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An Evaluation of the Effects of Online Poker on State Lotteries - FairPlay USA (12/2011)

An Evaluation of the Effects of Online Poker on State Lotteries - FairPlay USA (12/2011)

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Internet poker and lottery games are fundamentally different products. Playing lotteries and playing poker are fundamentally different consumer activities.

The available evidence suggests that the growth of Internet poker prior to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not adversely impact State lotteries or reduce State lottery revenues.
Internet poker and lottery games are fundamentally different products. Playing lotteries and playing poker are fundamentally different consumer activities.

The available evidence suggests that the growth of Internet poker prior to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not adversely impact State lotteries or reduce State lottery revenues.

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An Evaluation of the Effects of Online Pokeron State Lotteries
Prepared by: Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLCPrepared for: FairPlayUSADecember 2011
 
 
Table of Contents
Executive Summary ........................................................................................ 2
 
1. Poker and Lotteries Are Fundamentally Different Products ..................... 3
 
2. U.S. Lottery Sales Data Contradict an Alleged Substitution Effect .......... 3
 
3. Lottery Players and Online Poker Players Differ ...................................... 6
 
4. The PGRI Report ....................................................................................... 7
 
5. Conclusions ................................................................................................ 9
 
 
 
Executive Summary
Internet poker and lottery games are fundamentally different products. Playing lotteries andplaying poker are fundamentally different consumer activities.The available evidence suggests that the growth of Internet poker prior to the Unlawful InternetGambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not adversely impact State lotteries or reduce Statelottery revenues.Enforcement actions after UIGEA became law reduced U.S. spending on Internet poker by anestimated $600 million but were not accompanied by an upward spike in U.S. lottery sales.A recent report by Public Gaming Research Institute (“PGRI”), a group “dedicated to the supportand growth of lottery organizations”, suggesting that lotteries would be adversely affected by thelegalization of online poker, is not supported by the historic economic data we reviewed.Nothing in the PGRI report constitutes a factual basis for its assertion that Federal legalization of Internet poker would adversely impact U.S. lottery sales or State lottery revenues.The PGRI report should not be used as the basis for any public policy decisions, particularlythose related to the legalization of online poker.

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