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Aug. 9, 2016 - Salem, Ore. – The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling has certified the Oregon Lottery’s responsible gambling program. The Oregon Lottery is one of the first four lotteries in the county to receive the prestigious certification.
NASPL and the council are partners in establishing this certification program to help elevate the quality of lottery responsible gambling programs, recognize quality programs and promote best practices. Program certification officials examine all elements of a lottery’s responsible gambling program. Officials award a “Plan” certification for a lottery that is still in the planning phase of its program, an “Implementation” certification for implementing an advanced responsible gambling program with measured results, and a “Sustaining” certification for successfully sustaining a program.
An independent assessment panel, under the guidance of the National Council on Problem Gambling, reviewed applications to assess lotteries’ responsible gambling programs in research, employee training, retailer training, player education, new and existing product oversight, budget, advertising, stakeholder engagement and awareness. The Oregon Lottery received an Implementation Certification.
“Responsible gambling programs are as important to our mission as creating revenue for Oregon’s parks, schools, watersheds and jobs,” said Barry Pack, acting Lottery director. “For the last three years the Lottery has worked closely with our commission, and our partners at the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling to create a meaningful and effective responsible gambling program. I’m proud of the work of the Lottery and our staff. This certification, as well as two recent corporate citizenship awards from the National Council for Problem Gambling and La Fleur’s, is recognition of our commitment to embedding responsible gambling practices into every aspect of our business.”
Helping guide and direct the Lottery’s responsible and problem gambling efforts is the agency’s Responsible Gambling Code of Practice, which was adopted in 2014. “The code spells out how the Lottery will approach mitigating the potential harm from gambling,” said Lottery Responsible Gambling Consultant Stacy Shaw. “Some of the initiatives that helped us achieve this certification included our responsible gambling training program for lottery retailers and their employees, and our use of television, radio and internet ad campaigns to inform players about how lottery games really work, and how to access the effective and free support available for people with gambling issues.”
Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $92 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.
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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