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Experts to gather for 2015 New Horizons in Responsible Gambling

Responsible and problem gambling industry leaders and experts from around the world will soon gather in Vancouver to discuss mitigation strategies for harm reduction and new treatment approaches.

The 3rd annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference takes place February 2-4, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

This 2015 conference will feature a thought-provoking keynote address from behavioral economics expert, Kristen Berman.

The annual conference is meant to facilitate discussions on new treatment approaches, show how to use player data to customize responsible gambling messages and how to mitigate gambling-related harm, and to facilitate face-to-face dialogue with the brightest in the industry.

“This conference provides an innovative, insightful opportunity to connect with the brightest minds in the fields of responsible and problem gambling,” says Jim Lightbody, interim President  & CEO, BCLC. “Attendees hear first-hand what responsible gambling means to players and learn best practices from colleagues and professionals across the industry.”

New this year, the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research will host a workshop to explore approaches in recruitment and retention; research methods for small samples; ethics of research within small populations; and implications for communicating research results.

The 2015 New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference features 29 guest speakers, including keynote speaker, Kristen Berman (San Francisco, USA). Ms. Berman co-founded Irrational Labs with leading behavioural economist and best-selling author, Dan Ariely, in 2013 to help companies understand behavioral economics – how and why people make the decisions they do. Her presentation, The Behavioural Science Behind Addictions and Proposals for Prevention, focuses on understanding the gambler’s mindset to help shape prevention strategies.

A complete list of speakers, online registration and conference details are available at http://horizonsrg.bclc.com/.

For more information:

BCLC Media Relations          


Join the Holiday Campaign! Send a responsible gaming message during the Holiday season!

This holiday season will mark the seventh year that the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University will partner with lotteries around the world to share the message that lottery tickets are not child’s play. 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:    

  1. 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.
  2. Publicize the campaign and your efforts in the media.
  3. Place a link on your organization’s website to the Holiday Campaign site (www.ncpgambling.org/holiday).
  4. Utilize the free themed playcenter insert for retailers and the public.
  5. Develop original materials for retailers and the public. 
  6. Be creative!  Last year a lottery corporation developed a comprehensive campaign by use of blogging, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook posts, and digital signage.

Over the past 6 years, participation in the campaign has grown tremendously. The 2013 participants included:

AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Atlantic Lottery, Arizona Lottery, Austrian Lotteries, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, California Lottery, Camelot (United Kingdom), Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Illinois Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, La Francaise des Jeux (France), Loto-Quebec, Manitoba Lotteries, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Massachusetts State Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, Ohio Lottery Commission, Oklahoma Lottery Commission, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries, State Lottery of Serbia, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Texas Lottery, Vermont Lottery Commission, Virginia Lottery, Washington's Lottery.

Participation in the Holiday Campaign is FREE and garners significant positive media attention. For more information about the campaign or to join, please contact Lynette Gilbeau at the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems – McGill University (lynette.gilbeau@mcgill.ca) or Jocelyn Wilcox (jocelynw@ncpgambling.org) at the National Council on Problem Gambling.  Lotteries responding by November 14, 2014 will be included in the official campaign press release, featured in articles and public service announcements appearing in Lottery Insights and distributed to other media outlets as well.  

Lotteries Keep Contributing Long After the Games are Played

Geneva, Ohio (April 16, 2014) – As the American lottery industry celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, it is important to realize the significant contributions lotteries have made to good causes over the years. Fifty years ago, a progressive legislator in New Hampshire, Larry Pickett, saw his vision of a sweepstakes as a “viable and voluntary method of raising money for education” come to fruition. Since the New Hampshire Sweepstakes first sold tickets in March 1964, lotteries have raised some $375 billion for education and other good causes across the country and they have done so with the highest level of accountability and integrity.

“Without a doubt, lotteries have provided a way for governments to fund important projects over the years, and they have done so in a safe, secure and responsible manner,” said David Gale, Executive Director the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the industry’s trade association. “The last few years have been particularly exciting, with world record jackpots continued strength in the instant ticket product, and the initial steps taken by a few jurisdictions into the online world, bringing lotteries to a new generation of players.”

NASPL estimates that about two-thirds of that $375 billion in net revenue has gone directly to education, with the balance supporting a variety of other causes such as economic development, the environment, health and public wellness, and programs for veterans and senior citizens. In addition, lottery proceeds in some jurisdictions directly offset property and other taxes that would be otherwise paid by residents.

In fiscal year 2013 alone, 44 American lotteries raised some $20 billion for good causes. They generated $63 billion in sales of traditional lottery products that paid $39 billion in prizes back to lottery players. In addition, several lotteries have been entrusted to operate casino or casino-style gaming in their jurisdictions, and those lotteries brought in another $5.6 billion in net gaming revenue (after prizes paid).

Governments, their citizens and lottery players are not the only beneficiaries of lottery play. On average, about six percent of traditional game sales are paid to retailers in the form of commissions and bonuses, which equates to an estimated $3.7 billion in fiscal 2013. Significant additional commissions are paid to facilities that host casino-style gaming such as video lottery terminals.

And according to NACS, the international association for convenience and fuel retailing, “Many convenience stores depend on lottery ticket sales to generate foot traffic inside the store. Furthermore, the frequent lottery customer purchases additional items when they purchase their lottery tickets. In fact, on 95% of their store visits, lottery customers purchased at least one other merchandise product in addition to lottery.”

Without a doubt, lotteries are entrenched in the American landscape, as they are in most of the rest of the world. For a small stake, every single player has the same chance to win prizes ranging from a simple return on their investment to millions of dollars, with the added benefit that a percentage of every dollar spent goes back to help businesses and provided much-needed revenues to good causes.


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 53 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, dgale@nasplhq.org

‘Healthy’ North American Lottery Industry Continues To Flourish,
But Mother Nature Is Proving Quite A Challenge This Year

GENEVA, Ohio -- Overall sales among North American lotteries continue at robust levels after years of historic growth, but Mother Nature is definitely making her presence known this year, having an impact in area after area.

“The state of the North American lottery industry remains healthy, with lottery products continuing to serve as an affordable, local entertainment option,” said David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). “There is no doubt, however, that weather conditions have been a challenge this year, often making it difficult for any of us as consumers to stick to our normal routines.”

The Geneva, Ohio,-based NASPL represents 52 lotteries in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Gale noted that total sales and transfers to beneficiaries from NASPL-member lotteries have grown 45% percent in the past decade, topping a historic $83.3 billion in sales and over $23 billion in transfers to the worthy causes benefitted by lotteries in fiscal year 2013, which for most jurisdictions ended June 30. Those were the highest totals in the 50-year history of modern North American lotteries. 

“From blizzards and frigid temperatures to floods, wildfires, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, the weather has had an impact across the continent in recent months,” Gale said. “The conditions have often made it impossible for us to get around. When people aren’t in their normal routines, it impacts the sale of any number of consumer products, including lottery tickets.”

Gale noted that such challenges are one of the reasons it’s impossible to break records every year. But the lottery industry is well positioned for continued success, he said.

“Lottery products remain an affordable, local entertainment option and consumers know they can count on us to deliver games that give everyone the same fair shot at winning,” he said. “Statistically, we know the numbers will fluctuate from year to year, but we anticipate that lotteries will continue to be a consistent, key source of proceeds for great causes in member states.”

Media Contact:
David Gale
North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Geneva, OH  44041
Phone:  440-466-5630




EDGEWATER PARK, New Jersey (March 6, 2014) -- Mail bags and bins of second chance draw entries, bulky slips of hand-written raffle entries, the behemoth mixing drum -- these can be a thing of the past if Smartplay International, Inc. has anything to do with it. A newly-created digital mixing drum solves those logistical problems and opens up endless opportunities to attract new players and drive sales.

Lotteries, casinos and other gaming outlets need efficient and certifiable raffle drawing results and the solution had been to digitize the drawings. But computerized drawings lose the excitement of a visual event and limit the type of entries that can be used.  

Smartplay’s Origin® Digital Mixing Drum provides what a computer algorithm can’t. Players get the exciting spectacle of publicly viewing a drawing, while operators gain the ability to mix anything from non-sequential ticket numbers to second-chance tickets. Previously, old fashioned mixing drums were the only option to getting both of these features.

The Origin® Digital Mixing Drum can randomize anything that can be made into a list, create animated and still images of the drawing, populate draw reports, and create auditable log files. But unlike the old mixing drum, this system can be independently certified.  

The process for Origin® Raffle Drawings begins when the operator enters the desired drawing parameters such as the total number of entries to be selected, prize tiers and whether or not that tier will be displayed in the animation. The final animated display can show a ticket number or the entry name, as well as the prize.   

Once a drawing is completed on the Origin® it is exported by USB to the Origin® Media Portal for distribution to social media outlets, official lottery web sites and any outlet chosen by the user. From initial login through public release with the portal, an entire drawing can take less than ten minutes.

“We are excited by this product’s potential uses outside the lottery world,” said Smartplay Executive Vice President Tom Markert. “For example, casinos can use it to promote player loyalty or use it for promotional or internal games of chance. Marketing promotions can use our system to promote product games like those used by fast-food chains, clothing lines or sports clubs, for example. There are so many opportunities beyond the lottery industry; I can’t even list them all.”

“One African customer uses the Origin® Digital Mixing Drum to mix and draw from up to fifty million phone numbers. We created a mapping feature to conduct the raffle drawings from entries on a database which were uploaded into the Origin from a USB. This is a great practical tool for lotteries in emerging markets and for any lottery to initiate a new generation of players.”

Established in 1993, Smartplay is dedicated to the creative design, development and manufacture of lottery drawing equipment. The product line has evolved over the years in response to clients’ needs by incorporating the latest technology. Smartplay has maintained international leadership in the area of lottery drawing machines and customized game show equipment. Smartplay is consistently chosen above other manufacturers due to a reputation for quality and reliability. Smartplay is proud to be the choice of the world’s most prestigious lotteries.

Source: Smartplay International, Inc., Edgewater Park, NJ USA
Contact: Mariana Mokritski, Marketing +1 609 880 1860

November 4, 2011
Media Contact:
David Gale, Executive Director

North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Resolution

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), on behalf of its membership, is opposed to federal legislation that would encroach on the traditional state prerogative to regulate gaming within each state’s borders.  Bills such as this would federalize the Internet as a gaming portal, and create a costly and duplicative federal gaming-licensing regime, and moreover, they would impair the ability of states to represent the sensibility of their citizens, which states are uniquely  qualified to do and which they accomplish by regulating gaming within their borders to, among other reasons, raise revenue for worthy causes. We believe that the use, regulation, and ultimate beneficiaries of the Internet for gaming are best left to the legislative determination of each state.



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