In recognition of late WLA Executive Director, Jean Jorgensen’s, exceptional contribution to the lottery industry in a permanent fashion, the WLA has created the Jean Jorgensen Merit Award.
A 25-year veteran of the lottery industry, Jean was passionate about his work and dedicated to the cause of the international lottery community. In fact, the international dimension of his lottery work began very early on, when he joined the Danish Lottery Danske Spil in 1991 to take charge of international relations. He was serving in the position of chief executive officer when he left in 2005.
The WLA Advertising Awards honor outstanding lottery advertising from around the world and are presented at the biennial WLA Convention and Trade Show. All the winning entries since 1999 can be viewed and all the commercials in competition for the latest
About the award
Presented at the biennial WLA Convention and Trade Show, the WLA Advertising Awards honor outstanding lottery advertising from around the world. An international group of advertising and communication professionals shortlist the entries and Convention delegates vote for the best commercials in each category. The winning entries in each category are also eligible to compete for the Grand Global Advertising Award – the "best of the best" of the world's lottery advertising.
The WLA introduced the Guy Simonis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 to recognize outstanding service and commitment to the lottery industry by an individual.
About the award
The first recipient of the award was Guy Simonis himself. Guy is an honorary member of the WLA, having been a major force in the industry and its spokesman as president of AILE, then Intertoto, and finally of the WLA.
The Guy Simonis Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the biennial WLA Convention.
At the 2008 WLA Convention and Trade Show in Rhodes, Greece, the WLA began honoring the lottery industry's most outstanding achievements in the area of responsible gaming through the WLA Responsible Gaming Awards. Since then, participating WLA member lotteries have been honored every two years at the WLA's biennial convention.
Previous WLA Responsible Gaming Awards held in 2008, 2010 and 2012, were open to WLA RGF level 4 certified members only. In order to further promote excellence and innovation in the lottery industry, the WLA redesigned the competition for the 2014 award, to also include and recognize the commitment and achievements of member lotteries certified to WLA RGF levels 2 and 3.
In addition to the Best Overall Responsible Gaming Program Award, which aims to recognize excellence in responsible gaming and reward the lottery with the best overall program at WLA RGF level 4, two new award categories were created for the 2014 competition. The Best Innovation in Responsible Gaming Award, aims to recognize members, certified to WLA RGF level4, showcasing best practices and innovation in the delivery of an element of their responsible gaming program or a specific initiative (for example the use of resources or tools). The Best Emerging Responsible Gaming Program recognise members, at level 2 or 3, whose plans clearly demonstrate commitment to a vision and plan that will realise a world class program. The Independent Assessment Panel selected a winner from level 2 and 3 certifications that have been awarded in the last 3 years.