July 21, 2016

Missouri Lottery Receives National Recognition for Responsible Gaming

Last week, during the 30th National Conference on Problem Gambling taking place in Tarrytown, N.Y., the Missouri Lottery received the National Council on Problem Gambling’s annual “Newsletter Award” for the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling’s annual report, which the Lottery produces.

“We are honored to receive this distinction from the National Council,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “While the Lottery’s goal is to provide entertainment for our citizens and funding for public education, we make a concerted effort to ensure that our products aren’t causing a problem for players and their loved ones. This newsletter is one of the many programs we’ve developed to see that mission through.”

Every year, the Missouri Lottery creates and distributes the annual report on behalf of the Alliance. The publication looks back on all of the Alliance’s responsible gaming endeavors during the previous year. Content includes a letter from the Alliances chairperson, statistics concerning the Bets Off program, details about the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, and information regarding National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Missouri’s Responsible Gaming Education Month, among other information. 

“This report serves as a resource for the Missouri Alliance and treatment providers across the state of Missouri to help better serve their clients,” said Reardon.

In addition to the national award, Missouri Lottery employee Connor Stieferman received the Missouri Alliance’s annual Service Award during the 13th annual conference in Kansas City, June 22-24, for his work as the secretary of the Alliance and a member of the Midwest Conference’s planning committee. Along with these duties, Connor heads up the Lottery’s responsible gaming efforts, including creating various communications materials for the Alliance, helping the Lottery achieve the World Lottery’s Level 3 certification, among other numerous other duties.

The distinctions come weeks before Missouri’s Responsible Gaming Education Month – an awareness campaign organized by the Missouri Alliance and its members to raise the public’s attention on responsible gaming practices, problem gambling concerns and the free help available to those suffering from addiction and their loved ones through the Bets Off program. Additional information about the Bets Off program and the free help available can be found at www.888betsoff.org.

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