The Kentucky Lottery Corporation has been awarded Level 2 Certification of the World Lottery Association's (WLA's) Responsible Gaming Framework. The Kentucky Lottery is the first United States lottery to achieve this level of certification for its responsible play programs.
To receive this certification, WLA members must adopt the organization's responsible gaming principles. The principles helps lotteries assess their responsible gaming programs and to keep them on a course of continuous improvement. They govern the protection of players, cooperation with stakeholders, research, advertising, the promotion of responsible gaming and the monitoring of gaming activities.
The KLC received the certification by submitting a self-assessment and gap analysis which examined the lottery's social responsibility programs. These programs include the "Play Responsibly" initiative, support for the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling and the 1-800-GAMBLER hotline, and the KLC's addiction awareness program "Choices". The certification was awarded by an independent international panel of corporate social responsibility experts.
"This certification shows the KLC's commitment to responsible gaming is in line with the highest industry standards," said KLC President and CEO Arch Gleason (Gleason also serves as the current WLA president). "We've received state and national awards in the past for our 'Play Responsibly' program, and to be the first in the United States to receive this world-recognized certification is a great indicator of our program's strength."
The WLA represents more than 140 member lotteries from 76 countries and five continents. Only 17 of its members have achieved responsible gaming certification of level two, three or four.