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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has confirmed that the initial public offering of share in lottery and gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has raised €1.89bn for state coffers.

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    Online lottery brokerage Zeal Network has warned that full-year revenue and earnings are likely to fall significantly from the prior year, following its acquisition of Lotto24 and the pivot of its Tipp24 business from lottery betting to brokerage.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has warned organisations running charity lottery games over the Christmas period to ensure they are operating lawfully in order to avoid any potential legal action.

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    Norway-based lottery solutions provider Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has acquired Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS), a subsidiary of the Austrian gaming giant, for an undisclosed sum.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has removed 211 voluntary organisations from its register of operators approved to operate lottery and bingo games for charitable purposes after they failed to meet a deadline to report their accounts.

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    The Brazilian lottery market has reported a 52.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, with the market benefitting from the contribution from the Mega-Sena game more than doubling over the period.

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    Veikkaus executive vice-president Velipekka Nummikoski has launched a robust defence of the operator’s Finnish gambling monopoly, warning that a change to a licensing regime would lead to a decline in funding for social causes and put players at risk.

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    A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise. This could also result in funds generated by Norsk Tipping for Norwegian society fall by as much as NOK1.3bn.

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    AGTech Holdings has reported a 22.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first six months of 2019, which was blamed on a HK$16.5m (£1.7m/€1.9m/$2.1m) decline in lottery hardware sales over the period.

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    State-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel’s lottery and gaming machine division has generated turnover of SEK906m (£74.6m/€86.9m/$97.6m) in the first two months of activity in Sweden’s newly regulated online gaming market.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly operator Veikkaus has pledged to develop its digital offering over the next three years to ensure it doesn’t see profits cannibalised by offshore competition, after announcing slight declines in turnover and profit for 2018.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 4.4% year-on-year increase in amounts wagered by players in 2018, with the operator bolstered by increased online sales and sports betting activity.

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    ZEAL Group has joined forces with UNICEF Norway to launch the first digital-only charity lottery in the Scandinavian country

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    Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu is to launch what is believed to be the largest lottery in Africa.

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    Changes to the UK Gambling Act will mean some lotteries for good causes in the regulated market will now have to deal with less red tape.

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    Richard Weil, chairman and chief executive of Innova Group, has said that the company was able to meet or exceed all of its growth objectives during the 12 months to December 31, 2015.

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    Dutch state-owned charity lottery operator De Lotto has appointed of Peter Kuipers as its interim chief executive officer following the recent departure of Joost Otterloo.

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    The Health Lottery has agreed a new partnership with online and land-based betting operator Gala Coral to launch a new game offering a jackpot of £1 million ($1.59 million/€1.19 million).

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    Greek-owned gaming and lottery operator Intralot has agreed a 10-year deal to become the technology provider for the Taiwan Sport Lottery Corporation (TSLC).