|For Immediate Release|
|Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814|
CHICAGO, IL—November 6, 2013 — The Illinois Lottery’s Responsible Gaming program has been recognized for excellence by one of the world’s most respected lottery associations, the World Lottery Association (WLA). This international organization recently granted the Illinois Lottery Level 3 certification, based on Illinois’ high standards of corporate and social responsibility. The Illinois Lottery is one of only three US lotteries to have reached WLA Responsible Gaming Framework (RGF) Level 3 Certification.
The Illinois Lottery has long been committed to delivering responsible growth. In August 2012 the Illinois Lottery achieved WLA Level 2 certification of its Responsible Gaming and Consumer Protection program. Building on that success, the Illinois Lottery recently received WLA RGF Level 3 certification. So complete was the lottery’s Level 3 Certification submission, that the WLA Secretariat has requested permission to use Illinois’ application as a template for future Level 3 applicants.
“The Illinois Lottery is dedicated to the unwavering standards contained in the WLA’s principles of responsible gaming,” said Lottery Director Michael Jones. These principles govern the protection of lottery players, cooperation with stakeholders, advertising practices, and the monitoring of game activities.
The Illinois Lottery is an industry leader in responsible gaming that demonstrates its commitment by displaying a “play responsibly” message on all tickets and marketing materials; informing Lottery players about its self-exclusion list and 24-hour Problem Gaming Hotline; and by partnering with the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling to create the Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling — a 17-member organization whose mission is to assure wide-scale public awareness of problem gambling and related assistance programs.
The Illinois Lottery will be seeking Level 4 certification in the future, when it hopes to become the first US Lottery to reach the highest level of certification available under the WLA program.
About Illinois Lottery:
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.
World Lottery Association
There are 140 lotteries from 90 countries on five continents that are represented by the WLA. Membership is exclusive and requires a rigorous process that analyzes responsible gaming initiatives and corporate responsibility.