“Pollard Banknote’s Eco Scratch™ is perfect for the eco-friendly design of our Love Nature ticket. Eco Scratch™, with its natural, unrefined appearance is a fresh concept in the instant ticket world that stands out at retail,” explained Stéphane Lefebvre, Director of Product Development, Loterie Nationale. “We are proud to be among the first lotteries worldwide to launch this product. We have leveraged our exclusive partnership with Pollard Banknote to bring our players new, unique instant products.”
Primedice determined that a few accounts were sharing the same server seed. The game shows the player an  encrypted random value, the server seed, before they bet. The player must show their own random value, the client seed. The system combines the two random values to determine win or loss.    Primedice gives decrypted server seeds so there is no manipulation. This bettor, “Hufflepuff,” was betting upwards of $8,000 in bitcoin every second for hours. Hufflepuff found a way to cause the server to give out a decrypted server seed that was also an active seed. He was able to corroborate the outcomes of his bets. Hence, he wagered based on whether he would win or lose.

Virginia Lottery Plays to Win with 7-Eleven Partnership

Innovation does not always require strokes of visionary genius. In fact, this story illustrates how innovation is driven by an intelligent application of fundamental business practices.  Like, we could ask ourselves how might we add value to our relationship with our retailers.  To my mind, the key to what the Virginia Lottery did was to first ask that question without regard to how the answers will help us sell more lottery tickets.  Then we circle back around to how to shape the answers to that question into win-win-win propositions that serve the Consumer, the Retailer, and the Lottery.  The answer to that question in this case was that 7-Eleven wants to sell more food items.  That answer led to a cross-promotional collaboration that benefits everyone.  I know I should resist the impulse towards hyperbole, but I would submit that this Virginia Lottery initiative represents a major breakthrough; and points the way towards incredible opportunities to forge creative collaborations that could reshape the Lottery-Retailer relationship.

Gaming regulators eye popular mobile games for new gamers

Slot machines have a challenge similar to Lottery.  Young people brought up on highly engaging video games want something equally as fun and stimulating when they move into the games-of-chance world.  By the middle of next year, we will begin to see a new generation of slot machines that combines elements of chance with skill.  Regulations for new game-styles are being developed now.  Marcus Prater, the Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, states "I truly believe this is the dawn of a new era for games on the casino floor".

The ongoing saga of legislators introducing bills that federalize the regulation of gambling continues.  The stories in this Morning Report are self-explanatory.  Let’s just hope that state governors and attorneys general will take action to prevent this usurpation of states’ rights.  It is hard to imagine how these shamelessly brazen attempts to manipulate federal regulatory policy to the advantage of special interest groups (and to the detriment of charitable causes supported by Lottery) could get any traction.  But miscarriage of justice has happened before, it is happening now in Europe, and so it could happen in the U.S. if nobody stands up to stop it.

It is surprising the degree to which disinformation permeates the whole dialogue about internet gambling.  A few weeks ago, there was a story about how the Senior Vice President of NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Government Relations Lyle Beckwith asserted that 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 within 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.”  It is shocking that such ignorance of the facts actually sees the light of day, much less becomes position statements for an organization like NACS. Nice touch, though, trying to scare people into thinking that i-gambling is about to invade the inside of our church. The trick of it is to state your position with such certitude.  Gotta respect a student of that venerable Music Man, Professor Harold Hill.

The reality is literally the opposite of the scenario portrayed by Mr. Beckwith.  “Prohibition” is actually just a lack of regulation.  The story It’s A Fact: Online Gambling Regulation Shuts Out Offshore Sites explains why regulated jurisdictions do a much more effective job at preventing illegality than do unregulated markets where i-gambling is theoretically “prohibited”.  It’s a little paradoxical, but illegal off-shore i-gambling websites target U.S. states that “prohibit” internet gambling, and they vacate regulated markets. Illegal gambling websites that were active in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, for instance, left those markets once these states implemented a structure to monitor and regulate the i-gambling industry.  But they haven’t left the markets where i-gambling is “prohibited”. These illegal i-gambling operators are not deterred by “prohibition”, but they voluntarily leave jurisdictions where the industry is regulated.  “Offshore sites have already shown a willingness to respectfully bow out of regulated states. It is time for new jurisdictions to take them up on that offer.”

Texas Congressman (Republican) Joe Barton introduced a bill, HR 2888, also known as the Internet Poker Freedom Act, that if passed could regulate online poker throughout the country and allow each state the ability to decide whether or not they wish to allow the activity within its borders.   This isn't the first time Barton has introduced a bill in hopes of regulating online poker.  Barton introduced a bill, HR 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, in June 2011 cosponsored by 11 Representatives across party lines. Two years later, in July 2013, Congressman Barton tried again with the HR 2666 theInternet Poker Freedom Act of 2013.
Gaming regulators and slot makers are now working to change the way we see gambling, it's an idea they hope attracts more people to try their luck.   Marcus Prater is the Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers and they're all for this change. "I truly believe this is the dawn of a new era for games on the casino floor," Prater said.

The offshores offering sports betting in the U.S. market are not deterred in most states, but voluntarily left regulated ones, even though there is little doubt about the legality of the business.   This speaks volumes about the effectiveness of regulating online gaming at the state level.   The solution is simple   States that have yet to regulate online gaming have two options.  One is to ignore the fact that residents have access to offshore sites. This allows unlicensed sites to operate with impunity and total disregard to responsible gambling. Problem gamblers and minors are free to play at these sites. These offshore sites pay no taxes to local jurisdictions, nor do they create any jobs. The other option is to regulate the activity and deter unlicensed sites from operating in the state, while at the same time offering financial and responsible gambling protections.
This week, presidential candidate and Senator Lindsey Graham introduced S.1688 – a bill with a name and policy pitch that rely on a false history of U.S. gaming legislation. The bill would expand the Wire Act’s scope, which currently includes only sports betting, to include all forms of gaming. In doing so, the bill would also reverse those portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 that permitted states to license and regulate online poker and other limited forms of online gaming on an intra-state basis. Thus, with this bill, Senator Graham and other legislators seek to deprive states of the ability to establish regulated gaming and compact with other like-minded states. The bill is identical to legislation introduced by House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz in February of this year, and to a bill introduced in the Senate a year ago.
“Sweepstakes” coffeehouses computerized games played for cash winnings are unlawful.  The so-called sweepstakes games, played by customers who buy time on cafe computers equipped with gaming software, are just another form of casino-style slot machines that are outlawed in California.

The bill would restore an interpretation of federal law that prohibited Internet gambling in the U.S. until 2011, when the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the UIGEA does not take away the rights of individual states to regulate i-gamingn (other than sports-betting).  This new bill does not contain a grandfather clause that would allow states that regulate and tax i-gaming to continue legally.  The legislation from Graham, who is running for president, would carry out the goals of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner who has put big money behind a campaign against online gambling. “It is unfortunate that Sen. Graham and Sen. Rubio and several colleagues have chosen to carry Adelson’s water in the U.S. Senate,” said Kristen Hawn, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, a pro-Web gaming group funded by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp.
“As the eyes of the nation are focused on South Carolina following the recent tragic event, I think I speak for most Americans when I express profound disappointment in Senator Graham for choosing this time to advance a bill for the sole benefit of a billionaire political donor,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “Congress made the decision to adjourn early so they could attend services on Friday in Senator Graham’s home-state. Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a very unfortunate time to engage in the Internet gaming debate.”
RAWA represents a massive expansion of federal power over the states and establishes a one-size-fits-all policy for 50 diverse states, each possessing a citizenry with its own wants and needs.
J. Gary Pretlow who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee of the New York State Assembly wrote, “RAWA’s attempt at a federal prohibition of online gambling could directly and negatively impact New York by foreclosing the future potential of the New York lottery to use the Internet for sales. It will also preclude the legislature from new tax revenue and to create economic and employment opportunities. “It would also prevent New York from pursuing the regulatory approach to Internet poker which has been under review by the legislature and which several states have already successfully implemented...
“We’re very excited to work with GTECH Indiana to provide the sales team with the latest technology to help them achieve great results”, said Adam Perlow, Hudson Alley’s Chief Executive Officer.
In the midst of a historic slump in Macau’s gaming industry, the first of the Cotai Strip’s new megaresorts opened last month. A collective $20 billion in new development is slated for the Cotai region.  Since mid-2014, Macau’s gaming industry has declined by 39 percent due to a crackdown on corruption by the mainland China government; in February, the most recent month on record, year-on-year revenue fell a record 49 percent. Even so, Macau still generates three to four times more gaming revenue than Las Vegas, and continues to rank as the world’s No. 1 gaming jurisdiction.
“We are delighted to be working with Grupo Televisa on this project and look forward to delivering an exceptional user experience through our retail offering to PlayCity Casino customers. We look at Grupo Televisa as a future market leader in Mexico and could not be more pleased that Kambi’s first customer in the region aligns very well with our strategy of focusing on licensed Tier 1 operators around the world.  We hope that this will be the first step toward a long and successful partnership.” said Kristian Nylen, CEO of Kambi Group plc.
The Iowa Lottery is seeing big benefits from a special scratch ticket it launched to commemorate the organization’s 30th anniversary. The ticket called “30 Somethings” hit $3.1 million in sales its first 5 months. Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich, says that’s the hottest start ever for a new scratch ticket. “It’s been a great year, this 30 Somethings ticket has really gone over big time. Part that is the design — its on an eco scratch ticket — and part of that I think is because gas prices are low and people have more discretionary dollars,” Rich says.

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SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

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SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

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SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

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Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

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