Welcome to NASPL
Although the Association's membership and services have grown tremendously over the years, its basic mission remains the same as when it was founded more than 40 years ago -- to assemble and disseminate information and benefits of state and provincial lottery organizations through education and communications and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy. Included in NASPL's functions are:
- To provide a central information source so that the lottery industry might share with others its expertise, resources and advice.
- To facilitate communication among lottery organizations regarding development of industry standards and matters of mutual interest, particularly those which relate to the integrity, security and efficiency of state and provincial lottery jurisdictions.
- To educate and train lottery staffs.
- To initiate a vehicle for professional and industry research and development.
- To promote recognition of the importance of maintaining public confidence and support for state and provincial sponsored lottery organizations as a means of generating revenue to meet public needs.
- To establish a public, united voice on common causes and issues.
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Join the Holiday Campaign!
Send a responsible gaming message during the holiday season!
This holiday season will mark the sixth year that the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University will partner in this responsible gambling initiative with U.S., Canadian and international lotteries to share one simple message - that lottery tickets are not child's play. “Whether or not it’s legal for minors to participate in lottery games in a particular jurisdiction, a responsible gaming message is always important, especially around the holidays” said Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of McGill’s International Centre for Youth Gambling and a renowned expert on problem gambling among youth.
Research shows that a majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. In fact, recent data indicates that there is a strong association between the age of gambling onset and the severity of problem gambling among those who received gifted lottery tickets as children. Additionally, youth gambling is known to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use.
“Lottery play by underage minors can increase their potential for involvement in other forms of gambling and problem gambling later in life,” said Derevensky. “We look forward to growing support and encourage all lottery corporations to join with us in conveying this ‘Give Responsibly’ message.”
This year the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Board of Directors, and ultimately the entire membership, unanimously approved a resolution encouraging participation in the holiday campaign. NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte stated "The unanimous endorsement of the campaign by NASPL is a significant step that sends a strong signal across the entire gaming industry. We believe responsible gaming is a positive approach to minimizing gambling-related harm and therefore maximizing public benefit. We are proud to work with NASPL and look forward to additional partnership opportunities."
Momentum is strong and the campaign continues to unify lotteries across the globe in promoting social responsibility. Last year, 37 lottery organizations world-wide formally participated in the Holiday Campaign initiative including:
AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Arizona Lottery, Atlantic Lottery, Austrian Lotteries, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, California Lottery, Camelot (United Kingdom), Colorado Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Illinois Lottery, Hoosier (Indiana) Lottery, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Iowa Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Loto-Québec, Manitoba Lotteries, Maryland Lottery, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Ohio Lottery Commission, Oklahoma Lottery Commission, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Oregon Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries, South Dakota Lottery, State Lottery of Serbia, Texas Lottery Commission, Vermont Lottery Commission, Virginia Lottery, Washington Lottery, and Wisconsin Lottery.
Joining the 2013 campaign comes at no cost to supporting lotteries. Lotteries are asked to send a responsible gaming message regarding underage play during the holiday season. All lotteries who participate will be acknowledged in a joint media press release issued by the NCPG and McGill University slated for early December and thanked in Lottery Insights. Listed below are some ways your organization can participate in the campaign, which builds positive media through responsible gaming messages:
- Add your name as a supporter—it’s that easy! We’ll include you in the Holiday Campaign press release and in any materials pertaining to the campaign.
- Publicize the campaign and your efforts in the media.
- Place a link on your organization’s website to the Holiday Campaign site (www.ncpgambling.org/holiday)
- Utilize the free themed playcenter insert for retailers and the public.
- Develop original materials for retailers and the public.
- Be creative! Last year a lottery corporation developed a comprehensive campaign by use of blogging, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook posts, and digital signage.
“We encourage you to reach out to your local problem gambling council to partner with them in this effort and let them know what you’ll be doing,” said Whyte. “This is a great way to work hand-in-hand with experts right in your own backyard.”
Each year, more and more lotteries join the campaign and we look forward to 2013 being our best collaborative campaign ever!
Join the campaign - Send a responsible gaming message during the holiday season!
It’s a free and easy way to practice great corporate social responsibility!
For more information about the campaign, contact:
International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
Click Here to Download the NCPG Playcenter Insert
SCAM ALERT UPDATE...
See important information and videos on scams at the Consumer Federation of America's website at: http://www.consumerfed.org/index.php/consumer-privacy/fraud
NASPL represents all legal lotteries in the U.S. and Canada. We, or our member lotteries DO NOT hold drawings or award lottery prizes through the mail. Illegal scam artists claiming to be affiliated with NASPL, our members and many illigitimate organizations are circulating letters claiming to award lottery prizes or unclaimed prize money. Fraudulent cashiers checks are also being sent with these letters. If one of these checks are deposited, your bank may initially credit your account for the amount, but eventually these checks will "bounce" and you will be left owing your bank for any overdrafts. Most of these are coming from Ontario and British Columbia, Canada.
THESE ARE ILLEGAL SCAMS!
Do not send the criminals any money or personal information. Do not trust the phone numbers provided on the check, since these will most likely go to an accomplice in the scam who will tell you the check is good. Look up the actual phone number of the bank or credit union online or through directory assistance and contact their security department directly to ask about the validity of the check. Report these scams to your local and state authorities.
UPDATE - The latest scam now circulating requires the winner to pay customs duties or taxes to have their prize sent across the Canadian border. The "winner" is eventually contacted by a person claiming to be a Canada customs agent, but they are IMPOSTERS. The phone number provided uses a voice mail message copied from the actual Customs Agency, but will immediately transfer you to the criminals.
Contact Us directly for agencies to report your scam to, or if you require additional information.
There is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to wire money anywhere in return. Find out more at: FakeChecks.org; and http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/