Scientific Games Sues Ex-Employee over Trade Secrets Theft …and More!

Scientific Games Sues Ex-Employee over Trade Secrets Theft …and More!

Scientific Games Sues Ex-Employee over Trade Secrets Theft

Lottery supplier Scientific Games claims that former key executive, Brian Keith Cash, downloaded thousands of computer files before accepting a position with rival company International Game Technology (IGT). Scientific Games is therefore now asking a US federal judge to prevent the stolen information from being used outside the company.

“The information contained in Scientific Games’ account plans is a virtual playbook of the company’s business strategy with respect to its existing customers and growing their lottery business,” the lawsuit states.

The documents would also “provide a roadmap for stealing away the company’s existing business.”

Companies, including Scientific Games and – presumably – IGT, will be bidding on a number of major lottery contracts in 2017 and early 2018, and “the revenue opportunity for the new contracts could be in excess of $1 billion dollars.”

Scientific Games has also asked the judge to ban Mr Cash from working with IGT for the next three years.


Netherlands Gaming Authority to Start Public Consultation on Charity Lottery Licensing Procedure

Starting June 28, the Netherlands Gaming Authority will open a public consultation on the procedure for obtaining a charity lottery license.

The consultation concerns the application process for licenses that will be part of the new lottery regime commencing January 1, 2017.

In related news, the regulator also issued a cease and desist order to a Dutch call center which had been recruiting new customers in the Netherlands for a German lottery not licensed to operate in the country.


WGES Regulatory Briefing to Discuss Harmonization across Europe

The next World Gaming Executive Summit’s Regulatory Briefing Day, which will take place on July 5, will discuss, among other things, harmonization prospects and challenges across Europe.

Are we getting progressively closer to a coherent European gaming policy? To what extent will operators be faced with 26 different European licenses?

Mr Harrie Temmink, Dep Head of Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, will deliver the conference’s first keynote speech, in which he will provide an overview of regulatory developments in Europe.


Spanish Government Allows Players of Private ONCE Lottery to Collect Prizes at National Post Offices

The Spanish government extended its privileged treatment of private lottery ONCE by allowing winning players to collect their prizes at any post office throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the online brand of the Spanish state lottery, Ventura24, launched a new mobile app. Besides playing various lottery games, the app also allows players to set alerts indicating when a desired jackpot size is reached and to receive exclusive promotions.


“Lower Jackpot Odds Could Increase Sales”

Just like last week, we have a discussion on jackpot size and player interest, this time by Stephen Wade, R&D Manager at the Washington Lottery.

According to Wade, there is a “core” population of players in each game, who play over a wide range of jackpots, and also a “jackpot chaser” population who join only when the top prize reaches a certain size.

Jackpot chasers, at least in the US, are getting excited when lottery jackpots grow to $300 million or beyond. “This is the level where we now expect to see real excitement and acceleration of sales,” Wade writes.

According to his model, decreasing the odds of winning the jackpot, could actually thus increase sales:

“In Powerball, however, the matrix did change in October 2015.  In the few weeks since the likelihood of the top-prize win changed from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million, there is no sign that player behavior has changed.

Since the likelihood of the top prize being won is smaller, the average number of draws between wins, and the average size of those jackpots, is expected to increase. This should have the intended effect of increasing sales.”

Read the rest of Stephen Wade’s contribution here.


Other News

Executives of the Deutsche Lotto und Totoblock met with EU officials to discuss various issues relating to the controversial process to regulate the country’s iGaming market.


The Dutch Ministry of Finance must reconsider its refusal to publish certain documents related to alleged irregularities with regard to draws of the country’s state lottery, a Dutch court found.


Camelot Global executives discuss safety and player care in a digital world.


The number of players making use of the Michigan Lottery’s online site has nearly quadrupled since its launch in November 2014.


With the China’s sports lottery business booming, the reopening of online lottery sales may not be far off.