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ILLINOIS LOTTERY REMINDS PLAYERS ‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIFT RESPONSIBLY

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With the holiday gift-giving season underway, the Illinois Lottery is reminding players that lottery games are for grown-ups – not kids.

This holiday season, the Illinois Lottery is once again partnering with the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling(ICPG) in the Gift Responsibly Campaign. The annual holiday campaign, spearheaded by the National Council on Problem Gambling, is designed to increase public awareness of the impact and inappropriateness of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

“Lottery products, especially Instant Tickets, are a popular gift during the holiday season but they are not an appropriate gift for those under the age of 18,” said Harold Mays, Illinois Lottery Director. “Responsible gaming is an integral part of the Illinois Lottery, and we are pleased to once again support the Gift Responsibly Campaign this holiday season by reminding players that lottery games are for adults only.”

The Illinois Lottery joins a network of more than 80 national and international lotteries encouraging players to gamble responsibly and to help keep the holiday season festive by gifting lottery tickets only to adults. Non-lottery organizations are also participating in the campaign as an effort to increase awareness of the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season.

“Studies have shown that gambling at an early age can increase the risk of problem gambling later in life, including a strong association between age of gambling onset and problem gambling severity among those who receive lottery tickets,” said Dave Wohl, Executive Director at ICPG. “We value our partnership with the Illinois Lottery and applaud their commitment to raise awareness about the risks of youth gambling through the Gift Responsibly Campaign.”

In addition to the Gift Responsibly campaign, the Illinois Lottery promotes responsible play year round by reminding players to Be Smart, Play Smart®. Players are encouraged to play for fun, not funds, and to set a budget and stick to it. For more information on how to play and gift responsibly, please go to the Illinois Lottery website and visit the Responsible Gaming page.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing problems when playing lottery games, please call 1-800-GAMBLER. This toll-free helpline is answered by trained specialists 24/7/365.

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AGA to Host State of the Industry Presentation, Release Report on Record-Breaking 2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) will hold its annual State of the Industry presentation with AGA President and CEO Bill Miller today, February 20 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT.

During the presentation, the AGA will release full-year 2023 commercial gaming revenue numbers, discuss gaming’s third consecutive record-setting revenue year, provide analysis on the current gaming landscape, and preview AGA priorities for 2024.

Media are invited to a press call immediately following the presentation for Q&A.

What: AGA State of the Industry: Gaming’s Look Ahead & 2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker Release

Who: AGA President and CEO Bill Miller and Vice President, Research David Forman

When: Today, February 20, 2024 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT

Where: WEBINAR REGISTRATION | PRESS CALL REGISTRATION

For questions about this event or AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker, contact [email protected].

 

Background

AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker provides state-by-state and cumulative insight into the U.S. commercial gaming industry’s financial performance based on state revenue reports. This issue highlights full-year 2023 figures and Q4 2023 results. Tribal gaming revenue is released annually by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

35 states and the District of Columbia featured operational commercial gaming markets in 2023, including casino gaming, sports betting and iGaming.

AGA’s State of Play Map charts gaming’s economic impact, industry regulations and casino locations on a state-by-state basis for both the commercial and tribal gaming sectors.

 

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2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue Reaches $66.5B, Marking Third-Straight Year of Record Revenue

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Industry Contributes All-Time High $14.4B in State and Local Gaming Taxes.

U.S. commercial gaming revenue reached an annual record of $66.5 billion in 2023, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker. The total surpasses 2022’s previous high of $60.5 billion by 10 percent, marking the industry’s third-straight record revenue year.

The year was punctuated by all-time high quarterly revenue of $17.4 billion in Q4 2023, anchored by $6.2 billion in revenue in December, the highest grossing month in industry history.

“From the traditional casino experience to online options, American adults’ demand for gaming is at an all-time high,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Sustaining our momentum will take unified industry efforts around combating pernicious illegal operators and growing responsible gambling efforts in tandem with the growth of the legal market—both of which the AGA is committed to lead on throughout 2024.”

The commercial gaming industry continues to evolve, with online gaming making up nearly one-quarter (24.7%) of nationwide commercial gaming revenue in 2023, a new annual high. Looking at each sector:

Traditional Gaming: Brick-and-mortar casino slots and table games grossed a record $49.4 billion in 2023, up 3.3 percent over 2022. On a state level, 19 out of 27 traditional gaming markets saw record annual revenue.
Sports Betting: In 2023, sports betting achieved new records for handle ($119.8B) and sportsbook revenue ($10.9B), up 27.8 and 44.5 percent respectively. This growth was largely fueled by continued maturation across most existing markets as well as several new markets, particularly in Massachusetts and Ohio.

iGaming: 2023 online casino revenue grew 22.9 percent year-over-year to $6.2 billion in the six states with full-scale legal iGaming.

In 2023, 12 of the top 20 commercial casino gaming markets reported revenue growth compared to the previous year, with the top market—the Las Vegas Strip—seeing the strongest year-over-year gains. New Jersey maintained its spot as the second-highest grossing market, while Chicagoland (third) flipped rankings with the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. market (fourth) and Mississippi Gulf Coast (fifth) rounded out the top five.

The commercial gaming industry also contributed more to state and local governments’ coffers than ever in 2023. Throughout the year, commercial gaming operators paid an estimated $14.4 billion in direct gaming revenue taxes, an increase of 9.7 percent year-over-year. The industry also contributes billions of additional tax dollars to states each year in the form of income, sales, payroll and various other corporate taxes.

“Gaming’s success translates directly to the success of the states, cities and towns in which we operate,” continued Miller. “We are proud to be in 47 U.S. jurisdictions, acting as economic drivers, creating jobs and providing the funding that makes critical public education programs, infrastructure projects, problem gambling resources and more possible.”

Miller will make additional remarks on full-year 2023 commercial gaming revenue figures and preview AGA’s priorities for the year ahead in AGA’s annual State of the Industry webinar on Feb. 20 at 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT.

For additional information about (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker visit americangaming.org

For registration visit bigmarker.com

 

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Internet Vikings Strengthens its Disaster Recovery Capability in Delaware with Second Data Center

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Internet Vikings, a leading provider of licensed in-state hosting solutions in the United States, has opened its second data center in Delaware. This strategic expansion strengthens the company’s position within the iGaming and sports betting market, enabling it to deliver reliable and always-on disaster recovery services to operators across the state of Delaware.

According to Internet Vikings’ official statement, the opening of a second data center in Delaware is a company response to increasing industry demands for stability and reliability within the region.

In September of 2023, Internet Vikings became the first hosting provider to implement full redundancy in West Virginia, responding to industry demands for disaster recovery in light of the increased risk of ransomware attacks. By opening a second data center in Delaware, the company underscores its commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the iGaming and sports betting sectors with reliable hosting solutions.

“Our clients require absolute assurance that their platforms will operate seamlessly, irrespective of unforeseen circumstances,” the Chief Technology Officer for Internet Vikings, Kristoffer Ottosson, said. “This impelled our decision to bolster our presence in Delaware with a second data center, providing premium redundancy and performance.”

“Considering the heightened risk posed by ransomware attacks and the significant financial losses they incur, disaster recovery has emerged as a strategic priority for numerous gaming companies,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Internet Vikings, Rickard Vikstrom, said. “Our second data center in Delaware strengthens the disaster recovery capacity in the region, offering the industry the highest level of security and infrastructure.”

With its commitment to security, reliability, and client success, Internet Vikings is charting its own course in the iGaming and sports betting landscape across the United States.

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