The World Lottery Association (WLA) is a global organization of lottery companies and operators. It has a long history of service, and in 2019 it welcomed a new president and executive director. It also published its Year in Review, which highlights the organization’s accomplishments and offers a glimpse into its plans for 2020.
The WLA represents the interests of 150 state-authorized lotteries and sports betting operators. It also represents the interests of 70 suppliers to the lottery and betting industries. WLA members collectively raise over USD 86 billion a year for good causes. Their contributions have amounted to more than USD 1.3 trillion over the past 20 years.
As the global standard-bearer for the gaming industry, the WLA promotes the benefits of state-regulated lotteries and the contribution of their members to society. The organization also defends the core values of the lottery industry. This includes fighting illegal gaming, synthetic lotteries, and match-fixing in sport. With its global presence, the WLA is well-positioned to help its member lotteries fight off these threats.
A key role for the WLA in the fight against illegal betting and sports competition manipulation is the Macolin Convention. It provides practical tools for national lotteries to combat the practice of gambling and protect the integrity of their sports. It also offers a framework for global surveillance and serves as an information hub for players.