Dutch Staatsloterij / De Lotto Combination Prepares for Regulation of Online Gaming
Dutch lotteries Staatsloterij and De Lotto, which are currently in the process of merging, signed a letter of intent with NYX Gaming Group to execute an agreement for an integration of digital gaming content and player account management via NYX’s Open Platform System.
In addition to the integration of OPS, the agreement will see market leading slots and scratch card titles from NYX’s wholly owned subsidiary NextGen Gaming launch across their sites.
A spokesperson for the Staatsloterij confirmed that the deal was signed in preparation of the upcoming regulation of online gaming in the Netherlands, which is expected for 2017: “It is no secret that we are looking to enter the online market, as soon as regulation is in place,” adding that “it would make sense, for instance, to start offering online sports betting through [sports lottery] De Lotto.”
Surprisingly, as the deal includes slots titles, it appears that state-owned lottery operator Staatsloterij is now looking to compete with state-owned Holland Casino, which is also developing an online casino. Perhaps not coincidentally, both state-owned operators are (or soon will be) for sale.
Gambling, Lottery Participation in Germany Continues to Fall
A new study by the Deutsche Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) and the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) shows that overall gambling participation in Germany continues to fall.
In 2015, 37.3% of all respondents indicated they had participated in a game of chance during the last twelve months, compared to 40.2% in 2013. Even the most popular game, “Lotto 6aus49,” was played less often. In 2015, 22.7% of all respondents had played the classic game in the preceding year, compared to 25.2% in 2013, and 40% in 2009.
Yet while lottery participation is falling, participation in illegal sports betting is on the rise, particularly among men aged 18-20.
Online Lottery Messenger Industry Increases Lotteries’ Customer Base
Based on the remote purchase of tickets, the online lottery messenger industry offers people scattered across the globe the opportunity to participate in local lotteries offering noteworthy jackpots.
“If you live in a country where you can’t locally buy tickets to the lotteries boasting the largest jackpots, and like hundreds of millions of people scattered around the globe, you too selfishly want to be a super-giant-mega jackpot winner, the lottery messenger industry is your route to achieve your dream,” according to Stuart Ballan, founder and organizer of the Global Lottery Messenger Forum.
The US PowerBall craze of mid-January 2016, for instance, was partly fueled by international players looking for a chance to win a sensational $1.5bn.
The latest developments in this fast-growing business sector will be discussed at the third annual Global Lottery Messenger Forum, which will take place on Monday, 11th April at the Hilton Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria.
DJI Holdings Launches Ministry-Approved Mobile Lottery App in China’s Shandong Province
London Stock Exchange-listed DJI Holdings announced that its first Chinese Ministry of Finance-approved mobile lottery application has been launched in the province of Shandong.
Although the Chinese government has currently suspended the online sale of lottery products, DJI said the mobile lottery app launching is a “major development and revenue opportunity while online sales of lottery products remain suspended in China.”
DJI plans to use its partnerships with Arsenal and Manchester City football clubs to promote and support the app.
A charitable foundation run by the Dutch Postcode Lottery organization is investing “several million euros” in start-up incubator Rockstart.
Greek lottery solutions provider Intralot has joined forces with operator Gamenet to form one of the largest entity in the Italian gambling market.
The German state of Hesse is launching an environmental lottery.
UK National Lottery operator Camelot has agreed to sponsor the 10th anniversary series of Britain’s Got Talent.
Dutch lottery De Lotto has published its new policy with regard to advertised top prizes and unsold scratch card tickets.
The CEO of gaming and lottery operator and services provider Amaya has been charged with insider trading.