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Lottery Introduces New Look
New Logo & Tagline
Come As Iowas Lottery Is Entering Its Fourth Decade
CLIVE, Iowa (June 20, 2016)
As it prepares to enter its fourth decade in business, the Iowa Lottery is
introducing its fourth logo. The new look maintains the shooting star that has
been central to the lotterys identity since its start, but abbreviates
the lotterys name in a nod to todays shortened communications
This new look for the
lottery has a punch to it, said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich.
Its energetic and forward looking, but maintains themes that
have been at the lotterys core since it began in 1985.
The new logo for the lottery moves
from a circular symbol utilizing reds, yellows and oranges to a streamlined
look in blue and white.
The lotterys original logo at
its start in August 1985 was largely green with four shooting stars bracketing
the words Iowa Lottery in the center. That logo was replaced in
August 1994 as the lottery celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The lotterys second logo
maintained the shooting stars, but circled them around the words Iowa
Lottery. That version of the logo, with green letters, yellow stars
and red streaks of light behind them, was used until September 2002 when it was
updated. The new version of that image, with white letters in the center
surrounded by graduated red, orange and red stars, has been used since that
On July 1, the lottery will begin to
utilize its new blue-and-white logo that features just one shooting star above
the term IALottery.
The shooting star has
always been central to our lottery, Rich said. Its a
symbol of luck but represents celebration, too. We also view it as aspirational
in terms of the vital difference lottery proceeds have made in our
The new logo will be phased in over
time as current supplies run out and equipment is replaced.
The lottery for several years also
has used a distinctive Woo-hoo! recording to punctuate its
advertising and as the sound that plays from lottery terminals in Iowa when a
winning ticket is scanned. The new logo incorporates a Woo Hoo for
You tagline that, like the shooting star, references luck and
Weve had a lot of fun
through the years celebrating with our winners and making a difference for
Iowa, Rich said. This new logo and catch phrase set the
course for even more success in the years to come.
Since the lottery's start in 1985,
its players have won more than $3.6 billion in prizes while the lottery has
raised more than $1.7 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.
Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have
three main purposes:
- They provide support for our states veterans
and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund,
- Help for a variety of significant projects through
the state General Fund; and
- Backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was
implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the
state and build and repair schools.
More Information CONTACT: Mary
Neubauer, T: 515-725-7906, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
Lottery Makes Record $78.2 Million Transfer in FY 2016
TOPEKA, Kansas (June 22, 2016) --
For the second year in a row, the Kansas Lottery has set a new record for the
amount of revenue transferred to the State. The amount transferred in Fiscal
Year 2016 is $78.2 million. That includes $1.66 million in transfers from the
sale of Kansas Lottery Veterans games.
The $78.2 million Fiscal Year 2016
transfer is $3.2 million more than last years record transfer of $75.02
million, and $2 million more than the original transfer goal set by the Kansas
Legislature for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
I am tremendously proud of
this accomplishment by the Kansas Lottery Team and our great network of Lottery
Retailers, said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta.
We also want to say a big thank you to our players, who
are enjoying more fun and excitement playing lottery games.
We were able to increase
our original transfer goal because of the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot
and accompanying record Kansas Powerball sales last January, said
Presta. That additional revenue, combined with continued growth in
instant ticket sales, proved to be a winning combination for the Kansas Lottery
Presta expressed his gratitude for
the hard work of Kansas Lottery Retailers who served long lines of excited
players during the January Powerball run. He also recognized the
willingness of retailers to work with the Kansas Lottery in taking advantage of
industry trends, such as selling tickets with higher price points and
installing larger dispensers.
For the first time, two of
our Retailers sold more than $1 million in lottery tickets in a single
year, Presta added. That represents a strong
commitment by these stores and hundreds of others in the state, to partner with
the Lottery to increase their bottom line.
Examples of some of the new instant
products the Kansas Lottery launched this past year include an oversized $10
Super Ticket, the second edition of the X-Games family of tickets selling at
five price points, the $2 Zombie Adventure scratch game in which players can
instantly win a Motoped in addition to cash prizes, and interactive games and
promotions in which players can enjoy additional play online.
There are approximately 1,760
Lottery Retailers throughout the state. Retailers earn commissions on tickets
they sell and prizes claimed at their store, as well as bonuses for selling
tickets that win jackpots and other large prizes. The two $1 million stores
Presta mentioned are Lonestar 23 in Salina and Express Corner 2 in Garden
Total Kansas Lottery sales for
Fiscal Year 2016 wont be tabulated until the end of the fiscal year on
June 30, but Presta said total sales for the year will also set a new all-time
record. Sales in Fiscal Year 2015 were a record-breaking $250 million.
Where Does the Money Go?
Kansas Lottery Revenue
Kansas 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. 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
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
Lotterys Veterans games support 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.
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford, T:
(785) 296-5708, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.
Lottery Launch Responsible Gambling Training for Retailers and
Article by: Chuck Baumann
SALEM, Oregon (June 21, 2016) -
Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is launching Responsible
Gambling & You, an online training program for Lottery retailers
and their employees.
This training is one facet
of the Lotterys far-reaching responsible gambling program and illustrates
our commitment to working at every level of the business to mitigate harm that
can arise from gambling, noted Lottery Commission Chair Mardilyn
The Lottery created the training to
enable video lottery retailer staff to recognize and take advantage of
opportunities to direct people to resources and help related to gambling.
gambling practices and connecting people to help when needed is as integral to
our mission as maximizing revenue, said Acting Lottery Director Barry
We are proud to partner
with our retailers to bring this awareness to their employees.
Employees from 42 Dottys
locations are the first to pilot the training program that helps front line
staff recognize opportunities to provide information on gambling and resources
for problem gamblers in the context of providing excellent customer
We are delighted to partner
with the Oregon Lottery to promote responsible gaming. The overwhelming number
of our customers play the Lottery for entertainment and fun. So we share with
the Oregon Lottery a strong commitment to delivering the best possible
experience for our customers and we applaud the Lottery for developing this new
training program that will enable our employees to recognize and address
problem gaming situations as they may arise, said Dottys owner
Dan Fischer, President of Oregon Services Inc., which operates the popular
Dottys chain of restaurants.
Dottys is supplying employees
with electronic tablets to take the interactive course. Employees can take the
training on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. The Lottery worked with
Janine Robinson, an international problem-gambling expert, to design training
that teaches front line retailer staff how to provide accurate information
about Lottery games, such as the odds of winning and how the games work and
resources related to responsible gambling and problem gambling.
The Lottery plans to roll out this
training to all its video lottery retailers during the summer months.
Providing this training to customer service staff is an important step
in promoting awareness of problem gambling and the importance of responsible
gambling, said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director
Tom Moore. The Lottery has worked closely with its council partners on
this project and we congratulate the Lottery and its retailers for bringing
this important information to retailer staff.
SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.
Gambling Commission Announce Co-Operation Agreement with the Portuguese
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 20, 2016) --
The Gambling Commission has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
Portuguese gambling regulator - Serviço de Regulação e
Inspeção de Jogos (SIRJ).
Nick Tofiluk, The Gambling
Commissions Director of regulation said: We are pleased to
announce this bilateral agreement with the SIRJ as part of our continuing
co-operation. Working together with other international regulators is essential
to effective gambling regulation and MoUs are a useful way of formalising and
streamlining the procedures for information sharing as an aid to efficient and
SIRJ Press Release
Cooperation agreement with the
On May 2016 Teresa Monteiro,
Vice-Chair of SRIJ - Serviço de Regulação e
Inspeção de Jogos of Instituto do Turismo de Portugal, and S.
Harrison, Chief Executive of Gambling Commission, signed a bilateral
cooperation and information exchange agreement.
The signatory authorities aim at the
implementation of appropriate procedures intending to strengthen their
controls, improve regulation in the field of online gambling and fight illegal
The agreement sets out a mutual
collaboration plan intended to drive efforts to safeguard that online gambling
is conducted in a fair and open way, to avoid excessive and unregulated
gambling, to prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, as
well as to protect vulnerable people from addiction or exploitation.
This bilateral cooperation agreement
will strengthen and complement the general framework of the cooperation
agreement on online gambling services signed by the gambling regulatory
authorities of EEA Member States, dated November 2015.
CONTACT: GC press office on 0121 230
6700 or email:
SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Delivers Keynote During The
European Lotteries Industry Days Conference in
MARRAKECH, Morocco (June 1, 2016) --
Once every two years, EL Industry Days provides partners and suppliers the
opportunity to interact with lottery executives and share their visions for the
future. Experiences gained from partnering, developing and supporting markets
with lotteries across the world are shared during the three-day event.
EL Industry Days 2016 was a rallying
call for lottery professionals to envision the future of the retail gaming
sector, as well as share their knowledge and experience of the opportunities,
challenges and threats ahead for retail.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Gmbh
(NLS) energized the audience with bold and creative messaging that spoke of the
power of disruption and the BAMM! factor. At the invitation of NLS, Dietmar
Dahmen, a professional speaker and creative consultant for innovation,
delivered an exciting presentation on the power of innovation, as well as
creativity and the effect of disruptive forces on the status quo.
The focus of this
conference, Renaissance of Retail in Digital Times, provided an opportunity for
experts from all over Europe to address the pressing issue of lottery
sustainability in the retail market, said Frank Cecchini, NLS CEO.
Mr. Dahmen spoke of the power and inevitability of disruptive market
development; markets change and negative disruption comes to those stakeholders
who do not anticipate and embrace the power of change. Embracing, and actually
advocating, for change is the essence of the corporate culture at NLS and that
was clearly demonstrated during the Industry Days conference.
Change will happen
either to you or because of you, Mr. Dahmen told the audience.
It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most
intelligent, but those most responsive to change, he said.
When you anticipate disruption and get ahead of change, there is a
force, a BAMM! energy that produces success. This type of responsive
adaptability is the operating mandate for NLS as demonstrated through the
companys innovative technologies that help lotteries compete with the
private gaming market by providing new, digital-age ideas.
The application of this pro-change
thinking into NLS technology solutions was presented by NLS Technical
Visionary, Ólafur Andri Ragnarsson, who captured the interest of
conference attendees by demonstrating just how fast and how significantly
technological change impacts society, and thereby, business. To capitalize on
the never-ending cycle of disruptive change in technology, NLS has demonstrated
the use of the latest Service Oriented Architectures to utilize micro-services
and APIs in its Omni-channel solution with market leading Agile
project management methodology.
Throughout the conference, NLS
messaging asked: Are you ready? By the end of the conference
the creative minds at NLS had firmly demonstrated: BAMM! they are ready.
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is
a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering
games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution. The NLS
system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly
omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and
returns to good causes. With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control
Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the
highest levels of security and reliability. NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group,
one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with
revenues of about $4bn, more than 24,000 employees and activities in 80
countries. NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic
lottery provider Betware and quickly became a player player in the
international lotteries business.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor
Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and
exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.
The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus
gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.
Through its numerous international
subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming
industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its
partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based
gaming products and services, management systems and cash management,
online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting
solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions
Laboratories Internationals (GLI®) Participation at Canadian Gaming
Summit Well Received
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (June
16, 2016) Representatives from Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) wrapped up a highly successful 2016 Canadian Gaming Summit this
week, held in the country's capital Ottawa and produced by the Canadian Gaming
Association and MediaEdge Communications. Because GLI is known worldwide as the
global leader in gaming testing, security auditing and consultancy, the
companys attendance and participation at the summit was highly positive
and well received.
GLIs Vice President of iGaming
& Canadian Services Salim L. Adatia said, "As the first and longest
established independent gaming test laboratory in Canada, it was reaffirming to
hear GLI remains the industry`s primary lab of choice to support the successful
Canadian gaming market."
"From our bi-coastal offices in
Vancouver, British Columbia and Moncton, New Brunswick, we could not be more
proud than we are today to continue our 25+ years of delivering high-quality
based gaming, lottery and iGaming services to regulators, manufacturers and
gaming venue operators.
GLIs Director, Lottery &
Gaming Practice Thomas Bierbach was honored to speak at two sessions during the
summit. His solo session, called How Secure is Your Random Number
Generator (RNG)?, addressed the importance of auditing both the
implementation and operational processes of certified RNGs within secure
automated draw environments.
His second session, which was
presented with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), discussed the
implications and response of the Canadian gaming industry from the perspectives
of technology, business, security, compliance and audit.
A key topic at this years
summit included electronic raffles, which utilize both physical barrels for
printed tickets as well as electronic RNG-determined outcomes an aspect
of business GLI has extensive experience with. GLIs Canadian Business
Development Manager Laurie Fisher said, "Having successfully completed
testing and/or consultancy on Electronic Raffle systems in British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, GLI is really looking forward to
working closely with remaining provinces to assist their charitable or lottery
Since 1989, GLI has been honored to
provide gaming testing and security assessment services for all Canadian
Provinces, as well as global existing and emerging jurisdictions.
The company serves more than 475
jurisdictions worldwide, fulfilling their independent testing and certification
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, iGaming and
security testing and assessment services.
GLIs laboratory locations are
found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Authority Publishes Its 2015 Annual Report and Audited Financial
Statements for the Financial Year Ending 31 Dec 2015
By Malta Gaming Authority
MALTA (June 21, 2016) -- The Malta
Gaming Authority (MGA) has today published its 2015 Annual Report and Financial
Statements. The theme of the 2015 Annual Report is Regulation for Innovation:
Re-thinking conventional wisdom.
The MGA is the single governing body
for the regulation of the gaming industry in Malta. During 2015, the
gaming sector in Malta continued to experience healthy growth in both the
land-based and remote gaming sectors. The following are key highlights from the
- During the year under review, the MGA generated a
total revenue of 60.9m compared to 58.4m in 2014. This represents
an increase of 2.5m or a 4.3% increase year on year. Furthermore,
contributions in gaming taxes made to Government in 2015 amounted to
55.8m compared to 53.2m in 2014. This represents an increase of
2.6m or a 4.9% increase year on year. The sector also made a direct
contribution of 8.2% to Maltas Gross Value Added in the economy,
- The land-based gaming sector grew by 3% year on
year with total gross gaming revenue reaching 78.1m. Amounts played in
the land-based sector reached a total of 333.1m with total winnings
amounting to 255m,
- The Authority continued to focus its efforts on the
overhaul of the current legislation. The new legislation will provide an
innovative regulatory framework which is robust and flexible enough to provide
for effective regulatory oversight and at the same time facilitate industry
growth and evolution,
- The regulatory oversight function was also
strengthened through the setting up of a Supervisory Council with the
responsibility for the integrity, consistency and ongoing development of the
Authoritys regulatory performance,
- The GamingMalta Foundation was set up with the aim
of promoting Malta both locally and internationally as a leading jurisdiction
and centre of excellence in the gaming industry,
- The Authority also focused on improving the
efficacy of its operations through a right sizing exercise including the
implementation of a robust ICT infrastructure and advanced information systems
designed to facilitate processes, enhance the quality of its interface with
licensees, improve information security and the optimisation of resource
- The Authoritys corporate identity was
completely refreshed to signal a new vision for the industry through the
rebranding of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority to the Malta
Gaming Authority. The Authority also relocated to new offices at
2015 has been a very intensive and
rewarding year on many fronts for the MGA. The results strengthen our
determination to continue with our plans to enhance our regulatory performance.
The aim of the three-year strategy
launched in 2014 is to create a sustainable industry base in the face of the
challenges emanating from the European and global gaming sphere, as well as
harnessing the growth of the sector through the diversification of markets and
products made possible by innovative technologies and emerging markets,
stated the MGAs Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri.
An increased focus on
quality, innovation, fairness, consumer protection, proportionality,
evidence-based regulation and consistency run through the building blocks of
the Authority, its processes and the policy initiatives being taken up, are an
integral part of the underlying strategy, continued Mr Cuschieri.
The MGAs 2015 annual report
provides a detailed overview of the salient developments during the year under
review. Throughout the year, the Authoritys efforts were committed to a
fully inclusive and transparent approach in the reviewing and design of policy
and administrative initiatives, whilst keeping an open dialogue with all
stakeholders, consumers, regulators, operators and service providers. The
regulatory framework overhaul is critical for the successful implementation of
the gaming repositioning strategy in rendering Malta as a centre of excellence
of global relevance in the future.
Although Maltas second
generation of gaming regulation remains founded on the prevention of crime and
fraud, fairness of games, consumer protection and other vulnerable consumers,
the legislative structure and regulatory approaches proposed for adoption in
2016, will provide a coherent governing regime that is principle-based, focused
on regulatory performance and outcomes.
The 2015 Annual Report may be
HERE or a copy may be requested from the Authority.
SOURCE: By Malta Gaming
Supervisory Board Appoint Kai Hannemann to Executive Board
HAMBURG, Germany (June 23, 2016) -
The Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG, the leading online provider of
state-licensed lotteries, has appointed Kai Hannemann, Chief Information
Officer (CIO), as a member of the company's Executive Board with effect from 1
July 2016. In this position, Kai Hannemann will head the departments IT
Strategy, IT Systems, IT Processes and IT Operations.
In addition, he will be responsible
for the business field B2G (Business-to-Government) as well as Process and
Innovation Management. Together with Kai Hannemann, the Executive Board
comprises the Chief Executive Officer Petra von Strombeck and the Chief
Financial Officer Magnus von Zitzewitz.
The 51-year-old native of Bremen,
Germany, has over 25 years of experience in software development, planning,
developing and implementing complex IT systems, as well as managing companies
in the IT sector. After studying computer sciences at the University of Bremen,
he specialized in IT for the tourist industry with a focus on flight systems.
In his last position, he was Managing Director of Partner Solutions GmbH in
Bremen before joining Lotto24 in February 2014. He has since set up the entire
IT organisation and IT infrastructure, whose highly scalable technology
guarantees further growth in user figures and the continuous expansion of the
company's product range.
"Over the last two years, Kai
Hannemann has done a fantastic job for us. Lotto24's IT is now one of the most
powerful in the online lottery segment. It provides the basis for the further
expansion of our market leadership and enables us to handle fast customer
growth - Lotto24 already has over one million registered customers. The
creation of a new seat on the board underlines the importance of IT for the
continued success of our company," states Prof. Willi Berchtold, Chairman
of the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG.
About Lotto24 AG:
Lotto24 AG is Germany's leading
online provider of state-licensed lotteries (www.lotto24.de). Lotto24 brokers
customer tickets to the state-owned lottery companies of Germany's federal
states, for which it receives a commission. The product range includes
»Lotto 6aus49«, »Spiel 77«, »Super 6«,
»EuroJackpot«, »GlücksSpirale«, lotto clubs and
»Keno«. Following its foundation in 2010 and IPO in 2012 on the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard), Lotto24 is now the market leader and
well ahead of its competitors. As a fast-growing company with a strong service
and customer orientation, it aims to provide its customers online as well as
mobile with the most convenient, secure and modern game experience
SOURCE: Lotto24 AG.
Betting in America
Three Takeaways: Law Enforcement
Leaders Examine Federal Prohibition on Sports Betting
WASHINGTO, D.C. (June 20, 2016)
Dear Gaming Colleague,
In the latest sign of progress in
the effort to repeal the failed federal ban on sports betting, more than 30 law
enforcement leaders gathered last week for the American Gaming
Associations (AGA) first Law Enforcement Summit to better understand the
massive illegal sports betting market in the United States and what steps can
be taken to address it.
The Summit, led by members of
Gambling Advisory Board, convened leading officials from top federal, state
and local law enforcement organizations, including:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
- U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
- Interpol D.C.;
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
- Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE);
- The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP);
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- National Sheriffs Association;
- Major Cities Chiefs Association;
- Major County Sheriffs Association;
- National Organization for Black Law Enforcement
- National Association of Attorneys General Gaming
- National District Attorneys Association; and
- National Black Prosecutors Association.
Several gaming practitioners and
regulators also attended. Educating the group on the U.K. sports betting model,
Genius Sports Group showcased its ability to use cutting-edge technology to
monitor the integrity of games, while Karl Bennison, chief of the Enforcement
Division at the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and other gaming industry leaders
discussed the Nevada model.
In a concluding town hall
discussion, participants shared their experiences of combatting illegal
gambling and explored the opportunities to partner on the issue.
Here are three takeaways from the
Law Enforcement is Key to Addressing Outdated Federal Sports
During the robust discussion, law
enforcement personnel spoke of the illegal sports betting market as a
significant problem and of regulation as a potential solution. No group is more
credible in carrying that message and identifying a solution than members of
law enforcement. Based on input from participants, the AGAs Illegal
Gambling Advisory Board will author an after-action report that will serve as a
guide for stakeholders including policymakers, regulators and sports
leagues to develop potential solutions.
Illegal Sports Betting is Anything But a Victimless Crime
With firsthand experience of the
violent crimes tied to illegal gambling, law enforcement personnel agreed that
the problem is anything but a victimless crime. Illegal sports betting funds
large criminal enterprises involved in racketeering, money laundering,
extortion and fraud. We need to start talking about the ramifications of
illegal gambling more and help the public understand what it means,
suggested one attendee. But despite the seriousness, these leaders also
mentioned a lack of resources and interest in pursuing illegal sports betting
3. Regulated Sports Betting Market Could Aid
Law Enforcement Efforts
As one participant said of sports
bettings widespread popularity, its not something you can put
back in the bottle. Americans bet at least $150 billion a year on sports
illegally and this number will only grow. As weve seen in Nevada and
Europe, a legal, regulated sports betting market brings much-needed
transparency and consumer protection to the issue two significant
concerns of law enforcement. In Australia, the U.K. and across Europe,
stakeholders, including leagues, sports book operators and law enforcement,
partner to give fans what they want a legal, regulated environment to
bet on the games they love to watch. It works in Nevada and it can work in
states across the country.
The AGA will continue to work with
the law enforcement community to expose the vast, illegal sports betting market
and partner on initiatives geared toward advancing a more sensible federal
policy toward sports betting. Join the conversation and explore the AGAs
Stop Illegal Gambling Play it Safe initiative.
President & CEO
SOURCE: the American Gaming
Convenes Law Enforcement Leaders To Critique Federal Prohibition On Sports
Group will release major
after-action report outlining best ways to address massive illegal market and
promote sport integrity
WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2016)
More than 30 law enforcement leaders from across the country gathered
today at the American Gaming Associations (AGA) first-ever Law
Enforcement Summit to better understand the massive illegal sports betting
market in the U.S and what steps can be taken to address it.
In a robust town hall discussion,
law enforcement spoke of the illegal sports betting market as a significant
problem and of regulation as a potential solution. Based on input from the
Summit, the AGAs Illegal Gambling Advisory Board will author an
after-action report that will serve as a guide for stakeholders
including policymakers, regulators and sports leagues to develop
The illegal sports betting
market is a growing problem and no group is more credible in carrying that
message and identifying a solution than members of law enforcement,
said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. Todays Summit
highlighted that the illegal sports betting market funds large criminal
enterprises and fails to protect the integrity of the sports we all love.
Its time for a modernized approach that will support law enforcement
around the country.
The reality is that illegal
sports betting is a growing and dangerous problem; the scope is massive
hundreds of billions of dollars and shows up on every street
corner, said Ed Davis, former police commissioner of the City of
Boston and a member of AGAs Illegal Gambling Advisory Board. We
need to look at the utility of a regulated, transparent sports betting market.
Lets face it, demand is only rising. Consumers would rather do this in a
regulated market that provides consumer protections, integrity of the game, and
I would rather have certainty and transparency. Its easier to maintain
public safety in that type of environment.
Attendees included the following
organizations: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Law Enforcement
Officers Association (FLEOA); International Association of Chiefs of Police
(IACP); Interpol D.C.; Major Cities Chiefs Association; Major County
Sheriffs Association; National Black Prosecutors Association; National
District Attorneys Association; National Organization for Black Law Enforcement
Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs Association; The Fraternal Order of
Police (FOP); U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE);Women in Federal
Law Enforcement (WIFLE); the Louisiana State Police; and the National
Association of Attorneys General Gaming Committee. Several gaming practitioners
and regulators also attended.
The Summit, led by members of
AGAs Illegal Gambling Advisory Board, included a demonstration from
Genius Sports Group, which showcased its ability to use cutting-edge technology
to monitor integrity of games. Karl Bennison, chief of the Enforcement Division
at the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and other gaming industry leaders presented
on the successes of legalized, regulated sports betting in Nevada.
The Summit is part of AGAs
Stop Illegal Gambling Play it Safe initiative, which is
uniting gaming and law enforcement to expose the growing illegal gambling
market that preys on consumers, siphons tax revenues and funds violent crime.
The initiative has made significant progress over the last 12 months. More
information can be found at StopIllegalGambling.org.
About AGA: The American
Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240
billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA
members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other
entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to
be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting
against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for
growth, innovation and reinvestment.
SOURCE: The American Gaming
Regulators, Suppliers Reap Benefits of New GAT Standards from Gaming Standards
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 20, 2016)
Recently the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) released 11 new, mature
standards for the gaming industry, and now regulators and suppliers are reaping
the benefits of three of GSAs new standards that relate to GAT (Game
GSAs suite of GAT-related
standards includes GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1, NGI (Network GAT
Interface) v1.0, and TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. Each of the
standards enjoyed review and input from regulators and is available for free
download now at www.gamingstandards.com.
authenticating gaming software and firmware in the field is an integral part of
regulatory landscape. These three new GAT-related standards address each of the
primary points of GAT interaction the terminal, the network and the
results creating an all-encompassing ecosystem."
"The benefit to regulators,
suppliers and operators is a modernization and streamlining of the entire
process, said Mark Pace, Vice President, Global Technical Operations
at Scientific Games International, and Vice-Chair of the GSA Board of
First in the suite is GAT (Game
Authentication Terminal) v4.1 standard that broadens GATs appeal and
further standardizes usage. With this standard, regulators and operators can
better identify and authenticate gaming software and firmware in the field,
streamlining the authentication processes.
Next is NGI (Network GAT Interface)
v1.0 standard, which makes GAT functionality available through network
connections using a simple HTTP/REST interface, providing an additional access
option to regulators. NGI v1.0 also includes new commands for requesting
expected GAT results from a trusted source.
Last in the GAT suite is TGR
(Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. This new specification describes a
simple file format for distributing expected GAT results in a secure manner.
Download servers can use these results to verify proper software installation.
Regulatory servers can use these results to authenticate software that has been
deployed in the field.
GSA standards are available for free
and immediate download to all GSA members on GSAs website,
www.gamingstandards.com. There is a level of membership for every budget. Visit
www.gamingstandards.com to learn more. Join GSA as a member today and join GSA
on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
For more information, visit
CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez,
Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702) 413-4278.
SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association
Fleurs Global Lottery Forum Starts June 28 in Vancouver
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (June 23, 2016)
-- La Fleurs 2016 Global Forum, to be held June 28-30 in Vancouver,
British Columbia, will focus on Retail Transformation for the USD $276 billion
global lottery industry. B.C. Lottery Corp. is the sponsor and co-host of the
The conference format
allows only jurisdictions and third party experts as speakers; traditional
industry vendors can participate as sponsors and attendees, said
Terri Markle, President and CEO of TLF Publications.
The forum will be held at
the downtown Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Speakers
include CEOs from lotteries from in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United
States. In addition, attendees will hear presentations from prominent companies
in technology, digital media, retailing and research.
The full program is available online
In terms of attendees, La
Fleurs 2016 Global Lottery Forum has attracted lottery leaders and major
vendor executives from Africa, Australia, North America and Europe.
This event also coincides with senior executive and marketing meetings
for Canadian lotteries in Vancouver, all of which are attending the
Forum, said Markle.
In conjunction with the Forum, La
Fleurs Magazine will hold the 2nd Annual La Fleurs Sustainability
Awards (LSAs) to recognize seven global lotteries for their responsible gaming,
corporate social responsibility and environmental initiatives.
La Fleurs Magazine organized
its first Canadian conference in Toronto in June 2015 in association with
CONTACT: Terri Markle, President,
TLF Publications, Inc. (La Fleurs Magazine), Tel: (301) 610-6070 /
Mobile: (240) 723-0446 / Fax: (301) 610-6072 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: La Fleurs Magazine (www.lafleurs.com).
GAMING EXPO 2016
Registration for AGE 2016 Through Facebook
9 11 August 2016
Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (June 23,
2016) -- Visitors registering to attend the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will
find it easier this year with the addition of social media
Social media registration fills in
the necessary forms automatically via the most popular social networks on the
planet Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Visitors can then see who else from
their social media network is attending, identify their most meaningful
contacts whore attending and who they can reconnect with at the
So not only will visitors using
social media registration save time avoiding forms, theyll save time by
avoiding having to line up at the event and theyll know which friends and
colleagues are attending.
www.austgamingexpo.com and click on Visitor
Registration to use social registration.
NOTE: The Australasian Gaming
Expo is a trade exhibition, 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
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games Corporation.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Launch Macau Government Incentive Scheme for Visitors to 2016
MACAU, SAR (June 22, 2016) -- The
Entertainment Show, the Asian gaming industrys premier trade
exhibition, has partnered with the Macau SAR Government to help drive more
international buyers and business partners into the region. As part of its
expanded project activity with the Macau SAR, MGS will be launching the
Governments targeted Qualified Buyers program to the global
market for its 2016 expo. The agreement will enable MGS, currently the
industrys fastest growing trade show, to provide extensive travel and
accommodation sponsorship for visitors to the Government-supported exhibition
which is being held at the Venetian Macao, 15-17 November 2016.
The Macau Governments Buyer
Sponsorship program is one of a number of key joint initiatives scheduled for
launch at the MGS Entertainment Show over the next three years, as the
exhibition rolls out its business programme in support of the SARs drive
for greater diversity in the domestic and regional economy.
Designed to draw in new visitors
from the expanding zones of the MGS show, the QB scheme will be open to
registered visitors from all companies exhibiting at the MGS expo, including
grant support of up to MOP 7,000 (US$875) to international visitors at this
years show. The grants will be used to subsidise travel, transport and
accommodation costs for visitors from anywhere in the world to the MGS
MGS Chairman Jay Chun stated:
The Qualified Buyer incentives are a pioneering initiative by the
Government aimed at building trading links from Macau across the globe. MGS is
excited to join the program and bring these significant benefits of financial
support to our own global business community. Its an important boost to
our endeavours and cements the ever developing relationship between the SAR
Government, the show and our exhibitors.
He added: With the push for
economic diversity top of the regions agenda, the path is opening up for
fresh investment, new business opportunities and major developments both here
in Macau and around the Asia Pacific continent. MGS will be using the QB scheme
as a starting point for the show's three year vision - we want our vast network
of visitors from all sectors and locations to come to Macau, experience our
vision and join us on this economic journey. QB offers a significant investment
in building not just our's but our partners' business relationships over the
coming years - its part of MGSs support and commitment to our
visitors and our exhibitors.
The Qualified Buyers scheme will be
operated through a designated team at the MGS offices in Macau and is open to
official buyers of any exhibitor at the 2016 show. Visitor subsidies will be
aligned to exhibitor stand size - the larger the stand, the more visitors
eligible for the subsidy. Contributions will be available towards the
costs of round trip flights, transportation services to Macau and hotel
accommodation in Macau or Taipa. The maximum grants at this years
exhibition range from: MOP 1,200 (US$150) for visitors from Hong Kong SAR &
Guangdong Province; MOP 4,000 (US$500) for buyers from China (outside Guandong
Province) and Asia; MOP 7,000 (US$875) for all visitors from regions outside
For Qualified Buyers wishing to
apply for the MGS Entertainment Shows Buyer Sponsorship Program, download
the application form
MGS Entertainment Show |
Entertainment Show (MGS) is owned and organised by the Macau SARs
largest trade association, the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association
(MGEMA). Working in partnership with the senior gaming, entertainment and
sports associations in the region, MGS is supported and sponsored by the Macau
SAR Government through its various labour, tourism and cultural departments.
MGS, the only large scale gaming and entertainment exhibition organised and run
by the Macao business community, commands a floor area of over 12,000 m2.
Exhibitors and buyers eyeing the Asian market will be coming from all corners
of the world. The event will cover three key zones - gaming, technology and
entertainment and features new product launches and innovations from
Gaming Equipment and Accessories, Gaming Promoters (Junkets) and VIP Clubs,
Casino Fixtures and Fittings, Promotional Services and Memorabilia, Food and
Beverage, Entertainment and Performance. In addition, the show features a
special Macau Creative and Culture zone promoting the innovations and technical
skills of young entrepreneurs in the city, and includes the support and backing
of the regions primary concessionaires.
SOURCE: The MGS Entertainment Show
Professional Development Seminar
Visit us in Pittsburgh for the NASPL Professional Development
Seminar hosted by the Pennsylvania Lottery
TIME IS RUNNING OUT, REGISTER NOW!
SPACE IS LIMITED!
Onsite registration not
REASONS TO REGISTER...
- Networking Opportunities! Network
with over 40 registered lottery organizations and industry providers over the
three day span.
- 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.
- 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,
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, Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox
Officer for Microsoft & Author, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate
and Civic Renewal
For conference information
NASPL does not
provide transportation for this event
7470 Auburn Road, LL1
Concord, OH 44077