Europe’s largest integrated gaming group and owner of Icelandic lottery technology pioneer>Betware has been accepted as a member in three of the world’s most important lottery associations. With this, the company expands its competency in lottery services. We are proud to welcome NOVOMATIC as a WLA member, and to count them among our Gold Contributors”, says WLA President Jean-Luc Monet-Banet.
Mr. Buddy Roogow, the Lottery’s Executive Director, commented: “INTRALOT has been an extremely valuable partner with the DCLB. Their creative expertise and technical capabilities have allowed us to continue a leadership role in the industry by expanding our product line with new, exciting, innovative games and distribution channels, including interactive instant games played on player-activated terminals. With these new channels and games, we have increased our sales and player base without cannibalizing sales of other products. We very much look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership with INTRALOT through 2020.”
Lottery Director John Musgrave said the number of video slot machines at the state’s four racetrack casinos tell the tale, dropping from the maximum of 13,900 to 7,354 currently in use, a decline of 53 percent. “We’ve had quite a decline in the machines approved at the various facilities, and that’s because of competition,” he told the Lottery Commission. “You can see the impact competition has had on us.”Video lottery and table games at the four casinos accounted for more than half of the Lottery’s gross revenue, at $641.36 million, dropping $84.57 million or 11 percent from 2012-13.





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

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Thank you all for participating in Lottery EXPO.  It's been a fabulous three days.  We hope you all enjoyed it and accomplished all of your objectives.  We will be working on our Spring and Fall conference events and will keep you posted as we confirm dates, venues and programs.  Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, I'm sure we'll see you at NASPL Atlantic City in a couple weeks, and then at the World Lottery Summit in Rome in November.  Be sure to come to the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at both of those events.  Gary Grief (Executive Director Texas Lottery and President of NASPL) and David Loeb (CEO Western Canada Lottery Corporation) will be inducted at NASPL event.  Tan Soo Nan (CEO of Singapore Pools) and Jean Jorgensen (Executive Director World Lottery Association) will be inducted at the WLS event in Rome.   Too, the winner of the Sharp Award for Good Causes will be recognized at NASPL.  This award goes to the NASPL lottery with the highest year-over-year percentage increase in net funds generated for its beneficiary.

Congratulations again to the recipients of the Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship (Connie Laverty O'Connor) and the Major Peter O'Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (Bret Toyne).  It was a lovely ceremony honoring two of this industry's most respected and well-liked leaders.  Their dedication is so appreciated and their contributions to the success of the industry, and to the success of so many of us on a personal level, have had momentous impact. Thank you Connie and Bret for all you do and for all you will be accomplishing in the years to come.  
 
And Thank you to our two keynote speakers, Cindy O'Connel and Gary Grief, for kicking Lottery Expo off in such great style and setting the stage for a series of thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations.  Thank you to all of the presenters, panelists and moderators as well.  And thank you especially to Cindy O'Connel and the incredible Florida Lottery team for being the most gracious and hard-working hosts anyone could hope for.  Everyone loves Florida and you just lock it in by making sure everyone is so pleased and impressed by the wonders of the Flamingo State.  We can't wait to be back next year! 

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