The Illinois Lottery Awarded World Lottery Association Responsible Gaming Certification

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Lang 217-524-5158

CHICAGO, IL— August 1, 2012 — The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce it has received Level 2 certification from one of the most respected lottery associations in the world. The World Lottery Association, an international trade organization, granted the Illinois Lottery this honor based on their high standards of corporate and social responsibility.

Within just six months of membership, the Illinois Lottery did what it takes most U.S. lotteries a year to do, when it completed a self-assessment of its current Responsible Gaming practices required for Level 2 Certification and submitted the results to the WLA's Independent Assessment Panel (IAP) of international experts.

“It is a privilege to receive Level 2 certification from the WLA – a global leader in the gaming industry. This honor puts the Illinois Lottery’s corporate and social responsibility program on the map with lotteries worldwide and shows the growth that has happened within the past year,” said Michael Jones, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.

The Illinois Lottery has dedicated itself to uphold the ethics and standards of the WLA’s principles of responsible gaming and looks forward to gaining an even higher level of certification in years to come. These principles govern the protection of lottery players, cooperation with stakeholders, advertising practices and the monitoring of game activities. By implementing a play responsibly message on all tickets and marketing materials, and informing Lottery players about the self-exclusion list and Problem Gaming Hotline, the Illinois Lottery remains an industry leader.

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About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed more than $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Play responsibly. Players must be at least 18 years old.

About the World Lottery Association
Formed in 1999, there are 140 lotteries from 90 countries on five continents that are represented by the World Lottery Association. Membership is exclusive and requires a rigorous process that analyzes responsible gaming initiatives and corporate responsibility.