New Horizons Conference

Posted: December 21, 2015 in News

New Horizons Returns to Vancouver in 2016 to Unite Industry’s Top Specialists and Innovators

Returning for its fourth year, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) will once again again host the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference in Vancouver, B.C on February 1-3, 2016. Recognized as one of the most highly regarded conferences of its kind in North America, New Horizons brings together a global audience of top specialists and innovators from across the responsible gambling spectrum.

Throughout the three-day event, the conference will engage academics, students, leaders and industry professionals in discussions around the recent breakthroughs and research being made in responsible gambling practices, across various disciplines.

A total of 34 guest speakers will cover off an array of responsible gambling topics including esports, financial literacy and informed choice for lottery players, new responsible gambling tools and technology, and win limits. This year, New Horizon’s will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Carl Hart, renowned Neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. As a noted neuropsychopharamacologist, Dr. Hart will be presenting the keynote address on what we have learned from drugs and addiction and how we can apply those lessons to gambling.

Other featured speakers include Laura Moore, and her breakout session on The Informed Player Opportunity, which will discuss research into the lottery player mindset, offering practical guidance on when players are most open to game information. As well, Dr. Ingo Fiedler will present on The Convergence of Gaming and Gambling, demonstrating the similarities and differences between gaming and gambling business models and how they converge. A complete list of speakers and topics is available at horizonsrg.bclc.com.

New this year, New Horizons will be organizing some exciting new features including an updated version of the New Horizons app that harvests key presentation points, and has been redesigned to allow delegates to network as they discuss presentation highlights and continue the conversation on responsible gambling. Other new features will also include the redesigned lounge, equipped with an expanded resource center, and enhanced relaxation and interactive offerings.

For more information, and to register for the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference, please visit www.horizonsrg.com. Follow us on Twitter @BCLC.

 

2015 Holiday Campaign is here!

Posted: September 28, 2015 in News

The 2015 Holiday Campaign is in full swing!!

The Holiday season is approaching quickly and we are beginning another year of our annual corporate social responsibility Holiday Campaign. This will mark the eighth year that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) have partnered with lotteries in North America and around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children. This widely supported corporate social responsibility campaign is endorsed by the European Lotteries Association (EL) and NASPL.

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Research shows that the majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use. Last year, 38 lottery organizations worldwide formally participated in this initiative. We hope 2015 will be the best campaign to date!

Fantasy Sports is a booming industry that is experiencing exponential growth with upwards of 40 million players in North America.   In a Fantasy Sports league, participants use statistics and other information available for actual players in professional sports to draft players to form “fantasy” teams.  Research has shown that both gambling and fantasy games share some similar characteristics. Like other forms of gambling, fantasy sports often result in possible monetary loss or gain. There are entry fees, as well as, fees for trades and acquisitions.  The average Fantasy Sports player spends upwards of $400 per year on this pastime. While many individuals view fantasy sports leagues as social forms of entertainment, a new industry with few regulatory guidelines has emerged. With the unprecedented growth of this new sports industry, it is important for researchers, clinicians and legislators to closely monitor new developments.

March Madness Begins!

Posted: March 10, 2015 in News

March madness will soon grip the sports betting world. The annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments involve some 67 games allowing bettors ample wagering opportunities. According to a 2014 report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an estimated 50 million Americans wager in office pools. Furthermore, according to a 2014 story in the Dallas Morning news, $324 million was the amount wagered on collegiate and professional basketball last March at Nevada sports books with an estimated 70% of these bets occurring on March Madness games. In terms of wagering activity, March Madness is second only to the Super Bowl.  In past years, even Barak Obama, has publicly aired his March Madness picks on ESPN.  Sports betting is ingrained and widely accepted in the American culture. Let’s keep the fun in the games and enjoy these great sporting events.

Fantasy Sports – A Growing Pastime

Posted: January 26, 2015 in News

Participation in sports-related fantasy games, enabling individuals to pick or draft professional or collegiate athletes onto their teams, has become increasingly popular. In fantasy sports, a league is usually comprised of roughly a dozen participants who use statistics from actual sporting events to compete against one another.  The participants function as virtual managers of their respective “fantasy teams”, drafting players to form “teams”. Research has shown both gambling and fantasy games share some similar major characteristics. Like other forms of gambling, fantasy sports often result in possible monetary loss or gain. Fantasy sports players spend a great deal of time watching sports (upwards of 18 hours per week) and spend considerable time “managing” their teams.  To read more about fantasy sports and college student athletes, refer to Loredana Marchica’s article in our Fall newsletter.

Holiday Campaign Momentum Strong!

Posted: September 25, 2014 in News

The annual Holiday Lottery Campaign is here!  2014 marks the seventh year that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the NCPG have partnered with lottery organizations in North America and around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children. This widely endorsed corporate social responsibility campaign is endorsed by NASPL and participation is free. We welcome lottery organizations who wish to partner with us in this educational initiative to join the Holiday Lottery Campaign and build positive media through responsible gaming messages. Campaign support from North American and international lotteries has grown tremendously and the momentum is strong.  We look forward to 2014 being our best collaborative campaign ever!

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There is strong evidence suggesting that 70-80 per cent of adolescents have gambled for money in the past year, with approximately 30 per cent doing so on a weekly basis.

This year marks the sixth year that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling have partnered with dozens of lottery corporations around the globe to increase public awareness about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

“We know that one significant risk factor for problem gambling is early age of onset of gambling behavior and many problem gamblers report beginning gambling during childhood – around the ages of nine or ten,” explained Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling. “A recent study revealed that youngsters who received instant lottery tickets as a gift tended to develop more dangerous gambling patterns.  We encourage adults to reduce risk factors in their childrens’ lives by keeping a person’s age in mind when purchasing lottery tickets.”

“We know that playing the lottery at a young age is inappropriate and can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life,” said Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGillUniversity. “We welcome the collaborative efforts of lottery corporations worldwide to help raise awareness about this issue, as together we can make a difference in preventing underage gambling and gambling problems.”

This year the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Board of Directors, and ultimately the entire membership, unanimously approved a resolution encouraging participation in the Holiday Campaign.  Whyte stated, “the unanimous endorsement of the campaign by NASPL is a significant step that sends a strong signal across the entire gaming industry.  We believe responsible gaming is a positive approach to minimizing gambling-related harm and therefore maximizing public benefit.  We are proud to work with NASPL and look forward to additional partnership opportunities.”

The organizers thank the Kentucky Lottery Corporation for providing graphic design services for the campaign this year. Participating lotteries to date this year include:

AB Svenska Spel (Sweden), Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Atlantic Lottery, Arizona Lottery, Austrian Lotteries, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, California Lottery, Camelot (United Kingdom) , Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o. (Croatia),  Illinois Lottery, Iowa Lottery, Kentucky Lottery Corporation, La Française des Jeux (France),  Loto-Québec,  Manitoba Lotteries, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, Massachusetts State Lottery, Minnesota State Lottery, Missouri Lottery, Montana Lottery,  New Mexico Lottery,  North Carolina Education Lottery, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation,  Ohio Lottery Commission, Oklahoma Lottery Commission, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Oregon Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, Rhode Island Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries, State Lottery of Serbia, South Dakota Lottery, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Texas Lottery, Vermont Lottery Commission, Virginia Lottery,  Washington’s Lottery 

If you give a lottery product as a gift please make sure you keep the person’s age in mind.

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