The National Lottery complies with a large number of standards that are stricter than those applying to private operators, making it difficult for it to draw any competitive advantage whatsoever from its monopoly lottery status. Since 15 January 2013, the National Lottery has offered sports betting under the brand name of Scooore! "With Scooore! we continue to promote a sustainable alternative range of sports betting against a more aggressive offer from large foreign multinationals that are based in, for example, Malta or Gibraltar. The Belgian National Lottery wishes to play by the rules and is not afraid of the challenge represented by what these competitors offer - even if one can justifiably wonder whether such a large range of games of chance actually benefits consumers at the end of the day.
The new digital draw system will utilize a Random Number Generator, or RNG, to select winning numbers. Roughly half of the Lotteries in the United States utilize digital draw systems.
PGRI Note: Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is classified by the U.S. federal government as being neither gambling nor sports-betting. Sports-betting (but not DFS) is prohibited by federal law (PASPA) in all but four states on the basis that it has the potential to lead to corruption of sports. This article contends that is an illogical distinction, i.e. that DFS has no less potential to lead to corruption of sports as does regular sports-betting. The GGR of DFS is exploding, having surpassed even the GGR of Las Vegas sports-betting. As we watch these arguments about DFS unfold, we might consider the interest groups being impacted by the regulatory status of DFS. For instance, are the business interests of sports-betting books being hurt by the rising popularity of DFS? And if so, will the chorus of interest groups clamoring for a change in the regulatory status of DFS succeed in that mission? And are sports groups like NBA, NFL, MLB going to want to get in on the financial action and support the legalization and regulation of all sports-betting?
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity led a coalition of interest groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), legislation that would ban online gambling in the United States. “RAWA is an outright assault on federalism. The legislation tramples on the Tenth Amendment by banning state regulation of online gambling – further chipping away at the balance between state and federal governance. The bill would overturn state laws already on the books in three states and would prohibit states from selling lottery tickets online for their own constituents – rolling back at least another six state laws.”
Mainland China’s total sales in July for the country’s official lottery declined 27.3 percent year-on-year. While nationwide lottery sales growth is slowing down this year, sports lottery sales in Guangxi province jumped 80.6 percent year-on-year in the first seven months of 2015. In August, China LotSynergy reported a net loss of HKD148.1 million (US$19.1 million) for the first half of 2015, compared to a net profit of HKD54.9 million a year earlier. The firm said the loss was mainly due to an impairment of goodwill amounting to approximately HKD95.3 million.
SEC commissioner says DraftKings and FanDuel are essentially gambling. Ads for leading daily fantasy games will no longer appear on network. DraftKings and FanDuel have spent a combined $27m for roughly 8,000 television spots during the first week of the NFL season, and a combined $100m spent during the six-week span from 1 August to 15 September. Last week, Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ) asked Congress to investigate whether the sites are flouting restrictions on online gambling.
“We are excited to offer this fun, new game to our players that features three chances to win $100,000 in every play,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “Players won’t be the only winners though, as we estimate that Texas Triple Chance will result in approximately $29.3 million in revenue for public education over the next five years.”
John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Instant Products for Scientific Games, said, "We look forward to partnering with the Ohio Lottery to drive continued growth of instant games to benefit education in the state. We will continue to provide a great entertainment value for Ohio players with exciting new instant games like the two $30 games launched in 2015, innovative new play styles, favorite licensed brands, and interactive mobile and internet promotions to complement instant game retail sales."
Beginning next month, the daily fantasy site is adding competitive video gaming, commonly referred to as eSports, to its list of fantasy offerings. That means you can draft a team of professional gamers and compete head to head or in a group against others online for real money, the same way you can compete on the site in more traditional fantasy sports like football and baseball. Market research company SuperData estimates that 134 million people around the world watch eSports and that the industry generates more than $600 million in annual revenue.
Chryssa Amanatidou, Senior Manager of Public Relations & CSR, INTRALOT
Gayle Kennedy, Director, Tradeshows and Special Events (recently retired), Scientific Games Corporation
Edith McCarthy, Director, Benchmarks, Tradeshows, and Events, IGT
Three Lottery Industry Leaders were recently presented with the inaugural PGRI Collaboration Award for their vision, breakthrough initiatives, and action in forging creative collaborations which have contributed to the great success of Government Lotteries. The official award ceremony was held at PGRI Lottery Expo in Miami, Florida on September 10, 2015 in the presence of 180 leading lottery professionals.
“This is the 12th consecutive year that the Texas Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “With this revenue transfer, the Texas Lottery has now contributed more than $18 billion to Texas public education and more than $52 million to Texas veterans.”   “This year’s revenue transfer included $1.225 billion to the Foundation School Fund and $13.1 million to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance,” said Grief. “These are the single largest annual revenue transfers to both causes.”
“Based on years of experience with regulated online gambling in the horse racing and lottery sectors in this country, and with legalisation in some Canadian provinces and in Europe, we know that a strict regulatory system can ensure that online games are fair to players, exclude minors, provide tools that allow customers to limit their gambling, or self-exclude entirely from online gambling, exclude bets from jurisdictions where online gambling is illegal, and prevent the use of online betting sites for money laundering or other illegal purposes.” The data comes from the American Gaming Association’s white paper “Online Gambling Five Years After UIGEA".
Separate US federal and state cases seeking to permanently block the southern-California Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel from offering real-money online gambling services to Californian residents have now been combined into a single action by a US District Court judge. In response to the opening of the Desert Rose bingo site, California authorities quickly sought and received an injunction against the tribe’s operation of the site. The case’s major technical consideration — whether online bingo and poker will be defined as Class II or Class III gaming — is also a huge legal point for the future of both US tribal gaming and US online gaming.
A state request for proposals issued Aug. 24 seeks a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the lottery. The consultant that studies the Ohio Lottery will identify "recommended alternative operations and management solutions for operation" of the Ohio Lottery, the proposal states. "This may include changes to the governance model of the agency operations." Proposals are due Sept. 28 and a contract will likely be signed in November.
A raft of big deals this year include the £2.3bn tie-up between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral in July, a £6bn merger of Betfair and Paddy Power in August, and GVC's £1.1bn ($1.5bn) acquisition of in September.
DraftKings was TV's single biggest advertiser the opening week of the NFL season. The DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sites generated $60 million in entry fees for the NFL's Week 1, twice the amount of money Las Vegas sports books handled. Here are your U.S. tax dollars at work: In 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which effectively prohibited online poker and sports betting but provided an exemption for fantasy sports. Why would fantasy sports be exempted? Because it was deemed a "game of skill." Poker and sports betting are considered games of chance. In other words, legislators are telling us, with a hilarious straight face, that when you play poker or bet sports, you are gambling, but when you play fantasy sports, you are not gambling.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment makes federal gambling law that prohibits sports-betting for some states and not others is unconstitutional.
David Roy is appointed to position of International Business Development Director and Ryan Ali to position of Marketing & Interactive Design Manager.
PGRI Note: Like many articles that we post, this article advocates for opening up of the markets to multiple operators, especially in the online space. This position is not consistent with the preservation of the monopoly model that has served government lottery operators for so many years. We post these articles not because we agree with their bias, but because in spite of the bias, they are still a resource of information and news.
The effect of this decision is to grant the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe the right to build a casino in the town of Taunton, which is 10 miles from Providence, RI, and 25 miles from Boston.
But Convenience Store owners continue to oppose online distribution of Lottery products. The Committee is also considering a bill to authorize online skill games, including fantasy sports and poker. Michigan last year launched its online lottery, known as iLottery, and Kentucky is working to launch a similar program. Other states offering online lottery ticket sales include Illinois and Georgia. The evidence in all jurisdictions that are currently selling online is that there is no negative impact on land-based sales.
The move opens the door for gaming equipment manufacturers to develop slot machines with a skill-based element. Manufacturing representatives said some of the new products will be on display at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas later this month. Slot machines in the United States are now based on chance. The regulations now will define a game of skill, a game of chance and a hybrid game that incorporates both elements. Most of the skill-based technology is found in common video games and social games, such as "Angry Birds" and "Words with Friends." There may soon be slot machines that award points for movie trivia.
Simone Harrison, Senior Vice President, Lottery for Scientific Games, said, "Scientific Games is honored to have played a role in establishing the WLA CSR certification standards based on our global best practices and more than 40 years of experience serving the lottery industry. Most importantly, we are honored to achieve the Responsible Gaming certification. We recognize that suppliers in our industry should help our customers address the small percentage of players who are adversely affected by problem gambling."

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