The European Commission (EC) has abandoned the concept of a pan-European regulatory framework for online gambling, accepting that individual member states largely oppose synchronizing their Internet gaming regulations. The move interestingly mirrors similar issues in the US, where states’ rights vs. federal dictates have become an ongoing battle in the iGaming wars.
Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher of Iona, chairman of the committee, says the agency would oversee Idaho tribal gaming, horse racing and state lottery gambling. The bill wouldn’t dissolve the state’s current racing and lottery commissions. Instead, it would create an additional gaming commission housed under the new agency.
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“We extend our sincere thanks to our players and retailers for being part of this historic moment,” Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. “It was a bin buster – definitely a busy time, but we had a lot of fun, too. And our joint efforts have made a big difference right here at home by raising additional lottery proceeds for state causes while paying a record amount in prizes to players.”
|"Wheel of Fortune slots and Carnival cruises are synonymous with fun and excitement, so IGT's partnership with Carnival Cruise Line provides the ideal way to celebrate 20 years of Wheel of Fortune slots," said Victor Duarte, IGT global chief product officer, gaming."We appreciate the continued partnership between Carnival Cruise Line and IGT. Featuring Wheel of Fortune slots on all 24 Carnival cruise ships gives the games great exposure to millions of people, and has played a valuable role in helping IGT's Wheel of Fortune slots become the most popular casino slot brand of all time." "We're delighted to team up with IGT to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular Wheel of Fortune slot machines and provide consumers with a number of fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to win $100,000 in the Spin N Sail tournament," said Mike Hunssinger Turek, vice president of casino commercial operations for Carnival Cruise Line. "We're also excited to offer a variety of special Wheel of Fortune-themed activities on board and be a part of Spin & Sail Week on this iconic show," he added.|
|Since its first drawing in 1972, Pennsylvania's lottery has contributed nearly $25 billion to senior programs for low-cost prescription drugs, free and reduced-fare transportation, rebates on property taxes and rent, long-term care services and senior centers. The lottery has raised more than $1 billion for such programs for four consecutive years. During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the lottery contributed $1.06 billion from a record $3.82 billion in sales. It is on pace to continue that streak, lottery spokesman Gary Miller said. “We're aiming for another billion dollars,” he said.|
The international operators’ share eclipsed the SEK 3.6b collected by the state-owned betting monopoly Svenska Spel, but the monopoly’s share was up 8% year-on-year while the international sites grew only 6%.