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2016 Holiday Lottery Campaign

The Holiday Lottery campaign invites lottery organizations to send a responsible gaming message regarding underage play during the holiday season. The goal of the campaign is to encourage parents and adults to give responsibly and that lottery products are not appropriate holiday gifts for minors. Every year, our Centre and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington partner with lottery corporations in Canada, the United States and around the world to share this important message. We welcome lottery organizations who wish to partner with us in this WLA, NASPL and European Lotteries (EL) endorsed campaign. Your support plays a key role in sending the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children. For more information about the campaign, please contact Lynette Gilbeau (McGill University) or Sushmita Upadhaya (NCPG)


**WLA Endorses the Holiday Campaign!**

The World Lottery Association (WLA) has recently formally endorsed the Holiday Campaign. By supporting this initiative, the WLA joins the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) as well as the European Lottery Association (EL) in urging their lottery members to participate in this corporate social responsibility initiative. Additionally, we are grateful to the WLA for producing an impressive informational brochure about the Holiday Campaign that will be shared with member lotteries at the November Global WLA meeting in Singapore. We look forward to welcoming new participating lotteries and growing the reach of the important campaign message - that lottery tickets are risky gifts for children.

2016 Holiday Campaign Participants include:

United States

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

Canada

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

International

AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Austrian Lotteries, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Lottotech Limited (Mauritius), Lotto New Zealand, Tatts Group Limited (Australia)

NASPL Endorsed Campaign

In October 2013, at the annual North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, the NASPL board of directors unanimously approved a resolution encouraging participation in the annual Holiday Campaign. The resolution states that the NCPG/McGill University Holiday Campaign is an effective way to promote responsible gift giving of lottery games and products and that member organizations are encouraged to participate in this effort to the extent allowed by their governing laws and regulations. We are grateful to NASPL for their support and look forward to working with lottery corporations to further share and increase the visibility of this important responsible gambling message.

Thank you to the the European Lotteries (EL)

The 2015 Holiday Campiagn is once again endorsed by the European Lotteries (EL). We are grateful for their continued support.

Congratulations to the Holiday Campaign Award Winners!

Annually, awards are granted to recognize lottery corporations participating in the Holiday Campaign who have developed materials and campaigns supporting this responsible gambling initiative. Past winners include:

  • 2015 - British Columbia Lottery Corp.
  • 2014 - Hoosier Lottery (Indiana)
  • 2013 - Illinois Lottery
  • 2012 - Connecticut Lottery Corporation (U.S.) and British Columbia Lottery Corporation (International)
  • 2011 - Connecticut Lottery Corporation (U.S.) and Austrian Lotteries (International)


2015 Holiday Campaign - Thank you to All Our Partner Lotteries!!

2014 poster

The annual Holiday Campaign, a collaborative initiative of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), highlights the risks of giving lottery tickets and scratch cards as holiday gifts to minors.

Support for the campaign by North American and international lottery corporations has grown incrementally every year since the program inception. In 2015, a record number of lotteries, 42 in total, participated in the campaign.

The final list of 2015 participating lotteries included: AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Arizona Lottery, Atlantic Lottery, Austrian Lotteries, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, California Lottery, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, DC Lottery and Charitable Games, The Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hoosier Lottery (Indiana), Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Idaho Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Kentucky Lottery, Loto-Quebec, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Maryland State Lottery and Gaming, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, Michigan Lottery, Minnesota Lottery, Missouri Lottery, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, New York Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corp., Ohio Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries, South Carolina Education Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Lottery, Texas Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Washington Lottery, Wyoming Lottery, New Zealand Lottery.

The campaign momentum is growing annually. We would also, like to take this opportunity to thank all of the lottery corporations who have collaborated with us in 2015 and look forward to even greater support for next year's initiative. For more information about the campaign, contact lynette.gilbeau@mcgill.ca.



2014 Holiday Campaign

In 2014, a record number of lottery corporations participated in the campaign. The final list of 2014 participating lotteries included:

AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Arizona Lottery, Arkansas Lottery, Atlantic Lottery, Austrian Lotteries, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, California Lottery,  Connecticut Lottery Corporation, DC Lottery and Charitable Games, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia), Hoosier Lottery (Indiana), Illinois Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, Michigan Lottery, Minnesota Lottery, Missouri Lottery, New York Gaming Commission - Lottery Division, North Carolina Education Lottery, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, Ohio Lottery, Oklahoma Lottery Commission, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Lottery, Texas Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Virginia Lottery, Wyoming Lottery. The campaign momentum is growing annually.