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    Gambling revenue in Latvia increased 15.3% year-on-year in the first quarter, with national regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) reporting growth across all key verticals.

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    Online lottery brokerage Lotto24 has reported year-on-year growth across both revenue and earnings for the first quarter of the year, as it prepares to complete a merger with its former parent company Zeal Networks.

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    Lottery brokerage Zeal Network has reported a 26.3% year-on-year increase in adjusted earnings before interest and tax in the first quarter of 2019, despite being hit by a drop in revenue.

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    NeoPollard Interactive, the vendor for the New Hampshire Lottery, has hit out at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its uncertainty over whether the Wire Act applies to interstate and online lotteries, calling for the “charade to end”.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week we do the sums on where good causes money is going in Ireland, ponder an odd image and say farewell to the man who threw the industry into disarray with his reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

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    Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel has reported a 5.9% decline in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with growth in the new Sport & Casino igaming division offset by struggles in its lottery and land-based gaming units.

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    US-focused mobile lottery start-up Jackpocket has appointed Gavin Isaacs, the former CEO of Scientific Games and current chairman of SBTech, as a senior advisor to its board of directors.

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    Bulgaria-based gambling operator National Lottery JSC has selected Kambi to support the launch of a new online and retail sportsbook service with the Moldovan National Lottery.

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    The UK Gambling Commission has set out its business plan for 2019-20, with a continued focus on protecting consumers, preventing gambling-related harm and raising overall standards in the industry.

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    This week we look at role reversal in the lottery space, ponder the outrage over the M&M's slot-machine dispenser and payday loans and giggle at some of the more outlandish Royal baby name predictions

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) has claimed that its revised stance on the 1961 Wire Act did not address the legality of interstate and online lotteries, with a review into the matter ongoing.

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    SBTech may be formally confirmed as the Oregon State Lottery’s (OSL) sports betting partner later this month, though its selection as the preferred vendor has been protested by Scientific Games, a rival bidder for the contract.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has launched a new bingo gaming platform with Canadian provincial lottery operator Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL). The platform features live session bingo games along with a customised, 10-game content bundle.

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    Lottoland has rolled out its lottery betting offering in the South African market after the operator was granted two licences by the country’s Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has cited a higher contribution from video lottery terminals and an improved performance by its KINO lottery game as the main factors behind a 6.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    Lotto betting start-up MegaLotto has appointed Grant Williams, previously online managing director at William Hill, as its chief executive. Williams will begin his new role on April 1.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a three-year extension to its deal with the Kansas Lottery, continuing the partnership until at least 2022.

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    Zeal Network has cited the acquisition of a record number of new customers as the main reason behind year-on-year financial growth in 2018, describing the year as a “milestone” 12 months for the lottery brokerage.

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    Online lottery betting provider Multilotto and Swedish convenience store chain Direkten have joined forces to launch a new in-shop gaming platform. The service will now be rolled out in 30 shops across the country.

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    Online gaming software supplier Bede Gaming has been accepted as an associate member of the European Lotteries Association.

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