The Illinois Lottery is unable to pay big winners due to a government shutdown in the state. Tickets with a prize of $25,000 and higher cannot be cut to winners due to a budget disagreement in the state legislature. Players owed money by the Illinois Lottery filed suit against the state in an attempt to force payment.
In other Illinois Lottery news, the state took in $125 million less in 2014 than it did the previous year. Higher payouts are blamed for the lower results. Northstar Lottery Group, a private enterprise, was under contract to manage the Illinois Lottery. The state relieved the company of its duties due to the poor performance. The state will take back control of the lottery.
Caesars Agrees to Fines Related to Improper Gaming Operations
Caesars agreed to a $1.5 million civil settlement with the Nevada Gaming Commission, which approved the deal this week. The 15-count complaint alleged noncompliance with procedures for proper reporting of high limit gambling action. Caesars agreed to pay $8 million to settle the same complaint with the federal government last week. There were 37 areas of noncompliance between February 2012 and April 2012.
Archie Karas Added to Nevada Black Book
Famous gambler Archie Karas, also known by his given name Anargyros Karabourniotis, was added to the official excluded gambler list in Nevada this week. The list is known as the Black Book. The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously agreed to add Karas to the list. Karas was famous for turning $50 into $40 million in the 1990’s. He had a history of run ins with gaming enforcement agents in Nevada due to cheating at cards. The latest occurred in California at Barona Casino. Karas is also an excluded player in that state.
Tough Week for Fantasy Football
DraftKings and FanDuel inundated NFL broadcasts with advertisements during the first week of the season. The sites claim to be legal skill games in 45 states, but some are not so sure. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. asked Congress to hold a committee hearing to investigate the legality of daily fantasy sports.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is also looking into the legality of daily fantasy sports. DraftKings is based in Massachusetts. These moves came after the Michigan Gaming Commission director opined that daily fantasy sports is probably illegal in that state. Several smaller daily fantasy sites left Michigan on that opinion, but not DraftKings or FanDuel, the two largest.
Nevada Approves Skill-Based Slots Regulations
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved regulations that will cover skill-based slot machines this week. The games should hit casino floors later this year. At this time, all slots in Nevada and all other states are pure luck. Slots distributed under these regulations will include a level of skill. It is expected that these types of slots will give skillful players an edge during bonus rounds, including ones following popular video games.