As the coronavirus pandemic has swept the world, the health and economic impact on local communities has been far-reaching. Across the board, WLA member lotteries have stepped up in support of their communities, going above and beyond their usual charitable endeavors to help alleviate the effects of this unprecedented crisis. Below we provide a selection of some of the many lotteries making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases top 14 million worldwide with a confirmed case fatality rate of ≈4.3% and an estimated infection fatality rate of ≈0.65%.
Like the global financial crisis of 2008, or the 9/11 terror attacks, the coronavirus pandemic has proved to be an earth-shaking event. The full magnitude of its consequences will likely be felt for years to come. Now, emerging from the pandemic lockdown, we are faced with many uncertainties. True to its nature, the world lottery community is collectively working to seek clarity in the wake of the crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has forced us to adapt many aspects of our daily lives. Prolonged indoor stays are accelerating the evolution of eCommerce, have made home office the current standard working model for many, and have brought the classrooms of our school children into our homes. But what will remain of this adaptive behavior once the lockdown has been lifted?
- COVID-19 cases top 1.25 million as one-third of the world goes on lockdown - Lottomatica, SELAE, and ONCE suspend all sales as China Sports and China Welfare resume operations on a rolling basis - North American lotteries suspend VLT operations and close prize redemption claim centers - Sports betting hit by adjournment of major events and competitions including the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Euro 2020, and the 2020 Summer Olympics - All casinos in Las Vegas close as Macau casinos cautiously reopen - Major turf events including the Kentucky Derby and the Grand National postponed as horse racing is cancelled or moved behind closed doors - US congress approves USD 2.2 trillion relief package as 10 million Americans file for unemployment - H2 Global Gaming's 2020 total gambling forecast now downgraded 12.1% on pre-outbreak estimates.
As reported in the WLA blog back mid-last year, Apple announced numerous changes to their App Store Review Guidelines on Monday, June 3 2019, including new requirements for real-money gaming apps. The changes to the guidelines, which were announced rather abruptly and with little warning, were intended to ensure Apple could have the final say on which lottery and betting apps, if any, were qualified for the App Store.
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