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Welcome to NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations.

Although the Association's membership and services have grown tremendously over the years, its basic mission remains the same as when it was founded more than 40 years ago -- to assemble and disseminate information and benefits of state and provincial lottery organizations through education and communications and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy. Included in NASPL's functions are:

  • To provide a central information source so that the lottery industry might share with others its expertise, resources and advice.
  • To facilitate communication among lottery organizations regarding development of industry standards and matters of mutual interest, particularly those which relate to the integrity, security and efficiency of state and provincial lottery jurisdictions.
  • To educate and train lottery staffs. 
  • To initiate a vehicle for professional and industry research and development. 
  • To promote recognition of the importance of maintaining public confidence and support for state and provincial sponsored lottery organizations as a means of generating revenue to meet public needs. 
  • To establish a public, united voice on common causes and issues.
     

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North American Lotteries Poised for Innovative New Year

Geneva, Ohio (October 6, 2014) – Citing new games and innovations planned for the year ahead, attendees were upbeat last week at the lottery industry’s annual conference and trade show in Atlantic City, N.J., produced by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

For Gary Grief, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission, the conference completed his year-long term as NASPL President in 2013-2014. In his closing comments, Grief praised the industry for reaching an unprecedented level of collaboration and for its support in making NASPL the “go to” organization for lottery research and education. “Lotteries and vendors alike have never been more aligned in our pursuit of cooperative initiatives,” he explained. “I couldn’t be more excited about our industry’s success in generating revenues for great state causes and the potential going forward.”

To further the path that Grief and previous NASPL presidents have charted for the industry, members elected a new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 year. Chosen as President was Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer of the Iowa Lottery Authority, who pledged to emphasize innovation and “the need to tell our story through marketing and communications initiatives.”

Other officers who will join Rich and Grief on the NASPL Executive Board of Directors for the coming year are:

1st Vice President: Paula Harper Bethea, Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery             

2nd Vice President: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery

Treasurer: Rose Hudson, President of the Louisiana Lottery Corp.

Secretary: Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery

Region I Director: Carole Hedinger, Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery

Region II Director: Alice Garland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery

Region III Director: Randy Miller, Director of the North Dakota Lottery

Region IV Director: David Barden, Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Lottery

Incoming President, Interprovincial Lottery Corp.: David Loeb, President of the Western Canada Lottery Corp.

“Lottery products continue to serve as an affordable, local entertainment option, and the games we offer generate more than $20 billion annually in net revenues in the United States alone to the good causes we help support,” said Rich. “To keep moving forward, we’ll continue to investigate new ideas and possibilities for lottery products, understanding that our success ultimately rewards players, retailers and the public through good causes. ‘New and improved’ will be our mantra as we freshen our games and develop new products.”

Rich cited MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™, launching in 23 states on October 19, as an example of the innovations to come. “It’s the first multi-jurisdictional lottery draw game which is associated with a well-known national icon brand,” explained Rich. He also emphasized the importance of building on the integrity that is the hallmark of the lottery industry, and communicating expectations for players, lotteries, retailers and the elected officials who oversee lotteries in each jurisdiction.

About NASPL

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has grown into an active association representing 52 lottery organizations. NASPL’s basic mission is to assemble and disseminate information on the lottery industry through education and communications, and where appropriate publicly advocate the positions of the Association on matters of general policy.

Media contact: David Gale, Executive Director, (440) 466-5630, dgale@nasplhq.org
 



SCAM ALERT UPDATE...

See important information and videos on scams at the Consumer Federation of America's website at: http://www.consumerfed.org/index.php/consumer-privacy/fraud


NASPL represents all legal lotteries in the U.S. and Canada. We, or our member lotteries DO NOT hold drawings or award lottery prizes through the mail.  Illegal scam artists claiming to be affiliated with NASPL, our members and many illigitimate organizations are circulating letters claiming to award lottery prizes or unclaimed prize money.  Fraudulent cashiers checks are also being sent with these letters. If one of these checks are deposited,  your bank may initially credit your account for the amount, but eventually these checks will "bounce" and you will be left owing your bank for any overdrafts. Most of these are coming from Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. 
THESE ARE ILLEGAL SCAMS!

Do not send the criminals any money or personal information.  Do not trust the phone numbers provided on the check, since these will most likely go to an accomplice in the scam who will tell you the check is good.  Look up the actual phone number of the bank or credit union online or through directory assistance and contact their security department directly to ask about the validity of the check. Report these scams to your local and state authorities.

UPDATE - The latest scam now circulating requires the winner to pay customs duties or taxes to have their prize sent across the Canadian border. The "winner" is eventually contacted by a person claiming to be a Canada customs agent, but they are IMPOSTERS. The phone number provided uses a voice mail message copied from the actual Customs Agency, but will immediately transfer you to the criminals.

Contact Us directly for agencies to report your scam to, or if you require additional information.

There is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to wire money anywhere in return. Find out more at: FakeChecks.org; and http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/



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