On May 31, 2021, Lynne Roiter stepped down from her position as President and CEO of Loto-Québec. As a 36-year industry veteran, Lynne helped shape the lottery sector as we know it today. Her career, her achievements, and her dedication to the world lottery community have set a high standard for lottery professionals across the globe.
On the role of Random Number Generators in modern lottery operations.
Lotteries are facing significant challenges in the context of the current pandemic. Workforces have moved from face-to-face meetings in offices to video calls and teleworking while cybersecurity threats continue to rise. Additionally, many lotteries have had to adapt their service offerings to the new regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, many lotteries that previously enjoyed exclusivity in their respective markets are now challenged with rising competition from various gaming offerings on the Internet. Lottery organizations worldwide have had to adapt to these changes rapidly, and agility is a key component that allows them to continue to strive.
The WLA is dedicated to continuously improving the products and services it offers to the WLA membership. In keeping with this theme, we are pleased to announce several measures taken recently to strengthen the WLA’s position as the industry-leading body representing the interests of the state-regulated lottery and sports betting sector.
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.