UK National Lottery Operators to Face Shorter License Periods
Future operators of the UK National Lottery could be handed a shorter license and face increased regulation of scratchcards, a UK government committee was told recently.
“The work we are doing on starting to look at the next license competition will ask the question about whether a 14-year contract is right,” UK Gambling Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison said at a Public Accounts Committee hearing.
“If you look across other regulated sectors, you don’t find contract terms of that length and you find other features like re-openers or in effect break clauses, particularly to reflect where environments and market forces change or indeed where policy shifts.”
Bidding for the next National Lottery license is expected to open in 2019.
Lotto Instant Win Combines Lotteries and Live Gaming
Lotto Instant Win (LiW), a new product from Croatian developer Pin Projekt, combines the features of traditional lottery draws and live gaming. LiW customers will have to ability to bet on the outcome of 2,000 lottery draws broadcast continuously and 24/7.
Zdenko Ninkovic, chief sales officer at Pin Projekt:
“Some jurisdictions are moving to ban betting on certain state lottery draws as there’s concern from state operators that they are losing funds.
Our solution overcomes this, as operators who own a license to operate sportsbook, casino or lottery games can integrate our live streams and bet on lottery draws broadcasted from our studios and not run by the state.
We firmly believe that LiW is the future of online lottery games. It incorporates the best of event betting and live casino to bring a solution never before seen in the online lottery sector.”
Scientific Games Launches New Division to Target “WLA Markets”
Scientific Games has launched SG Digital, a new division that will incorporate the existing portfolio of SG Interactive with those of newly acquired NYX Gaming Group.
The new division will specifically target World Lottery Association (WLA) markets, the division chief Matt Davey recently said:
“We think the WLA markets are a sweet spot for our kind of business, heavily regulated government monopolies, but what we hadn’t really built out was the lottery side of things. We provided sports betting or scratchcards or game content. Now we can actually tie it back to a true lottery system. We have 24 of the top 25 lottery customers today.”
Another benefit of the NYX acquisition is its Openbet sports betting platform, Scientific Games CEO Kevin Sheehan added: “We can offer anything to anybody and when the US Supreme Court rules [on sports betting], we have the logical solution, whether it’s through the gaming world or the lottery world.”
DLTB Reports 3.6% Revenue Decrease, Blames Illegal Competitors
The Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB), the combined state lottery monopolies from the sixteen federal German states, reported revenues of €7.05bn in 2017, a 3.6% decline from the €7.31bn achieved in the previous year.
€3.5bn was paid out to players as winnings, with a further €2.8bn paid out in taxes and contributions to good causes.
One reason for the decline in sales was the absence of large jackpots in 2017, DLTB directors Michael Heinrich and Torsten Meinberg said.
However, the DLTB also pointed toward aggressive marketing efforts from unlicensed operators who are unburdened by obligations to contribute to good causes.
“The proceeds of these illegal lotteries do not benefit the common good, as is the case with state lotteries, but end up in the pockets of the owners and shareholders of these corporations, which are located in tax havens, such as Malta or Gibraltar,” Heinrich added.
Betradar has been appointed by Swisslos to provide its risk management tool “Managed Trading Services” to the Swiss national lottery.
Global Daily Fantasy Sports has launched an Italian-facing network through a partnership with Lottomatica.
Additional details in regard to the future Swedish online gambling regulation have been revealed.
Lottery betting outfit Lottoland has launched a self-confessed “slightly disturbing” UK ad campaign.
Lottoland also launched a new instant win game offering players a jackpot of €30m.
Lottoland’s Michael Bogie discusses the technology behind the operator’s ability to offer jackpots worth tens of millions of euros. Lottoland’s Random & insured Number Generator (RiNG) is “now available to other developers and licensed gaming operators,” Bogie said.
The next Lottery Academy is taking place 13th-15th March in London. The Lottery Academy offers practical insight into the commercial, operational, and regulatory aspects of the lottery industry. Download the course agenda here.
Zeal Investments, the investment subsidiary of German online lottery broker Zeal Networks, has agreed to invest USD$2m in the US online fundraising platform and “experience lottery” Omaze.
UK National lottery operator Camelot has rejected claims by problem gambling charity GambleAware that the firm is reluctant to promote safer gambling initiatives.
The UK Gambling Commission has urged local lottery operators to ensure advertising adheres to its rules after UK Advertising Standards Authority found that the Health Lottery had created unrealistic expectations regarding the amounts that can be won in its draws.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has launched Canada’s first government-approved live-dealer casino offering. The live casino product is provided by live dealer technology supplier Evolution Gaming, which opened a new studio in Vancouver that currently employs fifty people.
Worldwide online gaming supplier Intralot has announced the signing of a $340m ten year supply contract with the Illinois State Lottery.
Japan’s internal affairs ministry has approved the online sale of lottery tickets.
China’s state-run broadcaster has severely criticized the country’s ongoing suspension of online lottery sales.
The Argentinean government has passed a decree dissolving the country’s National Lottery after deciding that it is no longer viable for the state to operate the business.