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Vol. 76 No.3 - Monday July 18, 2016


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“This is IGT’s Golden AGE!”

Exclusive Interview with Nigel Turner, Head Of Marketing, IGT Asia Pacific

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SYDNEY, Australia (July 12, 2016) --2015 Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) visitors saw the future of gaming crystallise with IGT’s showcase, what does IGT have in store for visitors at AGE 2016?

The 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is a golden opportunity for IGT to showcase a plethora of new games designed to deliver a golden experience to players and venues alike.

Teamed with IGT’s latest gaming management systems solutions, field services portfolio, well-known hospitality and on-stand entertainment it will be the place to be during AGE.

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How important is the AGE for IGT and will you be launching any new products?

As a full service provider with global strength and local focus, our products maximise the potential of gaming floors in hotels, clubs and casinos throughout Australia and New Zealand.

AGE provides the perfect showcase for our new games and concepts, particularly those we have developed with the hotel market in mind.  It’s a challenge to maximise gaming floor space in smaller venues while still offering players variety with the right game at the right time of day. That’s why our latest additions to our Multistar Champion Series family launching at AGE will be gold for our customers.

What else can we expect to see from IGT this year?

Key products will be the new Champion games for IGT’s successful Multistar Champion Series® family and IGT’s new ‘fast-hitting’ Ca$h Climb® link.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition hosted by the Gaming Technologies Association, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, Ebet Limited, IGT (Australia) and Konami Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, T: (+61 2) 8216 0931 or E: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 

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QLOT Assists Cyprus Government in Lottery Privatization

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SWEDEN (July 8, 2016) -- QLOT CONSULTING AB (in consortium with: KPMG Cyprus Limited, Irish corporate finance practice Davy, Vlaemminck & Partners BV BVBA – Pharum Legal of Belgium and Angelides, Ioannides, Leonidou LLC – LLPO Law Firm,), has been selected by the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus and the Republic’s Privatisation Unit, as the retained consultant to the Cyprus Government in evaluating and selecting the most suitable private sector participation option for the Management and Operation of the Cyprus National Lottery.

QLot will be assisting the Government to lead the entire process and select a suitable manager and operator of the Government National Lottery, offering its services in the following areas:

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  1. Setting the key objectives of the Project
  2. Analysis of the status and performance of the current National Lottery operation and the Gaming market in Cyprus
  3. Recommending the most suitable Licensing model for the Cyprus National Lottery;
  4. Amending, drafting and enacting the required legislative and regulatory framework
  5. Recommend an appropriate monitoring mechanism and advising on other policies (e.g. social, taxation, good causes) to be employed by the Government to ensure the protection of the public interest and to meet other Projectspecific objectives;
  6. Analysing and proposing additional products to be added to the Cyprus National Lottery License and incorporating them in the privatisation process;
  7. Designing, preparing, executing and managing the entire tender process up to the financial close of a Transaction;
  8. Managing regulatory, legal, technical, accounting, tax, commercial, financial, social and other areas/issues relating to the project;
  9. Ensuring compliance with all underlying laws, regulations and relevant decisions.

 

QLot President, Mr Ales Kulich stated:

We are honoured by the trust the Cyprus government has vested in QLot and its consortium partners. Being the world’s leading independent lottery and gaming consulting house, and an associate member to the World Lottery Association, QLot brings unparalleled experience to the Cypriot project, ensuring a world class process. This builds on the success of similar processes conducted by QLot, such as the licensing of the Irish National Lottery, the licensing of the Austrian National Lottery (including internet gaming and VLTs) and the licensing, privatisation and regulation in Austria of fifteen land based Casinos and a land based Poker Parlour."

"We believe that the Cyprus National Lottery has a significant, untapped potential and are looking forward to supporting the Cyprus government in conducting a very successful licensing process.

QLot Consulting is an independent lottery and gaming consulting house serving customers worldwide. The company provides its services on five continents and is working with governments, lotteries, investors and suppliers to the lottery and gaming industry."

For more information, please visit: http://www.QLot.com or contact Mr Ales Kulich, President, at E: Ales-at-QLot.com.

SOURCE: QLOT Consulting AB.

 

 

Illinois Lottery Takes Next Step In Procuring New Private Manager

Data Room Opens; Private Manager Procurement Process Continues

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CHICAGO, Illinois (July 11, 2016) -- The Illinois Lottery has achieved another milestone in its process to procure a new private management partner. Today, the Lottery announced the opening of its data room, an online portal for information related to Lottery finances, operations, and contracts necessary to assist potential bidders in crafting responses to its upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP).

The Illinois Lottery is offering the data in advance of the RFP in order to equally advantage potential respondents and maintain the highest level of transparency within the process.

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Information will be available within the data room on a rolling basis, and will occur in two stages.

In the initial release, general Lottery information will be available to interested parties. A subsequent release will offer confidential information only to potential RFP respondents.

This milestone comes on the heels of Lottery’s Request for Information released last October, and the onboarding of a Program Management Office, charged with managing the transition between lottery vendors. The Illinois Lottery was the first state in the United States to adopt a private management model for its lottery.

The Illinois Lottery seeks a private management partner that shares the Lottery’s goals of increasing profits to the State, responsibly increasing and broadening the player base, introducing new technology and innovation, and ensuring responsiveness to public needs and concerns. To apply for access to the data room, interested parties may email Lottery Procurement Officer Helen Kim at Helen.Kim@illinois.gov.

About Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed nearly $18 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old. 

CONTACT: Jayme Odom, E: jayme.odom@illinois.gov

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Maryland Lottery Dedicates Buddy Roogow Winner’s Circle

Room at Lottery’s Baltimore headquarters now bears former director’s name

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BALTIMORE, Maryland (July 12, 2016) -- For 12 years, Buddy Roogow’s charismatic and colorful personality made his name synonymous with the Maryland Lottery. Yesterday, the Lottery named a room at its headquarters in honor of its late director -- The Buddy Roogow Winner’s Circle – a place where winners celebrate their good fortune with family, friends and Lottery staff members.

Buddy truly loved greeting winners in this room,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming’s Director of Communications Carole Bober Gentry. “He’d meet the winners, give them a big hug, listen to their stories and laugh with them as they celebrated. The room was always full of fun when Buddy was there.”

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 Lottery winners are routinely greeted with applause when they walk into the Buddy Roogow Winner’s Circle to claim their prizes. The recently renovated room is festively decorated with the Lottery’s red and yellow logo, and the walls are adorned with photos of past winners, many smiling as they pose with oversized novelty checks in hand.

The naming ceremony, which took place at the front entrance of the room, featured the new sign and commemorative plaque bearing Roogow’s name.

Roogow’s wife Billie and their children, grandchildren and close family friends attended the dedication ceremony along with a large gathering of former colleagues from both the Maryland and DC Lotteries. 

 Current Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica, who led the ceremony, expressed his heartfelt appreciation for Buddy.

We all loved Buddy - he was just such a fun guy to be around,” said Medenica. “I had the good fortune of working with him in the industry over the years,” Medenica continued, “and underneath that wonderful showman's character was a very savvy guy who understood the lottery business better than most."

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" It was a huge loss to the lottery community. And although we're celebrating Buddy's life today, we also extend our deepest sympathies to our good friends and colleagues in Kentucky with the recent passing of Arch Gleason, the longest serving lottery director in history. I just know that Buddy and Arch are in a good place right now, swapping stories and having a good laugh."

Roogow, who served as Maryland Lottery’s director from 1996 to 2009, enthusiastically embraced his leadership role and was a local celebrity who frequently interacted with Lottery players at public events. Beyond Maryland, he was well-liked and well-known throughout the lottery industry.

Following his tenure at the Maryland Lottery, Roogow became director of the D.C. Lottery. He also served as president of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries in 2012 and 2013. Roogow passed away in April 2015.

 Since its inception in 1973, Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded nearly $22.2 billion in prizes to Lottery players and $14.4 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment.

For more information, go to mdlottery.com. Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget.

For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit mdgamblinghelp.org or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.gentry@maryland.gov

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.

 

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N.C. Education Lottery Earnings for Education Top $600 Million for First Time

Lottery marks 10th year by setting new records for sales and earnings

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RALEIGH, NC (July 14, 2016) --For the 10th year in a row, the N.C. Education Lottery set new records in sales and earnings in fiscal

year 2016, raising more than $600 million for education programs in North Carolina.

As the lottery ended its fiscal year on June 30, preliminary and unaudited results showed lottery ticket sales totalled $2.38 billion, up 20 percent from the year before. The lottery raised $607.8 million for education, up 16.5 percent from the year before.

This record of success is possible because North Carolinians enjoy playing lottery games and support the lottery’s mission,” said Alice Garland, the lottery’s executive director.

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Prizes averaged $4.1 million a day last year, providing lots of good luck to folks all across the state. The fun adds up to more than $600 million to support education that wouldn’t be there otherwise.”

Garland said the main factors contributing to the record sales were the increasing popularity of the lottery’s instant games and the world-record Powerball jackpot in January of $1.5 billion.

Final transfers of revenues to the state in June brought the lottery’s total contribution since inception to more than $4.4 billion.

During the year, prizes of $1 million or more were won 58 times, including two wins of $10 million. Total prize money won was $1.5 billion, or on average about $4.1 million a day.

Many winners put their money right back to work in the economy, by paying bills, buying new houses or cars, taking vacations, saving and investing the money for retirement or college, or donating to their personal good causes.

Retailers across the state earned $167 million in commissions, up 21 percent, or $29 million. The commissions play an important role in the state’s retail economy.

Legislators decide how lottery proceeds are best used. Currently, lottery proceeds help all school systems with the costs of non-instructional staff; help counties with the costs of building and repairing schools; help North Carolina students pay the cost of going to a state university or community college, and help “at-risk” four-year-olds get a better start in school by covering the costs of attending an academic preschool in the N.C. Pre-K Program.

CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.

 

 

Kansas Lottery Sets New Records!

$163.9 Million Transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2016

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TOPEKA, Kansas (July 14, 2016) -- The Kansas Lottery set a new record in Fiscal Year 2016 for total revenue transferred to the State through the sale of traditional lottery games and the revenue generated at the three casinos where the gaming is owned and operated by the state.  Together, they transferred a combined $163.9 million to the State.

Traditional lottery sales in Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) were $286.7 million (unaudited).

That is 8.47 percent ahead of last year’s record sales.

As a result of strong sales, the Kansas Lottery transferred $78.2 million to the State in FY16, which also set a record.

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Transfers to the State from state-owned and -operated casino gaming in Fiscal Year 2016 were $85.7 million, which includes $80.2 million in revenue from the three existing casinos and a $5.5 million privilege fee paid by Kansas Crossing Casino, which is building a casino in the Southeast Gaming Zone of Kansas.

The combined gaming revenues for Fiscal Year 2016 are $9 million ahead of last year’s record,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta.

This was made possible by the support of our terrific players and we owe them a big ‘thank you.’  I also want to express my gratitude to our staff, lottery retailers and casino managers for their hard work. Together, we’re always looking for new ways to create and promote fun and exciting games for our players, while generating important revenue for the State.”

On the traditional lottery side, Presta said the January 2016 $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot helped propel Powerball sales to more than $54 million for the year, a large increase over the year before.

Pick 3 sales also increased with the addition of a Midday Pick 3 drawing in February 2016.

We also continued our growth in instant scratch tickets,” Presta said.

That’s a direct result of product mix and working with lottery retailers on ways to increase their sales, such as offering more tickets in their dispensers and products with higher price points.”

Traditional Lottery:

Here’s a breakdown of FY16 traditional lottery sales, by game, compared to FY15 sales:

 

Game Type

FY 2015
Thru 6/30/2015

FY 2016

Thru 6/30/2016

% Change

Kansas Cash

Keno

2by2

Pick 3

Powerball

Hot Lotto

Kansas Hold’Em

Mega Millions

Raffle

Instants & Pull Tabs

$12,691,249
18,155,675
1,848,931
6,138,612
35,271,222
8,609,114
2,836,033
14,719,132
3,500,000
160,580,123

$12,852,156

16,053,147

1,919,689

6,536,670

54,254,605

6,697,606

2,758,932

14,021,964

3,500,000

168,140,300

1.27%
-11.58%
3.83%
6.48%
53.82%
-22.20%
-2.72%

-4.74%
0.00%
4.71%

Total All Games

$264,350,091

$286,735,069

8.47%

 

 

Included in the record transfer is $1,658,099 from the sale of special $1 and $2 Veterans Benefit instant scratch tickets. Proceeds from the sale of Veterans tickets go directly to state programs that provide benefits to Kansas military veterans (see below).

Expanded (Casino) Gaming

In addition to $80.2 million in total transfers to the State from the three existing casinos, $10.93 million went to local units of government and $7.3 million to the Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund.
Here is the distribution of revenue at Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City in FY16:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2016: $38,937,088

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$8,566,159

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

778,742

Local Governments*

3%

1,168,113

Casino Manager

73%

28,424,074

 

*1.5% to City of Dodge City, 1.5% to Ford County

 

Here is the distribution of revenue at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane in FY16:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2016: $181,600,677

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$40,016,668

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

2%

3,632,014

Local Governments*

3%

5,448,020

Casino Manager

73%

132,503,975

 

*1% to City of Mulvane, 1% to Sumner County, 1% to Sedgwick County


Here is the distribution of revenue at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in
Kansas City, Kans., in FY16:

 

Adjusted Net Revenue as of June 30, 2016: $143,833,330

Distribution

Percentage Received

Amount Received

State of Kansas

22%

$31,643,332

Problem Gambling & Addictions Grant Fund

  2%

2,876,667

Unified Government

  3%

4,315,000

Casino Manager

73%

104,998,331

 

Where Does the Money Go?

Traditional Lottery Revenue

Traditional lottery revenue goes into the State Gaming Revenues Fund. On a yearly basis, the first $50 million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.

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Then 85 percent of the balance is transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund. Any receipts in excess of $50 million must be transferred to the State General Fund.

The Economic Development Initiatives Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those programs include the Rural Opportunity Zones Program, Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Board of Regents for vocational education and other programs, and many more.

Proceeds from the sale of the Kansas Lottery’s Veterans games go directly to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans such as the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program which brings services to veterans where they live, National Guard scholarships and Kansas Veterans homes and cemeteries. For more information on how Kansas Lottery revenue is used, visit Where the Money Goes, and Economic Development Initiatives Fund.

Expanded Lottery (Casino) Revenue
The 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act created the Expanded Lottery Act Revenues Fund (ELARF). The State’s share of revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming is transferred from the ELARF for purposes of reduction of state debt, state infrastructure improvements and reduction of local ad valorem tax; and/or for other purposes as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at state universities and the reduction of unfunded actuarial liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

NOTE: All revenue figures are unaudited.

CONTACT:  Sally Lunsford, T: (785) 296-5708, E: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

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Ohio Lottery Celebrates Historic $1 Billion Profit Transfer

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 12, 2016) – Ohio Lottery traditional sales combined with video lottery net win reached a record $3.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2016, up $263.1 million from Fiscal Year 2015.

Seven fully functional racinos combined with the continued growth of the lottery’s KENO and EZPLAY® Games and a record Powerball jackpot contributed to the eleventh consecutive year of profit growth.

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The Lottery generated a record $1.06 billion in transfers benefiting the Lottery Profits Education Fund. This is an increase of $76.1 million compared to Fiscal Year 2015.

By law, Ohio Lottery profits support public school operations, K through 12.

Record sales of Powerball due to the $1.59 billion jackpot contributed to the growth, but we wouldn’t have hit $3 billion in sales without record performances from our KENO and EZPLAY® games and increases in our daily draw games,” said Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg.

Ohio Lottery sales reached records in all major categories. KENO and EZPLAY® Games, the Ohio Lottery’s terminal-based game category, led the way for the record sales performance, up $37.1 million and $15.4 million respectively over the previous year. Consumers purchased $1.56 billion worth of Ohio Lottery instant games.

All figures are preliminary and unaudited. 

Audited figures are expected to be released in October. 

Information on VLT revenue can be found HERE.

CONTACT: Danielle Frizzi-Babb, danielle.babb@lottery.ohio.gov or the Office of Communications, 216-774-5685.

SOURCE: Ohio Lottery.

 

 

Arkansas Lottery Beats Projections, Ends FY2016 with Record Sales

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 11, 2016) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery saw record breaking sales in several categories and a major increase in funding for college scholarships during the 2016 fiscal year, according to a report released Monday to the Legislature’s Lottery Oversight Committee.

Total sales for fiscal 2016 were $455.6 million, a gain of 11.5 percent over fiscal 2015.

Instant ticket sales were up $25.0 million over the prior year, and draw games were up more than $22 million.

The Lottery also reported its best sales year ever in Powerball, Cash 3, FastPlay, Lucky for Life and $5 and $20 instant ticket games.

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Net proceeds available for scholarships were $85.4 million for the twelve months ending June 30, $6 million more than Lottery officials had projected for the fiscal year and an increase of about $13 million over the prior year’s proceeds.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery provides great benefit to students and parents across Arkansas,” said Lottery Director Bishop Woosley. “The Lottery is also fun for our players, and it provides an economic engine for retailers.”

This is good news for the Lottery and for Arkansas’s students,” said Larry W. Walther, director of the Department of Finance and Administration, which has overseen the lottery since 2015. “The promise of the lottery is ensuring more of our best and brightest attend college, and I look forward to ensuring that promise is kept.”

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas.

Since Lottery sales began in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $600 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit www.myarkansaslottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play it Again Rewards Club.

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).

To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Donna Bragg at 501-683-1866 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Record-Setting Year for the California Lottery

Lottery on Track to Send More Than $1.5 Billion to Schools

SACRAMENTO, California (July 11, 2016) – The California Lottery recently closed the book on Fiscal Year 2015-16 – and what a year it was! While final, audited numbers won’t be available for a couple more months, it’s safe to say that it was another record-breaking year for the California Lottery. Preliminary numbers are in, and it looks like the Lottery generated nearly $6.3 billion in total sales, smashing its all-time record of $5.5 billion which was set just last year.

California schools will receive the largest amount of supplemental Lottery dollars in California Lottery history! Nearly $1.5 billion will be transferred to schools all across the state – a modest figure when divided up amongst school districts all across the state, but still money that schools count on and put to good use every year. For some great examples on how every little bit helps, click here.

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This is a great achievement for the California Lottery and great news for our state’s public schools,” Lottery Director Hugo López said.

We know the money to schools is modest, but it helps in real ways. And our team is firmly committed to doing everything possible to make Fiscal Year 2016-17 another record year in prizes paid to winners and contributions to education.”

Total sales for Fiscal Year 2015-16 are not yet final, but when you consider that Lottery sales are nearly $6.3 billion now, that’s quite a jump from the $5.5 billion in the previous fiscal year.

Once again, Scratchers® sales made up the majority of this year’s Lottery revenue, totaling nearly $4.4 billion. However, unlike last fiscal year, Lottery sales received a strong boost from some large jackpot rolls, including one we’re sure everyone can recall, the record-setting $1.6 billion Powerball® jackpot on January 13. Sales for the Powerball game rose dramatically and were more than $700 million for the year. Games such as Fantasy 5 and Hot Spot® also saw big increases in sales over the previous fiscal year.

All in all, Fiscal Year 2015-16 was a highly-successful year for the California Lottery. And we’re already off to a great start, thanks to the excitement created by a couple of large jackpots in Mega Millions and Powerball.

Remember, as jackpots grow, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Always play responsibly and within your means. Our games are all part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and most importantly, earn more money for California public schools!

The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State’s General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2015-16, the Lottery created 98 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: The California Lottery.

 

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CJEU Confirms the Dynamic Application of the Proportionality Test in Restrictive National Gambling Laws

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 11, 2016) -- On 30 June 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in case C-464/15, Admiral Casinos on the proportionality analysis carried out by Member States trying to limit the freedom to provide services on the basis of public policy objectives. The CJEU clarified that the proportionality assessment must be conducted “not only on the objective of that legislation at the time of its adoption, but also on the effects of the legislation, assessed after its adoption.” Indeed, the Court of Justice made clear that the proportionality test must be dynamic rather than static and take all effects of legislation into account that develop following the adoption of the legislation.

The CJEU found that:

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  • “It follows from the use of the words ‘in a consistent and systematic manner’ that the legislation concerned must meet the concern to reduce opportunities for gambling or to fight gambling-related crime not only at the time of its adoption, but also thereafter” (para 34; emphasis added);
  • “[…] in a review of proportionality, the approach taken by the referring court must be dynamic rather than static in the sense that it must take account of the way in which circumstances have developed following the adoption of the legislation concerned” (para. 36; emphasis added); and
  • “[…] proportionality of restrictive national legislation in the area of games of chance must be based not only on the objective of that legislation at the time of its adoption, but also on the effects of the legislation, assessed after its adoption" (para. 37; emphasis added).

 

Quoting its previous case law in C-390/12, Pfleger and Others, the CJEU also reminded that:

  • “[…] it should be borne in mind that […] the national court must carry out a global assessment of the circumstances in which restrictive legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, was adopted and implemented” (para. 31); and
  • “[…] the assessment of proportionality cannot be confined to an analysis of the situation as it was at the time when the legislation concerned was adopted but must also take into account the — necessarily later — stage of implementation of that legislation” (para. 32).

 

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, has welcomed the judgement and states: “The freedom to provide services is one of the cornerstones of the EU internal market. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that a restriction to any of the fundamental freedoms is appropriate and proportionate to the achievement of the stated public policy goal. The Court has made it clear that the assessment of whether or not a restrictive law is adequate must not stop after the law has entered into force but must continue as a dynamic process. In addition it should be reminded that the national gambling legislation in a Member State as a whole must be consistent.

He added: “This is why we acknowledge the importance of this judgement, as it reminds Member States that restrictions to the activities of gambling providers must be in place only and as far as a public policy objective is at serious risk. We hope that this judgement will make some Member States reconsider their gambling policies, and to assess whether they are still relevant by means of periodic ex-post assessments.”

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For more information, please CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA maarten.haijer@egba.eu Tel: +32 2 554.08.90.

About the EGBA:

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, GVC/bwin.party, Expekt, and Unibet.

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA. As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment.

While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports.

EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights. www.egba.eu

SOURCE: EGBA.

 

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Maryland Lottery & Gaming is Seeking to Employ a Director of Corporate Sales

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PROGRAM MANAGER II

Director of Corporate Sales

Recruitment #16-005477-0022

DEPARTMENT: MLGCA Video Lottery Terminal

DATE OPENED: 7/7/2016 11:59:00 PM

FILING DEADLINE: 7/21/2016 11:59:00 PM

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SALARY: $56,743.00 - $91,107.00/year

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time

HR ANALYST: Nathan Warfield

WORK LOCATION: Baltimore City

INTRODUCTION: Maryland Lottery & Gaming (ML&G) seeks a Director of Corporate Sales to lead the statewide Corporate Account Management Program.

Our Corporate Accounts include more than 40 national, regional and local multi-store retail chain accounts generating over $450 million in annual sales.

The Director of Corporate Sales will lead account planning and development, resource allocation, and program implementation.

The position will coordinate all corporate account activities between Sales management, Lottery field sales, Marketing, Lottery executive leadership, required vendors, and other Lottery departments as needed.

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SOURCE: Maryland Lottery & Gaming.

 

 

Proposals for Gambling Commission Fees from April 2017

Start date: 8 July 2016

End date: 9 September 2016

 The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Commission have published a joint consultation on proposed changes to fees for operating licence holders.

Proposals for Gambling Commission fees from April 2017

The proposals in this consultation:

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  • take account of the significant changes to our costs and income following the implementation of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act 2014;
  • reflect the efficiencies we have achieved in our expenditure, and would reduce the overall fee burden across the industry by an estimated 10%;
  • ensure that our costs continue to be recovered on a proportionate basis from different types and sizes of operator; and
  • address other issues identified in the current fees structure.

 

It also proposes some important modifications to the fees structure, including;

  • the replacement of ‘number of premises’ with gross gambling yield (GGY) as the basis for fee categories across a number of licences;
  • the sub-division of various fee categories into smaller categories to ensure that our costs are recovered through fees on a fairer basis; and
  • the re-alignment of our cost recovery more proportionately in relation to GGY.

 

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We expect the proposals to mean fee reductions for around 1,900 operators while fees would be held at their current levels for around 1,000 operators, and fewer than 100 would be subject to an increase in fees.

In developing our advice to government on changes to fees we have taken account of the responses we received from stakeholders during our fees discussion exercise in 2015 and, subject to the outcome of the consultation, we would expect changes to fees to be put in place in April 2017.

Workshop

We will be holding a workshop for trade associations in Birmingham in July.

Fees calculator

You can use this fees calculator to see the proposed fees for each licence type and fee category. 

YouTube videos

You can also see brief videos which explain the key points for each sector on our YouTube channel.

How to respond to the consultation

There are 15 questions (starting at page 55 of the consultation).

Please send your comments by email to both email addresses:

Gambling.fees.review.2016@culture.gov.uk

consultation@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Or by post to:

Gambling Commission Fee Review Consultation

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

SOURCE: Consultation Coordinator, Gambling Commission

 

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO 2016

 

Exclusive Interview with Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association

The Australasian Gaming Expo is the Must Attend Event for the Gaming and Hospitality Industry.”

SYDNEY, Australia (July 12, 2016) --With the 3-year redevelopment of Sydney’s Exhibition precinct, exhibitors and visitors alike were averse to the move to the temporary exhibition venue at Glebe Island, what’s the feeling now in this final year of the relocation?

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Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association

This year’s Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is going to be the biggest we’ve had at Glebe Island. 2015 was a sell-out year, so to keep up with exhibitor demand, we’ve increased capacity for 2016. Our long-term exhibitors wanted to showcase more products and that required more floor space.

We also have 25% more exhibitors lined up for this year’s event, with 20% being first-time exhibitors at the 2016 AGE. If that’s anything to go by, I can certainly say that any initial exhibitor apprehension has been dispelled.

Visitors to the event have enjoyed the Sydney Harbour waterfront location, with views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge, two iconic Sydney Harbour sites. Whether arriving via scenic ferry ride, by bus, taxi or private vehicle, visitors arrive on the venue’s doorstep, a convenience no other suitable venue could provide.

It sounds like the venue is quite unique, can you tell us a little more?

The structure was repurposed from the 2012 London Olympics. After arriving in Australia it was reconstructed on a concrete slab the size of five football fields. This year the AGE will use all four halls of the venue, a whopping 20,000 square metres, 4400 square metres more than AGE 2015.

The venue posed some challenges for a few exhibitors initially, with an increased level in natural lighting not the ideal environment for electronic visual displays and reflective surfaces, but the visitors were certainly not put off as the results showed.

We bid farewell to the venue after this year’s AGE and in 2017 the AGE will return to Darling Harbour to ICC Sydney, which is currently in the final stages of construction to be Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and events precinct.

The AGE is an event-packed three days – what's the best way to keep informed of what's going on?

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In addition to the website, we also have the dedicated AGE mobile app which is available free on Android and iOS devices. The app features an interactive event floor plan and uses beacon technology to advise of entertainment, events and more throughout the venue. The mobile app will provide more information than ever before, in real time, in the palm of your hand. Download the app from the Apple store or Google Play. For more information visit the AGE website.

How does the AGE compare to similar international events?

The AGE is now in its 27th consecutive year and is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The Australasian Gaming Expo is the must attend event for the Gaming and Hospitality Industry. With new equipment being showcased at the AGE, and so many new exhibitors both domestic and international, visitors won't be disappointed with the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition hosted by the Gaming Technologies Association, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, Ebet Limited, IGT (Australia) and Konami Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, T: (+61 2) 8216 0931 or E: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 

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It Just Keeps Getting Better; Bigger and Better

SYDNEY, Australia (July 12, 2016) -- With 25% more exhibitors lined up for 2016, the Australasian Gaming Expo just keeps getting bigger and better!

2015 was a sell-out year so we’ve increased capacity for 2016 to keep up with exhibitor demand”, said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, “Our long term exhibitors wanted to showcase more products which required more floor-space, but it has also allowed for more new exhibitors. Over 20% of exhibitors at the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo are new exhibitors, with new products and services to offer the industry”.

The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is now in its 27th consecutive year. In the early years a lot of paper moved around, from application forms to show maps and brochures. Now visitors can access all the information they need via the event app. The app features an interactive event floor-plan and uses beacon technology to advise of entertainment, events and more throughout the venue. The mobile app has provided more information than ever before, in real time, in the palm of your hand.

Download the app from the Apple store or Google Play. For more information visit the AGE website.

AGE Crowd Shot

The event is again being held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island. This unusual venue was repurposed from the 2012 London Olympics. After arriving in Australia it was reconstructed on a concrete slab the size of five football fields and enjoys views of both the Harbour Bridge and the Anzac Bridge. This year the AGE will use all four halls of the venue, a whopping 20,000 square metres, 4400 square metres more than the previous years.

Visitors to the event can arrive by complementary ferry from Darling Harbour, complementary bus from Central Station and Pyrmont, or taxi or private car. More information about getting to the venue can be found on the event app or the event website.

Visitor registrations are open. Visitors can register to attend via the event website. Visitors attending the show will again have the opportunity to win a trip for two to the world’s largest Gaming Expo, G2E, held in Las Vegas in September. One trip for two will be drawn on each of the operational days of the AGE. More information is available from the event app and the event website.

The Australasian Gaming Expo is the must attend event for the Gaming and hospitality industry. In previous years 97% of visitor said they came to see new products and technology. With new equipment being showcased at the AGE, and so many new exhibitors both domestic and international, visitors won't be disappointed with the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo.

This year’s Australasian Gaming Expo will be held from Tuesday 9 until Thursday 11 August at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.  Register at the AGE web site or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition hosted by the Gaming Technologies Association, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, Ebet Limited, IGT (Australia) and Konami Australia.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, T: (+61 2) 8216 0931 or E: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 

 

NASPL
NASPL 2016
Professional Development Seminar

Visit us in Pittsburgh for the NASPL Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Pennsylvania Lottery

August 2-5, 2016

TIME IS RUNNING OUT, REGISTER NOW!

SPACE IS LIMITED!
Onsite registration not offered.

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REASONS TO REGISTER...

  1. Networking Opportunities! Network with over 40 registered lottery organizations and industry providers over the three day span.
  2. Educational Opportunity! Learn from experienced speakers representing both inside and outside the lottery industry. Those attending and representing specific committee disciplines will receive CEU/CPE credits and a Certificate of Attendance. Actual approved credit hours granted are determined individually by each jurisdiction.
  3. Great Value! Cost of registration is affordable and includes limited meals, breaks, breakout sessions and CEU/ CPE credits for specific committee disciplines.

Hotel Reservation cut off date July 8, 2016
Transportation not provided. NASPL will provide the following meals: Opening reception, three lunches, six breaks and an Associate Member sponsored off-site event Tuesday.


Robbie Bach

Featured Keynote:
Robbie Bach, Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft & Author, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal

For conference information visit:
www.nasplprofessionaldevelopment.com

NASPL does not provide transportation for this event

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