HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 38Lottery, Pari-Mutuel Trends Among Gaming Issues to be Examined at January 6-8 Winter Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States

On December 20, 2016, the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (“NCLGS”) announced an upcoming panel of leading lottery experts at its Winter Meeting, which will take place January 6-8, 2017, at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Many states depend on lotteries to fund essential programs, and legislators need to understand the issues, concerns and opportunities that lottery experts are grappling with,” said Ohio Senator William Coley, who chairs the Lottery Committee for NCLGS. “Fortunately, we have an extraordinary panel of experts who can provide that guidance.”

On January 6, Panel members will include:

· Dennis Berg, Executive Director, Ohio Lottery

· Andrew Crowe, Vice President of Emerging Markets, Vantiv

· M. Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

· Kurt Freedlund, former Chief Operation officer, General Counsel for Georgia Lottery

· Tom Nieman, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, JCM Global

· Paul Sternburg, Senior Lottery Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group, former Executive Director of Massachusetts Lottery

The meeting will also focus largely on the outlook of the pari-mutuel industry and its relationship with casino gaming. Experts will discuss numerous topics such as the state of horse racing, profitability of racetracks, the future of greyhound racing and state attitudes toward the industry.

 “The complexity of the pari-mutuel industry, and the ever-changing environment of gaming require that we provide real-time analysis for what is and is not working,” said NCLGS President Bill Galvano, a state senator from Florida.

The NCLGS states that the conference will also include presentations from industry experts in responsible gaming, pari-mutuels, lotteries, casinos, and state-federal relations, which covers both Internet and tribal gaming issues. Furthermore, the International Masters of Gaming Law will be leading sessions that address the emergence of eSports, tribal legal issues, and the role of regulators.

Additional Panel members who will address the committee on January 6 are:

· Steve Geller, Shareholder, Geller Law Firm

· Jack Jeziorski, Executive Vice President, Monarch Content Management

· Keith Johnson, President, AmTote International

· Steve Keech, Executive Vice President, AmTote International

· Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing, Penn National Gaming

· Doug Reed, Principal, RG&E LLC


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