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Vol. 83 No. 2 - Monday April 9, 2018


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Celebrate Good Times: Georgia Lottery Offers Players Chances to Win $1M and $25K Cash Prizes

ATLANTA, Georgia (April 4, 2018) -- The Georgia Lottery is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering players the chance to win big and often in the 25th Anniversary Cash Giveaway promotion.

From now until December 23 players can enter non-winning Georgia Lottery tickets into the promotion for a chance to win up to $25,000 a month and $1 million in two cash drawings.

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Nine monthly “Terrific Cash Tuesday” drawings will be conducted to award winners prizes up to $25,000.

Two “Big Cash Event” drawings will be conducted August 7 and December 23 to award 25 winners prizes up to $1 million.

The deadline to enter the first drawing is April 21, and the drawing will take place April 24.

More than 2,700 prizes will be awarded each month. Winners will be selected randomly in each drawing.

For more information about the Georgia Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Cash Giveaway, including official rules, drawing dates and lists of games eligible for entry, please visit: https://ga.secondchancebonuszone.com/25th/.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $19.2 billion to the state of Georgia for education.

All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com.

SOURCE: The Georgia Lottery.

 

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Arizona Lottery Launches The Voice© Scratchers® Ticket

Music Enthusiasts and Fans of “The Voice” Can Win Once-In-A-Lifetime VIP Trip

 PHOENIX, Arizona (April 4, 2018) – The Arizona Lottery is welcoming a new Scratchers® ticket perfect for music enthusiasts and fans of the hit television show The Voice.

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The Voice© Scratchers ticket not only allows players to win cash prizes instantly, but it also gives players a second chance to win an exclusive trip and up to $1 million!

By playing The Voice Scratchers ticket, players have the opportunity to win a top prize of $50,000 instantly!

With more than $8.5 million in prizes and odds of winning any cash prize at approximately 1 in 3.76, this ticket is a perfect game for dedicated players and television show fans alike.

We are dedicated to bringing attractive games and prizes to our players and we are thrilled to introduce a ticket that not only offers both, but brings the excitement of a brand as recognizable as The Voice,” Gregg Edgar, executive director for the Arizona Lottery said.

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With The Voice Scratchers ticket players can win a variety of cash prizes instantly, but they can win an unforgettable VIP experience.”

If players don’t win a cash prize, they can enter their non-winning tickets for an exceptional second-chance prize.

Five lucky Arizona Lottery players will win The Voice Experience trip which includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for five nights, $1,000 in spending money, and two tickets to The Voice: Neon Dreams concert in Las Vegas.

In addition to the VIP experience, players will have the opportunity to attend “The Voice” Viewing Party and participate in the Millionaire Maker Event for a chance to win up to $1 million and tickets to attend “The Voice” live finale in Los Angeles in 2019.

The Voice Scratchers ticket is available at all 3,000+ Arizona Lottery retailers on April 3, 2018. For more information please visit www.arizonalottery.com.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

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The Voice is a registered trademark, licensed by Talpa Global B.V.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3.9 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona.

Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — nearly $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services.

The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com

SOURCE:  Arizona Lottery.

 

 

PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Winners Claim Over $189.7 Million in March

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (April 3, 2018) -- Pennsylvania Lottery Scratch-Offs winners claimed $189,741,003 in prizes during March, including a top prize of $3 million. That winning ticket for the $3 Million Mega Multiplier game was sold at Shell, 505 Lincoln Highway, N. Versailles, Allegheny County.

Two top prizes of $1 million were also claimed: Giant Eagle, 1700 New Butler Road, New Castle, Lawrence County sold a winning $1,000,000 Power Payday ticket, and a winning Big Money Millionaire ticket was sold at Quick Stop, 324 Pine St., Meadville, Crawford County.

Across Pennsylvania, other big scratch-offs prizes claimed during the month included:

  • Eight $300,000 prizes (various counties);
  • One $250,000 prize (Allegheny County); and
  • Fifteen $100,000 prizes (various counties).

 

Monthly winner lists posted in the Winners section of palottery.com include winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that amount were won.

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Scratch-Offs currently offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Before playing any game, players should read and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com. Check tickets promptly and immediately claim winnings. Prizes expire one year from a Scratch-Off game's end-sale date posted at palottery.com.

The overall chances of winning any prize, printed on the back of each ticket, are stated across all tickets produced in a game and not by consecutive tickets sold per pack. Random distribution ensures the Pennsylvania Lottery and retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Do not give lottery games to children. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

New April Games Spring Up in Arkansas

Prizes range from $3,333 to $200K with these five new instant tix

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (April 3, 2018) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s new games for April launched today! The five new instant games: $1 3 Times Lucky; $2 Super 777; $3 Match 7’s; $5 Platinum Doubler; and Bonus Payout, a $10 game, offer top prizes ranging from $3,333 to $200,000.

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If you like tic-tac-toe, you’ll enjoy the 3 Times Lucky game, where uncovering three 3’s in a row, column or diagonal line mean you could win one of four $3,333 top prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.74.

You can win up to ten times on the $2 Super 777 ticket which features multipliers, auto win symbols and a top prize of $20,000. 

Three $70,000 top prizes are available in the Match 7’s scratch off. This ticket offers nine bingo-type games for players who enjoy a more extended playing experience.

The Platinum Doubler tickets come in three color options. You can win up to 15 times on these tickets, and they’re loaded with prize doublers. Three top prizes of $100,000 are up for grabs on these $5 tickets.

And finally, the newest $10 scratch off ticket, Bonus Payout, with four bonus spots, multipliers, and an auto win feature offers a top prize of $200,000 and the possibility of winning up to 24 times. Overall odds are 1 in 2.9. 

Players in Arkansas have been on a winning streak on instant tickets in 2018; in March alone, players from Warren, Benton, Hamburg, Beebe, Griffithville, Camden, North Little Rock, Osceola, Van Buren, Maumelle, Wynne, Stephens, Little Rock, Lowell, Jacksonville, Marked Tree, Paragould, Des Arc, Hot Springs, and Luxora have won amounts ranging from $10,000 to $250,000. Just yesterday, a Batesville player claimed $500,000 and a Cabot player claimed $100,000 on March’s new multiplier family of instant games.

“Whether it’s our players, our retailers, or our scholarship recipients, we want them all to have a winning lottery experience,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley noted. “And especially for our instant ticket players, the monthly release of new instant games is a big deal! We hope everyone finds something to enjoy in this new crop of scratch-offs.”

 

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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 started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $744 million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, $2.5 billion+ in prizes to players, and more than $214 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to join The Club for free. 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.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves Temporary Interactive Gaming Regulations Which Addresses 'skins'

HARRISBURG, PA (April 4, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved and posted to its web site Temporary Rules and Regulations 125-215 which, among other rulemaking, addresses the issue of the deployment of interactive gaming 'skins', and released this comment from Executive Director Kevin O’Toole:

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What the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board did at its public meeting of April 4, 2018 was to approve temporary regulations that enable a very open and competitive market for internet gaming while at the same time assuring transparency and accountability for the consumers.  Under these temporary regulations there is no limitation on the number of skins that a slot machine licensee may employ to deliver games, but every “skin” that a casino offers must be branded in a manner that makes it clear that it is offered on behalf of the slot machine licensee consistent with language of the act.”

All temporary regulations approved thus far by the Board related to gaming expansion can be found under the Regulations tab on the Gaming Control Board’s Web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg immediately following the Category 4 Casino License auction.

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About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved through the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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World’s First Clear Plastic Scratch Game Launched in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (March 28, 2018) -- The Idaho Lottery is pioneering a first of its kind anywhere in the world Scratch Game today by introducing the world’s first, clear plastic Scratch ticket.

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The new game, Cash Getaway, is 100% recyclable. 

The technology for this new product was created by Pollard Banknote, a Scratch Game printing business partner of the Idaho Lottery. 

In addition to the unique ticket material and design, the game uses interactive, state-of-the-art technology that enhances the fun of the game.

The Idaho Lottery has a long history of being on the forefront of cutting edge technology,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

Idaho is a unique geographic marketplace that is ideal for trying new products and new innovations that will eventually lead to introduction in other jurisdictions around the country.”

The new $5 game also features two futuristic top prizes of $50,000 – awarded either in cash payment or as a luxurious vacation of a lifetime. The winner gets to choose.

Players can actually see through the ticket.  In the clear play game, located on the top half of the ticket, players scratch and reveal a unique code for use with their mobile device or PC. The bottom half of the ticket plays like a traditional Scratch ticket.

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Players without access to a mobile device or a computer can still play the new game.

Each ticket features the Lottery’s security bar code which may be scanned at retail locations to collect their winnings.

This new, futuristic game was shipped to retailers beginning on Monday, March 26, 2018 and will be available in retail stores everywhere in Idaho by the end of the week.

You could say that Cash Getaway is the most ‘transparent’ way to win we’ve ever offered,” added Anderson.  “And as always, please remember when you do play, to do so responsibly.”

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.4 billion in products, awarded over $2 billion in prizes to players, returned $200 million in retail commissions, and distributed $792.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit: www.idaholottery.com.

CONTACT: David Workman, T: (208) 334-2600.

SOURCE: Idaho Lottery (www.idaholottery.com).

 

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Governor Inslee Confirms Marcus Glasper Director of the Washington State Lottery

Washington State (March 28, 2018) -- Governor Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Marcus Glasper as director of the Washington State Lottery. Glasper has served as acting director since November 2017.

Prior to joining the Washington State Lottery, Glasper was the deputy director at the Washington State Department of Revenue. In that role, he was responsible for the administration of Washington state tax law and management of day-to-day operations. Glasper also served as senior assistant director for administrative services at DOR for 10 years.

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"Marcus brings more than 24 years of professional experience working in large, complex and diverse organizations. He is a proven leader with a collaborative style, and I am pleased that he will continue to lead workplace culture and ensure strong customer service to the public,” Inslee said. “I look forward to his contributions to my cabinet and the state.”

Glasper has served as assistant deputy secretary at the Department of Corrections and as an engineer and field manager with the U.S. Department of Energy. He began his career at General Motors as a manufacturing supervisor and laboratory technician.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington State Employees Credit Union and served as a commissioner on the Tumwater Planning Commission.

Glasper received the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management in 2010.

Glasper received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College and his master's degree in engineering management from Washington State University.

He has taken leadership development for government leaders through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and completed an executive management program through the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

His appointment is effective immediately.

CONTACT: Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Communications Office, T: 360.902.4136.

SOURCE: Governor Inslee’s Communications Office.

 

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Worldwide Lottery Sales Top US$304 Billion

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (March 28, 2018) -- Worldwide lottery sales excluding video lottery terminals [VLT] totalled $304.4 billion, a 11% increase from 2016’s $275.4 billion, according to La Fleur’s 2018 World Lottery Almanac.

All lottery sales are for the year ended December 31, 2017 except where noted. If 2017 sales were not available at press time, the editors relied on the previous submissions from the lottery organization. The column marked “Year” reflects the time period for each lottery organization’s sales.

Over the last decade, worldwide lottery sales have ballooned from $224.3 billion in 2007 to $304.4 billion in 2017.

La Fleurs 2018 World Lottery Almanac

Sales for the majority of games -- instant, passive, toto (sports), keno and numbers -- increased in calendar 2017, except lotto sales.  “This was a tremendously successful year for the global lottery industry,” stated La Fleur’s Magazine Publisher Terri Markle. “European lotteries benefitted from the positive change in the rate of exchange. For instance, the euro increased to US$1.20 as of December 31, 2017 (from US$1.05 a year earlier). The British pound was selling at US$1.35 as of December 31, 2017 (compared to US$1.23 as of December 31, 2016).”

Lotto remains the undisputed champion as the world’s favourite lottery game but its market share is declining. In 2017, combined lotto and spiel sales account for 35% of total worldwide sales (down from 39% in 2016).

Combined instant/pulltab sales topped $87.6 billion, up from $80.8 billion in 2016. Instant tickets constitute 29% of total worldwide sales.

Numbers sales totalled $28.95 billion while Keno sales amounted to $9 billion. Keno represents 3% of total sales.  Toto sales (which includes fixed odds betting) topped $34.9 billion, up from $25.4 billion in 2016. Passive game sales amounted to $20.5 billion.

VLT net machine income totalled $32.9 billion. The North American VLT market generated $8.4 billion in VLT net income, followed by Europe ($17.5 billion). China Welfare Lottery’s VLT net machine income totalled $7.1 billion.

La Fleur’s Magazine list the top five lotteries worldwide as measured by total traditional lottery sales and total per capita (PC) sales.

In 2017, China Sports Lottery ranked number one in total traditional sales at $32.2 billion. China Welfare Lottery ranked second at $26.2 billion. Lottomatica ranked third at $23.1 billion. La Française des Jeux ranked fourth at $18.2 billion. SELAE in Spain ranked fifth at $10.5 billion.

In 2017, Singapore Pools ranked first at $918. Massachusetts Lottery ranked second in total per capita sales at $750. Veikkaus ranked third at $704. Norsk Tipping ranked fourth at $494. Georgia Lottery ranked fifth at $442.

SOURCE: TLF Publications, Inc. (La Fleur’s Magazine).

 

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The Florida Lottery’s New $30 Game on Hazen Holographic Board Has Generated Their Best Weekly Sales Ever Recorded

HOLYOKE, MA. (March 28, 2018) -- The Florida lottery has recently introduced its first $30 game on an eye-catching custom holographic pattern created by the Hazen Paper Company. This “100X the Cash” game features the Florida Lottery’s biggest scratch-off top price ever of $15 million. It is the flagship of the Florida Lottery’s 30th Anniversary series of games and it showcases a custom Hazen holographic pattern that features the Florida Lottery’s logo.

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The first week’s retail sales for this game totaled $34,279,230 which was the highest ever recorded by the Florida Lottery.

Hazen’s holographic games consistently outperform plain board games by generating higher sales and profits for the lotteries that use them. Quantitative research has demonstrated that the sales of holographic games will increase by as much as 79% vs. plain board games when holography is isolated as the only gaming variable: www.holographyx.com/TN.

The Hazen Profitability Calculator will allow you to see the financial impact that a holographic game can have on your lottery’s bottom line.  Using the link below, you can enter your game’s specifications to help you see how profitable it will be: www.holographyx.com/profit.

For additional information CONTACT: Bob Hazen at (413) 538-8204 or Scott Devens at (201) 327-4414, or email:  reh@hazen.com.

ABOUT HAZEN PAPER:

Hazen Paper was founded in 1925 with its headquarters in Holyoke, MA. Hazen Paper is a world-class paper convertor specializing in custom holographic originations, film, foil, and paper laminations. Hazen Paper is the leading provider of these materials to the worldwide lottery industry. 

Hazen Paper Company products also enjoy wide acceptance for use in health and beauty packaging, entertainment and media packaging, golf ball packaging, bookbinding, merchandise tags, product labels, photo mounting, and ticketing applications.

SOURCE: Hazen Paper Company.

 

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Sugal & Damani and The Stars Group Announce April Launch of Pokerstars.in

KOLKATA, India and TORONTO (March 28, 2018) -- Sugal & Damani Group and The Stars Group Inc. today announced that PokerStars.IN will be available to customers across a majority of Indian states beginning on April 17.

Sachiko Gaming Pvt Ltd, a Sugal & Damani Group company that focuses on games of skill, will operate PokerStars.IN with The Stars Group licensing its brand and providing certain support services.

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PokerStars.IN will be available on desktop and mobile to a majority of the age-qualified, adult Indian population and will offer online poker to players in Indian Rupees in a number of skill game formats, including No-Limit Hold'em and Omaha variants. PokerStars.IN will also host localized versions of branded series and events, such as the Sunday Million and World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP).

"The popularity of poker in India is growing and we are excited to build the market with the support of the global leader in online poker," said Kamlesh Vijay, Chief Executive Officer of Sugal & Damani Group.

"Pokerstars has helped to make poker one of the most popular skill-based games in the world and we look forward to Sachiko Gaming introducing the brand into the Indian market," said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group.

PokerStars.IN will offer industry-leading responsible gaming, player protection and fraud detection mechanisms to help ensure the integrity of games and the safety of players. In line with local regulations, players residing in Indian states which do not permit participation in real money skill games will be prevented from playing.

About Sugal & Damani Group

Sachiko Gaming Pvt Ltd is an online skill game provider that will operate the PokerStars.IN online poker room and website and is a part of Sugal & Damani Group. Sugal & Damani Group is a leading business house primarily dealing with lottery and gaming businesses and is the largest state government lottery operator in India.

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It is also one of the major players operating another game of skill, rummy, under the brand name khelplayrummy.com. Apart from lotteries and gaming, Sugal & Damani Group also has interests in information technology, e-commerce, payment services and real estate.

About The Stars Group

The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. The Stars Group directly or indirectly, including through its Stars Interactive Group division, owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars and Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK live poker tour and event brands.

These brands together have millions of registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, sponsored live poker competitions, marketing arrangements for branded poker rooms, and poker programming and content created for television and online audiences.

The Stars Group, through certain of these and other brands, also offers other interactive entertainment products. The Stars Group, through certain of its subsidiaries, is licensed or approved to offer, or offers under third party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, Australia, the Americas and elsewhere.

In particular, PokerStars is the world's most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.

SOURCE: The Stars Group.

 

 

Most Significant Gaming Reforms in a Decade Introduced in NSW

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (March 28, 2018) -- The NSW Government has introduced a range of changes to liquor and gaming legislation in Bills that were passed by the NSW Parliament on Thursday 15 March. These are the most significant changes to gambling regulation in NSW for a decade.

The reforms follow extensive community and industry consultation. They address concerns about gambling harm, while focusing regulation on areas of highest risk.

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The changes include reforms to the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements and cap the number of gaming machines in higher-risk local communities. About 20 per cent of NSW is now a ‘no go’ zone for additional machines, ensuring no additional machines can move into these areas.

Gaming machine data is also being made available free of change on our website.

The legislation passed includes:

  • More focused LIA assessments, using ABS statistical zones known as SA2s, with a stronger emphasis on vulnerable areas. These SA2s are ranked according to the likely risk of gambling related harm in the community from additional gaming machines. The smaller SA2 community boundaries allow the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority to more accurately understand the impact of additional gaming machines on communities around NSW.
  • Broader community consultation during the LIA process for longer periods.
  • Directing LIA community contributions through the Responsible Gambling Fund with a mandate that the money be spent locally.
  • A leasing scheme for gaming machines held by small hotels and clubs, providing a new pathway for them to go machine-free.
  • Streamlined regulations for clubs and tougher penalties for directors who do the wrong thing.
  • A tenfold increase in fines for wagering operators offering illegal inducements.
  • Post-employment cooling-off period for senior Liquor & Gaming NSW staff.
  • Venues in the Kings Cross precinct permitted to share ID scanner information with each other.
  • Modernised regulation for casinos that is consistent between The Star and Crown Sydney.

 

For more information about the suite of reforms passed by the NSW Parliament, visit our website.

SOURCE: Liquor & Gaming NSW.

 




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