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    German lottery broker Zeal Network’s revenue and earnings declined in 2019, but the business said the year was still a success despite the acquisition of Lotto24 and move away from secondary lotteries affecting its financial performance.

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    Lotteries and keno helped Tabcorp’s revenues to increase to 4.4% to $2.91bn for the six months ended 31 December, 2019, even as the operator’s wagering vertical faced integration issues and the gaming services vertical struggled.

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    China’s Welfare and Sports Lottery sales declined 17.5% to CNY422.05bn (£46.39bn/€55.80bn/$60.12bn) in 2019, after the year concluded with a 4.9% year-on-year decline in sales for December, according to figures from the country’s Ministry of Finance.

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    Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy has introduced legislation to establish a new state lottery corporation, with the aim of expanding legal gambling options across the state.

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    Loto Quebec’s revenue fell 11.1% to $685.6m as a lack of larger jackpots slashed lottery revenue, while revenue from other verticals also declined in the quarter ended 31 December, the third of the operator’s fiscal year.

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    Svenska Spel's revenue declined and new taxes slashed profits in what chief executive Patrik Hofbauer called “the most tumultuous year in the history of the group and the [Swedish] gaming industry.”

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    French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has projected 5% growth in both player stakes and revenue for 2020, after a “landmark” 2019 that saw the operator list on the Euronext Paris and net revenue rise to €1.96bn.

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    Canadian provincial lottery operator the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) has announced Chris Keevill as its new chief executive officer, effective 1 May. 

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    The US National Council on Problem Gambling has issued new guidelines to payment providers, reminding them that they can play a “critical role” in reducing gambling-related harm.

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    A new bill seeking to legalise sports wagering and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in Missouri has cleared the state’s House Special Committee (HCS).

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    Denmark's state-controlled gaming operator Danske Spil has announced that a record number of customers became millionaires by playing its games in 2019.

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    Bulgarian legislator Valeri Simenov, a member of the National Front for Salvation Party, has introduced a bill that would ban private lotteries in the country and restrict the operation of lotteries to a government-owned monopoly.

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    The Nigerian National Lottery Regulatory Commission has prohibited the operation, promotion and sale of tickets of all unapproved foreign lottery games after multiple instances of operators failing to pay players' winnings.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has issued a warning to customers after it was made aware that some of its games were being offered over the phone by a third party without permission.

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    Svenska Spel lotteries and scratchcards distributed 255 prizes of SEK1m or more, a 9.9% decrease from 2018, for combined winnings of SEK 1.28bn (£103.4m/€121.3m/$134.4m)  an 8.5% year-on-year decline.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP completed the introduction of 25,000 video lottery terminal (VLT) machines in its home country in December 2019.

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    Scientific Games has signed a five-year extension to its technology agreement with German regional lottery operator Lotto Baden-Württemberg.

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    Germany’s state lottery association the Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) has reported a marginal decline in amounts wagered on lotteries for 2019.

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    Sisal, operator of Morocco’s Loterie Maroc, has partnered virtual sports specialist Highlight Games to launch its Soccerbet product in the North African country.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to social lottery regulations, including a potential increase to how much players can win.

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