“We are aware of Vantiv’s recent decision to discontinue processing payments for Daily Fantasy Sports services,” PayPal spokeswoman Martha Cass said in a statement. “We continue to review and consider ongoing developments in relation to daily fantasy sports.” “Vantiv remains firmly committed to the online gaming and fantasy gaming segments,” the Vantiv letter said. “As payments experts in the online gaming space, Vantiv will continue to work with stakeholders for a long-term solution to the ongoing D.F.S. controversy. When there is better clarity and long-term certainty around the regulatory and judicial landscape related to D.F.S., Vantiv may decide to resume processing these types of payment transactions.”
"At ICE Totally Gaming IGT will showcase its breadth and depth of portfolio and demonstrate the Company's leadership in developing next-generation gaming solutions that are designed to drive profitability for our Gaming, Lottery, Betting and Interactive customers," said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International. "Our ICE portfolio includes a diverse mix of products that empowers our International customers to choose how they'd like to engage with their players – whether it is in land-based casinos, online, on mobile devices, or via a combination of channels."

Visitors of INTRALOT’s Pavilion at ICE will have the opportunity to become an active part of a unique product journey, which comprises of five major areas: Retail, Retail Plus, Systems, Interactive and VLTs. These areas present ways to cover all essential players’ needs through technological innovation, hardware solutions and advanced software offerings, all incorporated seamlessly in an omni-channel approach.

Gavin Isaacs, President and CEO of Scientific Games, said, "Scientific Games' ICE booth is going to be a high-energy experience filled with the most imaginative, entertaining, and integrated gaming and lottery solutions. Our global team is driving innovation that will help our European operators profit and players win, anywhere they choose to play."
With half of the fiscal year still to go, California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said during Wednesday’s commission meeting that the department has already reached its goal of guaranteeing $1.44 billion in funding for California schools this year.    In the time between winning Powerball drawings on Nov. 7 and Jan. 13, state Powerball sales reached $386 million; sales for the entire 2014-15 fiscal year were $372 million. The rush of purchases leading up to the drawing produced $150 million for state K-12 and higher education funding, Lopez said.
Brooke Christopher, Communications Manager for the Colorado Lottery, said tickets sales for the January 16 drawing were large enough that the spillover check this year could set a record. "In Colorado alone, Powerball ticket sales were nearly $60 million," Christopher said.   To put that in perspective, total sales for the Colorado Lottery for all games in Fiscal Year 2015 amounted to $539 million.  "At the end of the day, five months from now --we'll look back and go '$1.5 billion run, all the sales here in Colorado probably contributed," Christopher said.    The lottery gave $128 million to GOCO, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife last year with $1.9 million of that designated as spillover funds for the BEST program.
"These tremendous sales mean great things for Florida, as Lottery players, retailers and the state's education system will directly benefit," said Tom Delacenserie, Secretary of the Florida Lottery. "To be just three weeks into 2016, and already have hundreds of millions of dollars in prizes won, and an estimated $187 million in revenue generated for education is truly unprecedented."
“You see the beginnings of the Powerball liftoff, in December it started to reach over $300 million ... overall all games did see an increase in sales compared to December of last year,” Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney said. He noted that other games may have benefited from interest in Powerball. “Net profit for December was very healthy.”.
Sherriene Jones-Sontag, deputy director of the Kansas Lottery, said the automated equipment would reduce customer wait times for tickets, compress retailer labor costs and allow merchants to better track ticket inventory. Transition to the machines was among recommendations of a government efficiency consultants hired by the Legislature. Automation in Kansas could be expected to increase annual sales by $25 million to $30 million, Jones-Sontag said.  “Lottery retailers who have locations in other states where electronic dispensers are used report their sales increased by 30 percent to 50 percent and have cut their lottery labor costs in half,” Jones-Sontag said.
“We’re always looking for ways to keep our games fresh and exciting,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “We are confident that our players are going to have a lot of fun with Cash4Life. Sometimes you see games that say ‘for life,’ but they’re really for 20 or 25 years. This truly is $1,000 a day for life, and that’s a concept that really resonates with people.”
"We are extremely pleased with the impressive results for the first five weeks of sales for Super Bingo," said Jeff Holyfield, Director of Public Relations for the Michigan Lottery. "We're continually exploring new and exciting ways to appeal to Lottery players, and this refreshed Bingo game, which gives our players more options in the digital space, is clearly a win-win product." "At Pollard Banknote, we focus on developing innovations that will drive sales and attract younger players. The Michigan Lottery's great sales results for Super Bingo, coupled with the large number of games played via Power Bingo provide further proof that WebPlay® games extend the play value of an instant ticket," said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.
Nearly 97 percent of those bets — $4.1 billion worth — will be wagered illegally, standing in stark contrast to the approximately $115 million bet legally on the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks game last year. In fact, the illegal market is 35 times greater than the legal marketplace.  “As Americans celebrate a milestone Super Bowl, they’ll also bet a record amount on the Big Game,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Just like football, sports betting has never been more popular than it is today. The casino gaming industry is leading the conversation around a new approach to sports betting that enhances consumer protections, strengthens the integrity of games and recognizes fans’ desire for greater engagement with sports.”
California Assembly’s passage of A.B. 1437, the Internet Fantasy Sports Games Protection Act—a bill to license and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). A.B. 1437 passed out of the Assembly by a vote of 68 to 1. 'The swift passage of a DFS regulatory bill shows that California lawmakers do in fact care about protecting consumers who play games online. Therefore, we urge the legislature to immediately move legislation that also protects Californians who want to play poker online through appropriate authorization and regulation. If legislating consumer protections for DFS players is a priority for the legislature, the same should be true for Internet poker players,' said John Pappas the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA).
‘The global illegal betting market is likely to be as big as $500bn in transactions, with Asia as the driver. The world’s largest legal and illegal betting outlets worldwide are based in Asia and they are likely responsible for 70 to 80 per cent of that illegal market,' said Martin Purbrick, director of security and integrity for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  He added: ‘The growth of illegal betting in Asia has led to global expansion of the operators, the consequent spread of criminal involvement in racing and other sports betting markets, as well as being a driver for other criminal problems such as sports corruption and money laundering.’
NeoGames CEO Ilan Rosen said: “We are proud to become a part of the APLA family. The unique combination of advanced and emerging markets can propel this region to unprecedented heights of success as it applies the new online capabilities that have promoted lottery growth in other major global areas. Renowned for customizing industry best practices to the needs of each lottery, our tailored approach accommodates the tastes and maximizes the strengths of each target market, while meeting the regulator’s guidelines.”
Instead of relying on the Modernization Fund, Acting Director John Myers, says the lottery commission is looking for novel ways to generate new revenue. Things like online poker and a smartphone-based iLottery.   The West Virginia Lottery Commission has generated 22.1 billion dollars since it was created in 1985. More than 8 billion dollars of that revenue has gone to support senior programs, education and tourism.
"Niké has been dealt a winning hand with Oko berie. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to entertain our players and this game has exceeded our expectations," said Michal Dáni, Lottery Director, Niké. "Oko berie is the first instant ticket that we have launched with a card game theme in the Slovakian market, and with Flip Scratch™, the ticket simulates the excitement of live blackjack. Our players appreciate this enhanced play value." "Pollard Banknote is thrilled about Niké's success with our Flip Scratch™ innovation," said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. "The Oko berie ticket offers a new game and play style that is clearly drawing player attention at Slovakian retailers. We look forward to other lotteries following suit with this unique product."
“The casino gaming industry is aligned that the status quo is unsustainable,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “We look forward to working with law enforcement, sports leagues and other interested parties to consider effective approaches to protecting consumers and the integrity of sports.”
“We are highly committed to following new trends in the gaming market, and we think that this game has potential,” said Sofie Ustrup, spokeswoman for Danske Spil, the state-owned gambling company. “Regular people in Denmark are now starting to pay attention to the stock market, and it has become normal, not just for experts.” Danske Spil provided help to develop the game, including testing, because the combination of finance and gaming “is really, really interesting,” Ustrup said. “Now that they’ve gone live we’re following it very closely, helping with, for example, banner ads. When it’s up and running for some time, we will evaluate the nature of the future collaboration.”
With demand high to take part in the €12m jackpot lotto draw on Wednesday, a number of customers were unable to purchase tickets due to a DDoS attack aimed at PLI’s servers. “Indications are that this morning’s technical issues were as a result of a DDOS attack affecting our communications networks,” said PLI in a statement. “The issues were resolved by the National Lottery’s DDOS protection systems, limiting disruption and restoring all operations within two hours.”

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EL Congress 2015 in Oslo, Norway "Touch Tomorrow" Photo Collage

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April 7 and 8 at the Park Lane Hotel
36 Central Park South, New York City

Come a day early to the Park Lane NYC to attend the
WLA i-Lottery Seminar
 April 6th  in the same Hotel as SMART-TECH and same ballroom The Ultimate Bricks & Clicks Event:  Making it easy to participate in two industry-leading conferences:  Two Industry-Shaping events. Both events to be held in the Main Park Ballroom at the Park Lane Hotel.

Reserve your room in the Special Room Block CLICK here for both events be sure to arrive the night of April 5th to attend the iLOTTERY Seminar and stay through April 8th to attend all of SMART-TECH 2016.

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PGRI SMART--TECH Receptions 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday,  Thursday, and Friday, April 6, 7, and 8.  All Government attendees attending SMART-TECH 2016 and the WLA iLottery Seminar will be given COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE to all SMART-TECH Conference Sessions and SMART-TECH Food and Beverage functions.

The Ultimate Bricks & Clicks Event:  Making it easy to participate in two industry-leading conferences: 

WLA i-Lottery for U.S. Market Seminar Wednesday, April 6: Engaging Retailer Support, Developing and Marketing games for the online consumer, Managing Public & Stakeholder Relations, Integrating with the Retail channel – Applying World-Class Experience to the opening of the U.S. i-Lottery Market-Place.

SMART-Tech The Future of Retailing Conference Thursday & Friday, April 7 and 8:  What will the Era of Retail Transformation mean to Lottery?  How can Lottery leverage and apply the most advanced concepts that are positioning land-based Retail for long-term success?  Think “Retail Optimization” on steroids!  






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