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.
Portugal's final version of online gaming regulation is adapted from the experiences of its European neighbors, who are slowly accepting online gaming legislation. Gross gaming revenues in the online poker category will be taxed 15% across the board, applicable to operators with cumulative gross income of all games not surpassing €5 million. For operators with income surpassing €10 million, the rate is set at 30%.

PGRI Note:  Again, this article is written by advocates for commercial friendly regulations and low tax rates.

“Our players really enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games with big jackpots. Bingo is always fun to play and with draws on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, this game is already creating excitement,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.  “And the jackpot prize of $100,000 is the highest ever offered for a bingo game in Idaho’s history.”
The terms of the compact signed in 2004 required The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to contribute a flat fee of $17.4 million to the general fund each year.  The Department of Finance estimated that the state will receive reduced revenue of about $3 million to $5 million annually under the new deal.  American Indian tribes with casinos are significant donors to California campaigns. Viejas has made about $711,000 in contributions since January 2013 to state candidates and campaign committees, but none directly to Brown, according to state records.
Different Story in Europe  In Europe, lottery is popular with young people, and the UK serves as a very good example to show that point: About 25 percent of UK lottery players are young people aged between 16 and 24. Most of them purchase their tickets not in the old traditional way but online via UK and European lotteries which let players buy online tickets straight away the likes of EuroMillions and UK Lotto, or using online lottery ticket agents.
Paypal would add legitimacy to a market that has struggled on the processing side of the business. Visa and Mastercard payments still carry a decline rate of at least 25 percent. Some players are also running into problems with electronic checks.  Neteller, Skrill, and site-specific debit cards have a nearly 100 percent acceptance rate. The branding of these payment processors is not familiar to many recreational players.  Adding a powerhouse like Paypal to the U.S. regulated online poker and casino industry will give access to players that may otherwise be out of reach. Paypal boasts over 150 million worldwide active users.
About a third of the United States is within 25 miles of a casino.  The percentage of the U.S. population within a 25-mile radius of a casino is likely even higher than the geographical proximity because many of these locations are near major population centers.
“GTECH’s direct presence in France, one of Europe’s biggest gaming markets, will bring even greater benefits to our customers. Sales Manager Didier Tomas and our team look forward to developing these relationships,” said Attal. “We are grateful to our previous distributor in the French market, Ludi S.F.M., for two successful decades of business together, and wish them all the best and great success for the future.”
Commenting on the 1H14 Results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “As we have completed the first half of the FY 2014 period, we are very satisfied to have extended the duration of five of our existing contracts in North America, Australia and Asia and added a new major contract in the US. As we have mentioned in the recent past, these developments follow on the steps of our strategy to capitalize on our presence in existing jurisdictions. From a financial stand point, the Group posted in the second quarter a significant growth in operating cash-flow generation and a decrease of its net debt. Furthermore, the refinancing of our syndicated loan extended the Group’s debt maturities as we have no refinancing issues for at least the next three years, confirming the banking sector’s trust and support towards our strategy and business outlook.”





Lottery Expo 2014 Conference September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

Click here to make Room Reservation at Eden Roc Hotel - hotel still selling at $199 don't wait if you need a room.

Vendor Conference Registration Click Here        Government and Lottery Registration - No Charge to attend- Click Here

PLATINUM SPONSORS
                

Silver Sponsors  

       
            

Exhibitors             

Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program

September 9 to 11

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    www.edenrocmiami.com

Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

Platinum Sponsors:

GTECH, INTRALOT, HUDSON ALLEY SOFTWARE, LINQ3, SCIENTIFIC GAMES

Silver Sponsors and Exhibitors:  Arrow International, Camelot Global Services, Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, InComm, Jumbo Interactive, Pro-Lite

Tuesday, September 9:

WELCOME RECEPTION:  5:00 to 7:00 pm   Sea Breeze Terrace

Wednesday, September 10, 2014                            
8:00 to 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM.  Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer, PGRI, opens the conference sessions

Keynote addresses:

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery, Co-Host Lottery Expo

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery,

President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion:  Multi-Jurisdictional Games, promotional campaigns, and marketing strategies Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution.  Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort.  Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs?  Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show.  How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives?  What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?

Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Panelists:

Leslie Badger, Vice President Systems Marketing, Scientific Games Corp.

Connie Bloss, Vice President Marketing, Pennsylvania Lottery

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery

John Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Lottery

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Panel Discussion: Monopoly Millionaires’ Club

Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Executive Vice President World Lottery Association (WLA)

Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority

Steve Saferin, President Properties Group & Chief Creative Officer, Scientific Games Corp.

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association)

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon

Awards Ceremonies

Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Sharp Award for Good Causes

Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from Conference Sponsors

Panel Discussion:  Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?  Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.

Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:

David Barden, Executive Director, New Mexico Lottery

Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3

Larry Colatosti, Director, Retail Sales, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.

Tom Dolan, Regional Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software

RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace

Thursday, September 11

9:00 am Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery

Panel Discussion:  Content Marketing is being used to build a deeper connection with your customer. Connecting Lottery with a new generation of consumers means thinking and feeling like them - and building relationships based on that emotional connection.  It’s about telling a story more than selling.  It’s about re-branding, re-shaping our image so that everyone feels that Lottery “is for people like me”, it’s about integrating digital technology and retail merchandising strategies so that we are talking with our customers rather than at them so that consumers embrace Lottery as part of who they are and want everyone to know it.  How is Lottery evolving its approach to create this emotional connection that drives sales?  How can Lottery leverage the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales.  How can marketing and promotional strategies integrate the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail?

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Gary Gonder, COO and Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications , Missouri Lottery

James Hutchinson, Vice President – Marketing, Georgia Lottery Corporation

Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming

Nikki Orcutt, Vice President Marketing, West Virginia Lottery

Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from conference sponsors

Coffee Break

Gordon Medenica, Lottery Industry Consultant, Former Director of New York Lottery, Former President of NASPL

Ryann Petit-Frere, Manager Digital Strategy, California Lottery

Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group

Luncheon: 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Presentations:

Lucas Baffetti, General Manager of Loteria de San Luis

Konrad Komarczuk, Director of Innovation, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Juan Torres, Administrative and finance manager of Grupo slots

Panel Discussion: Bridging the gap between the online and off-line worlds

Lottery and its retailers both want to drive sales performance by consolidating their position with current customers and attracting new customers.  Lottery has always been a powerful driver of store traffic in the off-line world.  How can Lottery do the same in the on-line world?   How can Lottery and its retailers work together to build the omni-channel model that is so key to accomplishing our shared objectives? Retailers know they need to connect with their consumer via Internet and Mobile app’s and are doing that.  How can Lottery help them?  How can Lottery consolidate its position as a valued partner to its retailers, while promoting the adoption of the Internet channel to connect with the consumer?

Moderator and Panelists: TBA

Closing night Reception

Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org  

Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com 

Public Gaming /Paul Jason - pjason@publicgaming.com   / Susan Jason - sjason@publicgaming.com  /Office Phone - + 425-449-3000  
feed-image Feed Entries