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New York: Major

Expansion Planned

for Aqueduct Casino

December groundbreaking on an expan-

sion project expected to add more than

750,000-square-feet to the facility, with

$400 million to be spent adding space for

gambling, hotel rooms, retail, and enter-

tainment areas.

New York Senate Votes to Legalize

Online Poker Gambling

Legalization of online poker is a historic

expansion of gambling. The legislation

still needs to be approved by the NY

state Assembly. If approved, New York

would become just the fourth state in the

country to legalize online poker gambling.

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada are the

only other states where it’s legal.

New York’s constitution prohibits the

state from allowing gambling except on

state lotteries, horseracing and casinos

approved by the Legislature, but the

bill would get around that prohibition

by classifying the online games of Texas

Hold-em and Omaha Hold-em as games

of skill instead of games of chance.

New York, DFS Leaders

Reach Agreement

The New York attorney general’s office clari-

fied the murky Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

legal landscape by reaching agreements

with industry leaders FanDuel and DraftK-

ings. The agreement purports to resolve the

competing arguments over the legality of

fantasy sports contests generally; however,

the agreement protects the state’s claims

against the companies for charges of decep-

tive advertising. New York has sued FanDuel

and DraftKings for their claims concerning

contest participants’ ability or likelihood to

win fantasy sports contests, arguing that the

representations are false or misleading.

Missing Millionaire Campaign

Earns New York Lottery Two North

American Effie Awards

The Effie Awards are known by advertisers

and agencies globally as the preeminent

award in the industry, and recognize any

and all forms of marketing communication

that contribute to a brand’s success. Since

1968, winning an Effie has become a global

symbol of achievement.

Indiana poised to reap

record lottery payout

The lottery is projecting that

it will finish the fiscal year on June 30 with

$1.2 billion in revenue—14% more than

last year—and it is on track to return $275

million to the state.

Missouri Lottery

Upgrades their Sales

Force Automation System

to GemIntelligence™

from Lapis Software Associates

The Missouri Lottery as its application

field software.

The Missouri Lottery, which was one of the

pioneers in the lottery industry in using

sales force automation, selects gemIntel-

ligence™ lottery sales force automation


“Upgrading to gemIntelligence pro-

vides Missouri Lottery retailers, lottery sales

representatives and sales managers with the

advantage of real-time visibility into service

levels, inventory and revenue growth,”


May Scheve Reardon, executive director for

the Missouri Lottery.

“The single, easy-to-

use application, customized for our unique

business processes, will help us better serve our

retailer partners.”

Illinois Lawmakers Try New Strategy to

Push through Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

The big idea (in Illinois anyway): Push it

through the Senate first and hope that that


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