The World Lottery Association (WLA) is a member-based organization comprised of licensed lotteries from across the globe. Founded in 1999, it was formed as a merger of the International Association of Toto and Lotto Organizations (AILE) and the International Association of State Lotteries (IAS).
WLA’s member lotteries are located in five continents and generate over $250 billion in revenues. Most of their net revenues are dedicated to public good.
The organization is committed to protecting sports betting operators and lotteries against illegal activities. It also promotes worldwide accreditation programs for gaming industry operators. These include a Security Control Standard that aims to protect lottery players around the world.
The organization operates in a manner consonant with the dignity and welfare of its members. In November 2016, it received the Best Innovation in Responsible Gambling Award from the World Lottery Association.
WLA also works to fight corruption in the lottery industry. Its Illegal Lotteries and Betting Committee advises member lotteries on how to combat unauthorised lotteries.
The group provides a platform for sharing lottery industry intelligence and leading-edge marketing concepts. Additionally, it hosts the Global Lottery Monitoring System, a global surveillance framework.
The Multi-State Lottery Association facilitates the game development process for its member lotteries. It holds intellectual property and patents, as well as trademark registrations. It is also the owner of the game names.
Aside from its role as an association, the WLA serves as a trade organization for the lottery industry. It has a member base of over 80 countries. Since its inception, WLA has helped raise over USD 1.3 trillion for good causes.