BRAINTREE, MA October 1, 2015) – The multi-state Powerball lottery game will have a new matrix designed to produce larger jackpots and add more winning experiences beginning  Sunday, October 4.  -New structure offers improved overall odds of winning a prize, addition of 10X multiplier
Rahul Sood, chief executive of the eSports betting business Unikrn, said during a keynote address at the Global Gaming Expo, or G2E, that he has witnessed a much-discussed fact about casino floors: young people often seem to pass right through them. “The younger people seem to be cutting through the fastest way possible to get out of the casino, so that they can go straight to the nightclub,” Sood said. “It’s almost like in order to build a successful casino, you have to build a nightclub.”
Legislators propose that the state legalize sports betting, saying the popular pastime needs regulation and could provide casinos with an alternative form of betting. But until Congress rewrites the federal law, Pennsylvania is in the same boat as New Jersey By the way, the folks at DraftKings argue that they are not overseeing sports betting. Fantasy sports websites, they argue, are games of skill rather than games of chance. Officials in five states — Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington — disagree. Playing online fantasy sports for money in those places is illegal. Online fantasy sports sites make the situation feel like the “wild, wild west,” he said. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that almost 57 million Americans will spend an average of $465 on fantasy sports in 2015. That makes it a $26 billion industry.
“The ties between illegal gambling and organized crime are undeniable. This is not a victimless crime. Illegal gambling siphons critical tax revenue from communities and is void of any of the consumer protections provided by regulated gaming,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “We are proud to be taking a proactive lead on an issue that preys on consumers, funds illegal activities and hurts the highly regulated legal gaming industry.”
“We are pleased to provide our comprehensive system solutions and applications to complement IGT’s leading floor share of games at Wynn Las Vegas. IGT systems are designed to optimize floor efficiency and drive player engagement, and Wynn Resorts can leverage our unique applications to provide guests with unparalleled gaming experiences and personalized service,” said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America Gaming & Interactive (DoubleDown) “Our guests are our top priority at Wynn Resorts, and IGT systems empower us to connect with players in new and meaningful ways that drive fun and excitement. IGT systems applications will help us deliver customized entertainment experiences and access to resort amenities that truly make our guests feel special,” said Maurice Wooden, President Wynn Las Vegas.
The National Lottery complies with a large number of standards that are stricter than those applying to private operators, making it difficult for it to draw any competitive advantage whatsoever from its monopoly lottery status. Since 15 January 2013, the National Lottery has offered sports betting under the brand name of Scooore! "With Scooore! we continue to promote a sustainable alternative range of sports betting against a more aggressive offer from large foreign multinationals that are based in, for example, Malta or Gibraltar. The Belgian National Lottery wishes to play by the rules and is not afraid of the challenge represented by what these competitors offer - even if one can justifiably wonder whether such a large range of games of chance actually benefits consumers at the end of the day.
The new digital draw system will utilize a Random Number Generator, or RNG, to select winning numbers. Roughly half of the Lotteries in the United States utilize digital draw systems.
PGRI Note: Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is classified by the U.S. federal government as being neither gambling nor sports-betting. Sports-betting (but not DFS) is prohibited by federal law (PASPA) in all but four states on the basis that it has the potential to lead to corruption of sports. This article contends that is an illogical distinction, i.e. that DFS has no less potential to lead to corruption of sports as does regular sports-betting. The GGR of DFS is exploding, having surpassed even the GGR of Las Vegas sports-betting. As we watch these arguments about DFS unfold, we might consider the interest groups being impacted by the regulatory status of DFS. For instance, are the business interests of sports-betting books being hurt by the rising popularity of DFS? And if so, will the chorus of interest groups clamoring for a change in the regulatory status of DFS succeed in that mission? And are sports groups like NBA, NFL, MLB going to want to get in on the financial action and support the legalization and regulation of all sports-betting?
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity led a coalition of interest groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), legislation that would ban online gambling in the United States. “RAWA is an outright assault on federalism. The legislation tramples on the Tenth Amendment by banning state regulation of online gambling – further chipping away at the balance between state and federal governance. The bill would overturn state laws already on the books in three states and would prohibit states from selling lottery tickets online for their own constituents – rolling back at least another six state laws.”
Mainland China’s total sales in July for the country’s official lottery declined 27.3 percent year-on-year. While nationwide lottery sales growth is slowing down this year, sports lottery sales in Guangxi province jumped 80.6 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2015. In August, China LotSynergy reported a net loss of HKD148.1 million (US$19.1 million) for the first half of 2015, compared to a net profit of HKD54.9 million a year earlier. The firm said the loss was mainly due to an impairment of goodwill amounting to approximately HKD95.3 million.
SEC commissioner says DraftKings and FanDuel are essentially gambling. Ads for leading daily fantasy games will no longer appear on network. DraftKings and FanDuel have spent a combined $27m for roughly 8,000 television spots during the first week of the NFL season, and a combined $100m spent during the six-week span from 1 August to 15 September. Last week, Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ) asked Congress to investigate whether the sites are flouting restrictions on online gambling.
“We are excited to offer this fun, new game to our players that features three chances to win $100,000 in every play,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Players won’t be the only winners though, as we estimate that Texas Triple Chance will result in approximately $29.3 million in revenue for public education over the next five years.”
John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "We look forward to partnering with the Ohio Lottery to drive continued growth of instant games to benefit education in the state. We will continue to provide a great entertainment value for Ohio players with exciting new instant games like the two $30 games launched in 2015, innovative new play styles, favorite licensed brands, and interactive mobile and internet promotions to complement instant game retail sales."
Beginning next month, the daily fantasy site is adding competitive video gaming, commonly referred to as eSports, to its list of fantasy offerings. That means you can draft a team of professional gamers and compete head to head or in a group against others online for real money, the same way you can compete on the site in more traditional fantasy sports like football and baseball. Market research company SuperData estimates that 134 million people around the world watch eSports and that the industry generates more than $600 million in annual revenue.
Chryssa Amanatidou, Senior Manager of Public Relations & CSR, INTRALOT
Gayle Kennedy, Director, Tradeshows and Special Events (recently retired), Scientific Games Corporation
Edith McCarthy, Director, Benchmarks, Tradeshows, and Events, IGT
Three Lottery Industry Leaders were recently presented with the inaugural PGRI Collaboration Award for their vision, breakthrough initiatives, and action in forging creative collaborations which have contributed to the great success of Government Lotteries. The official award ceremony was held at PGRI Lottery Expo in Miami, Florida on September 10, 2015 in the presence of 180 leading lottery professionals.
“This is the 12th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “With this revenue transfer, the Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $18 billion to Texas public education and more than $52 million to Texas veterans.”   “This year’s revenue transfer included $1.225 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $13.1 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance,” said Grief. “These are the single largest annual revenue transfers to both causes.”

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