26 March 2012 - SmartTech Lottery Summit Wrap-Up
By Mike Veverka
All eyes are on Illinois this week as they become the first US state to go online selling official lotteries.
How will sales go? Will there be any opposition? Will it all run smoothly?
The important thing in my opinion is that they ARE going online. Every state lottery is looking at this issues and having Illinois
take the first step will be an important confidence builder.
Illinois is different because it's the only private partnership lottery in the US and therefore less shackled by the state government.
But if all goes well (allowing for minor mishaps) then all the other 42 states with lotteries will get a boost.
The SmartTech lottery summit in New York has just concluded and I was pleased to be able to present Jumbo to a packed room
of over 200 lottery executives. I presented our e-Retailer model which is quite unique and you could see the light bulbs go on around the room.
I was also involved in a panel discussion chaired by the New York Lottery and my co-panelists were from Camelot, Intralot and Pollard Banknote.
The topic was "Engaging retailers on the Internet to help grow sales".
Traditional lottery retailers are the major opponents to lotteries going on the Internet and Jumbo's e-Retailer model is a perfect solution to this.
I pointed to our successful partnership with Tatts, SA Lotteries, Ninemsn and our entire advertising network (Facebook, Google, Ebay, etc)
as proof of the harmony that our model creates.
Jumbo's 2 US-based representatives, Brian Roberts and John Carson, were both there as well as John Wilde,
International Business Development Manager. All are busy this week following up on leads and are backed up by the whole Jumbo team.
We wish them well on what could be a breakthrough year for Jumbo.
SmartTech Panel Discussion
SmartTech Presentation - Mike Veverka
Jumbo SmartTech Team - Brian Roberts, John Carson and Mike Veverka