|“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.|
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.
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Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014