Total Lottery and VLT revenue up 5.8 percent over 2014/15“On all metrics, the New York Lottery continues to be the most profitable lottery on the continent and underscores the success of New York’s smart gaming policies,” said Commission Executive Director Robert Williams. “This is great news for taxpayers and students across the state, as it provides New Yorkers a fun and exciting way to give back to their communities.”

Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery, said, "Through our partnership with Pollard Banknote, the Lottery has successfully introduced many new games at various price points, as well as the exciting new second chance website that launched in October 2015, and has already enhanced player engagement. We are pleased that the extension to our existing contract will allow us to continue leveraging Pollard Banknote's industry-leading product innovations and strategic recommendations." "Our newly established relationship with the Vermont Lottery has delivered immediate results due to a mutual focus on growing sales through innovation, research, analysis, and implementation of winning strategies," said Byron Peterson, Director, Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote.

GLI’s Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development, Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes had the honor of speaking on one of the event’s discussion panels, “Taking the Legalized Debate to the Next Level: Addressing the Key Challenges in the Legalization of Games in Brazil and Highlighting the Solutions.”

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“It’s still more than we’ve ever given to the state and we are coming in ahead of budget,” said Carrie Stroud, chief of staff for the Hoosier Lottery Commission. “We’re definitely pleased.”

The past few weeks have seen positive steps forward for poker. This week’s development, however, is perhaps a half-step back. The committee report for the Senate Appropriations Committee $56.3B bill for the 2017 budgets for the Department of Justice and other government agencies includes language hostile to online poker. The House Appropriations Committee will now consider their version of this funding bill. Even if the verbiage is included in the House committee report, it would not result in a ban or even in any detrimental action to poker. It could, however, help lay the groundwork for a future backdoor attempt at a federal ban via attachment to must-pass legislation at the end of this year. This backdoor attempt is not surprising, since every time Las Vegas Sands has tried to use the front door, it has been slammed in their face.

Gavin Isaacs, Scientific Games President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We're excited to celebrate G2E Asia's 10thanniversary with an unrivaled display highlighting the industry's broadest portfolio for the Asia-Pacific market. We have invested extensively in market-specific innovation that drives play and delivers operating efficiencies across games, table products, and interactive solutions."

"Rhode Island law defines 'gambling' as as any 'game' played for the purpose of 'disposing of money,'" McConaghy wrote in a letter submitted Wednesday to the Rhode Island House Finance Committee, "and also prohibits bets, wagers or pools sold 'upon the result of any trial or contest of skill, speed or power of endurance of man or beast.'"

(L-R) Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO, Tennessee Lottery and Georgia Lottery President & CEO, Debbie Alford.

Georgia officials were visiting the Tennessee Lottery  and Debbie won a whopping $7 playing Tennessee’s Jumbo Bucks…

“We want to congratulate Owens Harkey and we look forward to a smooth transition in addition to working in partnership with them to advance the Lottery’s mission of supporting Arizona programs,” said Gregg Edgar, executive director for the Arizona Lottery in a statement. “We also want to thank Lane-Terralever for their hard work and partnership in enhancing the Arizona Lottery brand over the years.

“We’re very excited about the distribution scale that opens up for us by enabling Play at the Pump on Verifone’s Commander Site Controller,” said Daniel Cage, Linq3 President and Founder. “Our innovative technology platform, integrated with that of key industry partners like Verifone, is all about helping lotteries to reach more consumers and retailers to realize more revenue.”

The major DFS operators and sports leagues refused to participate. The informational hearing, no legislation has been introduced, was largely void of the fireworks and theatrics some had expected. Rep. Pallone still took the opportunity to blast FanDuel and DraftKings as hypocrites. He asked how the two operators, which comprise 95 percent of the DFS market, could maintain their stance that daily fantasy sports is distinguishably different than prohibited forms of sports gambling, even as they apply for gambling licenses in the United Kingdom. “What is DraftKings’ rationale for getting a gambling license in the U.K. if they say daily fantasy sports is not gambling? How do they justify this?”

"This past month continues the trend of our ticket sales increasing in 18 of the last 20 months,” Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said today. This means more prizes for our players, more commissions for our retailers, and, most importantly, more scholarship money for college-bound Arkansas students.”

Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems, Scientific Games, said, “To protect future funding to lottery beneficiaries, the industry must keep pace with rapidly changing consumer demands. Scientific Games has innovated payment options to align with today’s consumer preferences. We are experiencing an increasingly cashless society, and the timing was right for the Pennsylvania Lottery to test new convenient commerce solutions to their players and retailers.”

Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director, held a press conference at the 7-Eleven store, 750 Chambers Street, Trenton in Mercer County, to introduce and congratulate the store owner, Andrea Shin. Director Hedinger presented her with a ceremonial check for $30,000 representing the bonus commission the store will receive for selling the jackpot winning Powerball ticket from the Saturday, May 7 drawing.

“Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event. Congratulations to the ticketholder(s) and to the retailer who sold it,” said Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery executive director. “The winner and the retailer that sold this $429.6 million winning ticket will be added to the national Lottery historical record. This is the seventh largest Powerball jackpot in history.” Hedinger continued, “We expect that the winner or winners will take their time before claiming the prize and consult with the appropriate professionals that can assist them in navigating these unchartered waters. Certainly though, we will be anxiously awaiting the phone call.”


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