“From top to bottom, we’ve stayed focused on the corporation’s mission to serve Tennessee students and their families by responsibly maximizing proceeds for the education programs funded by the Lottery,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.“We work continually to refine our business model, to introduce innovative and entertaining games for our players, to promote efficiencies and best business practices across the organization, and to provide top-notch support for the retailers that sell the Lottery’s products. In this manner, the Tennessee Lottery succeeds for all of our stakeholders—from the player who enjoys our games, to the retailer who earns the commission, to the student who works hard for and relies upon the scholarship.”
Lottery Director Vernon Kirk said record sales for Instant Games and the "exceptional performance" of Mega Millions contributed to this fiscal year's milestone. Additionally, the number of retailers selling traditional game products jumped from 535 stores in 2011 to the current total of 655. "The success we achieved in Fiscal Year 2014 is the outcome of the groundwork laid over the past few years," Kirk said. "We will continue to look for new ways to offer products and winning experiences that our players want in an effort to build a better gaming future in Delaware."
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the Powerball draw occur from Idaho,” said Idaho Lottery Director, Jeff Anderson. “Everyone who attends the rodeo that evening, or who plays Powerball in Idaho will want to have at least one ticket for the drawing, just to be a part of this historic event. And you never know, we could have a big winner from the draw that evening.”
“Ohioans have multiple options today as to where they spend their entertainment dollar, and we’re pleased to see another record year despite the growing competition,” Director Dennis Berg said.
“We are very grateful to our players for helping us achieve a record year,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “Recognition also goes to the Kansas Lottery staff and lottery retailers across the state, who work hard every day to provide fun and exciting entertainment for our players. We’re already looking forward to next year with its new games and opportunities.” Presta, who became Kansas Lottery Executive Director in January 2014, is especially pleased with the healthy increase in sales of instants and pull tabs. “This is our largest sales category, and also the products we can best control through careful ticket selection and merchandising at retail locations,” said Presta.
European Commission publishes Recommendation on online gambling   The European Lotteries Association supports the goal of protecting consumers and players and in particular minors and stresses that a high level of consumer protection in the gambling sector is reached notably by taking into account the national specificities and cultural features, as ruled on several occasions by the European Court of Justice and confirmed by the European Parliament. Gambling services and advertising for gambling services should only be allowed for operators who are legal i.e. who hold a specific authorisation in the Member State of the consumer. Accordingly, EL calls on the Commission to take a clear position on this matter.  
EL President Friedrich Stickler: “The purpose of the Recommendation – protecting consumers and minors – is laudable. We recall that in the specific economic activity that is gambling, Member States hold the primary competence to decide how to regulate it on their territory in order to best protect consumers. The Recommendation may never prevent Member States from maintaining more stringent measures or from adopting, if necessary, new measures.” In that context, EL points to the importance of Member States taking effective enforcement measures at the national level and the importance of cooperation between Member States, rightly addressed in the 2010 Council Conclusions on a legal framework for gambling and betting in the EU Member States. These Conclusions also called for the recognition of the specific contribution of lotteries to society in any discussion on gambling at the European level.
Santa Ysabel Launching Real Money Online Poker For California Players  According to a report by  Marco Valerio, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel have launched PrivateTable.com and will be offering real money gaming to anyone located in the state of California. PGRI Note: If this report is accurate, it sounds like i-poker is being offered to residents outside of the sovereign territory, and without approval and licensing from the state of California.
“Pollard Banknote is excited about this newly formed partnership with Tatts Lotteries,” said Jennifer Westbury, Executive Vice President, Sales & Customer Development, Pollard Banknote. “This is an opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to developing instant games of the highest quality and security and to showcase our premium and proprietary innovations in the Australian marketplace.”
“This year we began working closely with Pollard Banknote, and we are leveraging both their unique proprietary products and their expertise in multi?jurisdictional games to boost retail sales and broaden the player base for Golden Casket and NSW Lotteries,” stated Bill Thorburn, Chief Operating Officer of Tatts Lotteries. He added, “Our first game with Pollard Banknote, One Million Prestige, featuring Scratch FX®, launched successfully and promoted just in time for our key Mother's Day gifting period and since then has continued its popularity in these markets. We are also excited about our first Spectrum Scratch FX® game which launched on June 23. We will follow this with several more Scratch FX® games in the coming months.”
Online gambling will be regulated by 2015, so that players can play safely and responsibly supervised providers is possible. Holland Casino will be privatized by 2017. And the lottery operators will be given space to innovate more.
“With a collective effort from lottery employees, our quality retailers, vendor partners and loyal customers, we have once again contributed record dollars to Georgia’s HOPE and Pre-K programs,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford said. “We remain focused on our mission to responsibly maximize revenues for these important educational programs.”
According to Senator Ciro Nogueira, the bill introduced to the country's Senate earlier this week may finally regulate the scattered Brazilian gambling market and give the country the unique opportunity to "comply with the rest of the world and boost the economy with new tax revenues."  "Among the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations," Nogueira wrote in the final considerations of Brazil's gambling bill, "75.52 percent of them have legalized gambling, while Brazil is among the 24.48 percent who do not. And we have to consider that 75% of the countries that haven't done so, are Islamic," and therefore are anti-gambling because of their religious beliefs.  The text, which plans to regulate all forms of online and offline gambling, aims to bring Brazil down the same road already taken by European countries like Italy, France, Spain and recently by Portugal – with the creation of a state-controlled gambling market regulated with a system of licenses. "A prohibitive approach to gambling does not work, as the truth is that no one will ever give up playing only because that is forbidden," Nogueira wrote in the text that includes also specific measures to punish those who don’t act according to the proposed regulation.  "Companies that will operate [in Brazil] without a gambling license will be sanctioned with a fine and with imprisonment from one to four years; those who will accept underage players will risk being sentenced from a minimum of three months to a maximum of one year of jail. The current anti-gambling legislation did not stop gambling in Brazil, and today's clandestine market moves more than R$ 18bn. (approximately $8bn.) every year.  According to some studies, if regulated, the gambling market could bring to the State new revenues for at least R$ 15bn. (approximately $6.8bn.) a year," he said explaining that this would be twice more what Brazil gets from the taxes applied on cigarettes and drinks together.
“GTECH is very excited to extend our partnership with Betfred into the Australian market. This is the first such foreign venture we have worked on together, and we hope it is the first of many,” said GTECH International Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer EMEA Declan Harkin.
Commenting on the transaction, Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. CEO said, "This transaction is transformational for our business. With limited overlap in products and customers, the combined company will enjoy leading positions across all segments of the gaming landscape.  It will increase our global scale and with a full suite of offerings and robust customer relationships across the client spectrum, the new company will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of the ongoing convergence across global gaming market segments.  Our expertise across these segments and greater ability to invest in R&D will improve player experiences and benefit our government and business clients.  The transaction will significantly enhance our cash flow and financial strength, and provide clear and achievable cost and revenue synergies."  "We are extremely pleased to reach a definitive merger agreement with GTECH as a result of our exploration of strategic alternatives to increase shareholder value.  This outstanding combination of two global leaders redefines the future of the gaming industry.  Together we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of best-in-class products, solutions and services," said Patti Hart, IGT CEO.  "This strategic agreement positions us to further transform the industry while providing meaningful benefit and value to our customers, our employees and our shareholders."

Investor Call

GTECH will hold an investor conference call to discuss the combination today at 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  To access the call, please use one of the following dial-in numbers: 877-546-5018 (U.S. and Canada), 39 0666053188 (Italy) and 857-244-7550 (International), and enter the Conference ID number: 84883561.

 

A live broadcast of the conference call will be available online by visiting GTECH.com and clicking on the “Investor Relations” tab on its website, or by visiting http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/fhpycz96/lan/en.  Related presentation materials will be posted to the Company’s “Investor Relations” section in Adobe Acrobat format prior to the call.

 

A telephone replay of the call will be available until July 23, 2014.  The replay dial-in numbers are 888-286-8010 (U.S. and Canada) and 617-801-6888(International), and the Conference ID number is 68896648. In addition, the call will be archived on the companies’ websites in the “Investor Relations” sections.

“With close to two-thirds of a billion dollars returned for our good causes, when players play the Lottery in  Idaho , someone, somewhere, is always benefitting,” said Jeff Anderson,  Idaho  Lottery Director.  “Every play pays.  Every day we contribute $134,247 to a greater common good that exceeds the sum of our dollars and dividends: the future of  Idaho ’s education and prosperity among her citizens.”
“The team at Lotterywest are delighted to have come to this agreement to extend our existing contract with INTRALOT. They have been a valued business partner and we look forward to this very positive arrangement continuing over the years ahead. We are confident that the technology and other expertise that INTRALOT have offered us will contribute to the success of this important Retail Transformation project which we have undertaken”, said Ms. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO.
"Super 7 is one of our most successful core games and when we saw Pollard Banknote's new neon colours, we knew they would look great on our tickets," explained Kordian Zielinski, Instant Manager, Totalizator Sportowy.  "Super 7 is the first ticket printed with our new vibrant neon inks, and we're very happy to have helped the lottery achieve success with the latest launch of this core game" said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.
"It's gratifying to know that, in less than five years of operation, we've helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement," Director Bishop Woosley said. "That's $500 million that was simply unavailable to Arkansas students before the Lottery opened in 2009. These dollars and students, studying at Arkansas colleges and universities, will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be a powerful economic development tool."





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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