Nederlandse Loterij Obtains Responsible Gaming Certificate
European Lotteries (EL) have awarded Dutch operator Nederlandse Loterij with their Responsible Gaming Certificate of Alignment. As a direct consequence, the World Lottery Association (WLA) also granted its highest achievable responsible gaming certificate: Level 4 of the “Certificate of Accreditation Responsible Gaming Framework” to Nederlandse Loterij.
With these two certificates, Nederlandse Loterij gained external recognition for the high quality of its responsible gaming policy.
The lottery operator also created a prize to reward social initiatives that contribute to health and happiness in the Netherlands.
US Investigation Finds Thousands of Suspicious Lottery Winnings
As a result of an investigation that could fatally undermine trust in US lotteries, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Grand Valley State University, found that more than 1,700 people across the US have won multiple significant lottery prizes.
“Basically, we found that there were individual people winning the lottery from fifty up to even thousands of times, all with prizes over $600,” Kelly Lowenstein said. “It’s hard to describe how low the odds are of this happening.”
In response to these findings, the Office of the Auditor General of the state of Pennsylvania has launched a probe into what is described as “unusually frequent lottery winners” between 2000 and 2016, including the case of a veterinarian who won a total of $348,000 between 2004 and 2016 across no less than 209 winning tickets.
The wins of many current or former Pennsylvania Lottery retailers had also caused eyebrows to raise in the state.
Eddie Tipton, the mastermind behind a high-profile US lottery scam, says he warned officials about a glitch in computer-generated drawings eleven years ago, but “nobody seemed too worried,” his lawyer recently revealed.
Lottery Betting Operator Lottoland Faces Strong Push-back in Australia
Gibraltar-based operator Lottoland, which offers betting on the outcome of other lotteries, has been linked to a major dip in tax revenues and charitable contributions from local lotteries.
Although Lottoland’s CEO originally said that the controversy was “good for business,” the operator also called for the introduction of a nationwide point of consumption tax in response to a new wave of criticism of the operator for being a drain on good causes.
In related news, the controversial operator announced that it had been granted an insurance license by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Gibraltar in accordance with EU insurance legislation.
Lottoland’s insurance subsidiary, Fortuna Insurance, will underwrite all the bookmaking risks of the company, including the operator’s scratch card, casino and instant win games.
European Lotteries (EL) Release Survey on Lottery Sector in Europe
European Lotteries have released the latest installment of their “European Lotteries Information Sharing Extended” (ELISE), a survey circulated to all EL Members once a year in order to gather lottery data.
In 2016, reporting EL members realized €87.1bn in sales, €36.5bn in GGR (sales minus prizes), and contributed €23.5bn to sports, good causes, or national treasuries. Online gaming generated €2.4bn in GGR.
In 2016, reporting EL members directly employed 26.944 full-time workers and indirectly created 404,160 FTEs across Europe.
Finland’s lottery and gambling monopoly Veikkaus reported a 0,5% decline in turnover, mainly due to falling lottery interest. Other games reported solid growth.
The UK National Lottery was temporarily knocked offline by a DDoS attack.
Novomatic Lottery solutions has been awarded the Responsible Gaming Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA).
The Irish National Lottery has reported a 12% jump in turnover to €750 million for 2016 amid a strong pick-up in sales through its online channel.
Totalizator Sportowy, Poland’s national lottery operator, has announced plans to expand its sales network and has confirmed its intention to select a company to design and operate its online casino, known locally as eCasino, by the end of 2017.
The Lottery Academy offers a three-day lottery masterclass in London, starting on 28 November. Download the course agenda here.
“We have a strategy: ignore millennials,” says Karen Gray, director of corporate marketing and engagement for the lottery and online casino operator British Columbia Lottery Corporation.
Bulgaria’s National Lottery has added Evolution Live Casino to its online offering.
The General Manager of Romania’s National Lottery was fired after only ten days on the job.
UK National Lottery operator Camelot has won the $2.2b management contract for the troubled Illinois Lottery.
International Game Technology (IGT) and the Californian lottery will be extending their partnership up until 2026.
The preliminary program for La Fleur’s 2017 Austin Conference has been published.
The Iowa Lottery says the Social Security numbers of nearly 3,000 Iowa Lottery winners were inadvertently posted to a website last month.
Quebec’s provincial gambling monopoly Loto-Quebec hopes to double its online gambling revenue over the next three years by blocking local punters’ access to internationally licensed online competitors.
Brazil is set to privatize its lottery operations by the end of the year, a move that many analysts see as a significant step toward the commercialization of gambling in Latin America’s largest economy.