"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.”

Anne Noble, president of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., said the state expected $17 million in sales for the first six months of keno.

The placement of the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas reflects a rapidly evolving view of gaming as an important, mainstream segment of the broader economy. Gambling is an industry that garners a 90 percent approval rating from American voters, something politicians can only dream of.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Draftkings and FandDuel, reached a settlement in March. Schneiderman will be forced to drop his attempts to stop the games in court if the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo declare the contests legal.

The new law regarding online gambling in the Czech Republic includes strict ISP blocking measures as well as financial transaction blocking in an attempt to stop unlicensed operators. The law also includes strict loss limits and bet size limits. The Poland Ministry of Finance announced the government’s intention to amend its gambling laws to make it less complex for offshore internet gambling operators to apply for a Polish betting license. “We want Poland in a sphere of normality and common sense. We want to move away from solutions that make 95% of betting a gray area.

GLI’s President and CEO James Maida said, “Our ticket testing lab is a natural extension of GLI’s core competencies as an independent test lab with senior testing analysts having more than 10 years of experience in ticket testing.”

“Promoting responsible gambling practices and connecting people to help when needed is as integral to our mission as maximizing revenue,” said Acting Lottery Director Barry Pack. “We are proud to partner with our retailers to bring this awareness to their employees.”

“This new look for the lottery has a punch to it,” said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. “It’s energetic and forward looking, but maintains themes that have been at the lottery’s core since it began in 1985.” “The shooting star has always been central to our lottery,” Rich said. “It’s a symbol of luck but represents celebration, too. We also view it as aspirational in terms of the vital difference lottery proceeds have made in our state.”   “We’ve had a lot of fun through the years celebrating with our winners and making a difference for Iowa,” Rich said. “This new logo and catch phrase set the course for even more success in the years to come.

At the outset there were about 86,000 players who registered with the state for the Internet games. The number of players has mushroomed over 300% to about 322,000 players. The increased Internet betters have pumped $147 million additional dollars into state coffers with $14 million of that going to Michigan schools. And the Lottery Bureau is predicting those numbers will increase over the next eight years to an additional $480 million. Rep. Andy Schor says “”You know if they’re going to play anyway, we should probably regulate it and we should probably grab some tax dollars off of it. I think that people can gamble if they want to gamble.”

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government intends to defeat an NDP private member’s bill to legalize single-event sports betting for Canadians. They'll be making a big mistake if they reject the bill. They will fuel illegal sports betting operations run by organized crim

Live Webcast A live webcast of the Investor Day presentations will begin on June 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. CEST. Participants may access the webcast along with accompanying slides under "News, Events & Presentations" in the Investor Relations section on IGT's website at www.igt.com. Webcast participants will have the ability to submit questions to management via the website.

Through IGT's advanced systems technology, UGA provides our casino partners in Mississippi with a cost-effective solution to enhance games with the Company's Service Window application. By deploying UGA, operators can significantly enhance their guests' experiences by featuring customized promotions and incentives across all EGMs, floor-wide, regardless of the game manufacturer," said Victor Duarte, IGT Global Chief Product Officer, Gaming.

It will be the second consecutive year Lotterywest is set to break records after raising a record $283 million for the WA community in the previous financial year of 2014/15. Lotterywest CEO Paul Andrew said it was thanks to WA Lotto players and their support in purchasing Lotterywest Games that these key milestones could be achieved. “WA is unique; we’re the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community by way of both direct grants to not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities, and through our support for the State’s hospitals, sporting and arts and cultural organisations. Through this, the lives of all Western Australians are enhanced,” he said.

Sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland, HB 2150 is designed to protect the consumers of daily fantasy sports (DFS) online gaming and require fantasy sports contest providers to be licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Miriam Lindhorst, CEO of Novomatic Lottery Solutions, the Catalonia Lottery operator, added: “The NLS system is a state of the art solution utilizing the most modern technologies in the industry. It was important to us that this was the case end to end. This is why we chose Safran as our partners for the retail element of our solution. Sharing the same values of quality, technology and performance made Safran a perfect fit.”

"We have made tremendous progress to date since announcing our Profit Growth Plan less than one year ago," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. "We initially set an ambitious goal and are pleased that our employees are engaged and focused on permanently changing how we operate our business to maximize profitability through innovation and continuous improvement."

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Co-Hosted by PGRI and the Florida Lottery
September 12th - 14th, 2016

Vendors Register here

Lotteries Register here Complimentary/No charge

Eden Roc Hotel   4525 Collins Ave, Miami FL 33140

PGRI (Public Gaming Research Institute)

Updated Lottery Expo 2016 Preliminary Program

Conference Sessions September 13 & 14 Eden Roc Hotel Miami, Florida

Visit www.PublicGaming.orgfor conference updates

Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday Reception to follow lunch.

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

Double Platinum Sponsor: IGT

Platinum Sponsors: Diamond Game,  INTRALOT,  Linq3

Silver Sponsors: Abacus Solutions International Group, Carmanah Signs, EquiLottery, Novomatic Lottery Solutions, Pollard Banknote

Presenters, Times TBA:
Bill Breslo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Diamond Game
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

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.

Austin Huggins, Publix SuperMarkets

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

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

John Spicknall, Director of Package Goods and Services, RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.

Sue Strouse, VP Retail Strategy and Business Development, IGT

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)

Global Gaming Update

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

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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