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    La Française des Jeux-owned betting content and technology provider Sporting Solutions has joined the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) as an associate member, the first sportsbook supplier to do so.

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    Camelot UK Lotteries has revealed the UK National Lottery was able to generate a record £7.91bn (€8.90bn/$9.90bn) in total ticket sales in its 2019-20 fiscal year, aided by significant year-on-year growth from its digital offering.

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    News of significant reopenings and sporting restarts in June saw a slight rebound in H2 Gambling Capital’s expectations for the European and Asian markets in 2020.

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    Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government.

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    Lottery betting operator Lottoland has launched its first charity lottery game in the UK in the form of Win-Win Charity Lotto.

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    Sweden’s consumer ombudsman has ruled that Trisskrapet, a regular TV spot broadcast on free-to-air channel TV4 in which guests play Svenska Spel scratchcards, is a form of advertising, and must therefore include responsible gaming information.

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    German state lottery Lotto Thüringen has unveiled a revamped online portal for players, following a comprehensive rebuild of its site carried out by IT service provider Adesso.

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    Sweden's liicensed gambling operators reported revenue of SEK5.90bn in the first quarter of 2020, down 1.4% from 2019, according to new figures from regulator Spelinspektionen and the Swedish Tax Agency.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has announced that it will resume raffle draws from 1 June, following a month-long suspension.

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    A fine issued by Sweden’s gambling regulator in 2017 to a news portal that linked to unlicensed gambling sites has been upheld by the Jönköping Administrative Court of Appeal.

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    Chinese lottery sales continued their recovery into April, though with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic not allowing some provinces to resume sales until May, the monthly total was down 35.0% year-on-year.

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    Danish gaming operator Danske Spil has reported a marginal year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, with declines in its igaming and gaming machine arms mitigated by growth in its lottery business.

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    Scientific Games has appointed Michael Eklund as its new chief financial officer, replacing Michael Quartieri in the role.

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    Greek gambling operator OPAP has appointed chief commercial officer Jan Karas as acting chief executive while it seeks a permanent replacement for the outgoing Damien Cope.

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    Mobile lottery app Jackpocket has launched in Oregon, allowing consumers in the state to play lottery jackpot games from home.

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    International Game Technology (IGT)’s revenue declined 17.9% to $940.2m in the first quarter of 2020, while a $296m impairment charge related to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) saw the supplier post a loss for the period.

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    The German state of Bremen’s Audit Committee has highlighted failings in state lottery operator Bremer Toto and Lotto’s (BTL) marketing practices, and flagged a major conflict of interest in its governance.

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    Lotto New Zealand has announced it is to reopen more of its sales outlets across the country after the government further eased social distancing measures related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Scientific Games expanded its partnership with German state lottery Lotto Thüringen, to provide instant win titles from 2021.

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    Zeal Networks has seen billings soar in the first quarter of the year, but its pivot to brokerage and away from lottery betting resulted in revenue figures suffering in comparison to the prior year.

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