The WLA supports two internationally recognized standards for the lottery industry – the WLA Security Control Standard (WLA-SCS) and the WLA Responsible Gaming Framework (WLA-RGF). Certifications to these two industry standards will help your operation gain regulatory acceptance, secure your players’ trust, increase your brand loyalty, and improve your organizational performance.
The WLA serves the interests of more than 150 state-authorized lotteries worldwide; helping them in their efforts to raise money for good causes.
The WLA spans six continents serving lotteries, sports betting operators, and suppliers to the gaming industry, in 80 countries.
WLA member lotteries contributed almost USD 86 billion to fund good causes in 2019. Since 1999, WLA member lotteries have raised an estimated total of USD 1.3 trillion to fund good causes.
The World Lottery Association
The World Lottery Association (WLA) is an international, member-based organization of state-authorized lotteries, sports betting operators, and suppliers to the global lottery industry. Our mission is to advance the collective interests of our members and to facilitate their development through the provision of lottery and betting related services.
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One of the aims of the WLA is to advance the collective interests of its members by acting in a coordinated fashion on lottery-related issues that have a global dimension. The WLA endeavors to protect the lottery industry from corruption and criminal activity, and strives to maintain the probity of state-authorized lotteries and sports betting operators around the globe.
Maneuvering the business or regulatory landscape can be challenging, especially in the face of political transition, technological evolution, and changing demographics. From Request for Proposals, to Marketing Guidelines, on through to GDPR compliance, the WLA provides the right documentation for making intelligent decisions on urgent matters.
With a global network of professionals from both inside and outside the lottery sector, the WLA is well positioned to provide its members with the theory, expertise, and know-how to run a cutting-edge operation. Essays on online gaming, social gaming, and other industry relevant themes can be found here.
Latest Industry Insights
The last twelve months has seen the way we work, live and play change dramatically in light of the global pandemic. At BCLC, we’ve pivoted our approach to business and accelerated our player health response to meet our players’ needs in a quickly changing societal context and entertainment landscape.
An evaluation of the addictive capacity of gambling, taking a predominantly clinical approach, is the subject of the winning project in the latest edition of the “ONCE International Responsible Gaming Competition” (Certamen Internacional de Juego Responsable de la ONCE).
For the fourth year, the Sisal GoBeyond contest has attracted numerous innovative competitors. GoBeyond aims to provide start-ups and small businesses with an opportunity to flourish. This year in particular, it played an important role in helping Italian businesses recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giancarlo Sergi has devoted his life to sports. Starting out as a professional basketball player, he went on to work for UEFA and later ran his own sports consultancy serving mandates for FIFA, UEFA, and the IOC. As Board Member of FIBA Europe and President of Swiss Basketball, his passion for sports and his commitment to sports integrity led him to join GLMS as General Secretary in 2018, where he has been the driving force behind many of the associations initiatives since that time. In an informal conversation, we spoke to Giancarlo about the basic tenets of sports integrity and the common bonds that the world of sports and the lottery and sports betting sectors share.
The core purpose of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) is to protect the integrity of sports competitions from the scourge of manipulation. Now in its sixth year of operation, the non-profit, member association has gained widespread recognition as a standard-bearer for the core values of sports, and has become a leading advocate of the good reputation of the world's state-authorized lottery and sports betting providers.
Over the years, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it applies to the lottery sector has become much broader. Lotteries are increasingly looking beyond responsible gaming to assess their impact on the environment and the well-being of their employees and their communities at large. The WLA recently ran a survey of its members to gain insight into the priorities of their CSR programs and better understand how they are addressing the responsibility issues that fall outside the strict definition of responsible gaming.
As the coronavirus pandemic has swept the world, the health and economic impact on local communities has been far-reaching. Across the board, WLA member lotteries have stepped up in support of their communities, going above and beyond their usual charitable endeavors to help alleviate the effects of this unprecedented crisis. Below we provide a selection of some of the many lotteries making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
Taking risks can give organizations a competitive edge and create new business opportunities. But the right risks must be taken and they must be constantly managed and re-assessed. A recent survey of WLA members provided insights into the overall state of play in risk management in the lottery and sports betting sector, and pointed to some specific priorities for lottery leaders.