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November 4, 2011
David Gale, Executive Director
North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Resolution
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), on behalf of its membership, is opposed to federal legislation that would encroach on the traditional state prerogative to regulate gaming within each state’s borders. Bills such as this would federalize the Internet as a gaming portal, and create a costly and duplicative federal gaming-licensing regime, and moreover, they would impair the ability of states to represent the sensibility of their citizens, which states are uniquely qualified to do and which they accomplish by regulating gaming within their borders to, among other reasons, raise revenue for worthy causes. We believe that the use, regulation, and ultimate beneficiaries of the Internet for gaming are best left to the legislative determination of each state.
November 4, 2011
David Gale, Executive Director
NASPL Elects New Executive Committee
Geneva, OH – During its most recent annual business meeting, the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) elected the following members to serve on its Executive Committee:
Gordon Medenica, NASPL President & Director, New York Lottery
Buddy Roogow, NASPL First Vice President & Executive Director, D.C. Lottery & Charitable Games Control Board
Gary Grief, NASPL Second Vice President & Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission
Paula Harper Bethea, Secretary & Executive Director, South Carolina Education Lottery
Terry Rich, Treasurer & President & CEO, Iowa Lottery Authority
Robert Ayotte, ILC Representative & President, Operations Lottery for Loto-Quebec
Jeff Anderson, Immediate Past President & Director, Idaho Lottery
Carole Hedinger, Region I Director & Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Rose Hudson, Region II Director & President & CEO, Louisiana Lottery Corporation
May Scheve Reardon, Region III Director & Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
Larry Niswender, Region IV Director & Director, Oregon Lottery
All NASPL Executive Committee members will serve a one-year term.
June 27, 2011
State lottery media contacts are available at http://www.powerball.com/pb_press_contacts.asp
National MUSL/ Powerball Media Relations contact.
Powerball® Will Receive A Birthday Makeover:
Starting Jackpots Double to $40 Million, Better Overall Odds for More Winners
Enriched $2 Game Also Benefits Players With More Chances To Become A Millionaire; Change begins January 15th, 2012
Urbandale, Iowa – As Powerball® prepares to celebrate its 20th year in 2012, the game is being redesigned to bring more value to its players. Jackpots will start at $40 million and the jackpot is being made easier to win. The overall odds of winning any prize are also easier, and there are more chances to win a prize of at least $1 million cash. The ticket price also will change, moving from $1 to $2.
Since getting its start in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into one of the world’s biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Today it’s played in 44 jurisdictions across the nation, with players buying more than $3 billion annually in Powerball tickets. And the biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $365 million prize split by eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant in February 2006.
But with that success comes a demand for innovation to keep things fresh. Alan Yandow, Vermont Lottery Executive Director and Powerball Group Chair, said lotteries are responding with the latest changes in Powerball.
“Frequently we hear from players suggesting that in addition to Powerball’s big jackpots, we give away more $1 million cash prizes,” Yandow said. “We’re excited to deliver the opportunity to create more millionaires and also provide more opportunities to raise additional revenues for the respected causes benefitted by lotteries.”
U.S. lottery directors this month approved the upcoming changes to the game. The enriched Powerball game will debut Jan. 15, 2012. Tickets in the game will cost $2 and the Power Play® multiplier feature will still be available for an extra $1 per play. For that extra $1, players have the chance to win $2 million cash for the match 5 prize.
Players in the newly designed game will still choose their first five numbers from a pool of 59. But the group of numbers in the Powerball pool will shrink from 39 to 35, producing better overall odds of winning a prize in the game. Players today have a 1 in 35 overall chance of winning, which will improve to 1 in 31.8 in the revamped game. The Powerball jackpots will start at $40 million, double the current starting jackpot of $20 million.
Yandow said that by changing Powerball’s ticket price to $2, U.S. lotteries are following the same successful business model they’ve used for years with lottery scratch games by offering various tickets at different prices. The Mega Millions® jackpot game and other in-state lotto and scratch games will still be available for those players who prefer the $1 price level of play.
The new Powerball game will still offer players nine ways to win prizes, with its second prize moving up to $1 million in cash from the current $200,000, and the lowest prize level (for those who match just the Powerball®) being elevated to $4 from $3.
Since Powerball’s inception on April 19, 1992, the game has generated approximately $33 billion in sales for lotteries that the game supports. About 25 to 35 percent of that amount goes to good causes such as education, senior programs, local towns and the environment; 50 percent is paid in cash prizes and 6 percent goes back to local communities in the form of retailer compensation. Participating Powerball jurisdictions are expected to generate even more money for those good causes by selling the new Powerball game.
Powerball drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, 9:59 p.m. Central Time, 8:59 p.m. Mountain Time and 7:59 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information about Powerball please visit www.powerball.com
The 44 U.S. lotteries where Powerball is available are: Arizona Lottery, Arkansas Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, D.C. Lottery & CGCB, Delaware State Lottery, Florida Lottery, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hoosier Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Maryland Lott, Massachusetts Lottery, Michigan Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery Authority, New York Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Ohio Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery, Texas Lottery, U.S. Virgin Islands Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Washington Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery and the West Virginia Lottery.
Powerball® is owned by the Multi-State Lottery Association which is a government-benefit, non-profit association owned and operated by 33 member lotteries. MUSL currently coordinates six multi-state games in the United States.
Powerball® and Power Play® are registered trademarks of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
August 17, 2010
David Gale, Executive Director
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Americans Continue “Lotto” Love
Lotteries Maintain Success in Down Economy
Geneva, OH – Retailers close to home and a desire for less expensive entertainment spurred lottery sales during the past fiscal year.
According to The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), during the last FY 2010 year ending in June, the North American lottery industry generated more than $70 billion in gross sales, and contributed more than $21 billion to the important government programs and services in each jurisdiction. With more than $1 billion in increased sales over the previous fiscal year, lottery sales are more than either the music or movie industry.
“Players appeared to stay closer to home for entertainment,” says David Gale, Executive Director of NASPL.
That trend, according to Gale, also meant more than $38 billion has been awarded in prizes to lottery players and more than $4 billion was paid to retailers for selling lottery products throughout North America. With the total gross sales of $70 billion, more than $60 billion has been returned back into the economies of each individual jurisdiction either in prizes, commissions or net profits.
“Even those who don’t play often benefit from lottery money projects,” explains Gale. “Lotteries help fund education, veteran’s programs, capital development, teachers’ retirement funds, police and fire pension relief, economic development, literacy programs and early childhood reading, state general funds, the arts, environment and natural resources, responsible gaming programs, as well as a host of others programs and services that would either be cut or reduced if lotteries were not in operation today.”
Since the first lottery start-up in New Hampshire in 1964, more than $1.1 trillion has been sold in lottery tickets and more than $350 billion has been generated to support all the beneficiary programs. In addition more than $64 billion has been paid to lottery retailers, and more than $641 billion has been paid out in prizes.
The 44 U.S. Lotteries where a lottery is available are: Arizona Lottery, Arkansas Lottery, California Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, D.C. Lottery and CGCB, Delaware State Lottery, Florida Lottery, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hoosier Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Maryland Lott, Massachusetts Lottery, Michigan Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery Authority, New York Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, North Dakota Lottery, Ohio Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery, Texas Lottery, U.S. Virgin Islands Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Washington Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery and the West Virginia Lottery. The Canadian lottery organizations are: Atlantic Lottery Corporation, British Columbia Corporation, Loto-Quebec, Ontario Lottery & Gaming, and Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
What's New at NASPL:
NASPL is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. This site has been completely redesigned to provide ease of navigation and functionality. Over the next months, visitors will see continued modifications and upgrades.
The goal of the site is to provide information about the Association, support NASPL members and serve as a clearinghouse of information regarding lotteries, gaming and responsible gambling issues. We hope that you find the new design and features useful. Please contact us with any comments or questions.
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