The World Lottery Association endorses the Lottery Holiday Campaign
The Lottery Holiday Campaign is a corporate social responsibility program designed for lotteries and spearheaded by Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canada’s McGill University in Montreal.
The World Lottery Association (WLA) joins the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries in endorsing the campaign, which has one simple message – that lottery tickets are risky gifts for children.
Whether or not it is legal for minors to purchase lottery tickets in a given jurisdiction, a responsible gambling message is always appreciated, especially around the holidays. The Lottery Holiday Campaign encourages parents and loved ones not to give lottery products as holiday gifts to minors. Research shows that the majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use.
Holiday 2017 is the tenth year of the campaign and the NCPG and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems welcome lottery organizations wishing to partner in this important educational program. Participation is free, and lotteries may utilize a library of resources – such as sample press releases and artwork – to frame their campaigns or to build their own independent programs. The campaign is truly a grass roots effort that allows each lottery organization to tailor the message to the needs of their own jurisdiction.
The following lotteries participated in the 2016 campaign
Arizona Lottery, Arkansas Lottery Commission, California Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Delaware Lottery, DC Lottery and Charitable Games, Florida Lottery, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hoosier Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Maine Lottery, Maryland Lottery & Gaming Control Agency, Massachusetts State Lottery, Michigan Bureau of State Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, New York Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, Ohio Lottery Commission, Oklahoma Lottery Commission, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Texas Lottery, Vermont Lottery Commission, Virgin Islands Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Washington’s Lottery, West Virginia Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery, Wyoming Lottery
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Atlantic Lottery, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Loto-Quebec, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corp., Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Saskatchewan Lotteries
AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Austrian Lotteries, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Lottotech Limited (Mauritius), Lotto New Zealand, Tatts Group Limited (Australia)
For more information about the campaign, please contact:
McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
Tel +1 514-398-4438
Research & Program Administrator
National Council on Problem Gambling