Issue #55

Scenes from Krakow 2017: All the Best Pictures from the 9th EL Congress

⇓ SPOT YOURSELF! Do you recognise yourself in one of the pictures below? Send an email to EL Magazine We will make sure to update the caption. THE EXPO   THE DEBATES THE GALA...

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President’s Perspective

Dear Members, Dear Partners, Dear Friends, -- This is the first EL Magazine of a new cycle for our Association.   A few months ago, on 5 June 2017 in Krakow, all our Member Lotteries gathered together on the occasion of the Association’s General Assembly to elect their new President and Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 period. I am extremely honoured to have been appointed as the Presi...

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EUROPEAN LOTTERIES ASSOCIATION ADOPTS NEW STRATEGY

Recognising the rapidly changing environment and the changing nature of the lottery sector, the European Lotteries Association has adopted a new and sharper strategy for EL that seeks to address the opportunities and threats of the shifting context we are facing. This strategy takes as its starting point a clear articulation of values and positioning, but accepts changes and differentiation...

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EL Congress Krakow – Day 1: New Directions

EL President Hansjorg Holtkemeier delivered a plea for all of us to take action to fight against illegal gambling.  We need to develop new ways to augment our image and the consumer perception of Lottery and set a tone that Lottery “is not just about fun, it’s about inspiration and learning”. Responsible Gaming session Technology and Big Data are transforming the mission and method...

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EL Congress Krakow – Day 2: Vision for the Future

Games of the Future Jens Nielsen, Danske Spil described the impact that digitization of Retail will have on Lottery.  Danske Spil has one of the most advanced online businesses, yet Jens insists that Retail will continue to be the most important channel for distribution for many years.  Retail’s importance as medium for communication and connection to the consumer will also continue for m...

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Exponential Progress + Entrepreneurial Ingenuity + New Consumer Trends

This article is based on David Rowan’s presentation at EL Congress Krakow 2017. Digital devices are becoming smarter as the cost of those devices and digital products keep falling, and this has become the new normal.  We already know and accept that capitalism produces relentless downward pressure on prices.  Increase production efficiencies, reduce costs, increase consumption and volume, l...

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Small Data: Paying Attention to Small Clues that Yield Big Insights

This article is based on Martin Lindstrom’s presentation at EL Congress Krakow 2017. Behavioral economics, as championed by  Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Ariely, Nassim Nicholas Taleb  and others, posits that human behavior is fundamentally irrational, shaped by so many factors as to defy economic models that assume rationality.  Martin combines that thinking with his theory of small-data to...

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EL Elects New President and Executive Committee

The General Assembly precedes the 9th European Lotteries Congress in Krakow hosted together with Totalizator Sportowy. Hansjörg Höltkemeier has been re-elected as the President of the Association through a direct vote of the members. Mr. Höltkemeier has been a member of the Managing Board of the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (Germany) since 2005, a member of the Association’s Executiv...

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The European Commission and Gambling in the Midst of Digital Transformation

During the 2017 EL Congress in Krakow, EL had the honor to host Harrie Temmink who was interviewed by EL Deputy Secretary General Jutta Buyse on the perspective of the European Commission on the regulation of gambling in the midst of digital transformation. Temmink is Deputy Head of the Public Interest Services Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry...

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Over 20 Billion Returned to Society by Members of European Lotteries

European Lotteries (EL), has made public its newest report on the lottery sector in Europe.  EL’s figures provide the general public and policymakers with essential information on the lottery sector in Europe and in particular its importance as a contributor to the State budget and the financing of good causes: Lotteries in Europe reach a turnover of more than 85 billion for draw-based...

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The EL Publishes New CSR Guidelines for European Lotteries

EL Lotteries have always been on a mission of continual improvement that elevates Responsible Gaming (RG) to a core value.  Protecting the consumer and minimizing any potential harm to society and vulnerable groups is at the heart of who we are, and distinguishes lottery from other games-of-chance sectors.  However, the EL Working Group that addresses these issues is called CSR and Responsible...

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European Week of Sport 2017: For 3rd Consecutive year, EL Members Encourage Europeans to #BEACTIVE

Greek Lottery, OPAP SA, activated its network of 125 Amateur Sport Academies across Greece, organising special activities for children and their parents For the 3rd consecutive year, and driven by its core values of society, integrity, responsibility, EL Members support the European Week of Sport.  As an EWOS partner, EL and its Members actively promote sport and physical activity all over Eu...

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EL Integrity & Public Order Seminar

⇓ SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PICTURE GALLERY Hosted by LOTTO Hamburg June 20-22, this Seminar addressed the most recent and pressing issues concerning Data Privacy, Anti-Money Laundering and Sports Integrity for European Lottery and Sports organisations. Michael Heinrich, MD of Lotto Hamburg, and Christoph Holstein, Hamburg State Council for the Interior and Sports, welcomed the participants....

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EL Innovation Seminar: Beyond Innovation!

⇓ SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PICTURE GALLERY Inspiration & Innovation Keynote speakers Alf Rehn or Ramon Vullings motivated the audience with inspiring examples of what it means to be “working-out-of-the-box”. Entire business sectors have been completely transformed over the last 20 years. Huge companies with well-established brands, loyal customer bases, and highly developed marketing...

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EL/WLA Sports Betting Seminar: Sustainable Success in Sports Betting

⇓ SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PICTURE GALLERY The 2017 edition of the EL/WLA Sports Betting Seminar took place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 23-25 May 2017, kindly hosted by Svenska Spel. Revolving around the key themes of competitiveness and differentiation in sports betting, more than 20 speakers from the lottery sector and beyond shared their insights into a wide range of relevant sessions and them...

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Upcoming EL Seminars & Events

EL and its Members are producing many educational programs designed to tackle real-world issues in a meaningful way. Join us for an intensive session that will empower you to bring home lessons to apply directly to your own operations. And build working relationships with colleagues who are dedicated to the same mission of serving the great cause of government lotteries. Together we will crea...

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Interview with Susanne Mørch Koch, new Chief Executive Officer of Denmark’s Danske Spil

Ms. Mørch Koch joins Danske Spil after having served as Chief Commercial Officer of Danish state-owned railway company Danske Sverige AB (DSB).   An experienced executive, Ms. Mørch Koch has worked in and advised on multiple Danish private and state-owned enterprises and with government and public stakeholders. Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Mørch Koch told Danish business news sour...

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Olgierd Cieślik is appointed CEO of Totalizator Sportowy, Poland – Our Interview

Olgierd Cieślik graduated from the Faculty of Management and Marketing at the University of Economics in Katowice, and then graduated from the MBA Program for Finance at the School of Entrepreneurship and Management. In the role of Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for the creation of financial strategies and the day-to-day management of finances...

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Dr. Alexander Labak: New Leadership at Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries (Interview)

Dr. Alexander Labak joined the management board of Casinos Austria AG on 1 June 2017, taking over the position of director general from Dr. Karl Stoss. At the same time, Dr. Labak was appointed to the management board and chairman of Austrian Lotteries. After completing university degrees in Austria and the U.S., Dr. Labak worked in the marketing departments of several successful internationa...

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Preserving the Integrity of Sports and Sports Betting. Interview with Ludovico Calvi, GLMS President and Chair

GLMS (Global Lottery Monitoring System) was created jointly by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the European Lotteries Association in 2015.  The system brings together 29 lotteries from 27 countries for the purpose of detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could undermine the integrity of a sport competition. GLMS is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key sta...

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Scientific Games: Going with the Crowd

Instant win games walk the line between the lottery and traditional gaming industries. Some of the most passionate instant players will simply never touch other lottery products. Others are interested, or active, in other forms of lottery gaming, or even other gaming verticals. The challenge facing suppliers, operators and retailers is how to attract these players from one vertical to anoth...

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PlayTech: Responsible Gaming – New Directions in a Rapidly Changing World

Blurring of the Edges In the Gaming and Lotteries world there are many edges that seem to be blurring more and more as time passes. We see gaming operators converging their offerings across the various verticals; we see players moving effortlessly between game types, channels and, where possible, operators; and increasingly we are seeing a blurring of the boundaries of the regulation that gov...

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INTRALOT: Lottery Retail Networks in a Digital Age

The digital transformation has provided retailers a unique opportunity to unify their online and offline touchpoints and offer a connected experience.  Merging offline and online channels is essential if a retailer wants to adapt to the new ways in which consumers shop and provide them with the seamless omni-channel shopping experience they now demand. The digital transformation has also e...

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions: Social Media as a Sales Channel, Fantasy Sports, and Cashless Consumers – The New Millennial Player Landscape

Now is the time for lotteries to do more than ever before to keep pace with current consumerism and to stay relevant as a desired product. The good news at NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is: we already have the technology to assimilate current e-commerce trends. The creation of NLS began with the acquisition of Betware, the lottery technology vendor long considered a pioneer within the i...

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IGT: At the Intersection of Retail, Fun, and Technology

There’s a saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it. This is certainly true of our industry. We stand at the intersection of retail, fun, and technology, giving us a unique opportunity to help shape the future across many fronts and engage a new generation of players. IGT’s most recent customer research confirms that the priority for lotteries in the coming two to thr...

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