The lottery has increased radio advertisements, commercials and new games each month trying to get sales back up and the advertisements helped lead to record sales this week for scratchers. Linda Hamlin says, “Players came out and bought $741,000 in tickets, that’s our best day ever.”
“Twenty 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.”
"We are very pleased with our financial results for the 2014 fiscal year and the fourth quarter," commented Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard. "The positive trends experienced during the year have continued and we expect the same to carry on through 2015."   "We achieved record revenue in 2014, driven by the success of our proprietary products including our Scratch FX<® and PlayBook® instant tickets.  Our strong portfolio of contracts, including a number of new contracts obtained in 2014, allowed us to maintain significant momentum throughout the year.  Sales of our licensed games product line were also strong throughout the year.  Our production volumes reached record levels during the year and our average selling prices were ahead of 2013.   Were it not for the timing of a large amount of goods in transit over year end our annual ticket sales volumes would also have reached record levels."
The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA, which threatens to impose federal regulatory mandates on states, thereby overturning decades-old system of respecting states’ rights to regulate and tax gambling and lottery) was supposed to get a hearing this Thursday in front of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. That hearing has been pushed back due to inclement weather, as Washington D.C. is squarely on the “cold and wet” side of the dueling extreme winters plaguing the United States over the past two months. A close examination of the witness list for the scheduled hearing on RAWA reveals a panel that is strongly biased towards anti-online gambling viewpoints, making it clear to some that Sheldon Adelson’s pro-federalization lobbying is having an impact.
The announcement follows a competitive advertising review that included the incumbent, Omnicom Group’s DDB and OMD. Estimated annual advertising expenditure for the account is approximately $50 million. The new contract has a five-year term.
At last week’s Nevada gaming regulatory hearing, GTECH Chairman Lorenzo Pellicioli revealed the merged company will be known as IGT when the buyout closes in April. The holding company that combines GTECH and IGT will operate under the name International Game Technology PLC.
PGRI Note: We are quickly moving to a cash-less commercial environment.  The percentage of consumer transactions enabled by credit cards, e-wallets, and smart-phones already overwhelm those made with cash, and the displacement of cash as the transaction-enabling currency will continue to increase.  Lottery players are consumers and are no more likely to use cash when buying products than other consumers are.   Nothing else we do will matter much if consumers aren’t able to buy our products!
In the past 50 years, while the United States has undergone an unprecedented expansion of legalized gambling, sports betting has been the only holdout. America’s legal stance on sports betting puts it in unusual company; it is the rare issue in which the United States has more in common with Russia and China than it does with Britain and much of continental Europe. America’s sports gambling prohibition has created what many consider (these things are difficult to measure) the world’s largest black market for sports betting. While nearly $4 billion is bet on sports legally in Las Vegas yearly, an estimated $80 billion to $380 billion is wagered illegally through a shadow industry of offshore online betting houses, office pools and neighborhood bookmakers. Legal or not, the money continues to flow, and a growing number of power brokers advocate legalization so government can tax those billions and sports leagues can track it for signs of corruption.
The commissioners of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association express qualified support for regulation of sports betting. Fantasy sports further complicate the state of play. At present, all four leagues either run their own fantasy sports operations or have entered official partnerships with fantasy sports providers. “It’s really now become gambling,” Ron Katz, chairman of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University in California, said of daily fantasy.
Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, which had been hosting illegal online lottery operators, has announced the suspension of these online lotteries
PGRI Note: This article goes to lengths to explain why government-gaming operator’s efforts to minimize problem gambling are misguided, and why the lax measures and relative lack of RG tools of the Offshore Gambling Operators are adequate. Very odd position to take and would seem to be the best argument for expansion of government-gaming to ensure a market-place that serves the interests of society and the consumer. It should be pointed out that part of its rationalization is that the online gambling world is being held to a higher standard than the land-based casino world. Of course, another approach to this disparity would be to enhance the standards of the land-based casino world.
The sweeping proposal offered Monday by one of the House’s most-powerful Republicans comes in sharp contrast to the past, when conservative members in the heretofore gambling-leery House have consistently balked at any gambling expansion. “This is the year to have this conversation because, at this point, our members are going to possibly be required to make a decision on renewal or expiration of the Seminole gaming compact,” House Majority Leader Dana Young told reporters at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The plan formalized a proposal negotiated with senior creditors prior to the casino operator’s Januar y bankruptcy filing. It must be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin Goldgar in Chicago an d creditors, a process that can easily take a year or more. Caesars, which has a gaming industry-high $22.8 billion in long-ter m debt, has been attempting to restructure its leverage for several years.
In Macau’s ninth consecutive month of declining gaming revenue, the casino take fell from 38.01 billion Macau patacas (MOP; $4.75 billion) last February to MOP19.5 billion, a decrease in excess of $2.3 billion. PGRI Note: This article does not explain what is driving this incredible decline. Insofar as it has something to do with clamping down on money-laundering, the result of such enforcement of the law would seem to have quite dramatic implications for the casino gambling industry.
"We were excited to be the first to bring the Nabor concept to our players. It’s a great new way for them to connect with the lottery,” said Veikkaus Executive Vice President Olli Sarekoski. “Changes in societal and technological trends have created a greater demand for social types of draw games. Naapurit also brings the added value of registering our players with the lottery."    Norsk Tipping became the first to launch the game together with a major TV studio during primetime.    Norsk Tipping CEO Torbjörn Almlid said, "This already exciting game has received an additional boost through a TV program resembling a game show, creating a strong sense of community among players, which aligns well with our organizational mission."
Lottery officials don’t think the bill would be good policy and have decided to oppose it, said Van Denton, a spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery. He said the lottery’s credibility could be undermined if winners’ identities are concealed. The idea that government works best when it is transparent holds true with the lottery, Denton said. “Being open about who wins prizes helps to hold the state and the lottery accountable, and secrecy about who the winners are could lead to questions about who got the prizes,” he said. It’s not an academic argument. Lottery officials say they stopped a $1 million fraud in 2012 because of the requirement that winners are made public
Under the arrangement, SVL hopes to eventually deploy some 2,000 VLTs, president and CEO Brian George told  Wednesday Business in an exclusive interview.  The gaming machines will be deployed in bars and taverns, selected by ICE Jamaica. The machines will be interconnected through a computer platform manned by Intralot, SVL's gaming machine and IT partner. Intralot is the single largest owner of SVL with a stake of just under 50 per cent. "The machines will be connected, just like the lottery machines are online, real time," said SVL vice-president of group corporate communications, Sonia Davidson.
Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery’s Executive Director, met with Donald Weinbaum, Executive Director CCGNJ and Jeff Beck, Chairman of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, to discuss joint efforts to promote public awareness about the dangers of problem gambling.   We want everyone to enjoy playing the lottery as entertainment and remind our players to play responsibly,” Hedinger said.  “The Lottery joins with the Council today because we recognize that it’s important to “Have the Conversation” about responsible play and raise awareness about how to recognize the warning signs of problem gambling.”
Stefan Szymanski, an economist at the University of Michigan, believes that legalization actually makes cheating less likely. Legal, regulated bookies are far less likely to fix matches than illegal bookies, Szymanski explained recently to The New York Times Magazine. They face much greater consequences for doing so, and the reward simply isn't worth it, in many cases.   Legalizing bookies reduces the pool of illegal bookies. But it also gives those regulated parties a legal form of recourse if they do believe a game has been fixed -- and those bookies, ever vigilant of their bottom-line, would place even more trained eyes on each game.   Illegal bookies, meanwhile, have no such options when they believe they have been wronged by a fixed game. And such elements put the welfare of legal bookie operations at risk, because if customers believe the games are fixed, they won't be so eager to place a bet -- and bookie revenues will dwindle fast.
"We are delighted to continue innovating with Scientific Games to bring entertaining lottery games to Atlantic Canadian players through technology that both serves us today and leads us into the future," said Brent Scrimshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Lottery Corporation. "Our conversion to the AEGIS NGS and Sciplay systems will provide ALC with the opportunity to securely and responsibly grow through traditional retail channels, and now mobile, internet and emerging channels."  "The combination of the AEGIS NGS gaming system and the Sciplay iLottery system will offer ALC a completely integrated technology solution and a deep entertainment portfolio of traditional and digital lottery games for players," said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.


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