Issue #56

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

    European Years By designating a theme to a calendar year, the EU attempts to raise awareness of a particular theme by encouraging debate and a change of attitudes towards it. These years are referred to as the European Years and they have the capacity to create a strong commitment and send a political signal from both EU institutions and Member States that the...

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Enabling Rapid, Radical Innovation Within The Lottery Sector

This week, one of the last few Blockbuster Video stores in the USA closed its doors for the last time. Most of us are familiar with the demise of this once-dominant leisure giant and may  recall Jim Keyes, their CEO, declaring confidently in 2008 that “Redbox and Netflix are not even on the radar”. Of course just four years later, Blockbuster was all but dead and Netflix had grown enough to...

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President’s Perspective

Dear Members, Dear Partners, Dear Friends, As another year slowly comes to an end, we naturally start looking back to assess what we have accomplished. I am proud to say that looking back at 2017 I see that our Association has gone through significant changes and proved itself in facing and adapting to new challenges. This year we welcomed our new Secretary General Arjan van ‘t Veer. He filled...

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Regulation…Who Needs It?

This article is based on Lea Meyer’s presentation at EL Seminar in Brussels, November 2017. Regulation constitutes one of the main modes of public governance. It is the instrument which implements public policies and structures the delivery of public services. Regulation’s aim is to alter the behaviour of actors in a given sector. Rationale for regulation Regulation of games of chance fall...

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The cost of RG negligence

Attempts to improve the image of gambling are being washed away in a tide of bad press - and lotteries are in danger of being swept along too. Regulators, along with the public, are increasing their demands on operators to behave ethically. Companies that are brave enough to make Corporate Social Responsibility a central pillar of their growth strategy could make major strides towards changing...

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The Biggest Trend In Marketing Is SMALL!

  Our experts will take the audience on a journey to unlock the untapped opportunity within their marketing plans and learn how to reach key consumer growth segments and new trends in growth markets. Karen Connell, an internationally renowned brand and marketing consultant who has worked with some of the largest companies in the world will be the moderator of the event. Karen will guide th...

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EL Industry Days 2018  

The beautiful city of Prague will be the background scenery for finding answers to the question of how traditional lotteries can reinvent themselves in the digital world.  Currently, EL and Sazka, as the hosting lottery, and Premium and Semi-premium Partners are working on the details of the program to ensure it is an eye-opening experience and the must-attend strategy-forming event of the year...

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Implementing The New EL Strategy

EL promotes (and successfully defends) the model of Lotteries for the benefit of society, offers a platform to share best-practices and delivers various services to its Members. The new Strategy sets out a values-based approach where the three core EL lottery values Responsibility, Society/sustainability, and Integrity guide us in our work: Responsibility: EL and its Members believe in...

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The Possible Future CEN Standard On Reporting To Regulators For Online Gambling

In  2012, the European Commission announced a desire to develop a standard for online gambling. In the past two years the plans have became more concrete with the drafting of a potential request to CEN on a list of criteria for reporting to the regulators for online gambling. Following a long consultation with stakeholders, in which EL also participated, a draft standardisation request was publ...

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FDJ and the Paris Olympic bid – A successful partnership initiative

After a 100-year wait, the Games will be back in Paris. The French capital was confirmed as host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the International Olympic Committee during its meeting in Lima on September 13th. National lottery FDJ was the first company to announce its support of the Paris bid, as early as January 2016. “Because Paris 2024 is a real chance for France, for a...

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EL Sponsors Participation in the Belfius Brussels Half Marathon – EL Running Team

  The European Week of Sport is an important initiative launched in 2015 by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, which seeks to inspire European citizens to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. The third edition of the European Week of Sport took place from 23-30 September 201...

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Corporate Responsibility – csR You ready ? – EL/WLA CSR Responsible Gaming Seminar, Madrid

The 2017 EL/WLA CSR-Responsible Gaming seminar took place in Madrid on September 20-22, upon the invitation of, and hosted by, ONCE. It gathered 110 participants from more than 30 countries who were interested in hearing from the various keynote and lottery speakers. The EL CSR-Responsible Gaming working group’s activities The working group took this opportunity to present two important projec...

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EL Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar 2017, Belgian Senate

The 2017 edition of the EL Legal & Regulatory Affairs Seminar held on November 30th and  December 1st was hosted by the Belgian National Lottery at the majestic premises of the Belgian senate in Brussels. It started off with a fundamental discussion on the regulation of the gambling market and why  regulation is necessary in the first place. It further touched upon the current regulatory iss...

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EL Innovation Methodology Workshop, 13-14 November 2017, London UK

The workshop was facilitated by Decoded, one of the world’s leading digital and innovation education companies. During the first day, attendees tackled the question of ’What can you do with technology?’ Fuelled by a nutritious breakfast of brain-food, attendees were set their task: to code their own app using HTML, CSS, APIs and Javascript, in just a few hours. In doing so, they took a jour...

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EL/WLA Security & Integrity Seminar – An Umbrella For Success: Organizational Resilience!

⇓ SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PICTURE GALLERY More than 80 delegates from more than 30 Jurisdictions attended the 2017 Seminar which was graciously hosted by Norsk Tipping in Oslo from October 24 to 26, 2017 with a warm welcome given by its Director Åsne Havnelid. Keynote address was given by Tony Reilly, Group Marketing Director BSI, UK who explored the topic of Organizational Resilience. With sound...

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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 create t...

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Two New CEOs Appointed Among EL Members

Edvard Kolar, Ph.D., President of the Management Board of Športna Loterija Ms. Katica Nikolovska-Prnarkova, General Manager at The National Lottery of Macedonia     Edvard Kolar, Ph.D. is the new President of the Management Board of Športna Loterija Last September 1st, Edvard Kolar was appointed President of the Management Board of EL Member Športna Loteri...

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Ovidiu Portariuc: “Implementing A New System Which Can Allow The Diversification Of Lottery Games And Also On-Line Games, Represent The Main Objectives Of The Development Strategy Of Loteria Romana”

Ovidiu Portariuc, General Director of Loteria Romana Ovidiu Portariuc comments on his nomination: "For me, it is an honour and a challenge to lead one of the oldest Romanian institutions, the Romanian Lottery (Loteria Romana), which celebrated this year 111 years of operations." "It is a difficult mission, with many ongoing projects, some strategic ones, which aim to consolidate the position of...

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IGT: Launching a New Category of Lottery Play ─ NOW&LATER™

Black Pearl is the first game to be launched in IGT’s new NOW&LATER™ hybrid lottery-game category.   What makes the NOW&LATER™ category unique? Explains Francesco Parola, Vice President of Global Lottery Product Development: "In a few words, NOW&LATER™ games are a new category combining the fun of an instant experience with innovative draw-game anticipation and mech...

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Novomatic: The Potential of Trivia Apps is Anything but Trivial

Business Insider recently reported on a popular new app that launched this past August. The app, described as “a trivia-styled, fast-paced mashup of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ and ‘Jeopardy’ for the internet age” is currently only available for iOS users, but it is still one of the most popular apps on the market. The trivia app offers an interactive gameshow-like broadcast twic...

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Intralot: GDPR and the 4th industrial revolution

Christos K. DIMITRIADIS PhD, CISA, CISM, CRISC Group Director of Information Security, INTRALOT GDPR is about protecting personal data but fundamentally requires us to understand the types of data we process, why and how we process them and how we serve the rights of the data subjects. GDPR in digital Transformation initiatives GDPR is about protecting personal data but fundamentally requires...

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Scientific Games: All Systems Go – An Advanced New Gaming System Powers Danske Spil

  A nod to the innovative days of early space exploration, the phrase “all systems go” originated in the 1960s heyday of space flight. Decades later, in 2017 these words resonate the level of intensity at the moment Danske Spil launches its technology to a powerful, new gaming system. After a year-long, complex conversion from the Lottery’s old system, the launch of this advanced,...

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