ONTARIO LOTTERY AND GAMING CORPORATION EARNS HIGH HONOURS FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMING PROGRAMS

WORLD LOTTERY ASSOCIATION AWARDS HIGHEST LEVEL OF RECOGNITION

TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has attained the highest level of recognition for its Responsible Gaming (RG) program from the World Lottery Association (WLA). OLG becomes just the fifth gaming operator in North America and one of only 22 in the world to achieve Level 4 accreditation from the WLA.  The WLA is an international organization representing 142 gaming operators from 90 countries.

The WLA Level 4 accreditation means visitors to OLG's gaming sites and its lottery players can be assured OLG is fully committed to educating our staff and empowering the public about responsible gaming.

"We are honoured and proud to be recognized for our RG policies and programs by the World Lottery Association," said Paul Godfrey, OLG's Chair of the Board of Directors. "As our RG programs evolve, we always look for areas to improve."

To achieve Level 4 accreditation, OLG submitted a comprehensive report, accompanied by a second party assessment that described how OLG implemented its RG program in such areas as player education, employee training, retailer training, advertising and marketing and game design.  The WLA's Independent Assessment Panel comprised of international experts in the field of social responsibility then reviewed the report.

The WLA panel commended the OLG in a number of areas, stating OLG "provided strong evidence of how RG has been integrated throughout key organizational functions."  It also noted, "the RG program's commendable commitment to transparency."

The WLA also pointed to the success of OLG's training program, calling it "an exemplary innovative approach".  The WLA has asked OLG to share details of the program with other gaming operators globally through the publication of a "Best Practice" case study.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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