Commission Meeting for 11/16/2017
 


Time, Date and Place:

The 211th meeting of the Idaho Lottery Commission took place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM at 1199 Shoreline Lane, Boise, Idaho 83702.

Attendees:

Commissioners Present:

Chairman, Mel Fisher

Commissioner, Gary Michael

Commissioner, Susan Kerrick

Commissioner, Craig Corbett

Commissioner, Grant Brackebusch

Lottery Staff Present:

Executive Director, Jeffrey Anderson

Deputy Director of Marketing, Sherie MoodySt. Clair

Deputy Director of Sales, Larry Polowski

Deputy Director of Security, Amber French

Management Assistant, Jennifer QuinnoMiller

Chief Financial Officer, Jay Prickett

Others Present:

Zeke Chemodurow, Intralot

Billy Mitchell, Mitchell Palmer

Tom Donahue, Mitchell Palmer

Ryan Belveal, Gamco International

Jeremy Pisca, Risch Pisca

Scot Phillips, Eide Bailly

Brad Surkamer, CLM

1. Meeting Called to Order

Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM.

2. Approval of the Minutes

Commissioner Corbett moved to approve the minutes from September 21, 2017. Commissioner Brackebusch seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous for approval.

3. Eide Bailly Report

Scot Phillips with Eide Bailly presented the Financial Audit Report to the Commission. Scot reported that he already met with the Commission Financial Audit Committee and reviewed the draft audit report in September, going through all the details where they had the chance to ask questions and review the report. Scot also stated that it is the opinion of Eide Bailly that the Financial Statements are fairly reported.

Commissioner Michael moved to approve the Audit Report and Financial Statements. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Kerrick. The vote was unanimous for approval.

4. Director Update

Commissioner Appointments

Director Anderson congratulated Chairman Fisher on being appointed to another term on the Commission by the Governor.

Tribal Gaming

Director Anderson updated the Commission on the Governor’s stance on the ShoshonePiute tribe’s desire to acquire property in Elmore County to establish a tribal gaming casino. Based on the Governor’s neutral stance on this topic, the Tribe is going to start the process and pursue acquiring the land.

Sports Betting

There is a case before the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that was heard in December and will have a decision next year on the issue of sports betting. Restrictions embodied in PASPA. Right now sports betting is restricted to Nevada and a few other states grandfathered to allow certain types of sports betting. If the Supreme Court decides all or a portion of PASPA to be unconstitutional, it will open up the opportunity for states to consider whether or not they want to allow sports betting. Although Idaho is a gaming state, whether or not the State would allow sports betting is unknown. The decision by the Supreme Court is set to be released this spring and we will be watching that closely.

Upcoming Legislative Session

The Lottery has not proposed any legislation for the upcoming session. We will most certainly be involved in matters that concern us though so we will be diligent about keeping up on pending legislation concerning the Lottery.

Strategic Planning

Team Lottery participated in a twoday strategic planning session recently. We identified five pillars of initiatives that we wanted to focus on which include responsible play, operations, marketing, product health, and sales and channel development. We had a couple really great speakers to present to the group which provided great information and inspiration and insight.

Implementation Update

The implementation plan is still moving forward and open deliverable items are continuing to be worked on and closed. There are about a dozen open items remaining but several are dropping off each week. The open items are transparent to the player and retailer which make them more bearable.

5. Quarterly Current Sales Report

The Quarterly Current Sales Report is entered into the minutes as an attachment.

6. Security Division Update

Deputy Director French reported that all things in Security are running smoothly and there is nothing of note to report. The new Detective is doing great and catching on quickly.

7. Marketing Division Update

Deputy Director MoodySt. Clair updated the Commission on the website RFP that has been issued for an overhaul of all of our websites to bring them up to date and all using the same technology platforms. The RFP was issued September 5 and we received three proposals. Proposals came from Extreme Consulting, NeoReef, and c308. An RFP Committee evaluated and scored all the proposals. The Committee’s recommendation is to award c308 with the contract as their proposal received the most points, with 80 out of 100. Extreme Consulting received 71 points and NeoReef received 69 points.

Commissioner Corbett moved to award the bid for the Web Development RFP to c308. Commissioner Michael seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous for approval.

She reviewed the Holiday Games lineup for the Holiday season and presented the new research community platform with Vision Critical. Last, she presented the newest television advertisements being prepared for Lotto America, Christmas, Raffle and Mega Millions.

8. Sales Division Update

Director Polowski provided an update on the Epic Upgrade and now that installations are complete they are working making sure everyone is happy with the equipment they received. He also announced that they have begun installations on the first Walmart stores to sell Lottery in Idaho. Last, he announced that our Key Accounts Manager will be retiring midDecember after almost 30 years with the Lottery. We have promoted a Sales Rep into that position and have begun recruiting to fill that Sales Rep position.

9. Set Future Commission Meeting Date

Commissioner Kerrick moved to set the next Commission Meeting for January 18, 2017. Commissioner Brackebusch seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous for approval.

10. Adjournment

Commissioner Michael moved to adjourn. Commissioner Kerrick seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous and the meeting was adjourned.

Certification:

I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct record of the actions and decisions made by the Lottery Commission.

Jeffrey R. Anderson, Executive Director

Lottery Commission Secretary