Public Gaming International July/August 2023

48 PUBLIC GAMING INTERNATIONAL • JULY/AUGUST 2023 P U L S E NORTH AMERICAN NEWS A sampling of Jobs and RFP’s posted to JOB: NC Lottery Senior Attorney - Raleigh JOB: NC Lottery Associate Attorney - Raleigh RFP: Multi-State Lottery Association -MUSL is pursuing external and internal penetration and vulnerability testing from qualified vendors RFP: New Hampshire Lottery RFP (iLottery RFP LOT 2023-02) for an iLottery System, Games, Ancillary Systems and Support JOB: DC LOTTERY Advertising Manager JOB: North Carolina Lottery (NCEL): Deputy Executive Director, Gaming Compliance and Sports Betting Raleigh [900001224] RFP:Tender lotteries National lottery of the Republic of North Macedonia 'Agency for the organization and provision of prizes for sweepstakes' RFP: Rhode Island Lottery - Electronic Jackpot Signs Bid#23-05A RFP: Hoosier Lottery Security Audit Mark William Bracken named Executive Director of Massachusetts State Lottery “We are proud to appoint Mark William as the new Executive Director, and strongly support his efforts in this new role,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “He has extensive leadership experience and knowledge about the standards, goals, and operations of the Lottery, ensuring the continued integrity of the industry while maximizing local aid for our cities and towns.” “I am grateful to Treasurer Goldberg for giving me the opportunity to lead one of the most successful lotteries in the world and build upon its many achievements over the last five decades,” said Mark William Bracken. “The last 15 months have been an amazing experience and I am excited to work with our talented team members to continue to introduce new and entertaining products and support the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.” Mark William has served as an Assistant Treasurer and Director of the Unclaimed Property Division since 2011. Before joining the Treasury, he served a term as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Appeals on Motor Vehicle Liability, Bonds and Policies in former Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. Before working for Governor Patrick, he spent six years as a Policy Analyst for the Joint Committee on Financial Services for the Massachusetts General Court. He has also served as the President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. Mark William earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Saint Anselm College. He is a lifelong resident of Quincy, Massachusetts. Fiscal year 2023 will be the strongest year of lottery performance in the 38-year history of the Iowa Lottery Lottery CEO Matt Strawn: “Fiscal year 2023 will be the strongest year of lottery performance in the 38-year history of the Iowa Lottery — setting records for gross sales that will approach 480 million dollars,” Strawn says. He says the proceeds from Iowa Lottery sales returned to the state are more than 101 million dollars — which is up 12% compared to last year. Strawn says a couple of large lotto game jackpots and more drawing days helped increase lotto game sales. He says there were also some internal actions taken to help. “Among the strategic factors that influenced this performance in those product categories include the deployment of more self-service vending kiosks in high-traffic retail locations, and updating the InstaPlay product category for the first time since its inception in 2017. Developing new price points and price structure value propositions for the scratch ticket line, and more effectively managing the lottery’s inventory of pull tab tickets,” Strawn says. Powerball sales are up nearly 26%, MegaMillions sales are up more than 24% and Lotto America Sales were up more than 56% through May. Powerball First Millionaire of the Year promotion returns for 5th consecutive year Five finalists randomly selected from a national pool of Powerball players will travel to New York City to ring in the New Year and have the chance to win $1 million in a special drawing broadcast live on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024” on ABC, the No. 1 New Year’s Eve programming special on television. “This has become an exhilarating New Year’s tradition for Powerball – awarding $1 million to a lottery player shortly after the ball drop in Times Square,” said Drew Svitko, Powerball Product Group Chair and Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director. “Participating lotteries will open entry periods throughout the summer and fall; players should check with their local lottery for more information on how they can participate for the opportunity to become a finalist.” The following lottery jurisdictions will participate in this year’s promotion: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (Hoosier), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C. The “Powerball First Millionaire of the Year” winner will be announced just after midnight EST in Times Square. Last year, finalists from across the country traveled to New York City for a VIP experience, capped off by an exclusive New Year’s Eve gala in Times Square and the $1 million drawing. Each finalist entered a second-chance or similar drawing or contest held by one of the participating lotteries. Just after midnight, Gary Krigbaum from North Carolina was named the 2023 Powerball First Millionaire of the Year. Florida Lottery debuts new 'YEAR FOR LIFE' scratch-off games The $1 game, $25,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE, features more than 4.7 million winning tickets and $14.7 million in cash prizes, including four top prizes of $25,000 a year for life. The overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.96. The $50,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE, which costs $2 per game, has 8.4 million winning tickets and $52 million in cash prizes. There are eight top prizes of $50,000 a year for life. The overall odds are 1-in-4.43. For $5 a game, players can try to win $150,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE. There are more than 9.5 million winning tickets and $132.6 million in cash prizes, including four top prizes of $150,000 a year for life. The overall odds are 1-in-3.95. The $10 game, $250,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE, has more than 7 million winning tickets and $176.4 million in cash prizes. There are four top prizes of $250,000 a year for life, The overall odds are 1-in-3.33.