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“They include product innovation, expansion of our public engagement, an increased retailer base, refreshed advertising, and internal and external technological efficiencies,” she said. “I am extremely pleased with the management teams that have achieved these results.  A solid groundwork has been laid for continued growth and innovation into the future.”
“We have to give a big ‘thank you’ to our players for their support of our games,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “I also want to recognize the hard work of Kansas Lottery staff, hundreds of lottery retailers, and the casino managers. Together, they do an outstanding job of creating fun and exciting games for players, while generating important revenue for the State of Kansas.”
“We work hard developing fresh and innovative games that respond to the market demand and offer value and entertainment for our players,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “In so doing, we stay focused on the Corporation’s mission to serve Tennessee students and their families by responsibly raising proceeds for the designated education programs funded by the Lottery. With first-rate support for our retailer channel and the use of best practices throughout the organization, I am proud to report that this approach has delivered record sales for the eleventh consecutive fiscal year.”
“We are pleased to have raised more dollars for education than in any previous year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “This would not have been possible without the support of our players, retailers, business partners and employees across the state.”
This is indeed impressive. The Mass Lottery already has by far the highest per capita sales in the U.S., operates with an extremely lean advertising budget, and continues to find ways to drive sales growth.
Brazil’s Senate will look to introduce regulatory provisions and a national framework for fixed odds sports betting. Current Brazilian gambling legislation allows for wagering on land based lottery, bingo and licensed horse racing events. Operators seeking to enter the Brazilian igaming market, must have physical operations within the region regardless of the operator’s listed country of origin.
Havana could again be a casino gaming capital, as it was in the 1950’s before communism under Fidel Castro. Cuba has parallels to Macau. After rule changes more than a decade ago, dozens of casinos arose in Macau. Located just 220 miles from Miami, developers are wondering if the same explosive growth couldn’t transform Cuba into a resort and gambling mecca. Amid the red tape of longstanding sanctions, U.S. developers can't as yet build in Cuba. But as Cuba's biggest trading partner, China is in a position to invest in its development.
The Sheldon Adelson-backed group that is trying to outlaw online poker in America has brought on former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) to help lobby for the ban.   The list of Adelson proxies includes presidential hopefuls Senators Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).  There is speculation that RAWA, which does not appear to be on the front-burner of confgressional action-items, may shift to the strategy of “let’s push for a moratorium on internet gaming and while we do impact studies”.
“GLI’s fantasy sports white paper provides information regarding current regulatory environments, GLI’s testing services, testing results, and the easy steps operators can follow to submit their website for GLI’s experts to analyze. Earning and keeping players’ trust is of utmost importance and GLI is, here to provide a means for fantasy sports operators to demonstrate the integrity, value, security and fairness of their product.” added GLI Vice President, iGaming & Canadian Services Salim Adatia. GLI’s White Paper on Fantasy Sports is available for free download now at gaminglabs.com,
“We have built a strong partnership with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission since this contract began in 2010, and we couldn’t be more pleased to extend the relationship,” said Michael Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for IGT. “We have also gained a deep understanding of the VLT landscape in Maryland over the past five years, and welcome this new opportunity to assist the Commission in expanding its VLT program and supporting its next phase of growth.”
“The Wisconsin Lottery has achieved five consecutive years of increased sales and has made tremendous contributions to property tax relief in Wisconsin,” said Michael Chambrello, CEO, North America Lottery, for IGT“We believe that this contract demonstrates our commitment to the WisconsinLottery and the citizens they serve.”
This investment allows FDJ to develop a policy of open innovation and can leverage the "innovation units" developed internally and reduce time to market. Stéphane Pallez, President-Director General of FDJ, said " JDF is a technology company, with more than 4 billion transactions per year and more than 300 engineers, and we wish to connect to more start-ups and contribute to the success of the French Tech and the digital economy in France. "
“Every business must stay on top of changes in technology to remain relevant in today’s marketplace,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the Education Lottery. “Many lottery players will continue to buy tickets inside their favorite stores, but Play At The Pump makes it convenient for others to participate. By staying up with the times, we can attract new customers and build on our success raising money for a good cause.”   “Lotteries and retailers have a new opportunity to grow sales and profits by selling lottery draw games at the pump,” said Daniel Cage, CEO of Linq3. “Our Play At The Pump service is interactive and designed as a convenience for fuel customers to add a lottery ticket when filling up.”
“The Idaho Lottery remains steadfast to responsibly maximize our annual dividend for the betterment of public schools and Idaho’s public institutions,” said Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “This year’s dividend would not be possible without the support of our dedicated, statewide network of 1200 brick and mortar retail locations, and the continued support from our players who participate voluntarily.”
"Responsible gaming is fundamental to our business success and our corporate social responsibility initiatives are part of our DNA," Robert K. Vincent, IGT Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Public Affairs. "These principles govern the protection of our lottery customers and their players. It also gives us a unique opportunity to work more closely with our Responsible Gaming stakeholders, refresh our advertising practices, and involve our employees in unique ways to reinforce the Company's commitment to responsibly delivering growth to the lottery industry."
"We look forward to working with the Tetris team to bring the iconic video game experience to our slot machines for players to enjoy on casino floors," said Steve Saferin, president of Scientific Games Properties Group.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver foreshadowed an interest in allowing legalized sports betting in an op-ed piece in the New York Times last year.   "There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events," Silver wrote. "But I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."
"The High Court on Tuesday ruled that the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should decide on the issues raised by a clash between the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBCA), which represents a host of online gambling firms, and HM Revenue & Customs.
The date of 1 July 2015 will go down in the history of Totalizator Sportowy as an exceptional day. It was the day when the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronis?aw Komorowski awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta to Wojciech Szpil, the CEO of Totalizator Sportowy for outstanding merits in the field of supporting development of culture and popularization of the Polish art. This is one of the highest Orders in Poland, awarded to Wojciech Szpil shows that his long-term activities aimed at promoting and supporting culture and the art, has gained a great recognition. Wojciech Szpil when asked to make a comment after the ceremony of awarding the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, said: It is for me a really great moment. Such an honor for my humble person, I perceive as a recognition for the efforts of the entire Totalizator Sportowy, that with every year is more and more involved in activities in the field of promoting and supporting culture. I would also like to thank our players, because it is thanks to their money we can support so effectively this extremely important area of social life.

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Panel Discussion and Presentation topics at PGRI Lottery Expo Miami:

 

Breakthrough Marketing/Promotional Ideas for Lottery’s Corporate Accounts

We know what we want from our retail partners: more focus on the mission to sell Lottery products!   How do we engage big corporate accounts to embrace that mission like we want them to?  Lottery’s brand equity, connection to countless millions of shoppers, and ability to drive store traffic are under-utilized assets that can deliver value to our retail partners and in turn engage them in our mission.  It is starting to happen in a big way.  Panelists will discuss successful initiatives to collaborate with corporate account retail partners on cross-sell-promotions and new product design.  Panelists will also build on these successes to explore fresh new ideas for how Lottery can develop a stronger, more productive, relationship with its corporate accounts.   

 

Building out the multi-state platform for Big-Box Corporate Account Retailers

Logistical back-office hurdles have stymied Lottery’s ability to develop the full potential of multi-state retail operations.  Now, substantial progress is being made to meet the needs of these multi-state retailers.  What has been accomplished; how can we lock-in the progress that has been made; what are the current issues that are being addressed; what are the most do-able, actionable things that Team Lottery should do to blow open the doors to successful expansion of Lottery in the multi-state big-box retail channel? 

 

Bricks & Clicks:  The merging of Interactive and Land-Based Retail

Retail and Lottery both recognize that “Interactive” is about is much more about creating the optimal consumer experience than it is about selling products online.  How are progressive lotteries leading the charge into an “Internet of Things” future that integrates digital technologies into the fabric of all we do?  How are Retailers doing the same thing, and how can we join together to forge the most productive and mutually beneficial pathways to integrate Interactive and Land-Based initiatives? 

 

Behavioral Economics Applied to Lottery

There is much talk about “convergence” in the industry.  The easy access to all forms of gaming is contributing to experimentation by the consumers.  As consumers migrate from one game category to another, the need to identify and focus on the attributes that make Lottery most appealing to the consumer is greater than ever.  How can Lottery clarify its messaging, its brand, its products and promotions to differentiate itself in this competitive market-place, and carve out its own unique connection to the consumer?

 

Betting on Interactive

Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources, and with each other.  Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic.   How are successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, drive sales, and disseminate information?  How are lotteries integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business to position themselves for successful long-term sustainable growth?

 

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