Global lottery sales increased a healthy 5.7% during the first quarter of 2018, with Africa celebrating thanks to outstanding growth in South Africa and Morocco.
The increasing popularity of sports betting and the rapid advance of online technology provide new opportunities for state lotteries, but also for criminal elements that seek to corrupt sports for their own gain. In the following exclusive interview, GLMS President Ludovico Calvi explains why the integrity of sports and the probity of sports betting are inseparable and why the Global Lottery Monitoring System is vital for the future of the world lottery community.
The chief executive officer of Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance Morten Eriksen gives us an update on the venture’s progress.
In October last year Danske Lotteri Spil, Française des Jeux, Norsk Tipping, and Veikkaus established a joint venture called Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance (LEIA).
Its stated aim is to “create a joint company to share resources in order to build a wider and efficient digital gaming offer”. In an industry not renowned for its technical innovation, with many lotteries still in the early stages of digitizing their land-based retail offerings, it is a significant announcement.
Lotteries are built on integrity but integrity is a commodity which is hard for lottery operators to protect. This is due, in part, to the increasingly complex and dynamic nature of cyber security risk which, if managed badly, can rapidly undermine stakeholder confidence in the integrity of a lottery.
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