“They(retailers) are our business partners, our service delivery system,” lottery director, Jack Roberts says, without whom the Oregon Lottery would generate only a fraction of what it does. The Oregon Lottery is in the middle of replacing its 12,000 terminals over a four-year period that will end in 2016-17. Of the $225 million total, the Oregon Lottery will pay for a third directly, and the rest will be drawn from lottery earnings before the state gets its net proceeds.
“The feedback we are receiving from operators as well as players is extremely positive,” said GTECH International Vice President of Commercial Gaming Marcel Heutmekers. “Players are enjoying the 3D effects, as they enhance the typical gaming experience and add an extra level of excitement. The efficiency of the installation, as well as the customer satisfaction, has demonstrated our team’s professionalism and commitment. We are looking forward to introducing more TRUE 3D titles to the industry in the months to come.”
Some of the highlights of the 28-page report, conducted by Oxford Economics and put out by the American Gaming Association, show gaming has, so far, brought in $1.4 billion to the state's economy, approximately 8,000 jobs have been created and about $543 million in local, state and federal tax revenues have come in. PGRI Note: One leguislator commented that is not necessarily good if the gambling revenues are coming from residents of Maryland as opposed to out-of-state residents bringing new money into the Maryland economy. This article fails to point out the obvious fact that at least some of the money gambled by Maryland residents would have been taken out of the state to casinos in WV and DE if they had no in-state casino options.
Lawmakers were on the verge of unveiling a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running through next September. Along with the necessary funding, they were negotiating possible riders affecting government actions on pensions, insurance, transportation, the environment — and online gaming. Officials cautioned anything still could happen during the hectic final days of the post-election lame-duck session that could be completed by the end of this week. The spending bill “is still open for negotiations so there is always room for shenanigans,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance that has lobbied against prohibitions on Web poker.
“We can become a substantial partner to the gaming industry,” Gavin Isaacs, CEO of Scientific Games said. Scientific Games “will touch 100 percent of the customers 100 percent of the time.” With 8,300 employees worldwide — including almost 1,400 in Nevada — Scientific Games is expected to centralize its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.
|While gamblers can increase the spending limits they set, there will be a seven-day “cooling off period” before they kick in, said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. Such features are “comparable to seat belts and air bags in cars,” he added. Credit card access was defended because gambling websites set up by private companies over the last several years ?do the same — but without the safeguards OLG says it is offering.“We are entering a competitive marketplace,” said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. “We have to offer options.”|
|"People are going to gamble we know that," said Paul Pellizzari, OLG's director of policy and social responsibility. "The grey market has been around for a long time. What we've learned about how to protect people is a huge benefit to the creation of this site."|
|Adelson is pressuring the Democrat to help close a loophole in federal law that allows the states to operate and regulate online gambling. In return for an online gaming ban, it's probably unrealistic to imagine that Adelson would publicly back a Democrat like Reid for re-election. But it's not a stretch to imagine a repeat of 2010, when the billionaire donated just to Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, whom Reid defeated handily.|
|This year was a record setter for lottery winners across the province, with 41 ticket buyers becoming millionaires. "On top of that, theY were all the lower amount prizes," said Western Canada Lottery Corporation spokesperson Andrea Marantz. Marantz said this year's increase was partly due to changes in the games, with more emphasis on big prizes. "We have Scratch and Win tickets now with bigger prizes on them, and we have the Lotto Max which can go into MaxMillions mode where they have the jackpot prizes plus additional draws for $1M prizes. And Lotto 649 was changed so that for every draw there is a guaranteed $1-million prize," she said.|
|Mexico is getting closer to the legalization of gaming with the approval of a draft decree to introduce the country’s first update on gambling regulations in over 60 years. The new regulations that have been under the radar as of late emphasizes the granting of operating permits for land-based and online, minimum age for gambling, and safeguards against money laundering. “With this law now all Mexicans can know how many casinos are in Mexico, which permits have been granted, which are operational, who the owners are and who the partners are.“|
|In a year-to-year comparison, November 2014 casino revenue increased from November 2013 by $23,330,484, or 34.9%. In a comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, year-to-year revenue decreased from November 2013 by $40,567, or .06%.|
|A full-blown casino license would intensify the regulatory scrutiny by having two agencies involved in the process. The Division of Gaming Enforcement would continue to conduct a background investigation of the Internet company and its principals, but the New Jersey Casino Control Commission would ultimately decide whether to approve the license. There would be a public hearing, testimony and evidence as part of the commission’s licensing process. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee maintained that Web companies are effectively operating as “casinos on the Internet,” so they should go through the same stringent licensing procedures as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.|
|Casino regulators have approved a first-in-the-nation program that allows Massachusetts gamblers to voluntarily set limits for how much money they are willing to spend in a set period of time.|
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The tipping point has arrived. Regulatory changes, universal consumer adoption of digital communication technologies, and the adoption of multi-channel retailing by lottery operators are transforming the face of the industry. The convergence of social media, internet promotional strategies, and traditional advertising channels is opening up entirely new vistas for Lottery to connect with its customers.
Government Lotteries and their commercial partners have become the market leaders. Instead of responding to change as it occurs in the market-place, Team Lottery is leading the charge with innovative approaches to brand extensions, integrating multi-media strategies for new customer-acquisition and core customer relationship management, aligning game development and marketing strategies with real-world player profiles instead of old-school demographic segmentation, and converting ‘big data’ into better products delivered at the right time, in the right place, to the right consumer. All the pieces are in place for Team Lottery to consolidate its position as the most progressive, exciting, and trusted operator in the games-of-chance industry.
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014