Good Causes Feel the Pinch as UK National Lottery Sales Fall
UK National Lottery operator Camelot recently revealed that its lottery ticket sales had fallen 8.8% to £6.9bn in the year to March 31. There was an even larger decline in the amount handed over by the company to good causes. This fell 14.4% to £1.6bn.
Camelot has also predicted a further decline in ticket sales in 2017-18, meaning that the amount going to good causes is expected to drop for a second successive year.
The rise of online gambling, competition from other lottery-style products, and consumers reacting against recent changes to the lottery draw all contributed to the disappointing sales. “The underlying trends are concerning, especially from a good cause perspective,” said Paul Leyland of gambling analysts Regulus Partners.
“There’s clearly work to be done to re-engage players and address the performance of our draw-based games,” Camelot admitted.
Australian Lottery Operators Launch Lottoland’s Gotta Go! Campaign
Australian lottery operators, together with a number of lottery retailer associations, launched a Lottoland’s Gotta Go! campaign to ban lottery betting in the country.
The campaign is providing Australian retailers with a variety of point-of-sale display products, including posters, that warn customers that “Lottoland could destroy our business” and that “Lottoland does not support local schools, hospitals or roads.”
Meanwhile, three Australian state governments – Victoria, Western Australian and Queensland – are considering new regulatory curbs on Lottoland’s business model, in which players wager on the outcome of local and international lottery draws.
Lottoland, in its turn, has provided an extensive response to the “myths and untruths” it is accusing the Lottoland’s Gotta Go! campaign of spreading.
While the country’s traditional lottery operators are currently focusing their ire on Lottoland, Australian casino operator Crown Resorts’ digital arm is planning to launch its own online lottery betting product to compete with Lottoland’s expanding presence.
In related news, Lottoland founder David von Rosen explains his long-term vision for the lottery betting firm here. The company also relaunched its affiliate program in partnership with Income Access, Paysafe’s iGaming-focused marketing software and services provider.
Private Monopoly or Open Market? Dutch Government Offers Policy Options for Lottery Reform
In 2012, as part of its coalition agreement, the Dutch government decided to lessen its direct involvement in the lottery market in the Netherlands.
In late 2016, the Ministry of Security and Justice commissioned a research company to map the effects of four previously specified policy options on overall state income, contributions to good causes, and player payouts.
The resulting report was finally published last month.
An analysis of the report’s findings, as well as a description of the policy options under consideration is available here.
Online lottery platform Jackpot.com has moved to enhance its service offering with the addition of instant-win scratchcards.
The Czech Republic is set to release a new receipt lottery by October as part of the electronic cash register system launched in 2016 to help fight tax evasion. Under this new scheme, regular shopping receipts can be entered as lottery tickets in a draw.
The gaming company owned by the Swedish social democrat party, Kombilotteriet, has sold lottery tickets on credit to punters with problematic debts.
Neolotto Ltd, a company owned 38% by Aspire Global, has been granted a nationwide license in Germany for charity lotteries.
German regional lottery operator LOTTO Bayern has extended its partnership with FC Augsburg, which plays in the country’s Bundesliga top-tier club football competition.
A single lucky punter won the second-largest Powerball jackpot ever, as well as a staggering $758.7m.
OPAP has praised the performance of both its lottery, and instant and passive, divisions after recording a year-on-year increase in revenue during the six months to June 30.
Lottery and gaming supplier International Game Technology (IGT) has secured the rights to develop games based on the international reality TV singing contest The Voice, just as Endemol founder John de Mol is to appear in court in a legal dispute over who created the singing show.
International Game Technology has signed a multi-year extension to its licensing deal with Caesars Entertainment. Under the new agreement, IGT will retain the rights to represent Caesars, Harrah’s, Paris Las Vegas, Rio, Flamingo, and Horseshoe brands in the lottery industry across the US, Canada, and Europe.
La Fleur’s 2017 Lottery Conference will examine the latest developments for cashless transactions, APIs, in-lane sales, gift cards, and more. The conference takes place Monday, November 13 through Thursday, November 16 in Austin, Texas.
The Florida Lottery has resumed operations after Hurricane Irma.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s online gambling site posted double-digit revenue growth.
Convicted US state lottery fraudster Eddie Tipton has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The federal government of Brazil included the Exclusive Instant Lottery (Lotex) in its National Privatization Program (PND).
Japan is considering an expansion of online lottery sales to boost sagging sales.