Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz and Wyoming Lottery Board Chair Brian Gamroth performed a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. at the celebration in Sheridan
Figures compiled by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimate 41 million people in the United States and Canada play some kind of fantasy sports. Daily fantasy play is still a small fraction of that, but growing fast, with FanDuel expecting up to 500,000 players for the upcoming NFL season.
“With a 10% larger customer account database and a strong balance sheet, Jumbo  is well positioned should a natural upswing in prizes and jackpots occur in the year  ahead”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.  Jumbo has passed significant milestones in Germany with the completion in June of  the necessary connections to all 16 state lotteries, giving the Company’s website  www.JumboLotto.de access to the entire 80 million German population.
“Tickets for that first game were 50 cents, and it was the only game offered. Today we have games ranging from $1 all the way up to $30,” Director Dennis Berg said of how the lottery has changed. “It’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come. With technology today, our players can watch KENO drawings and daily drawings on their computer or smart phone, and can scan their tickets to see if they have a winner.  They have more than 75 games to choose from in our product line.”
“Generating essential funding for important state programs, while benefitting the state’s retailers, speaks to the Lottery’s commitment to enrich the lives of all Arizona residents,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “We are proud to report record-breaking sales for the seventh consecutive year and are already working toward surpassing this record by introducing innovative games to engage new audiences, while continuing to provide a wide range of choices for our core players.”
“I want to thank Governor Scott for his commitment to education. Floridians can always count on the Lottery to remain focused on our mission to maximize revenues for the educational programs we fund,” said Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “In the coming year, we will continue to explore new product offerings that will help generate enthusiasm among our players and grow revenues for education in our state.”
The California Lottery announced Tuesday that they’re going to enable customers to buy lotto tickets at gas pumps.  “I think this is going to be, hopefully, revolutionary for us,” said Russ Lopez, of the California Lottery. “Seventy-three percent of customers who pump gas don’t walk into the retail store, so this is one way of getting their business while they’re pumping gas.”  The “Play at the Pump” program is slated to launch in September at up to 150 California gas stations.  To play, customers need to swipe a valid driver’s license and debit or credit card.  The Lotto numbers will appear on the customer’s receipt with their fuel purchase. Players can also have their numbers texted to them

Note from PGRI Editor: There are a number of stories about the apparent decision of the Governor of Illinois to terminate the Private Management Agreement with Northstar Lottery Group.  We have not posted them, not because it is not news-worthy, but because we are not able to confirm the accuracy of the stories.  The news stories about this situation all seem to be riddled with more speculation and spin than known facts.

In offering online gaming through Santa Ysabel Interactive, the Tribe is exerting its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe’s reservation.  Class II gaming, as defined by IGRA, includes poker and bingo, but does not include slot-based games or house-banked games, such as blackjack.  House-banked games and slot machines are defined as Class III games, and can only be offered in a tribal casino upon agreement with the state through a Tribal-State Gaming Compact.  Santa Ysabel has had such a compact with the state since 2005, but has no plans to offer Class III gaming through its interactive website.
Pressure on the gambling industry has intensified over the past year as the head of a US Treasury agency that monitors the financial system for evidence of money laundering gave two speeches reminding the casino industry of its compliance obligations.  Jennifer Shasky Calvery, who has led the agency – called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN – since September 2012, has a background in prosecuting organised crime.   “Banks that do business with casinos would be wise to pay attention to what the FinCEN director is talking about,” said Kevin Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. “Banks are years ahead of casinos when it comes to anti-money-laundering compliance. Now it’s the casinos’ turn to step up.” In addition to regulators’ own actions, bank examiners are pressing institutions they oversee to better manage the risk associated with the casino-related transactions they process, compliance officers in both industries said.





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