2021 Durand Jacobs Award Winner Announced

Posted: September 2, 2021 in News

The recipient of the 2021 Durand Jacobs Award is Thomas Swanton for his paper titled “Debt stress partly explains the relationship between problem gambling and comorbid mental health problems.” The Durand Jacobs Award recognizes outstanding work related to the psychology of addictive behaviors, and is dedicated to the late Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong efforts to help mentor students. Congratulations Thomas!

In June, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems & High Risk Behaviors at McGill University announced the Gift Responsibly Campaign (GRC), a re-branding and expansion of the former Holiday Lottery Campaign. Each year lotteries around the world help raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the December holiday season. While the campaign aims to continue its focus on holiday season giving at the end of the year, the name change enables lotteries to expand the responsible giving messaging for all the occasions where children might receive lottery tickets as gifts (e.g. birthdays, graduations, etc.). In addition, the GRC will offer lotteries and other organizations three new creative collateral design options, including digital files that can be used for social media sharing.

The Campaign started in 2002 in response to research showing that early childhood gambling exposure, especially lottery play, can increase the risk of developing gambling problems later in life. This public awareness campaign focuses on discouraging adults from giving children lottery tickets as gifts. The GRC is also endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

“The new Gift Responsibly Campaign name makes it easier for participating organizations to raise awareness that lottery tickets, the form of gambling with the broadest participation, should not be given as gifts to children for any occasion during the year,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.

Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, also points out the campaign partners believe the name change fundamentally reinforces lottery corporation policies respecting age prohibitions.

During the holiday season, participating lottery organizations engage in different levels of public engagement classified as Lottery level 1, Lottery level 2, Lottery level 3. In recent years, non-lottery organizations have also joined the Campaign. These engagement levels will only be used during the holiday season enabling participating organizations to determine how to further disseminate the campaign message throughout the year. To learn more information about the GRC and view the new collateral design options on the NCPG website, go here. Updates to the accompanying toolkit will be coming soon.

Last year, for the third year in a row, 100% of Canadian and U.S. lotteries, along with numerous international lotteries, non-lottery organizations and many NCPG members joined the GRC to promote responsible gambling. The expectation is the greater flexibility with the GRC messaging and materials will increase the already robust participation levels.

2021 Durand Jacobs Award – Call for Papers

The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University invites submissions to the 2021 Durand Jacobs Award competition, to be awarded to the best graduate student paper related to the psychology of addictive behaviors. This annual award is dedicated to Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong desire to help mentor students. Published and/or publishable papers will be considered by the selection committee, comprised of an international panel of experts in the field. The recipient will receive an award plaque and their work will be featured in the Youth Gambling International newsletter. Graduate students from all related disciplines are encouraged to submit their papers by June 15, 2021.

Please submit all entries electronically in Word format to lynette.gilbeau@mcgill.ca.
If you have any questions, please direct them to:
Lynette Gilbeau by email, or telephone: (514) 398-4438.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) campaign strives to raise awareness concerning problem gambling and highlight the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.

NCPG state affiliates, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers participate in this campaign by holding conferences, airing Public Service Announcements, providing counselor training, hosting screening days, running social media campaigns and many other activities.

For more information, visit www.ncpgambling.org.

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Holiday Campaign Press Release

Posted: December 7, 2020 in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montreal, December 1, 2020

Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play
Responsible gambling holiday lottery campaign a reminder to adults

Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.

This research prompted the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to join forces in launching the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign. Since 2002, the simple goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the winter holiday season.

In 2020, 100% of Canadian and U.S. lotteries, along with numerous international lotteries and non-lottery organizations, have joined the Campaign to promote responsible gambling. The Campaign is also endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors said, “the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign is a great way to encourage responsible gambling by gifting lottery tickets responsibly only to adults.”

“The Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign educates communities that lottery tickets, the form of gambling with the broadest participation, are not child’s play,” explained NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.

The 2020 Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign participants include:

Lottery Level 3: Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, DC Lottery, Hoosier Lottery, Illinois Lottery, Mississippi Lottery Corporation, New York State Gaming Commission – Division of the Lottery, Oregon State Lottery, Virginia Lottery.

Lottery Level 2: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Colorado Lottery, Florida Lottery , Georgia Lottery Corporation, Hrvatska Lutrija (Croatia), Iowa Lottery Authority, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Lotto New Zealand, Massachusetts State Lottery, Minnesota Lottery, Missouri Lottery, North Carolina Education Lottery, Ohio Lottery Commission, Österreichische Lotterien GmbH (Austria), Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Texas Lottery Commission.

Lottery Level 1: Arizona Lottery, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, California State Lottery, Delaware Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Kansas Lottery, Loto-Québec, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries , Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Michigan Bureau of State Lottery, Montana Lottery, Nebraska Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery, New Jersey Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Oklahoma Lottery, Ontario Lottery and Gaming , Saskatchewan Lotteries , Sazka, South Carolina Education Lottery, Vermont Lottery, Washington’s Lottery, West Virginia Lottery, Wisconsin Lottery, Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

Non-Lottery Participants: AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission, Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators, Big Village, CCDAEC, Council on Chemical Abuse, Employee & Family Resources, Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Illinois Council on Problem Gambling, Indiana Council on Problem Gambling, Jackpocket, Maine Council on Problem Gambling, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, Maryland Council on Problem Gambling, Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health , Nebraska Council on Problem Gambling, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions, Oklahoma Association on Problem and Compulsive Gambling, Problem Gambling Services, Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling, Scientific Games, South Suburban Council, Substance Abuse Services Center, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Umatilla County Public Health.

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About the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors

For 25 years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues. The Centre has developed numerous award-winning prevention programs and provides consultations to government agencies around the world to develop responsible gambling initiatives.

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit http://www.ncpgambling.org/chat for confidential help.

Contact:

Katherine Gombay

McGill Media Relations Office

514-398-2189 Katherine.gombay@mcgill.ca

About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top ranked medical doctoral university. McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,200 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,800 international students making up 31% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 19% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

The 2020 Holiday Campaign is Here!!

Posted: October 16, 2020 in News

2020 Holiday Lottery Responsible Gaming Campaign

Each year, NCPG, NASPL and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University ask lotteries to support our responsible gaming campaign and help raise awareness regarding the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season. The campaign is endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

Whether or not it is legal for minors to participate in lottery games in your area, a responsible gaming message during the holidays is always welcomed. Over the past twelve years, participation has grown tremendously. In 2018 and 2019, 100% of U.S. and Canadian lotteries supported the campaign.

Lotteries can opt to participate at one of three different levels of involvement. The higher the level of participation, the more campaign activities you are asked to commit to. Additionally,  non-lottery organizations can participate in the Holiday Lottery Responsible Gaming Campaign.

Participation in the Holiday Campaign is FREE! To join the Campaign as a participant SIGN UP HERE. Participants will have access to additional campaign resources. We encourage you to reach out to your local problem gambling advocacy group or state health agency to partner with them in this effort.

Participants must sign up by November 15, 2020 to be included in the official press release and campaign announcements. NCPG Members who participate in the Campaign are also eligible for NCPG’s Holiday Lottery Campaign Award. If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact lynette.gilbeau@mcgill.ca  or Andy White at NASPL (awhite@nasplhq.org).

Participation Deadline: November 15, 2020 – Sign Up Now!

 

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