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Entries Tagged as 'Lotteries'

Coverage of the Tatts / Coles story

November 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

There have been plenty of stories this week about looming sunset of the five year moratorium that protects lottery agents in NSW. Much has been written about the fear of Coles and Woolworths getting lottery products. Here are some of the stories: Click here to hear Ray Hadley on Radio 2UE yesterday. Click here for a […]

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What’s your position on Tatts and supermarkets and how much will you back it?

November 19th, 2014 · 69 Comments

I am against supermarkets and any business associated with supermarkets. getting access to the sale of lottery products. It’s important I start with that statement as what I say in this blog post will cause some to say that is not my position. The Daily Telegraph story published yesterday – Survival is a lottery for […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future · Social responsibility

News Corp. opens its Victorian election campaign with a incomplete attack about Intralot

October 25th, 2014 · 3 Comments

While the Victorian Labor Government screwed up the introduction of Intralot in 2007, they are not to blame for the $63M loss by Intralot in my view. The blame for the loss rests with Intralot for poor management, Tatts for their sales counter land grab and several independent authorities that permitted small business newsagents to […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Social responsibility

Credit Suisse on Tatts

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Click here to read research issued August 21 into Tatts Group. Of most interest to newsagents will be the continued push by Tatts for lotteries sales online (page 3). Credit Suisse expects the online penetration to reach 15% by FY18. There is also the comment about a new Tatts website launch next year that is expected […]

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OzLotteries promoting Powerball $50M

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

OzLotteries is actively promoting the Powerball $50 million jackpot with emails to people on their database. I’m on their database and don’t recall other recent emails from them as the Powerball jackpots grew. I wonder if a $50M jackpot is the trigger for their marketing to kick in. 1 likes

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Inexpensive NZ lottery corporate image requirements for retailers

July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Click on the image to see in detail what NZ lottery retailers are required to install in terms of a fit out and external marketing. Externally, there is stick on signage and inside, there is inexpensive signage at the sales locations. One retailer I spoke with today said they spent less than $3.000 on their […]

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Concerns at moves by Tatts to reduce lottery terminals in some outlets

July 10th, 2014 · 18 Comments

Tatts has contacted some agents advising that they will take back a terminal. This advice has come as a shock and raises questions about the future of over the counter lottery sales in small business newsagencies – in the light of the Tatts online push and their apparent commitment to roll the Coles Express trial […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

The Tatts barrier to selling your newsagency

July 7th, 2014 · 11 Comments

If you have tatts in your business and are planning to sell you will need to factor in time for tatts to go through their processes. Not only do they take time to vet and approve applicants, there is the real risk that they could say no. It surprises me when I hear of Tatts […]

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Tags: Ethics · Lotteries · Newsagency challenges

Fewer lottery jackpots feeding a decline in sales

June 24th, 2014 · 5 Comments

In the first half of 2013 there were 23 lottery jackpots with a first division pool of $15 million or above. In the first half of this year that number dropped to 19. Newsagents looking to understand why lottery sales this year compared to last may be flat or down should look at the impact […]

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Tatts promotes online purchases with competition

June 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Tatts is running a competition that seeks to educate customers about purchasing entries online. Their $1,000 Play Money competition pouts you in the running if you purchase or renew your Tatts card, buy a ticket – and you’re in the running. The website seems to indicate that the buying of the ticket is done online – […]

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Lotterywest helps its retailers improve their businesses

June 19th, 2014 · 9 Comments

I was fortunate last night to experience first-hand the help Lotterywest provides to its retail partners. In their Perth head office last night, Lotterywest hosted a workshop on newsagency management for a small group of their retailers. This session covered loss prevention, supplier management, newsagency management and a range of other topics. It was 100% […]

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How is the million dollar scratchie game selling for you?

June 6th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I’d love to hear from newsagents how the million dollar scratchie game is selling. I noticed street level advertising by Golden Casket in the centre of Brisbane. Indeed, it was terrific to see this advertising to see the game.  Scratchie tickets are a good over the counter opportunity as they are a retailer focused product as […]

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7-Eleven pulling out of selling Tatts lottery products

May 27th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Tatts Group has announced that from June 30 7-eleven stores will no longer be selling their products: By mutual agreement, from Monday 30 June 2014, Tatts products will not be available fro purchase from Tatts Quick Outlets which are located in 7-Eleven stores. This change has followed an assessment of the viability of the Tatts […]

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Is $20 million the prize entry point for lottery customers?

May 16th, 2014 · 19 Comments

Talking to a capital city CBD based newsagent yesterday and they commented that shoppers are not interested in lottery tickets in their shop unless the prize is $20 million or above. For them, a $20 million prize is there entry point. What’s yours? 6 likes

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges

Tatts needs to promote its retail network

May 9th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Check out the Tweet from Tatts Tuesday promoting the purchase of OzLotto $10 million lottery tickets direct from them. Tatts could have easily supported its retail network in the tweet. Tatts retailers are required to invest heaving in the tatts brand. The least tatts could do would be to reciprocate in support through social media. […]

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Tatts seeks to lock-in regular shoppers online

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the marketing sent out by the Tatts owned SA Lotteries to customers this week encouraging them to sign up for the Autoplay service – repeat ticket purchases. This is exactly what the majority of lottery shoppers want – weekly purchases without forgetting. Newsagents need to factor marketing like this into their own business […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Social responsibility

Simple approach to promoting lotteries in New York

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

What you can see in the photo is the only promotion of lottery products in this news / convenience retailer I met with in New York. The retailer told me they met all the requirements of their lottery agreement with this placement of a promotional screen in front of the sales terminal. No actual shop […]

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Massive win for Tatts online

April 11th, 2014 · 9 Comments

The $40M Powerball winner from last night’s draw purchased their ticket online direct from Tatts. Anyone who has sold a major prize will know this boosts sales for the winning outlet. Online will get a boost for sure. 6 likes

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Another scratch ticket vending machine

April 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a third scratch ticket and lottery product vending machine I have seen on this trip to the US. Notice the ticket checker on the right hand side. These machines are in place for a reason. Lottery retailers should take note so as to be aware. 5 likes

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Another scratchie vending magazine

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Here’s a scratchie vending machine I saw at a convenience store in Kansas City yesterday. While not as sophisticated as the vending machine I wrote about a couple of days ago, this one does the trick for scratchie tickets. It’s the only way scratchie tickets are sold in this store. Not only do they change […]

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The lottery and scratchie ticket vending machine

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

I have been looking at how lottery products are promoted and sold in the US over the last few days. No retailer has the space and fittings investment Australian lottery outlets are forced to make. The most interesting approach I saw was in a CVS store in Los Angeles – a self-serve vending machine offering stratchie […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

Poor communication from Tatts lets newsagents down

April 3rd, 2014 · 51 Comments

While newsagents like the free scratch ticket prize from Tatts to drive scratch ticket sales, the execution by Tatts does not allow newsagents to seamlessly and efficiently track the tickets they give away. Had tatts consulted in advance they could have done this in a way that saved newsagents time and provided better record keeping […]

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US lawmakers move against online gambling

April 2nd, 2014 · 5 Comments

It’s interesting to see US lawmakers move against online gambling. They argue online is harder to control and that poses a risk to young people, especially underage young people who can gamble without being detected. Newsagents wanting to staunch the growth of online gambling in Australia could consider engaging in a push for similar legislation […]

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ACCC set to authorise VANA to negotiate with Tatts and Intralot

March 29th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The ACCC announced Thursday that it proposes to authorise VANA to negotiate with Tatts and Intralot on behalf of its members. The proposed ten year authorisation covers collective negotiations with Tattersall’s Sweeps Pty Ltd (Tatts), Intralot Australia Pty Ltd (Intralot) and any other public lottery provider who may become licensed to operate a public lottery […]

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Tags: Lotteries · Newsagent representation

Tatts double-charges some agents instant scratch tickets?

March 11th, 2014 · 19 Comments

A Tatts agent in NSW has advised that instant scratch books opened on Thursday February 20 and charged to agents on Thursday March 6 may have been double-charged. Check your account. 1 likes

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