“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.”
Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: “Polla Chilena de Beneficencia is one of our first clients and we are really pleased to re-establish our cooperation with our valued partner. Together with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia we are entering a new era envisaging to transform the gaming landscape of Chile, bringing in the leading technology and pioneering gaming services of Intralot coupled with the operational excellence and proven experience of the Intralot team. We will work with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia to offer to the Chileans unprecedented gaming experiences and big prizes in a responsible manner always securing the highest levels of integrity.”
Commenting on the launch Ilan Rosen, NeoGames CEO said: “Interactive channels are the key growth opportunity for lotteries worldwide – and Draw Games are 60% of the $200 billion lottery market.  CGS provides lottery providers with a Draw Games solution to power their growth online.  Already two of our customers have ordered the system and we will launch with both during the first half of 2016.”
“There’s no doubt, the Missouri Lottery has made a huge impact on the state of Missouri,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. “Not only has it helped provide vital funding to public education, but it’s also impacted many Missouri businesses and winners.”  “The Lottery has truly evolved into a key part of Missouri’s fabric,” Reardon said. “Whether it is providing funding for programs like A+, helping business owners meet their bottom line, supporting local community events or making someone a millionaire, it has made a lot of dreams come true.”  As a self-sustaining agency, the Lottery has also grown more efficient. “Our operating costs are one of the lowest in the industry at 4.4 percent,” Reardon said. “In the early days, it was as high as 14 percent.”    “Not to mention all the technological advancements that have happened in the last 30 years, like websites, mobile apps, loyalty programs, ticket vending machines and Check-A-Ticket machines,” Reardon said.  “But the Lottery would not have been successful without the support of so many Missourians,” Reardon said. “We are so grateful to the 4,700 businesses in our retail network, our vendors, legislators, Lottery commissioners and employees and, of course, the players. They all play a major role in helping the Lottery Play It Forward for public education.  “We expect the next 30 years to be even more beneficial and fun,” she said. “It’s why the Lottery was created – to raise money for public education.
“These achievements are only possible with the support from enthusiastic players, the hard work of over 5,000 retailers statewide, the guidance of our board of directors, from our very first board to our current members, and the hard work and commitment of our employees,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC). “Our success is vital to the students and families of Tennessee, and we’re dedicated to making sure the years ahead prove just as successful.”
“Having been successfully appraised again at CMMI Maturity Level 3, along with our two recent NASPL re-certifications for requirements definition and development best practices, reaffirms the Company’s commitment to software excellence,” said Matthew Whalen, IGT Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lottery “It is a reflection of the hard work of our employees and demonstrates how IGT ensures our global lottery customers are provided with best-in-class solutions.”
FDJ, under the leadership of its new President and CEO Stéphane Pallez appointed in November 2014, developed sales in 2015 while engaging in a digital transformation through the business plan deployed in the physical network and online "FDJ 2020: an expanded vision of FDJ."  26.3 million customers and a Forte omnicanale distribution (31,900 points of sale and digital channel), FDJ recorded sales of € 13,7Mds in 2015 (vs. 13Mds € in 2014), up 5.4% (against 5.2% last year, which include
The requirement that names be made public was "the layer of security he couldn't break," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. Gary Grief, chairman of the Powerball committee for MUSL, insists he has complete confidence in the integrity of the time-tested ball-drawing system, and he still supports revealing winners' names. Name disclosure is "a positive thing to reinforce to players that real people do win and that those real people don't work for the lottery or aren't involved with lottery," he said.

PGRI Interviews …

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Chair of the Powerball Group

PGRI Introduction:  Powerball is sold in 47 jurisdictions.  It is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (www.MUSL.com) for the benefit of its members and the states that license the right to sell Powerball.  On the drawing of Wednesday, January 13, the Jackpot that rose to over $1.5 billion dollars was won by three people with the winning ticket.  This is a singularly momentous event for the industry.  Gary Grief is not only the current Chair of the Powerball Group, he is a past president of the North American State and Provincial Lottery Association (NASPL), has been with the Texas Lottery since its inception in 1992, and was appointed to lead the Lottery in 2010.  We appreciate him taking a few minutes out of an extraordinarily busy time, and congratulate Director Grief and all the Powerball Lottery Directors for their stewardship of this flagship brand.

While Mississippi is one of six states that isn’t a part of the Powerball lottery — Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah are the others — we were the third state to legalize riverboat gambling in 1990.Casinos in the state of Mississippi have all suffered since Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the coast casinos in 2005 and the recession of 2008 hit everyone hard. Casino revenue numbers continue to decrease, causing a shortfall in projected money for our state. Anyone who regularly visits the Tunica casinos or the ones on the Gulf Coast knows how things have changed in the last decade.
The games have changed and expanded so substantially since the legislature authorized fantasy sports play that the law needs immediate review by the  General Assembly, according to the opinion of two lawyers in the office of Attorney General  Brian E. Frosh. "We recommend that the Legislature squarely take up the issue this session and clarify whether daily fantasy sports are authorized in Maryland," said the opinion signed by Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Rowe and Adam D. Snyder, chief counsel for opinions and advice. Frosh did not move, as some states have, to stop residents from participating with industry leaders FanDuel, DraftKings or other large daily fantasy operators. But the opinion said it's not clear that the 2012 law permitting season-long fantasy sports play also allows daily betting. The 22-page opinion also said the law "should have been referred to the electorate" in a ballot referendum because it could be considered an expansion of commercial gaming.

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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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