Las Vegas-based games producer Scientific Games has endorsed a campaign to promote responsible gambling.
Scientific has announced its partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling to promote responsible lottery sales practices. They join a number of global lotteries supporting the campaign, which aims to repeat the success of a similar push last year.
The 2018 Gift Responsible campaign brought together US, Canadian and overseas lotteries to push for more attention on the way that lotteries are sold.
This year’s campaign is called ‘Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play’ and according to the Lottery Chief Executive at Scientific, Pat McHugh, it fits well with the firm’s philosophy:
“We support a number of leading responsible gaming organisations like the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we work closely with lotteries and retailers to help prevent those under 18 from playing lottery games.”
Scientific has been certified by the World Lottery Association as a responsible game supplier, but has also been developing tech to make it harder for children to gamble.
Earlier this year, Scientific named Carla Schaefer as Vice President of responsible gaming. As a result, she will lead the firm’s efforts to promote safe gambling. These will be based on data and analytics that can increase awareness of problem gambling.
But McHugh also emphasised the importance of promoting the message that lottery games are for adults. He also warned about the risks of adults buying lottery tickets for children.
Industry bodies and others have raised similar concerns in the UK, where the age limit for buying lottery tickets in person or online is 16. However, the UK government is planning to raise the limit to 18. This would bring lottery sales in line with other sectors of the gambling industry.