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    Gambling on lotteries has long been viewed differently to other forms of gambling. But as the lines between the different types of operators, games and verticals become increasingly blurred, is it time for a rethink? Joanne Christie reports

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    While Ireland proved a positive test case for the lottery betting sector’s collective approach to lobbying, its highest profile exponent has found the going far from easy in other territories following product bans in the UK and Australia. But this is no reason for Lottoland to deviate from its core markets strategy, chief executive Nigel Birrell tells Joanne Christie.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits. 

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    Victor Espinosa believes that his company’s self-service terminal, originally conceived as a lottery ticket vending machine, could become a widely used solution in markets with a low level of internet penetration. Here he explains how Loto Punto was established, and the obstacles it faces in its native Colombian market.

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    While lottery betting may have been banned in Australia this year, messenger services backed by the purchase of the matching ticket abroad are still active and entirely legal, according to experts. Joanne Christie considers if we can expect to see more players enter the market.

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    25 April 2019

    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the LatAm iGaming Dashboard, featuring growth projections for the Latin American region. With markets such as Brazil and Argentina moving towards introducing regulation, and the Colombian market already open for business, gross win for the region is expected to almost double from 2019 to 2024. 

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    Zeal Network is preparing for major changes in its core German market, with its acquisition of Lotto24 to prompt a pivot away from lottery betting in the country. Chief executive Helmut Becker explains how the shift will position the business for future growth - and why lottery betting is far from dead.

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    This week's State of the Union covers developments across the US, with bills progressing in a number of states, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Attorneys General taking on the Wire Act, and Rhode Island edging closer to approving mobile wagering.

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    The first day’s panels at ICE VOX 2019 saw speakers talk up the need for cooperation between operators and regulators if the industry is to survive in the face of increasing regulatory pressure and worsening public opinion. Speakers also highlighted the importance of clarity on issues such as the Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act and what is expected of operators when it comes to player protection.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.

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    The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.

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    Online lottery has seen a raft of new entrants recently in the US or via secondary lotteries. Martyn Hannah talks to Michigan Lottery and affiliates to find out more  

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    Nigeria is putting together a licensing and regulatory framework for igaming. iGaming Business spoke to Lanre Gbajabiamila, the man heading up this initiative as chief executive of the Lagos State Lotteries Board, about what operators can expect of the market and forthcoming regulation in Lagos.

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    2 July 2014

    Internet lottery sales may have got off to a slower-than-expected start, but the potential of the channel to capture fresh demographics and revenues remains undiminished, writes Michael Jones of the pioneering Illinois Lottery.