Lotteries Important in Providing Financial Support for Grassroots Sports
The High Level Group on grassroots sports presented its report to European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. According to the report, lotteries, in many European countries, fulfill an important role in financing non-professional, physical leisure activities.
The report thus recommends that the EU officially recognize the role of lotteries in sustainable grassroots sports funding, while Member States are also urged to promote and safeguard the role of
national lotteries in financing grass roots sports and take measures to prevent illegal betting.
European Lotteries (EL) welcomed the report, with EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier stating that “Lotteries have been a sustainable pillar of funding of grassroots sport in Europe. In fact, our core principles enable Lotteries to go even further and consider sport as a tool for social inclusion and non-formal education.”
UK Gambling Statistics: Competition on Lottery Market Does not Threaten Charity Contributions
Last week, the UK Gambling Commission released its latest figures on various forms of gambling in the UK.
While the National Lottery is still by far the country’s largest charity lottery, other charity lotteries are doing increasingly well, but not, however, to the detriment of the National Lottery.
Between October 2014 – September 2015, the National Lottery contributed £1.7bn to good causes, up 2.1% from £1.67bn during the period April 2014 – March 2015.
Yet, during the same period other large society lotteries contributed £195m, a 3.9% increase compared to the earlier April 2014 – March 2015 period.
Will Brexit Impact EuroMillions?
Some Spanish lottery insiders have already expressed concern regarding the meaning of Brexit for EuroMillions, one of the two major European transnational lotteries.
However, according to a spokesperson of Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, there is as of yet no cause for concern:
“EuroMillions currently operates across nine European countries and EU membership is not a requirement – for example, EuroMillions operates in Switzerland, a non-EU country).
In addition, EuroMillions currently operates successfully across three different currencies – Euros, Swiss Francs and pounds here in the UK – with prizes in each country calculated using up-to-date exchange rates set on the night of that draw, once the results have been verified.”
And while Brexit may have particular severe consequences for the status of Gibraltar as one of Europe’s major gaming hubs, secondary lottery operator Lottoland has, in any case, already declared its intention to stay.
Veikkaus and Norsk Tipping Appoint New CEO’s
Finland’s new combined state-owned gambling operator, which will be formed by the merging of the gaming operations of Fintoto, slot machine operator RAY, and lottery and betting operator Veikkaus, will be led by Olli Sarekoski, currently Executive Vice President of Veikkaus.
The merged company of will take the name of the lottery and betting brand in an attempt to make the country’s gaming operations a more coherent marketing proposition, as well as to “reinforce the Finnish responsible gaming system.”
Meanwhile, Norwegian state-owned gaming operator Norsk Tipping has appointed Åsne Havnelid as its new chief executive.
Havnelid will join the company after a five-year spell as secretary general of the Norwegian Red Cross, which receives funding from the surplus of Norsk Tipping, iGaming Business reports.
UK-Based Lottery Messenger Service Seeks Rule Changes in Oregon Lottery
UK-based lottery messenger service The Lotter is seeking two rule changes that would make it easier for overseas players to buy Oregon Lottery tickets.
The company would even like to consolidate its US operations in the state of Oregon. “The opportunity for Oregon is tremendous,” says Darian Stanford, a Portland lawyer who represents the Lotter, “but if Oregon doesn’t get its act together, this revenue will go to some other state.”
But not everyone is enthusiastic about allowing large numbers of foreign players to participate in what is essentially a regional lottery:
“But the Lotter’s proposal has already generated opposition from at least two members of the five-person Lottery Commission. They worry that opening lottery games to large numbers of foreign players could lead to all sorts of unintended consequences, from fraud to inequitable sales for retailers to violation of federal laws—and even the potential transfer of large amounts of U.S. dollars to dangerous places.”
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