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For the first time since its inception, the 2018 Holiday Campaign achieved 100% participation from all Canadian and U.S. lotteries.  Thank you to all the lotteries for spreading the message that “Lottery tickets are not child’s play!” We look forward to the 2019 campaign.


The 2018 Holiday Campaign is Here!!

Posted: October 1, 2018 in News

2018 Holiday Lottery Responsible Gambling Campaign

Each year, NCPG 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.

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 eleven years, participation has grown tremendously. In 2017, 55 lotteries in the US and around the world supported the campaign.

In an effort to continue to grow the campaign we have made significant changes in 2018:

  • Non-lottery organizations can now participate in the Holiday Lottery Responsible Gaming 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.

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 28, 2018 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

Participation Deadline: November 28, 2018 – Sign Up Now!


2018 Durand Jacobs Award Winner

Posted: July 24, 2018 in News

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2018 Durand Jacobs Award is Sara Bartel for her paper entitled “Is anxiety sensitivity a risk factor for, or complication of, alcohol misuse? A meta-analysis.” 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 on behalf of all of us at our Centre!

In July, Dr. Derevensky will deliver the keynote address at the 32nd annual National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In his presentation titled “Yesterday, today and tomorrow”, he will review his decades of research findings and discuss the future of gambling as well as the implications for prevention, treatment and research.

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.

The 2018 PGAM theme is “Have the Conversation.” For more information, visit

2018 Durand Jacobs Award-Call for Papers

Posted: February 22, 2018 in News

2018 Durand Jacobs Award – Call for Papers

The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University invites submissions to the 2018 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 April 15, 2018.

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

The 2017 Holiday Campaign is Here!!

Posted: September 20, 2017 in News

The 2017 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 10th 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 World Lottery Association (WLA) and NASPL.