World Lottery talks progress
By Paul
The concept of creating an international lottery to include European nations, Australia and some U.S. states, is moving forward.

An announcement about the foundation of an organization to develop a global lottery could be made before the end of the year, said Ed Stanek, commissioner of the Iowa Lottery.

'There have been a number of meetings to talk about various ideas. Although the discussions are getting more serious, there is no corporation, no contracts signed, no existing partnership,' Stanek said.

However, he said, progress was being made 'toward talking about the project on a serious basis.'

Although declining to say who the key players were, he indicated that Iowa law specifically authorizes the Iowa Lottery to participate in 'these kinds of projects.'

'The Iowa Lottery and Iowa in particular is very familiar with multijurisdictional games and organizations,' Stanek said. 'So, we would have an interest in pursuing a project of this nature.'

The Multi-State Lottery Association, offering the Powerball game in 24 states, is headquartered in Iowa.

Stanek said a consultant has approached representatives of the United Nations and the World Lottery Association about international games that would donate a portion of their earnings to UN humanitarian programs.

The WLA is a professional association that represents 140 lotteries from 73 countries.

Reidar Nordby Jr., the organization's president, said in a posted website message that the idea was too premature to discuss specifics.

'The WLA is an entirely nonpolitical body and, therefore, the political aspects of this project will have to be considered by some governments acting to give this project a founding platform,' Nordby's statement read. 'If such a platform is found, we will work constructively with our members to seek worldwide solutions, with a full freedom of choice for each member.'

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