|The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today the passage by the Nevada Legislature of Senate Bill 9 that allows for variable-payback percentages in slot machines to enhance the player experience by bringing true skill-based gaming, arcade-game elements, hybrid games and other unique features and technologies to the casino floor for the first time.|
NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith asserts that in this day of technical savvy and Google searches, there is virtually no such thing as “intrastate gambling,” as it has become simple for anyone, anywhere – and any age – to play state lottery games. He writes, in part: “States looking to put their lotteries online, for example, want to pretend that this constitutes purely intrastate gambling activity, but they’re wrong. Unlike brick and mortar casinos and convenience stores that sell lottery tickets, the Internet is accessible any time, by anyone, from anywhere. Herein lies the real states’ rights problem. Say I’m in Hawaii, a state that does not allow any gambling. But all of a sudden, I can get online — apparently no matter how old I am — and play another state’s lottery from anywhere and everywhere with Hawaii. That means the state of Hawaii has lost its ability to control what gambling goes on within its borders and its citizens can gamble from home, work, the car and even church using their choice of computer, tablet or mobile phone. The rights of Hawaii and every other state in the country to limit the gambling that can be done within its borders are completely undermined by a single state offering online lottery sales.”
PGRI Comment: This illustrates either an astonishing level of ignorance, or the disingenuous machinations of one who is trying to sew misinformation into the dialogue about i-Lottery. I suspect the latter, since geo-location and age-restriction technologies have worked to great effect for many years, in Canada, Australia, most countries in Europe, and many other places all around the world; and now in the U.S. as well. It’s hard to believe that anyone would believe this Lyle Beckwith narrative. Unfortunately, one would think he would not be pitching this line if he weren’t getting at least some people to buy into it.