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Lottoland Amps Up Row with Australian Government Over Secondary Lotteries

Lottoland CEO Luke Brill raises doubts about ALNA

Lottoland is fighting back against ALNA, the organization that spearheaded the push to criminalize secondary lotteries in Australia, as it called once again for Aussie lawmakers to reconsider the proposed ban. ALNA (the Australian Lotteries and Newsagents Association) is an industry body representing lottery operators and vendors (a newsagent is the catch-all term in the…Read More

China-Sanctioned Horseracing, Expanded Sports Lottery to Transform Hainan into Liberal Market Zone

Hainan province China gambling

In China, the promise of legal horse racing and expanded sports lotteries gave a significant boost to companies with links to the Chinese resort island of Hainan in early trading on Monday, following Beijing’s announcement over the weekend that the island would become a free trade zone. According to a set of guidelines published by…Read More

UK National Lottery Profits Rising for Camelot, But Charities Fail to Benefit

National Lottery Camelot charities

Profits are soaring for the UK National Lottery, which has some British politicians wondering why the amount being given to charitable organizations has been dropping in recent years. Some MPs in the UK are asking the Gambling Commission to look into the dwindling returns for charities in the face of record profits for Camelot, the…Read More

France Hopes for Lotto Luck in Saving Delapidated Historical Sites

Hundreds of French historical sites will be restored.

In France, authorities are turning to gaming revenues from the national lottery to help preserve the Gallic country’s rich architectural past. France is facing a serious problem with its deteriorating architectural heritage. Thousands of crumbling cathedrals and churches are in dire need of pricey repairs, and the country’s Culture Minster Francoise Nyssen has come up with…Read More

Check Your Ticket: $533 Million Mega Millions Winner Yet to Come Forward

Mega Millions Winner

Speculation continues to swirl around the identity of America’s tenth largest lottery jackpot winner, who at the time of writing has not yet come forward. The lucky customer won a $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night, having purchased a ticket at a Lukoil gas station and convenience store in Riverdale, New Jersey, about 25…Read More

Beginner’s Luck: 18-Year-Old Wins $1K a Week for Life, Internet Gambler Wins $194K

beginner's luck lottery online gambling

A bit of beginner’s luck won two individuals considerable money this month and will make many others wonder why they haven’t been as lucky. In Quebec, Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday by purchasing a bottle of sparkling wine and her first-ever lottery ticket. When she scratched off the game, Lagarde discovered she had just…Read More

Lottoland Denounces Australia’s Bill to Ban Secondary Lotteries

Australia to ban Lottoland

Australia’s federal government on Tuesday said it would introduce legislation to prohibit secondary lotteries, such as Lottoland, which let customers bet on the outcomes of lotteries across the world rather than having to buy a ticket for the draw. The concept is disruptive and has ruffled feathers among traditional lottery operators and ticket vendors, who…Read More

Pennsylvania Lottery Games Go Online in May, Virtual Sports Betting Launches in June

Pennsylvania Lottery online gaming

The Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated its 46th anniversary earlier this month, but come May, the sweepstakes that benefit older Pennsylvanians will undergo drastic changes. For the first time since it held its inaugural raffle in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery will begin operating interactive games on the internet in May. The online platform will debut with various…Read More

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Throttled to Death on Senate Floor

Alabama DFS bill fails to change Luther Strange’s 2016 opinion

Alabama’s daily fantasy sports bill went down in flames in the State Senate on Wednesday. Despite being unanimously approved by the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee earlier this month, Senator Paul Sanford’s bill didn’t even make the vote yesterday – a fate that has befallen both of the dogged senator’s previous attempts to legalize DFS…Read More

$560 Million Powerball Lottery Winner Triumphs in Landmark Anonymity Case

New Hampshire lottery anonymity case

A New Hampshire Powerball winner who sued the state lottery to preserve her anonymity so she could avoid unwanted attention has won her case. The woman, who is known only as “Jane Doe,” scooped America’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot – a $560 million prize –  on January 6. She then filed a lawsuit to challenge New…Read More

Alabama Lottery Bill Clears Senate Committee but Needs Miracle

Senator Paul Sandford Alabama lottery bill

Alabama’s Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would establish a lottery in a state where opportunities to gamble are thin. Despite movement this week, the bill remains a long shot. In Alabama, lottery bills rise and fall like tumbleweed spinning across the Black Belt Prairie. Alabama is one of only…Read More

Lottoland Threatens UK Government with Legal Action in Euro Millions Row

Lottoland threatens to sue UK government

A coalition representing secondary lottery companies led by industry leader Lottoland has threatened to sue the UK government over its ban on betting on the outcomes of the EuroMillions Lottery. The coalition, which calls itself the Lotto Betting Group, has sent a “letter before claim” to culture minister Matt Hancock, asserting the ban is an…Read More

New Jersey Lottery Game Hurts Atlantic City Casinos, State Lawmakers Contend

New Jersey Lottery Quick Draw

The New Jersey Lottery game Quick Draw poses a serious threat to Atlantic City casinos, so says two state lawmakers arguing this week before the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee. A keno-like format that costs $1-10 per play, Quick Draw debuted last year in an effort to grow lottery revenues. Players select from 1…Read More

Canadian Woman Suing Ex-Boyfriend Over $6.1 Million Lottery Win

Ontario Lotto Couple Lawsuit

A woman in Ontario has filed a statement of claim against her former boyfriend over a lottery jackpot that she says she should have half of. Denise Robertson filed the claim in a Windsor, Ontario court against her ex-boyfriend Maurice Thibeault on Monday. She’s hoping to get half of the C$6.1 million ($4.85 million) prize,…Read More

Privacy: New Hampshire Powerball Winner Goes to Court to Keep Her $560M Win Secret

New Hampshire Powerball winner battles for privacy

A New Hampshire woman who won $560 million playing Powerball is now in a fight for her private life, challenging a state law that prevents her big winners from remaining anonymous. The woman, known in court papers as “Jane Doe,” is challenging a law in the Granite State that dictates a lottery winner’s name, town,…Read More