Musgrave, whose retirement becomes effective Oct. 31, has worked for both Democratic and Republican governors. He believes he survived because it was key to maintain the same leadership for such an important revenue source.    “They felt it was very important to have consistency and I think that had a lot to do with it,” Musgrave said.    His leadership style has been one of hiring good people and allowing them to grow into their positions. That has created a strong staff, Musgrave said.   “We’ve got a great team left here and so I leave with confidence that the Lottery is in the right hands and we have the right people to move it forward,” he said.   Musgrave has been in state government for two dozen years. He’s also served as acting Secretary of Revenue and Deputy Secretary of Revenue.
Northstar has invested tens of millions of dollars in technology and personnel as required by their contract, and expanded the Lottery retailer network by more than 850 locations, an increase of more than 15 percent. The Lottery could not have achieved that expansion by relying solely on its previously limited staff and resources.    Additionally, retailer satisfaction is high and the added revenue earned by the lottery's retail network, made up of predominantly small "mom and pop" businesses, has been a boost to the state's economy. The New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association, whose membership includes many of the private lottery retailers throughout the state, indicated that the contract was "likely to provide real benefits to lottery retailers." Retailers that initially opposed the contract have now realized these benefits and have praised the additional support Northstar has provided.  
Studies by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries show that in fiscal year 2014, 21 out of 41 lotteries experienced reduced revenue from the prior year while the New Jersey Lottery was able to maintain an equal revenue share year over year.   While jackpot fatigue has impacted revenue growth, New Jersey players have shown strong interest in instant games and new draw games that have bolstered overall lottery sales to record-breaking levels, surpassing $3 billion in fiscal year 2015. These are the games on which marketing has a larger impact and which Northstar has successfully focused its advertising.   The partnership with Northstar has so far been a fair deal for taxpayers because its technological improvements, expansion of retailers, and aggressive marketing of alternative products has prevented even greater losses than would have been expected without those efforts.
“Linq3’s technology integrates with existing NCR RPOS solutions,” said Jason Groff, NCR Director of Petroleum and Convenience. “So this represents a new, innovative, and low-risk way for us to help our retailers provide their consumers an extra measure of convenience while giving retailers additional opportunity to drive revenue.” Taking convenience to another level, consumers who play at the pump using Linq3’s solution, receive a text message with the numbers played and receive win notifications on to their mobile phone. For winnings valued under $600, Linq3 provides an automatic redemption feature that is credited to the card used for purchase. Additionally, Linq3’s features such as play limits and age verification help ensure responsible play. “NCR has a long history of innovation that improves consumer experience while driving retailer revenue. We’ve combined that with Linq3’s proven ability to help lotteries reach more consumers through a very convenient purchase point readily available,” said Daniel Cage, Linq3 CEO.
Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel said Wednesday it will permanently ban all employees from playing any daily fantasy sports for money and begin an internal probe following reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to unfairly valuable data before winning $350,000 in a FanDuel contest. The company's announcement comes after New York's attorney general sent letters to DraftKings and FanDuel Tuesday demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees. While legal in most U.S. states, daily fantasy sports is unregulated, unlike casinos and lotteries. The incident has been likened to insider trading. The internal data, describing how often players are selected by all players in the salary-cap style game, could be used strategically to build a lineup of players with a lot of potential who aren't popular selections among opponents. As the controversy reverberated Tuesday, ESPN said it was cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its shows. It called the removal a standard procedure when "covering significant news, to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage." It said it was not cutting DraftKings commercials. PGRI: Notice how the headline makes it sound like the employer just wants to prevent employees from goofing off instead of working.
The system embeds functionality based on global ecommerce best practices, including streamlined purchase flows that allow players to buy their favorite draw game tickets online in as little as three clicks, as well as advanced marketing techniques to maximize lotteries’ business potential.
Camelot chief executive Andy Duncan said: "The changes we made to reinvigorate Lotto two years ago have been hugely successful, helping us achieve record total sales last year of £7.2 billion and delivering over £300 million more for National Lottery projects than if we had done nothing to change the game.  "To build on this success, we need to carry on innovating to keep our games fresh and appealing. "By giving our players more chances than ever to become a millionaire and with bigger rolling jackpots to play for, we're making Lotto even more exciting. This will help to keep the game healthy and thriving in the years ahead - ultimately delivering even more for players and safeguarding the vital millions that Lotto raises for National Lottery projects every week.""

The agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes will allow the Connecticut lottery to offer the game at 3000 retailers that already sell lottery games and up to 600 new bars and restaurants. Each tribe will receive 12.5% of the revenue.   Connecticut’s lottery had asked lawmakers to offer the game statewide as a way to ‘diversify gambling offerings.’ An Enfield shopper told 22News it’s going to simplify things for his friends who love to play.
“We’re watching an explosion in the marketplace of gaming that is appealing to a younger customer and more sophisticated customer that hasn’t typically been a Lottery customer,” State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose office oversees the Lottery, told the Herald yesterday. “So it would behoove us ... to be looking at what’s out there and how it might work and why we might be better. ... We have to look at markets that have never been ours.    “Lottery employees are not allowed to play the Lottery, so there isn’t the issue of self-dealing internally that may happen in a non-regulated environment,” she added. “We are in a very regulated environment.”   Goldberg cautioned that it’s “very, very early” in her office’s internal discussions, and that any leap into online fantasy sports would likely require legislation. But she sees fantasy sports as a new source of revenue that can pump money back into cities and towns, buttressing local aid provided by Lottery sales.   “We’ve been at this for 40 years. Our mission is not profit-driven at all,” Goldberg said. “And we have built into that a lot of safeguards. We try to deal with compulsive gambling.”
Maryland Lottery and Gaming (ML&G) is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.  To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, ML&G posts monthly financial reports on casino revenue on its website,
This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to initiate open and transparent dialogue with market participants interested in partnering with the Lottery as a potential private manager for lottery operations. It is not the Lottery's intent to select a vendor or a partner to operate the Lottery through this RFI. Rather, the responses to this RFI will assist the Lottery in shaping its request for proposals (RFP) for a private partner that will serve as manager of lottery operations under the oversight of the State. The intent of this RFI is to gather market information and industry perspective for the Lottery to consider in preparation for a formal RFP process.
Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Games, said, "We are thrilled to win the Global Gaming Award for Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year. The land-based market is certainly the largest area of our business and one that we focus tremendously on through our innovation teams around the world.   "More than 40 percent of our total employee base is in a job that directly impacts innovation, invention, and creativity, empowering our customers by creating the world's best gaming experiences as well as products that deliver tremendous operating efficiences. Through our focus on innovation, we work hard every day to win our customers' vote as the best supplier and partner."
The bill gives professional sports teams the exclusive right to conduct charitable gambling by selling raffle tickets known as 50-50. Half the proceeds are paid out as prize money and the other half goes to charities of the team's choice. Some nonprofit charities opposed the bill, saying it gives franchise owners an unfair exemption others don't have.
“As consumers’ reliance on their mobile devices continues to grow, so does IGT’s commitment to innovation in the mobile space,” said Michael Chambrello, CEO of North America Lottery for IGT. “IGT is committed to ensuring that our customers have access to the most advanced lotterytechnologies for their players. The Rhode Island Lottery and the Tennessee Lottery Corporation are longtime IGT customers, and we are confident that their evolution in the mobile space with these convenience apps will help them maximize income for their states and enhance funding for good causes.” “The launch of Rhode Island Lottery’s player convenience app is a reflection of our commitment to favorable player experiences that sustainably grow the program,” said Gerald S. Aubin, Director of the Rhode Island Lottery. “This app also helps support our valued retail partners by putting helpful retailer location details and comprehensive Rhode Island Lottery information in the palm of players’ hands anytime, anywhere.”
PGRI Note: Horseracing tracks have been adding casinos to their product offering to try to attract new patrons. That strategy is being impacted by the opening up of more and more casinos. Churchill Downs appears to be doubling down on its ability to fight back and get the players to come to its venues rather than stand-alone casinos. Churchill Downs has a multi-prong “omni-channel” approach, which appears to be showing signs of success. Last quarter, its revenue spiked by 35% as a result of its acquisition of digital gaming operator Big Fish Games.
Scientific Games has provided retail technology to the Lottery since 1997, and currently provides products to all of the 16 German state lotteries.

Change to Lottery Hall of Fame Ceremony at NASPL Dallas

The time for the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame ceremony will be

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:05am in the Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Anatole

Svenska Spel  CEO Lennart Käll said the minister’s intentions were good news for the industry, and that he hoped it would bring about a more even playing field for operators. Käll has frequently lamented the competition represented by illegal unlicensed operators, which he has claimed adversely impacts his business. He said the current situation has prevailed for too long and is untenable, and emphasized the need for strong measures against match fixing, along with equally strong consumer protection safeguards. He also said that the objective was not to increase gambling, but make it safer and more controlled.
Lottery players will have a better chance of winning a prize in Powerball with changes in the game that begin after the Saturday, October 3, drawing.  Overall odds in the game will improve to 1:25 instead of the current 1:32. Players will choose their first five numbers from a set of 69 (currently 59) and their Powerball from a pool of 26 (currently 35).  The third prize level for matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball increases from $10,000 to $50,000.  And a 10X multiplier will be added whenever the advertised annuitized jackpot is $150 million or less. Currently, players can multiply prizes (except for the jackpot and Match 5 level) by up to 5X by adding the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play. Power Play numbers will be: 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X and 10X.  Jackpots will continue to start at $40 million. Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot will change to 1:292 million from the current 1:175 million.  Powerball is currently played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

EL Congress 2015 in Oslo, Norway "Touch Tomorrow" Photo Collage

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