Maryland Lottery & Gaming Takes Part in Responsible Gambling Conference
Problem gambling researchers, experts gather in Baltimore
As Maryland Lottery & Gaming expands its commitment to promote responsible gambling, the agency served as a sponsor of last week’s 29th annual National Council on Problem Gambling Conference, which brought experts from around the world to Baltimore.
Maryland Lottery & Gaming Assistant Director for Gaming Charles LaBoy and Responsible Gambling Coordinator Mary Drexler were among the agency staff on hand as researchers and problem gambling specialists presented discussions and data on problem gambling prevention and treatment, regulatory issues and public awareness efforts. Representatives from four of the state’s five casinos also attended.
The timing and location of the conference were especially significant for Maryland Lottery & Gaming. As the event was getting underway just a few miles from the agency’s Baltimore headquarters, Maryland Lottery & Gaming learned it had been accepted into the World Lottery Association (WLA), a global organization whose members are required to implement and enhance responsible gambling programs and adhere to stringent social responsibility standards.
“Encouraging people to enjoy Lottery games and casino gambling in a responsible way is an important part of the agency’s work,” Drexler said. “Having the National Council on Problem Gambling Conference here in Baltimore was a great opportunity because it gave us a chance to share insights with leaders in the field.”
Maryland Lottery & Gaming’s emphasis on responsible gambling has been an ongoing endeavor. In 2010, the agency established the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling, creating a partnership of state entities to provide resources and support for Marylanders with gambling problems. Help is available 24 hours a day by phone at 1-800-GAMBLER. Two of the Alliance’s partner organizations – the Maryland Center for Excellence on Problem Gambling and the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling – served as co-hosts of last week’s conference.