The world lottery association (WLA) is an international, member-based organisation of state-authorized lotteries, sports betting operators and suppliers to the global lottery industry. As a strategic partner to its members, the WLA provides a platform for intelligent decision-making in a rapidly changing, complex environment, and advances the collective interests of its members by acting in a coordinated fashion on lottery-related issues.
Founded in 1999, the world lottery association was the result of the merger of two major state lottery associations, AILE and Intertoto. It is now the only international body representing the interests of state lottery organizations worldwide.
WLA strives to protect lotteries from corruption, maintain their probity and provide a safe and secure environment for players. The association also advises its member lotteries on how they can fight illegal lotteries and illegitimate gambling operators within the regulatory framework of their jurisdictions.
To help ensure a safe and responsible gaming environment, the WLA has developed a responsible gaming standards framework. This is adapted to meet the specific needs of its members and provides an effective approach to minimize the impact of problem gaming on their suppliers operations.
The WLA recently published a brochure on the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, which explores what challenges and threats this international agreement poses to national lotteries and sports betting operators. It also explains what the Macolin Convention provides national lotteries and sports betting operators with to tackle competition manipulation in their markets, and why it is important for them to be informed of the international standards.