|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.”|