Lotnext Briefing: Major New Online Lottery Launched in Scotland …and More!

Lotnext Briefing: Major New Online Lottery Launched in Scotland …and More!

Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) Proposes Measures to Combat Matchfixing

The German state lotteries, who also offer sports betting through their brand ODDSET, have jointly proposed several measures to strengthen the anti-matchfixing bill currently under consideration by the country’s Federal Diet:

  • A prohibition on certain risky bets that can easily be manipulated, for instance the number of yellow cards in a football match.
  • A ban on betting on youth and amateur sports.
  • The strengthening and expansion of states’ supervisory powers.

While looking to strengthen sports integrity legislation, the DLTB is also taking the opportunity to issue a warning against “ruthless” foreign operators who are making inroads in the German market “without any consideration for the present legal framework;” and who undermine consumer protection measures through “illegal business practices.”


New Developments in Class Action Lawsuit against Dutch State Lottery

A Dutch firm called Liesker Procesfinanciering is attempting to take over “Stichting Loterijverlies,” the foundation behind the class action lawsuit against the Dutch State Lottery (now: Nederlandse Loterij), as the foundation’s controversial founder, Ferdy Roet, was recently suspended as its director by a Dutch court.

Meanwhile, a second foundation, “Stichting Staatsloterij Schadeclaim,” is trying to present itself as a “reasonable alternative,” signaling it is willing to settle with the Dutch State Lottery for a considerably lower sum than Stichting Loterijverlies.

From the perspective of the State Lottery, the ideal scenario would be for the uncompromising Roet to disappear from the scene while his foundation would join the much cheaper settlement that is likely to be accepted by Stichting Staatsloterij Schadeclaim.

Although a cheaper settlement would entail a lower compensation for the party attempting to take over Stichting Loterijverlies, most of the work has, in any case, already been done by Roet, who – apart from he funds he already managed to divert to his own pockets – would then be left empty-handed.


Turkey Extends Deadline for National Lottery Tender

Turkey officially extended the deadline to submit applications for its national lottery tender by another four months. The country will collect bids for the ten year operational rights of the national lottery until March 10, 2017. This extension is the second of this kind in 2016.

The previous attempt to auction off the operational rights of Turkey’s national lottery took place in 2014. Both the winner and runner-up companies failed to honor their bids.


Not All Random Number Generators Are Truly Arbitrary

Both punters and honest operators should beware of so-called “pseudo RNG’s:”

“The so-called Pseudo Random Number Generators don’t need any external input and instead use an algorithm and seed numbers. What happens here is that new seed numbers are produced non-stop. From a non-scientist point of view, the last number or two produced are combined with a math operation—and voila!—you get yourself a random outcome. […]

However, these operations—namely, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and others—are always the same and will always end up churning the same output. That’s why Pseudo Random Number Generators are not truly arbitrary and, more importantly, why they could theoretically be hacked.”


Major New Online Lottery Launched in Scotland

Television company STV Group plc has launched The Scottish Children’s Lottery, a new charitable weekly online lottery with the aim of raising money for children in Scotland.

The first draw of the lottery will take place on Monday, October 31, 2016 and will be broadcasted on STV’s television channels.

The Scottish Children’s Lottery has been awarded licenses by the UK Gambling Commission. At least 30% of lottery tickets sales will be donated to charitable causes.


Other News

H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business have published the October 2016 iGaming Dashboard.


Lotto Bayern has extended its sponsorship deal with the Deutsche Skiverband (DSV).


Scientific Games has acquired Karma Gaming’s portfolio of interactive lottery games.


The Georgian government launched a request for proposal process to choose a company to run its national lottery, both online and across retailers, on a ten-year exclusive deal.


The Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga entered into a partnership with matchfixing monitoring service Sportradar.


The Texas Lottery has extended its contract with International Game Technology (IGT) until 2026.


Renowned lottery specialist Mark Hutchinson will speak at the Betting and iGaming Africa Summit.