Spanish State Lottery Revenue up 3.95%
An improved economic situation and changes in its games have helped the Spanish State Lottery (Loterías y Apuestas del Estado) to generate a total turnover in 2015 of €8,780 million, representing an increase of 3.95% compared to the previous year.
A spokesperson for the State Lottery commented: “Changes in the awards programs have had a positive effect, especially with regard to Thursday’s weekly draw.” The company also said that its advertising campaign for last year’s Christmas lottery had been particularly successful.
Citing Tax Increase, Czech Lottery and Betting Company Steps Back from Sports Sponsorships
Only eighteen months into a four-year deal, operator Synot Group has ended its sponsorship of the Czech Liga top-tier football competition citing a tax increase on gambling winnings as the reason it could no longer afford to spend large sums on sports partnerships in the country.
“Legislative changes have had a major impact,” said Synot director Neofytos Neofytou. “The sudden increase in taxes in the lottery industry have meant the loss of hundreds of millions of crowns, with these funds being taken out of our marketing and promotion budget.
“The state has taken such a large amount of money that our activities cannot support sponsorship spending in the market.”
Traditional Lotteries Continue to Expand Product Offering
Gaming and betting software provider BetConstruct has agreed to provide its online sportsbook product for the Bulgarian National Lottery’s website.
Scientific Games is set to launch a range of mobile games with British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s PlayNow.com platform.
Bob Hays, VP at Scientific Games commented: “It’s important to be omni- channel in a world where mobile devices now outnumber humans and the expectation for a seamless gaming experience continues to grow.”
Dutch State Lottery to Crack Down on Underage Players
The Dutch State Lottery is planning to keep a closer eye on retailers in order to prevent the sale of tickets to underage players. In case of repeated violations, retailers could even (temporarily) lose their ability to sell tickets.
Meanwhile, Stichting Loterijverlies, a Dutch organization currently preparing to bring a class-action lawsuit against the Dutch State Lottery on account of having misled consumers with regard to their win probabilities, is now formally objecting to the merger between the State Lottery and fellow Dutch lottery De Lotto. According to Stichting Loterijverlies, the proposed merger would make it harder for claimants to be compensated in the event of its suit being successful.
Keep an Eye out for These Lottery Conferences
First up on February 2 @ ICE Conferences: “Modernising Lotteries: Retail and Digital.” Will we see you there?
Later this year, in May, June, and December, La Fleur’s is organizing a series of conferences in Washington DC, Vancouver, and Austin on topics such as “Player-Centric Lottery” and “Retail Transformation.”
Try not to miss these if you are interested in keeping your players happy and engaged with your product!
Bet-on-Lotteries Company Lottoland Strengthens its Senior Team
After recently hiring Lucky Multani as COO and Glen Bullen as vice president of its new B2B division, Lottoland has also brought in former Gala Coral web and mobile product head Robert Fell to the role of vice president of product.
“These are exciting times for Lottoland that is setting a very fast pace as it leads the push to open up a global market for betting on lotteries,” Fell said.
Although betting on lotteries is often seen as a controversial practice, the sector, fuelled by technological change and internationally shared news of record jackpots, has been experiencing strong growth in recent years.
The Irish National Lottery was knocked offline by a DDoS attack on the day of the lottery’s biggest draw in eighteen months.
Intralot signed a ten-year contract with the state lottery of Chile “Polla Chilena de Beneficencia.”
Chinese lottery sales slid 3.5% in 2015, but are still up 18% compared to 2013.
Malaysia-based Berjaya Corp has been awarded a contract to run Vietnam’s nationwide computerized lottery for no less than eighteen years.