The measure, Senate Bill 180, would remove a requirement that the New Mexico Lottery Authority funnel at least 30 percent of its monthly revenue to the popular lottery scholarship program. Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, the bill’s sponsor, said the move would allow the lottery to award bigger prizes and spend more money on advertising. That, in turn, could lead to an increase in lottery revenue and more money for scholarships. “What we’re attempting to do is maximize the bottom line to the state for lottery scholarships,” Smith during Thursday’s debate.

North Carolina Education Lottery Executive Director Alice Garland told lawmakers Thursday that lottery outlets sold $79 million more in Powerball tickets over a two-month period when the jackpot kept growing compared to what was normally anticipated.
Steve Wynn, chairman of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts, said that he remains bullish about the potential of the proposed Wynn Resorts casino and hotel in Everett, in part because Boston has so many air connections to the world’s capitals “All of that makes me feel confident and positive,” said Wynn, who has spent more than $95 million of his own money buying up shares in Wynn Resorts since December. He currently owns more than 11 million shares.  “I like the company’s long-term prospects,” Wynn told one analyst who asked about his purchases.
“In 2015 we showed the strength of our strategy entitled Experience through Responsibility. Following an expected downturn in revenues in 2014, when the mandatory registration of gaming was introduced, we are now seeing growth. Both revenues and profitability have improved. Svenska Spel is well prepared for the upcoming re-regulation of the gaming market,” says Lennart Käll, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the 24-year-old law that prohibits sports betting in all but four U.S. states, has been an abysmal failure. Unregulated sports gambling has grown, expanded and thrived. The American Gaming Association estimates U.S. citizens illegally wagered $149 billion on sports last year through off-shore betting websites and illegal bookmakers. That’s 35 times the $4.2 wagered legally in Nevada. "We think it's time for the federal government to revisit this issue," AGA CEO Geoff Freeman said. The organization announced last year it would develop a "rational alternative" to current sports betting laws. "The casino gaming industry is leading the conversation around a new approach to sports betting that enhances consumer protections, strengthens the integrity of games and recognizes fans' desire for greater engagement with sports," Freeman said.
“At IGT, enhanced ergonomics and player-focused amenities are integral to our cabinet design strategy. The addition of convenient charging capability to the IGT CrystalCore®, CrystalDual™, and S3000® cabinets provides our customers with another feature that enables players to spend time enjoying their favorite games while conveniently charging a phone or mobile device. This is a great example of innovation driven by customer feedback, and we’re pleased to deliver convenient power charging with a variety of games from our Core and Premium product lines,” said Victor Duarte, IGT Global Chief Product Officer.

Nevada casinos won a record $132 million on Super Bowl 50, but that pales in comparison to bets made outside of the Silver State. According to the American Gaming Association, roughly $4.2 billion was bet by Americans on the big game.

I’m proud to report the Kentucky Lottery achieved record-breaking sales and dividends yet again in fiscal year 2015, said Arch Gleason, President and CEO, Kentucky Lottery Corp.  Our sales ended the year at $899.1 million.     Kentucky’s players received record prizes of $556.3 million, winning more than a half billion dollars for the second straight fiscal year. KLC retailers also enjoyed record-breaking commissions of $55.9 million.    As a direct result of Kentucky lottery tickets purchased in FY15, 89,766 college students in the Commonwealth were awarded $196.9 million in scholarships and grants paid for by Lottery proceeds. The highly successful merit-based KEES (Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship) program and a pair of need-based programs have provided more than 1.6 million grants and scholarships worth more than $2.4 billion since the lottery began funding these programs on a graduated basis in 1999.

"IGT is pleased to partner with a positive lifestyle brand, Life is Good, a company that shares our passion for giving back to the community and generating funds for good causes," said Michael Chambrello, Chief Executive Officer, North America Lottery. "We are looking forward to bringing customers a robust Life is Good lottery program that will support the Life is Good mission – to spread the power of optimism and help kids in need. It is an honor to partner with a company that is so focused on doing good, and we are excited to grow that good together." "Life is Good is looking forward to working with IGT in developing a strong lottery program that is aligned with our work to help kids by funding educational programs. We find tremendous value in partnering with companies that share our vision and give back to the community," said  Bert Jacobs, Chief Executive Optimist at Life is Good. "We're confident we have selected the right partner in IGT based on their commitment and support of our mission."

Arkansas' lottery generated more revenue and net proceeds in January than it had in any month since ticket sales started in September 2009

EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier states: “Driven by our core principles: integrity, solidarity and precaution, EL has been in the forefront of the fight against match-fixing for years and this project is fully in line with the aforementioned principles. The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Competitions is currently the most elaborate initiative world-wide against match-fixing and EL encourages all states to consider signing it. EL, as an associated partner of the project, will be actively supporting and contributing to the project activities, which we are convinced, will constitute a very positive step in the on-going fight against match-fixing and illegal betting.
Stéphane Pallez, CEO of Française des Jeux, declared: "The massively increasing popularity of scratch games, sports betting and digital gaming shows that our French clients have made a clear choice in favour of innovation and digital technology in 2015, corresponding to FDJ's efforts to reveal the full potential of these growth engines. The performance for this year has put FDJ in a good position to succeed in its digital transformation on the basis of the FDJ 2020 plan.
We have made strong investments in the development of Veikkaus' game portfolio and digital services. This year, once again, our customers rewarded our efforts and enabled us to achieve a record high result, says Veikkaus CEO Mr Juha Koponen. - I'm happy that despite the overall economic situation, we were able to attain the goals that were set for us. This means that we can support the operation of Finnish art sport science, and youth work in the best possible manner
Jim Lightbody, President & CEO, BCLC “It is an absolute pleasure having the Connecticut Lottery choose to license our GameSense program and brand. BCLC built this award-winning program to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices and support people in making informed choices about their gambling. GameSense continues to gain esteem and recognition from other gambling jurisdictions and together we aim to strengthen the program even more.” Anne Noble, President & CEO, CT Lottery Corporation “The Connecticut Lottery is excited about partnering with BCLC on their GameSense brand.  This international endeavor is illustrative of the great work that can be done through collaboration in this vitally important area of social responsibility. The CT Lottery plans to unveil their GameSense program this spring.”
The problem is that DraftKings and FanDuel are contending in New York courts that Daily Fantasy Sports is not gambling, and yet they are applying for a gambling license in the UK. "It undercuts the DFS operators' contention that they're offering purely an entertainment product and not a gambling product," said Daniel Wallach, a sports and gaming attorney at Becker & Poliakoff.

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