NASPL, NCPG Announce Responsible Gambling Verification Program for Lotteries
GENEVA, OH (October 20, 2015) – The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) today announced a new responsible gambling framework and independent verification program for its member lotteries. Partnering with NASPL in this important effort is the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
“The recognition of problem gambling issues within the lottery industry over the course of the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable,” said NASPL Executive Director David Gale. “Whereas at one point it was considered a taboo subject that shouldn’t be openly addressed, we have evolved now to launch what I consider a crowning achievement of NASPL.”
Lotteries have certainly taken the lead in responsible gambling programs in the United States. “For the first time a segment of the U.S. gambling industry has adopted a responsible gaming framework and independent verification process,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte. “We congratulate NASPL members for their recognition of problem gambling and their embrace of responsible gaming.”
The new program has three levels of verification. The first level (“Plan”) is for lotteries that have not yet developed a robust responsible gambling program – by submitting an application at this level, lotteries will have experts in the field critique their plans and help them move towards the next level. The second level (“Implementation”) assesses current programs and results for lotteries with more advanced responsible gambling programs. The third level (“Sustaining”) will review Implementation verification every three years to ensure ongoing performance.
An independent assessment panel, under the guidance of the NCPG, will review all applications for verification. The eight areas of assessment include research, employee training, retailer training, player education, new/existing product oversight, budget, advertising and engagement/awareness.
Four American lotteries will be selected to participate in the pilot program. “The first wave of lotteries is being limited as we want to ensure the procedures and infrastructure are in place for the program to be successful,” said Alice Garland, chair of the NASPL Responsible Gambling Committee and Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery. Lotteries wishing to be part of the pilot program must provide a short initial statement to the NCPG by October 30. That statement should indicate why their lottery should be considered for the pilot and that they are willing to help other jurisdictions participate in the process.
The NCPG will select the four lotteries in early November, and their applications will be accepted in mid-January. It is expected that the first round of verification results will be announced in March 2016 after evaluation by the independent assessment panel.
At that time, NASPL and the NCPG will begin a review of the entire process. “Once we make sure everything is in place to move forward, all U.S. lotteries will be invited to participate,” said Garland.
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations. NASPL’s basic mission is to assemble and disseminate information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy.
Media contact: David Gale, Executive Director, (440) 466-5630, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming. The organization’s vision is to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling.
Media contact: Keith Whyte, Executive Director, (202) 547-9204, email@example.com
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