NCPG Newsletter

December 2015 (Vol. 18, Iss. 4)

Seasons and Reasons to Give

From the President
From the Executive Director
Affiliate News-MN
Affiliate News-WA
Affiliate News-CT
Affiliate News-AL
Film Company
Comparing Addictions
Gambling? Not My Child!
Recovery Risks
Donation Form
California Collaboration
Holiday Lottery Campaign
Organizational Members
Upcoming Conferences

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful winter season of holidays, whether you celebrate Chanukah, the Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa – or just revel in some time off (and maybe some snow).

At this time of year, many people choose to make charitable contributions to nonprofits like NCPG – whether because, as the ghost of Jacob Marley says in A Christmas Carol, “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business!” or perhaps to take advantage of the tax deduction – or both!

Our Year-End Appeal is focused on the National Problem Gambling Help-line and the expanded access by text and online chat that we added this year. Even with the start-up costs for text and chat, the 2015 Helpline expenses average out to an astonishingly low $12 per hour – and an aver-age of 30 people contact us for help in each hour.

The NCPG Board of Directors has created a Matching Challenge Fund of $2,925. For every donation that you make by December 31, 2015, the Board will match your gift – making it count twice. Can we count on you to help us achieve a complete match to this generosity?

We hope you agree that the Helpline gives amazingly good service value—and that you will help answer the calls by making your own donation of $12 or more. You must make your gift by midnight on Dec. 31 for it to be eligible for a tax deduction.

We appreciate your contributions in other ways as well – by serving on NCPG committees, by encouraging others to become NCPG members, and through your own work in problem gambling and responsible gaming. In our mutual continued work, we are all giving back in many ways. We are working to give the gift of awareness of problem gambling, and the chance for everyone affected by problem gambling to be heard and to be helped. Your financial support makes it possible for our field to have a voice in our Nation’s capitol.You can support this important work with your gift at or use the donation form on page 11. Thank you!

President’s Message

NCPG President Wiley Harwell

NCPG President Wiley Harwell

Diversity is defined as things or people that are distinct, unlike, and dissimilar. NCPG is a group of individuals and associations, including the gaming industry and people in recovery, that seem to have nothing in common and even have divergent goals and dynamics. Yet we share a common goal – to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling. NCPG serves as an umbrella for these diverse groups through its mission. As stated in our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, our mission is “To lead state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all affected by problem gambling.”

As we put this mission into action, NCPG has the unique opportunity of unifying all stakeholders who want to help people experiencing a gambling problem as well as their loved ones. As impossible as it may seem, a diverse group of stakeholders enables NCPG to approach problem gambling from multiple fronts and to reach problem gamblers from the point of contact with their gambling (the industry involvement); at the point of referral when a gambler reaches out for help (the Helpline); at the point of entry into treatment or Gamblers Anonymous; and also at the front of Prevention, Awareness, and Research. NCPG’s Board of Directors is composed of elected members from the State Affiliates, Industry representatives, and individual members at large. There is no other national or state organization with more challenges and opportunities.

There will always be times when a branch of NCPG feels it is the most vital or it is not receiving the attention it deserves. We must remember the mission statement and strive to establish and maintain goals which keep us focused and moving forward. All of the diverse branches of NCPG make the whole stronger than any part could be on its own. We must honor and maintain a balance of vision and practice, such as responsible gaming standards with programs and services for problem gambling, and leadership with members. Responsibility is multi-lateral, and most effective when all entities are unified around a common goal – the mission statement.

May we all honor the usefulness and good intentions of all the members and stakeholders of NCPG. May we never say that a single issue or goal is owned by a single branch – the Affiliates, the Industry, the NCPG staff, or the like. We will be successful if we all claim and speak of ourselves and NCPG as a whole yet diverse entity. May we have strong and good intentions in our  debates, but be unified when a majority shapes our direction. As the people of Paris and Belgium have so recently shown us, “Unity Makes Strength.”

–Wiley D. Harwell

Executive Director’s Letter

Giving Thanks for our Work in 2015


NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte

I’d like to highlight some of NCPG’s accomplishments in 2015. The Board of Directors set goals in four major areas this year. The first goal was increasing public awareness of problem gambling. Notable successes included doubling webpage traffic in March during Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). Along with the McGill International Center on Youth Gambling, we recruited the highest number of participants in the history of the Lottery Holiday Campaign. NCPG staff presented, exhibited or attended 22 conferences and meetings.

As part of our goal to increase the accessibility and quality of problem gambling services, we incorporated text and chat into the National Problem Gambling Helpline. Users seeking help via text are holding steady at an average of 2 per day and chats have increased by 25%. We feel that we are reaching a new group of people who want help but would never consider calling to talk to someone on a helpline. We expect usage to increase as word gets out about the availability of these services and more states start to offer it as well. Our responsible gaming (RG) programs also performed well. A trial of our new Internet Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) was accomplished, with two organizations completing the assessment and another application pending. Our new lottery RG verification program, in partnership with NASPL, is now underway and the first four lotteries will submit their applications early in 2016. We also developed a resolution and separate consumer protection guidelines on fantasy sports that generated significant interest and impact. Staff appeared in numerous major media stories about this hot topic.

Conducting and supporting advocacy at the state and Federal level was our third major goal. Following our advocacy plan to concentrate on priority populations and build relationships, we conducted an advocacy day during the NCPG Board meeting in March which opened the door for a successful campaign to insert provisions related to our concerns about military problem gambling into House and Senate defense appropriations bills.

Maintaining our financial and organizational health was the fourth goal. Our National Conference in Baltimore saw our largest attendance ever with over 630 attendees and we owe huge thanks to our hosts, the Maryland Center of Excellence on PG and the Maryland Council. Planning for our 30th National Conference next year continues as well as for 2017. Individual and Organizational membership increased and I would like to thank each and every one of our members for their support. NCPG plays a unique role as the only national advocate for programs and services in problem gambling. Until we succeed in getting Federal funding, we rely on members like you to support our vital programs and services.

Thank you for the opportunity to work for you and on behalf of everyone affected by problem gambling. Please make sure to connect with us on social media—NCPG Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts—to stay informed of the latest problem gambling and responsible gaming news, including my recent holiday video. Just $12 funds one hour of Helpline Network voice, text and chat services. Please consider making a donation—it’s tax deductible and 100% of your donations go to program support. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

—Keith Whyte

Affiliate News

Minnesota Affiliate Produces Webcast on SBIRT

By Bill Stein (Minnesota)

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Ken Winters, Ph.D.

The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance produced a webcast on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) on June 25. The training was hosted by Ken Winters, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry, and covered screening for gambling problems, motivational prelude to engagement, participation in behavior change process and referral to treatment. The webinar can be viewed at

Four Directions 2015: Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

By Kristin West (Washington)

This fall, the only conference for holistic and tribal treatment for problem gambling went international, as the Four Directions Conference was hosted in Vancouver / Richmond, British Columbia. The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling has often partnered with different Tribes or tribal health conferences in Washington State, but 2015 marked a huge step forward for us as we worked with the British Columbia Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, and their Indigenous Team and Youth Interns.

The focus of Four Directions has always been holistic health and wellness and recovery support, with an emphasis on blending modern practices with culturally-competent treatment and traditional methods, to meet the needs of both Native-and-non-Native clients, and this year was no exception.

The four-day conference, held at the Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport from September 21-24, had record attendance and myriad unique opportunities. Two days of pre-conference workshops included sessions on linking cultural and spiritual practice and neurobiology to support the recovery of addictions; financial management for problem gamblers; and clinical essentials like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.

Roger Fernandes

The main conference kicked off with a keynote by Roger Fernandes, master storyteller, on how storytelling is used as healing in the traditions and teachings of First Nations. Subsequent sessions included a culturally-based treatment panel, traditional methods in the treatment of Native American clients, traditional Aboriginal games and cultural revitalization.

Some additional sessions that made the 2015 Four Directions Conference extra special were the talking circle, which provided attendees the chance to experience the healing power of this important tool; a lunch plenary with award-winning singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark, who had the entire ballroom up on their feet and dancing by the end; food sovereignty and the use of food as medicine in traditional Native cultures from TEDx speaker and educator Valerie Segrest; and GAME BRAiN, an entertaining and hilarious prevention game show from the Ontario Responsible Gambling Council on the risks of youth gambling.

The highlight event is always an opportunity for conference attendees and their guests to experience the culture in the land we are welcomed upon. This year, the Musqueam Indian Band hosted us on their unceded territory for an evening of music, dancing, and delicious food. The event was titled “Dim A Ma Yaay Nuum,” which means “we will all walk in a good way” in the language of the Gitxsan Nation. The evening was a time for sharing, not only of the beautiful art, but also of our hearts: attendees raised more than $500 to assist with an unexpected, sudden passing in the community. The night truly united all of us as we came together without borders.

For more information on ECPG’s activities, contact Kristin West at

Connecticut Affiliate State Conference

By Cheryl Chandler (Connecticut)

Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Presents 12th Annual Conference

On October 27, 2015, CT-CPG held its 12th annual conference, titled Meeting the Challenges of Disordered Gambling.

There were 200 people in attendance including treatment providers, prevention professionals, representatives from the gambling industry, and individuals in recovery. Attendees were welcomed by Jonathan A. Harris, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection and A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Regional Administrator, Region One, for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Timothy Fong, MD and Bea Aikens

Featured speakers included Timothy Fong, MD, an associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong presented Gambling Disorder and Health. Bea Aikens, a nationally recognized gambling addiction and recovery expert and founder and CEO of Lanie’s Hope, a national advocacy group dedicated to illuminating and humanizing the disease of compulsive gambling, presented Gambling Disorder -The Invisible Addiction.

In the afternoon, attendees chose two of four afternoon workshops including All You Need to Know About Gambling Certification; The Emotional Turmoil Experienced by Family Members of Problem Gamblers; Ethics in the Digital Age; and Advocacy in Action.

Alabama Affiliate to Hold State Conference

By Roger Olsen (Alabama)

The Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling will hold their 3rd Annual All State Conference on Problem Gambling on January 28 and 29, 2016. Attendees can earn 10 contact hours (CEUs). Ms. Janet Miller will be the guest presenter (at right, with Jack Galassini, Executive Director of the Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling).

Jack Galassini with Janet Miller

The event will take place in Atmore, Alabama at the Windcreek Hotel and Casino Conference Center. The location is at exit 57 off Interstate 65 in Alabama. Atmore is one hour north of Mobile, and two hours south of Montgomery. This training will also include four hours on Ethics.
For more information about CEUs and the conference please email Roger Olsen at or call 334-567-0476.



Problem Gambling Awareness is a Mission for Film Company

By Richard Wilson (New Jersey)

OutreachArts Created Six New Problem Gambling Films in 2015

For Emmy® Award-Winning film company OutreachArts, problem gambling awareness has not only become a mainstay but a mission. Since 2001, the nationally recognized production company has created over 40 acclaimed dramas with nearly half of those same films targeting problem gambling. “It went from an interesting assignment to something of a vocation,” says OutreachArts’ Writer-Director (and NCPG Member) Richard T. Wilson, regarding the company’s journey to problem gambling activism. In fact, Wilson cites the use of his Telly Award-Winning film, ‘He’s Not The Same’ at NCPG’s 2015 Legislative Briefing (about gambling addicted veterans) in Washington, DC as a personal and professional highlight – ‘better than winning an Emmy,’ he says. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the company has turned out no less than six problem gambling dramas in 2015. What follows is a list of these films (with links to view).

READY OR NOT / END GAME – a two-part film project, it was created for the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program and highlights PTSD and gambling addiction among the Indiana National Guard.
FIVE FACES – a 2015 Davey Award Winner, this dramatic PSA campaign was created for the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program to highlight the many faces of problem gambling.
BREAK EVEN – created for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, the film looks at online gambling addiction from the perspective of two family members privately struggling with the disease.
EMPTY SPACES – a 2015 Accolade Award Winner, created for The New York Council on Problem Gambling, looks at the issue of seniors suffering from gambling addiction and the impact it has on their family and friends.

EASY OUT – created for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, the film looks at the unique challenges facing a widowed, urban senior struggling with gambling addiction.

Outreach Arts can be contacted at 856-719-8380 or

Get Ready for PGAM!

PGAM Logo 350x225pxProblem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is coming up fast – March 2016. Take time now to partner with other stakeholders and plan your own awareness campaign. Each year during the month of March, we all work especially hard to raise awareness about problem gambling. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally.

PGAM is a grassroots effort and NCPG State Affiliates are the driving force of the campaign. NCPG encourages all stakeholders to Have the Conversation. Most adults gamble or know someone who gambles, and therefore could benefit from programs to prevent gambling addiction. We believe that many who suffer in silence do so because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is, or where to get help. PGAM helps answer questions and provides information on what to do next.

There are many ways to Have the Conversation and we challenge all our Members to participate: explore the suggestions below, come up with your own initiatives, and share with us what you do.

Some suggestions:
Hold a training or conference on problem gambling and/or responsible gaming.
Issue press releases or run public service announcements.
Encourage healthcare providers to include gambling screens in their patient assessments. See the template letter for addiction counselors to help you get started reaching your area providers.
Seek a state proclamation in honor of PGAM from your governor or state legislature.

NCPG Affiliates are putting together a co-operative order of promotional items such as awareness bracelets and button pins that you or your staff can wear during the month of PGAM at work or at events. Please contact your state Affiliate or Amy Feinberg for more information about how to take advantage of lower pricing by participating in this group order – deadline Feb. 1, 2016

There are many ways to participate in PGAM and NCPG is here to help you make the most of it with free resources at, including an infographic, a resource guide, a sample proclamation and sample press release, as well as electronic files for the logo. Contact Amy Feinberg for more information at amyf@ncpgambling.orgPlan now for greatest success!

Counselor’s Corner

Comparing Compulsive Gambling Disorder to Substance Abuse Addiction

by Mitch E. Wallick Ph.D., CAP, CAGC (Florida)

The field of addictions as demonstrated by the DSM-5 classification recognizes that gambling is an addictive disorder.
While there are many similarities among compulsive gamblers and substance dependent clients, there are enough differences to categorically state that changing alcohol to gambling in a twelve steps program is naïve. In spite of the often co-occurring disorders, a therapist must recognize and deal with a number of differences—as well as capitalize on the many skills which are transferable and applicable to both populations.
Frequently the action gambler is compared to the cocaine addict. The passive gambler is compared to the opiate or diazepam addict. The manic behavior of the cocaine addict often will appear congruent with the behavior of the action gambler. The depressive symptoms of the passive or escape gambler may be very similar to the addict who seeks the numbing effects of opioids and or CNS Depressants.

The situation is further confused by the fact that many of these clients are indeed suffering from dual diagnosis which may include poly substance abuse or psychiatric disorders along with compulsive gambling.

Recognizing and determining the complexity of the situation is the first step in developing appropriate treatment. While intuition and transference of skills are beneficial, gambling, like heart disease, deserves a specialist— a trained and certified gambling counselor. It is simply not enough to substitute compulsive gambling for substance addiction. Ethically, every therapist must practice not only within the scope of their practice, but in accordance with their training and skills. The community standard of best possible care available applies. In other words, a family doctor in a small country town may set a broken arm, but would not do so in a large city where an orthopedist might be available. The same goes for gambling addiction. When a certified gambling therapist is available, the referral should be made. In those cases where that is not possible, it is incumbent on the therapist to gain additional training and seek consultation with someone who is better qualified to treat this type of patient.

Every therapist should at very minimum be able to identify and open discussion regarding the possibility of the gambling addiction. Further, the therapist should have a good list of professional referral services and support systems. While at Professional Training Association @ CARE, this writer found the National Council on Problem Gambling to be an excellent resource. If you are reading this article, you probably are already aware of that.

In closing, let me urge each of you, in the interest of your clients, to refer patients to a therapist with the appropriate level of training when specialty care is needed. Better still, seek the training and certification that you would need to provide the compulsive gambler with services.

Gambling? Not MY Child!

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, CEAP, NCGC II (Wisconsin)

Lottery tickets can’t be sold to those under 18 – right? Well, MY Child is under 18!
Casinos don’t allow anyone under 21 to gamble – right? Well, MY Child is under 21!
Online gambling is not allowed for anyone under 21- right? Well, MY Child is under 21!
So, MY Child can’t gamble – RIGHT ? !

By definition, gambling involves the betting of money or something of value with the possibility/hope/expectation to gain more money or more things of value. While many parents truly believe that gambling is an adult activity and that their children just don’t gamble, facts and realities provide a different picture.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes gam-bling as a problem among children and has produced a pamphlet about this issue titled Gambling: Not a Safe Thrill. Teen gambling seldom involves casinos or race tracks. Rather, teen gambling can involve:

  • Poker, other card games and dice in basements and other hangouts
  • Betting on sporting events of all kinds
  • Lottery tickets including Scratch offs
  • Games of “skill” including video games
  • Online gambling including poker, keno, slots, and the like

Research shows that gambling most commonly begins around the age of 14— and that by age 19, 78% of teens are gambling in some form. In addition, problem gambling increases consistently during teen years going from 1.3% of teens ages 14-15 to 3.4% of teens ages 18-19.
In fact, national U.S. surveys have consistently shown not only that gambling involvement increases throughout the teenage years but also that gambling becomes prevalent at a much earlier age than drinking and that more teens gamble than drink. While most parents are aware that their teens are online and involved with social media, the reality of this involvement is somewhat amazing – 92% of teens re-port going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center.

While most of this online activity does not involve gambling, it can be a risk factor for teenage gambling. Research has also shown that monthly use of online gambling sites increased for both high-school-age male students (2.7% in 2008 to 6.2% in 2010) and college-age male students (4.4 % in 2008 to 16% in 2010). Other risk factors include having parents with gambling problems, an earlier age of first gambling activity, greater impulsivity and various maladaptive coping strategies.

Parents can play a vital role in reducing some of the risk factors associated with teen problem gambling by using standard, yet important, parenting techniques. These include maintaining an appropriate level of pa-rental monitoring of teen activity and behavior, including financial and online behavior, and consistently setting and holding to limits and boundaries.

Kids do gamble and parents can do something about it – be caring, supportive and informed parents about gambling and your child!

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, CEAP, NCGC II, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin with over 29 years of experience working with individuals and families impact-ed by chemical and process addictions. He is a National Certified Gambling Counselor II and a trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. He is currently in full-time private practice at Resources for Change, Ltd, in Lake Bluff, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin as a Psychotherapist, EAP Consultant and Interventionist.

Recovery from Problem Gambling is Risky Business

By Rory C. Reid, Ph.D., LCSW (California)

Treatment providers working with problem gamblers can recite countless stories about the enormous risks our clients have taken in pursuit of the “big win.” Sadly, these risks typically result in suffering, loss, and harm to themselves and their loved ones. The consequences associated with problem gambling, in turn, become the catalyst for seeking professional help.

What we neglect to tell our clients, however, is that they are about to embark on a journey of recovery work that may entail some of the greatest risks they’ve ever taken. As most of us know, recovery from problem gambling involves numerous risks – but such risks are very different than the ones our clients take at casinos and other gambling venues.

Perhaps the greatest risks in recovery involve those requiring clients to be emotionally vulnerable about their deepest fears. One man felt inadequate as a father and his perceived failures as a primary care-giver to his children created such despair that he gambled after work each day to avoid parenting responsibilities. Part of his irrational belief system was that winning money would enable him to be a better father, afford gifts, pay for fun activities, and provide financial support allowing his children to participate in sports and music lessons.

His recovery work involved taking the risk of sharing his biggest fear: having his wife and children know how deeply inadequate he felt and the sadness he frequently experienced when there was not enough money to pay for things he desired for his children. During therapy, he stated he would rather face his wife’s disapproval of discovering his gambling activities than reveal to her his deepest secret. Indeed, being emotionally vulnerable with a romantic partner can be risky and requires a great deal of courage. Such risks are part of recovery work.

When the time came to face his fears, he learned several invaluable lessons. First, he was able to survive the emotional discomfort of sharing sensitive things about himself with others. Second, he discovered that spending time with his family meant much more to them than spending money, and in many cases money for things that would soon be for-gotten. Third, the financial needs of his family were much less than what he imagined. Rather than the grandiose expenses he could not afford, one of his children simply stated he wanted to learn how to fly a kite — an expenditure that amounted to twenty-dollars and a memorable trip to the beach with his father.

Finally, the father learned that his fears of inadequacy were not uncommon. His wife, to his surprise, shared similar fears about feeling like she was forever falling short in her efforts to parent, and together, they were able to console each other while also developing strategies to address their shortcomings.

So, yes, the recovery process can be risky business. What is different about these risks, compared to those associated with problem gambling, is that the odds are much more in our favor. As this father and many others in recovery discover, the rewards are paid in dividends that money cannot buy.

Support the National Problem Gambling Helpline in our Year-End Appeal


Please support the National Problem Gambling Helpline and the National Council on Problem Gambling this holiday season – calls increase every year in December. Your gift of $12, $29 or $58 for one, four or more hours of Helpline services (call or new text & chat) will help people start on the road to recovery.

Answer the call! Make your gift by December 31, 2015. No gift is too small, and every gift helps. It’s easy to give online at; or by mail or fax. NCPG’s Board of Directors and staff extend heartfelt thanks and our best wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

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California Collaboration Leads to High Honors

By Terri Sue Canale (California)

Since its inception in 2003, the California Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) has worked tirelessly toward the inclusion of the state’s gambling industry to help educate Californians on the serious issues associated with gambling disorder. And what better way to do this than by partnering with the state’s unique gambling establishments to reach nearly 30 million adults? With a staff of seven employees, the OPG strives to enlist a strong stakeholder network of state regulatory agencies, educators, researchers, health professionals, advocates and the gambling industry itself to help meet its annual goals.

OPG’s efforts resulted in the California Lottery achieving the high honor of a Level Four certification from the World Lottery Association (WLA) in February 2015. The WLA Level Four award is the highest level of responsible gaming certification recognized internationally and California is the first lottery in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.

Collaboration among California stakeholders has led to increased problem gambling awareness. In particular, the California Lottery which has a large footprint throughout the state with a network of more than 22,000 retailers selling lottery products and about 19 million California adult players, has been a key partner with OPG. Both have enjoyed a long-standing interagency relationship dating back to 2007 when the Lottery transitioned the state’s first problem gambling helpline to OPG and continues to partially fund the state’s 1-800-GAMBLER helpline. The partnership has evolved over the last three years and has resulted in improved two-way communication and feedback in helping shape the Lottery’s Responsible Gaming programs.

Together, OPG and the California Lottery have leveraged their communication channels to improve statewide messaging and reach during Problem Gambling Awareness Month by adding: electronic point-of-sale messages at Lottery terminals and tickets; responsible gaming messages on social media and on its websites; advertising in regional and ethnic newspapers; and continued distribution of “Responsible Gambling Guidelines” at Lottery retail locations. This collaboration, in addition to other campaign efforts, has resulted in increased calls to the problem gambling helpline and an increased number of people getting treatment for gambling disorder.

Other collaborative projects between the OPG and the Lottery include:
—Launching the nation’s first dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility website in the lottery industry;
—The development of a world-class Responsible Gaming training module created by the OPG, the California Council on Problem Gambling and the Lottery where 97% of the Lottery’s workforce are successfully trained;
—Improved treatment referrals.

Together, the California Office of Problem Gambling and the California Lottery have demonstrated how regulating state agencies and the gambling industry can partner together to fight problem gambling, strengthen responsible gaming records and create best practices.

Record Participation for Lottery Holiday Campaign

A record 42 partnering lotteries from the U.S., Canada and around the world joined NCPG and the International Centre on Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors to send an important message about giving responsibly.

The Lottery Holiday Campaign encourages parents and loved ones to be aware of the risks of giving lottery products as holiday gifts to minors. Research shows that the majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking and drug use.

A wide range of themes and activities were deployed this year, from the Connecticut Lottery’s Do a Lotto Good Toy Drive to the Oregon Lottery’s video with the ’gifting guru.’ See what some other organizations did this year and get inspired for December 2016! Send us a copy of the materials that your organization created this year!

See more from participating lotteries on the NCPG website:

Participating lotteries

Arizona Lottery
California Lottery
Connecticut Lottery Corporation
DC Lottery and Charitable Games
The Georgia Lottery Corporation
Idaho Lottery
Illinois Lottery
Hoosier Lottery (Indiana)
Kentucky Lottery
Maryland State Lottery Commission
Massachusetts State Lottery Commission
Michigan Lottery
Minnesota Lottery
Missouri Lottery
New Jersey Lottery
New Mexico Lottery
New York Lottery
North Carolina Education Lottery
Ohio Lottery
Oklahoma Lottery
Oregon Lottery
Pennsylvania Lottery
Rhode Island Lottery
South Carolina Education Lottery
South Dakota Lottery
Tennessee Lottery
Texas Lottery
Virginia Lottery
Washington Lottery
Wyoming Lottery

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Atlantic Lottery
British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Lotto Quebec
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Saskatchewan Lotteries

Austrian Lotteries
AB Svenska Spel (Sweden)
Hrvatska Lutrika d.o.o. (Croatia)
New Zealand Lottery

Please contact Amy Feinberg for more
Information at and to sign up to participate next year!

2016 Problem Gambling and Responsible Gaming Conferences and Events

Conference Date Location
Delaware Council on Gambling Problems is holding 2 trainings
a month on various topics—check for details
Various dates in 2016 Various locations in DE
Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling
–state conference
Jan 28-29 Atmore, AL
Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
19th Annual Educational Awareness
Feb 4-6 Lexington, KY
British Columbia Lottery Corporation—
New Horizons in Responsible Gaming
Feb 1-4 Vancouver, BC
California Office of Problem Gambling
Mar 7-8 Culver City, CA
17th Annual Wisconsin Council on
Problem Gambling Statewide
Mar 10-11 Waukesha, WI
Rhode Island Council on Problem
Gambling – state conference
Mar 11 Warwick, RI
Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling:
Focus on the Future Conference
Arp 26-29 Portland, OR
La Fleur’s 2016 Lottery Symposium &
Retailing Summit
May 3-6 Washington, DC
10th Annual Nevada State Conference
on Problem Gambling
May 5-6 Las Vegas, NV
16th International Conference on
Gambling & Risk Taking
Jun 6-10 Las Vegas, NV
Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling
and Substance Abuse
Jun 22-24 Kansas City, MO

Organizational Members

Organizational Membership is for corporations and other businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, including Tribal entities. Click here to see a list of current Organizational Members.

There are three levels. Nonprofits and government agencies may participate using substantially discounted rates. Depending on the level chosen, a number of staff or Board members are entitled to Individual Memberships as part of the benefits of the Organizational Membership. For details, visit

Organizational members play an important role in supporting NCPG — thank you!

NCPG_Final_HorizontalOur purpose: To serve as the national advocate for programs and services to assist all affected by problem gambling.
Our vision: To improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling.
Our mission: To lead state and national stakeholders in the development of comprehensive policy and programs for all those affected by problem gambling.NCPG is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Our primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families.NCPG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with the law. Tax ID #51-0141872.If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700; or chat via, for confidential help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the United States.