World Lottery Association

In memoriam: Arch Gleason


The world lottery community was deeply saddened by the passing of former WLA President, Arch Gleason, last Friday, July 1. He was a man with a great heart, devoted to his family and to his work as CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

Arch was known throughout the world lottery community not only for his warmth and sincerity, but also for his dedication to the mission and vision of the World Lottery Association (WLA). He was open to all, regardless of their rank or status, and was recognized for his willingness to work on the frontline to tackle problems head on. Arch joined the WLA Executive Committee in 2004 when he was appointed Senior Vice President. He went on to become WLA President, serving two and a half terms of office from 2005-2010.

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Winning in the New World – World Lottery Summit 2016

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World Lottery Summit – WLS 2016, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Trade show space available for all exhibitors!
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Accepting submissions for advertising and responsible gaming awards!
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Registrations for WLS 2016 are now open!



GLMS – Monitoring Sports Betting

Everything you ever wanted to know about the monitoring of sports betting by GLMS, the Global Lottery Monitoring System, set up in 2015 by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and European Lotteries (EL).


FY on FY global growth up 2%; Latin America, North America up; Asia Pacific down; Europe holds steady.



In 2015, full-year on full-year global lottery sales grew 2%, moderating sharply from 2014 full-year on full-year sales growth of 9.9%. Strong growth in the Americas over the whole year 2015 was offset by a contraction in sales in the Asia Pacific region over the second half of 2015, with the result that annual growth in global lottery sales is now at its lowest point in five years, as the attendant graph (right and below) shows.

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The WLA Global Lottery Data Compendium 2015


Following on from the success of the inaugural edition of the WLA Global Lottery Data Compendium (GLDC), we are very pleased to be able to present the second edition of the GLDC to the global regulated lottery community which is now available online.

Considerably revised and expanded, this second edition of the GLDC sees a considerable increase in the number of members contributing. 90% of the WLA's regular membership of state authorized lotteries, and 88% of the WLA's associate membership of providers of goods and services to the lottery industry, have contributed to this volume. Given the near-blanket coverage, the GLDC provides the most authoritative and accurate account of the global lottery industry available today.

All of the information reported in this work has been sourced directly from WLA Lottery Members and WLA Associate Members, with every effort having been taken to ensure the correctness and completeness of the collated data.


Discussion Papers


The WLA has published three discussion papers on the topics "Online gaming for lotteries", "Social gaming and lotteries", and "Sports integrity and lotteries". The aim of these papers is to provide our membership with information and data on contemporary issues that is both useful and relevant to the global lottery industry. In so doing, we hope to complement services that are already provided by the regional associations with services that are pertinent to the international lottery community as a whole.


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Request for proposals (RFP)


To streamline the lottery procurement process, which is notoriously costly and time consuming, the WLA has worked with NASPL, operators, suppliers and independent consultants to develop a Best Practice for lottery RFPs. The Global RFP Best Practice provides comprehensive guidance and standardization of lottery procurements while fully accounting for the legislation in the respective lottery's jurisdiction. Following the Best Practice will make it simpler, faster and cheaper to develop a successful RFP, obtaining responsive proposals and conduct the evaluation of those proposals. To watch a short movie that explains how the complex RFP process can be simplified with the WLA RFP Template, please click on the thumbnail or read more.

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The WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 (WLA-SCS:2012)


We are pleased to announce that the WLA-SCS:2012 standard was formally approved by the delegates of the WLA biennial General Meeting on September 12, 2012 in Montreal, Canada, and is now available for distribution. The WLA-SCS:2012 incorporates new sector-specific controls for the secure operation of Internet and interactive sales and gaming services as well as the secure handling of gaming operations. It replaces the previous version of the standard, WLASCS:2006, and all other versions released prior to the 2006 edition. The new standard documentation, as well as the accompanying Guide to Certification for the WLA Security Control Standard: 2012 can be downloaded in the security section of this website.

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The WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide 2014-2015

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The 2014–2015 edition of the Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide was presented at the World Lottery Summit 2014 in Rome, Italy, in November 2014. As in the previous editions of the guide, this edition tells you everything you need to know in order to complete your submission for each level of the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework (RGF). The guide revises the previous editions of the same document, and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive explanation of RGF certification available. Also included in this latest edition is a description of the recertification process that will be of interest to a number of certified member lotteries seeking recertification. The 2014–2015 edition of the Responsible Gaming Framework Submission Guide can now be downloaded in English, Spanish, and French from the Responsible Gaming section of this website.

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