The World Lottery Association (WLA) is a worldwide organization of lotteries that promotes responsible gaming and good causes. The association meets regularly to review programs and regional reports and to consider new members. Two lottery bodies in Russia have been suspended from the organization over their role in the ongoing conflict. For more information, visit the WLA website.
The WLA has been in existence since 1919 and represents over 150 state-authorized lotteries from around the world. It also serves lottery operators, sports betting companies, and suppliers to the gaming industry. According to its website, member lotteries raised over USD 86 billion for good causes in 2019 and over a trillion dollars since 1999.
In order to prevent gambling-related crime, WLA member lotteries must follow international laws and conventions. The Macolin Convention, for example, aims to prohibit the manipulation of sports competitions and illegal sports betting. It also provides practical tools to protect national lotteries against illegal betting. It also aims to improve player safety and protect the integrity of sports.
The WLA also recognizes the value of responsible gaming by promoting a global accreditation program for gaming industry suppliers and operators. To be able to be certified, IGT underwent a rigorous process of evaluation. This evaluation was conducted by EY, an independent audit firm.