Second Chance Draw: Players can enter non-winning Jackpot Series tickets online for a chance to win a 2015 Kia Optima EX.

The winning couple played their losing ticket in the Tennessee Lottery’s “Play it Again” program, where players can re-enter losing tickets into another drawing. “About three times a year, we draw a winner for the last hot prize of the instant game,” said Tennessee Lottery president Rebecca Hargrove.
Michael Sweeney, Interim Executive Director, Massachusetts State Lottery, said, “Our partnership with Pollard Banknote over the past 16 years has contributed to our record-setting success, particularly with the company’s expertise in extended play games, which have experienced significant growth in recent years, helping us achieve our goal of maximizing the revenue that we deliver to cities and towns statewide.”
Blended hold percentage has increased 14.5 percent from 2004 to 2014 and slot revenue has increased 1.1 percent during the same period. Slot win among the surveyed states reached a peak of $26 billion in 2007 and finished at $22 billion in 2014. While economic conditions appear to be a material factor in slot performance trends, there may be other factors impacting the industry’s overall performance, most notably following the conclusion of the most recent recession. Consumer spending has improved in most major gaming markets throughout the United States in recent years, while gaming volumes continue to contract.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medinica says the state is likely to join Cash4Life, a multi-state game that offers drawings twice a week and offers a top prize of $1,000 a day for life. Medinica says the game would debut in Maryland. It is already played in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and by November Tennessee. Medinica says the state would join the game in the first quarter of next year.
“With a combination of hard work by our team, sound business practices, new and exciting games and promotions, and, of course, a bit of luck, we increased our total sales for the year to more than $1.84 billion,” said VirginiaLottery Executive Director Paula Otto. “That’s good news for our schools and all Virginians, whether they play the Lottery or not.” The increase in total sales was driven by sales of Scratcher tickets, which surpassed $1 billion for the first time in a single fiscal year in Virginia. “Many people don’t realize that it’s not those headline-grabbing Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots that make up the largest part of our sales,” said Ms. Otto. “It’s the quiet and steady sales of Scratcher games. And this year we’re proud to have broken the billion-dollar mark in that category for the first time in our history.”
"The enthusiasm that our stations and audience showed for the first season of 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' was overwhelming," said Steve Saferin, President of Properties Group and Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games. "We are building on that success to bring more energy, more fun and massive cash prizes to the second season of this groundbreaking show."
“This minority investment in NeoGames by a major investor like William Hill is a testament to the emergence and future growth opportunity of the digital lottery market in North America,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “William Hill is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the global gaming industry. With this investment, NeoPollard Interactive will maintain its current ownership structure and marketing and operational executives, while also leveraging the expertise and financial strength of William Hill through our joint venture with NeoGames to continue to lead the industry with the most robust and successful digital offerings available in the market today. NeoPollard Interactive retains its focus on lotteries while adding a new, positive voice that will help contribute to overall North American iLottery success.”
“The OLG is in the final stages of the RFP (request for proposal from bidding operators) and we expect to announce a successful proponent for the east gaming bundle in mid-2015,” OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said at the time.   “OLG is now in the process of evaluating RFP proposals from prospective service providers,” Bitonti said in an e-mail. “These are very complex documents that could amount to 20-year contracts, so we need to ensure proper due diligence. Once we select a service provider and finalize a contract, we will be in a position to make an announcement,” said Bitonti.
New Jersey online gaming generated more revenue in the second quarter of 2015 than any other since its launch in November of 2013. Boosted by extraordinary casino revenue numbers, the New Jersey market is on pace for $145 million in revenue in 2015, 17% larger than last year. And there are many reasons for optimism that suggest that New Jersey online gambling could keep growing.
Commenting on the 1H15 Results, INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, noted: “In the second quarter of 2015 INTRALOT delivered a strong set of results as EBITDA grew by 8.4% compared to the same quarter of 2014, which also resulted in improved EBITDA margins, despite a tough comparison with 2Q 2014 due to the gradual fall-off of the Romanian contract and the effect of the World Cup Headwinds from a higher than usual payout continued in Q2 2015, albeit improved as compared to Q1 2015
There is a battle brewing over the right to acquire Gibraltar-based online gambling company Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, which owns popular brands PartyPoker and World Poker Tour.  The bidding war is quite confusing, with a winner (888 Holdings) having been announced last month and yet the bidding continues from another potential suiter (GVC, which is backed by U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management).
Producing a mega-hit in these times of rapidly changing consumer tastes and shortened product life-cycles is no guarantee of ongoing success. Zynga, the creator of Farmville and other titles that were so incredibly popular on Facebook just a few years ago, saw revenue decline 30% to $200 million, a 23% decline in player-ship, and posted a loss of $27 million for the quarter. Going forward, Zynga doesn't expect to be profitable in the immediate future. It proffered guidance for its Q3 of a net loss of between $23 million and $31 million, on revenue of $175 million to $190 million.
Lessons learned in online poker applied to Fantasy Football
“The Fast Play games were launched on Aug. 2nd at all New Jersey Lottery retail locations. Fast  Play enhances the instant and online product lines with a new game play concept,” Hedinger said. “Fast Play games are unique because there are no numbers to pick, and players don’t need to wait for a drawing to see if they’ve won.”
The tougher regulatory environment and higher taxes is expected to drive deal-making among gambling companies in coming years. The need for operating efficiencies will drive gaming industry consolidation.
A report released by the UK Gambling Commission for 2014-2015 stated, “As far as unlicensed activity is concerned, we have found no evidence of the threatened move underground or emergence on any scale of illegal websites targeting Britain.” The report also noted that some operators halted operations once being notified that others had been cut off by payment processors and advertisers. The United Kingdom now believes that it regulates almost 100% of “domestic remote market instead of less than 15%.”
At issue is whether a games that involve both skill and chance should be classified, taxed, and regulated as gambling.
“During our first 100 days as a public company, we have significantly increased our business development efforts, added key management team members to spur innovation and growth and enlarged the LT-3 installed base,” said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. “Since INNOVA’s acquisition of Diamond Game, I have visited most of our key LT-3 customers and the feedback has reinforced my view that INNOVA is on track to deliver the growth we promised shareholders at the time of our initial public offering (“IPO”).
Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG added, “We are excited to bring these features to the existing Diamond Game TapTix in Charitable Gaming centres in the province of Ontario. Through research consumers indicated that these features would enhance the TapTix experience. We expect these additional features to incrementally contribute revenue for charities that depend on gaming revenue to serve their communities.”

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