April 21, 2014
Lotteries Keep Contributing Long After the Games are Played
Geneva, Ohio (April 16, 2014) – As the American lottery industry celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, it is important to realize the significant contributions lotteries have made to good causes over the years. Fifty years ago, a progressive legislator in New Hampshire, Larry Pickett, saw his vision of a sweepstakes as a “viable and voluntary method of raising money for education” come to fruition. Since the New Hampshire Sweepstakes first sold tickets in March 1964, lotteries have raised some $375 billion for education and other good causes across the country and they have done so with the highest level of accountability and integrity.
“Without a doubt, lotteries have provided a way for governments to fund important projects over the years, and they have done so in a safe, secure and responsible manner,” said David Gale, Executive Director the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the industry’s trade association. “The last few years have been particularly exciting, with world record jackpots continued strength in the instant ticket product, and the initial steps taken by a few jurisdictions into the online world, bringing lotteries to a new generation of players.”
NASPL estimates that about two-thirds of that $375 billion in net revenue has gone directly to education, with the balance supporting a variety of other causes such as economic development, the environment, health and public wellness, and programs for veterans and senior citizens. In addition, lottery proceeds in some jurisdictions directly offset property and other taxes that would be otherwise paid by residents.
In fiscal year 2013 alone, 44 American lotteries raised some $20 billion for good causes. They generated $63 billion in sales of traditional lottery products that paid $39 billion in prizes back to lottery players. In addition, several lotteries have been entrusted to operate casino or casino-style gaming in their jurisdictions, and those lotteries brought in another $5.6 billion in net gaming revenue (after prizes paid).
Governments, their citizens and lottery players are not the only beneficiaries of lottery play. On average, about six percent of traditional game sales are paid to retailers in the form of commissions and bonuses, which equates to an estimated $3.7 billion in fiscal 2013. Significant additional commissions are paid to facilities that host casino-style gaming such as video lottery terminals.
And according to NACS, the international association for convenience and fuel retailing, “Many convenience stores depend on lottery ticket sales to generate foot traffic inside the store. Furthermore, the frequent lottery customer purchases additional items when they purchase their lottery tickets. In fact, on 95% of their store visits, lottery customers purchased at least one other merchandise product in addition to lottery.”
Without a doubt, lotteries are entrenched in the American landscape, as they are in most of the rest of the world. For a small stake, every single player has the same chance to win prizes ranging from a simple return on their investment to millions of dollars, with the added benefit that a percentage of every dollar spent goes back to help businesses and provided much-needed revenues to good causes.
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has grown into an active association representing 53 lottery organizations. NASPL’s basic mission is to assemble and disseminate information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy.
Media contact: David Gale, Executive Director, (440) 466-5630, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Healthy’ North American Lottery Industry Continues To Flourish,
But Mother Nature Is Proving Quite A Challenge This Year
GENEVA, Ohio -- Overall sales among North American lotteries continue at robust levels after years of historic growth, but Mother Nature is definitely making her presence known this year, having an impact in area after area.
“The state of the North American lottery industry remains healthy, with lottery products continuing to serve as an affordable, local entertainment option,” said David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). “There is no doubt, however, that weather conditions have been a challenge this year, often making it difficult for any of us as consumers to stick to our normal routines.”
The Geneva, Ohio,-based NASPL represents 52 lotteries in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Gale noted that total sales and transfers to beneficiaries from NASPL-member lotteries have grown 45% percent in the past decade, topping a historic $83.3 billion in sales and over $23 billion in transfers to the worthy causes benefitted by lotteries in fiscal year 2013, which for most jurisdictions ended June 30. Those were the highest totals in the 50-year history of modern North American lotteries.
“From blizzards and frigid temperatures to floods, wildfires, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, the weather has had an impact across the continent in recent months,” Gale said. “The conditions have often made it impossible for us to get around. When people aren’t in their normal routines, it impacts the sale of any number of consumer products, including lottery tickets.”
Gale noted that such challenges are one of the reasons it’s impossible to break records every year. But the lottery industry is well positioned for continued success, he said.
“Lottery products remain an affordable, local entertainment option and consumers know they can count on us to deliver games that give everyone the same fair shot at winning,” he said. “Statistically, we know the numbers will fluctuate from year to year, but we anticipate that lotteries will continue to be a consistent, key source of proceeds for great causes in member states.”
North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Geneva, OH 44041
DIGITAL DRAWING SOLUTION REVOLUTIONIZES THE RAFFLE CONCEPT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (March 6, 2014) -- Mail bags and bins of second chance draw entries, bulky slips of hand-written raffle entries, the behemoth mixing drum -- these can be a thing of the past if Smartplay International, Inc. has anything to do with it. A newly-created digital mixing drum solves those logistical problems and opens up endless opportunities to attract new players and drive sales.
Lotteries, casinos and other gaming outlets need efficient and certifiable raffle drawing results and the solution had been to digitize the drawings. But computerized drawings lose the excitement of a visual event and limit the type of entries that can be used.
Smartplay’s Origin® Digital Mixing Drum provides what a computer algorithm can’t. Players get the exciting spectacle of publicly viewing a drawing, while operators gain the ability to mix anything from non-sequential ticket numbers to second-chance tickets. Previously, old fashioned mixing drums were the only option to getting both of these features.
The Origin® Digital Mixing Drum can randomize anything that can be made into a list, create animated and still images of the drawing, populate draw reports, and create auditable log files. But unlike the old mixing drum, this system can be independently certified.
The process for Origin® Raffle Drawings begins when the operator enters the desired drawing parameters such as the total number of entries to be selected, prize tiers and whether or not that tier will be displayed in the animation. The final animated display can show a ticket number or the entry name, as well as the prize.
Once a drawing is completed on the Origin® it is exported by USB to the Origin® Media Portal for distribution to social media outlets, official lottery web sites and any outlet chosen by the user. From initial login through public release with the portal, an entire drawing can take less than ten minutes.
“We are excited by this product’s potential uses outside the lottery world,” said Smartplay Executive Vice President Tom Markert. “For example, casinos can use it to promote player loyalty or use it for promotional or internal games of chance. Marketing promotions can use our system to promote product games like those used by fast-food chains, clothing lines or sports clubs, for example. There are so many opportunities beyond the lottery industry; I can’t even list them all.”
“One African customer uses the Origin® Digital Mixing Drum to mix and draw from up to fifty million phone numbers. We created a mapping feature to conduct the raffle drawings from entries on a database which were uploaded into the Origin from a USB. This is a great practical tool for lotteries in emerging markets and for any lottery to initiate a new generation of players.”
Established in 1993, Smartplay is dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery drawing equipment. The product line has evolved over the years in response to clients’ needs by incorporating the latest technology. Smartplay has maintained international leadership in the area of lottery drawing machines and customized game show equipment. Smartplay is consistently chosen above other manufacturers due to a reputation for quality and reliability. Smartplay is proud to be the choice of the world’s most prestigious lotteries.
Source: Smartplay International, Inc., Edgewater Park, NJ USA
Contact: Mariana Mokritski, Marketing +1 609 880 1860
TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED NASPL PRESIDENT
North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
(AUSTIN) – The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
“I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president,” said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. “His experience, integrity and dedication to our industry will be an asset to our organization and I look forward to working with him.”
Founded in 1971, NASPL has evolved from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, to an organization that has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations. Although the Association's membership and services have grown tremendously over the years, its basic mission remains the same as when it was founded more than 40 years ago -- to assemble and disseminate information and benefits of state and provincial lottery organizations through education and communications.
"I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected president of NASPL," said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. "Gary’s many industry recognitions confirm what we know about him in Texas—his knowledge, experience and leadership are unparalleled and he is an integral part of the continued success of the Texas Lottery."
Grief was appointed executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission in March 2010. As executive director, he oversees a $4.4 billion enterprise tasked with generating revenue for public education and other worthy causes for the state of Texas. Under Grief’s direction, the Texas Lottery has seen record sales and revenue and contributed more than $15 billion to the state’s Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas.
With 20 years in the industry, Grief has been a key part of the success of the Texas Lottery Commission since its inception. He was appointed in 1991 by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to the original eight-member Lottery Task Force assigned to research and launch the Texas Lottery.
Grief has served over the years in a number of responsible management positions at the Commission and in 2002 received the "Powers Award" for Performance Excellence in Lottery Operations by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). Also in 2002, Grief was appointed by the Commission to serve the first of what would be three separate terms as acting executive director. He served in this capacity from September 2002 to February 2003, from July 2005 to January 2006, and from October 2008 to February 2010. Between and after these appointments, Grief served as deputy executive director until his official appointment as executive director in 2010.
Grief is the immediate past Lead Director for the Mega Millions multi-state game consortium. In 2012, he was honored with the PGRI Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.
A native Texan, Grief is a graduate of the University of Texas at the Permian Basin where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $21 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $41 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $15 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.
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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.
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