Founded in 1999, the World Lottery Association (WLA) is a global professional organization that represents state lotteries and serves their interests worldwide. The Association includes licensed lottery organizations from 80 countries, with revenues exceeding USD 250 billion. The Association provides a variety of services and products to the lottery industry.
In addition to providing a platform for technological innovations, WLA also serves as an accreditation program for the gaming industry. Its security control standard is recognized internationally and is available to WLA member lotteries only.
WLA members adhere to strict standards of social responsibility, such as not allowing customers to purchase goods or services that are not legal in their respective countries. They also commit to dedicating a majority of their net revenue to public good.
The WLA Responsible Gaming Framework has four levels of achievement. Each level reflects a lottery’s commitment to implementing the RG Principles. It is also designed to supplement the safeguards of individual lotteries.
The WLA Responsible Gaming Independent Assessment Panel is a select group of international experts in corporate social responsibility. It evaluates all submissions for WLA Responsible Gaming Awards and provides recommendations on certification.
The WLA Responsible Gaming Framework includes seven Responsible Gaming Principles. Each level of achievement reflects a lottery’s commitment to these principles.
The Association also acts as a forum for discussion on gambling in Europe. Its International Gaming Research Unit focuses on psychosocial factors related to gambling. It has a separate Working Group on Illegal Lotteries and Betting, which advises on fighting unauthorised lotteries.