PA iLottery Receives Prestigious Certification

Pennsylvania’s iLottery received recognition in the form of Internet Compliance Assessment Program certification for its responsible-gambling endeavors.

The system best known for creating winners has received a prize of its own.

Last week, the National Council on Problem Gaming issued a news release announcing that Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform has earned the distinguished Internet Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery platform was developed and is managed by the Scientific Games Corporation.

“We congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery and Scientific Games (both organizational members of NCPG) on achieving the iCAP certification,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG. “Our rigorous assessment process provides the Lottery and Scientific Games with specific, actionable feedback to help better protect players and reduce problem gambling-related harm.”
The  iCAP certification verifies that the Pennsylvania Lottery’s iLottery program complies with the National Council on Problem Gaming’s Internet Responsible Gaming Standards. That certification is considered perhaps the highest honor available for lottery programs.

Pennsylvania’s iLottery joins a select group of lottery systems with iCAP certification

Only a few lottery systems have been awarded iCAP certification. Pennsylvania’s iLottery now joins fellow state programs in Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan with the prestigious recognition.
Developed with the highest standards possible, iCAP is the first and only US-based online responsible gambling assessment program for lotteries.
“By working with Scientific Games, the Lottery team and responsible-gambling experts in the industry, we were able to take a deeper dive into our iLottery program’s Responsible Gambling Initiative and ensure we are doing the right thing,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “This certification is testimony of our commitment to ensure that we are providing iLottery players with responsible-gaming tools they need to manage their play responsibly.”
But just like with most gaming partnerships, all the involved parties deserve a share of the credit. The Scientific Games Corporation has also played a pivotal role, making a commitment to responsible gaming as well.
“We are passionate about healthy play and congratulate the Pennsylvania Lottery on its industry leadership to responsibly deliver entertaining digital lottery games to its players,” said Pat McHugh, Lottery Group chief executive for Scientific Games.
McHugh noted that Scientific Games supports NCPG’s efforts. He also encouraged its lottery customers to achieve responsible-gambling certifications such as iCAP. Scientific Games is a member of NCPG and other responsible-gaming organizations.
Furthermore, Scientific Games is among the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a Responsible Gaming Supplier and is the first US lottery supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System, which monitors the integrity of sports betting worldwide.

Group efforts have led to positive changes in the lottery system

The work of lottery providers, platform operators and the NCPG has led to significant progress in regulated and responsible gaming.
NCPG’s efforts to promote ethical gaming standards have had a wide-reaching impact. They’ve been incorporated into legislation, regulation and platforms in states that have legalized internet lottery games.
Pennsylvania’s iLottery is just the latest to earn some recognition for its standards. And all involved should take a bow.

Know When to Hit Pause: PlayPause Strengthens Responsible Gambling in PA & Beyond

The new PlayPause tool from GeoComply enables tracking of self-exclusion across state lines, boosting responsible gambling measures in PA and beyond.

GeoComply is teaming up to make it easier to manage self-exclusion in the iGaming and online sports betting industries across jurisdictions.

The initiative, PlayPause, comes as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

The PlayPause tech is available free

The program is available free of charge to operators via a newly established nonprofit organization, Conscious Gaming.

Conscious Gaming is a philanthropic organization committed to utilizing advanced technology to propel social responsibility initiatives.

State self-exclusions lists can have unintended blowback.

Praise for the PlayPause option

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Responsibility Cait DeBaun of the American Gaming Association commented:

“Responsible Gaming Education Week spotlights the best of the gaming industry. GeoComply’s PlayPause is an important addition to the responsible gaming continuum. This innovative solution solves for an important need while advancing consumer protections, empowering operators and supporting regulatory bodies.”

According to GeoComply, PlayPause will:

  • Empower operators to strengthen responsible gaming programs — and make more data-driven decisions.
  • Expand the protective self-exclusion bubble as players move from state to state, allowing protection to move with them.
  • Streamline the administrative burden by eliminating silos associated with numerous separate state-operated self-exclusion lists.

As Anna Sainsbury, GeoComply chairman and co-founder, explained:

“At GeoComply, we’re always looking for ways to leverage technology in a meaningful and responsible way. PlayPause is not only an important compliance tool, but a way we can unite the industry and regulators to deepen their shared commitment to responsible gaming and consumer protection.”

PlayPause coming to PA

The tool is rolling out in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is pleased to be at the forefront of a new responsible gaming tool, designed to strengthen consumer protection and take self-exclusion programs in a new direction,” said Elizabeth Lanza, director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The PlayPause tool is a welcome addition everywhere, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling:

“The NCPG applauds the creation of PlayPause — this is a prime example of how technology and innovation can be leveraged to advance consumer protection and foster a more effective, responsible gaming framework across the gambling and sports betting industries.”

GeoComply said the new tool underscores its commitment to offering innovative solutions to streamline compliance with complex state regulatory requirements.

Tech comes at a time of explosive growth

The surging interest in sports betting underscores the interest in assuring responsible wagering.

PA sports betting handle reached nearly $365 million in August, setting a new all-time high. And online casinos had their best month ever, with $55.9 million in revenue.

FanDuel announced a marketing connection with Pat McAfee, a former NFL punter and now a sports talking head.

Then GVC and MGM added $250 million to Roar Digital, with much of that likely going toward marketing in the US sports betting sector.

And more is in the works.

Time to temper marketing?

In the face of all that, our sister publication LegalSportsReport recently pointed out that the US market could take some lessons from Europe, where marketing was too aggressive.

In that piece, David Briggs, the CEO of GeoComply, said marketing in the United Kingdom had gone overboard for a time with too much advertising.

He said the result was turning people off — or into opponents of sports betting.

AGA supports responsible gaming

The American Gaming Association highlighted several responsible gaming actions as the week came to an end.

  • NASCAR became the first professional league to partner with the AGA’s Have A Game Plan, Bet Responsibly campaign to educate fans about safe wagering practices.
  • The AGA activated the enforcement process for its sports betting marketing code, setting a high bar for responsible advertising by all operators and sportsbooks.
  • Congressional Gaming Caucus co-chairs Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada and Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania penned an op-ed on responsible gaming in The Hill.
  • BetMGM reinforced its commitment to responsible gaming by hiring Richard Taylor as its new Responsible Gambling Program manager.