Connecticut Achieves “Verified” Status under Responsible Gambling Best PracticeThe North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) announced that the Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri Lotteries have received “Verified” status within its responsible gambling framework and independent verification program.
Partnering with NASPL in this important effort is the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
“It’s a wonderful accomplishment and speaks very highly of each lottery’s dedication in this area,” said NASPL President and Louisiana Lottery President/CEO Rose Hudson.
“I’m so proud of our partnership with NASPL and with the overwhelmingly positive response from the lottery industry to this program. It has been such a pleasure working with NASPL staff and Responsible Gaming Committee members as well as representatives from all the lotteries who have applied to have their responsible gaming plans verified. NCPG Operations Manager Lissa Cobetto and all the assessors deserve thanks for their hard work and invaluable contributions to this rigorous and objective assessment process,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.
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, reviews all applications for verification. The seven areas of assessment include research, employee training, retailer training, education and awareness, new/existing product oversight, budget, and advertising.
“I am heartened by the reception of the lotteries for this verification program. In the last few years, we have seen more responsible gaming activity on the part of the lotteries. This is great for the health of this industry,” said NASPL Responsible Gambling Committee and Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery Alice Garland.
Lotteries wishing to apply for Phase Three should submit an application statement (250 words or less) by February 24, 2017 that includes:
• Background as to why the organization/jurisdiction is seeking verification.
• The Lottery’s willingness to accept help from other jurisdictions who have participated in the process.
The NCPG will select the next lottery jurisdictions on March 3, 2017 and their applications will be accepted in no later than May 2, 2017. It is expected that the first round of verification results will be announced in July 12, 2017 after evaluation by an independent assessment panel.