CT Lottery’s Commitment to
Responsible Gambling (RG) is a core value of the CT Lottery. The mission of the CT Lottery is to "raise revenue in an entrepreneurial manner for the State of Connecticut, consistent with the highest standards of good public and social responsibility, by offering products to our players that are fun and entertaining, and by ensuring the public's trust through integrity and honesty."
The CT Lottery has a three-pronged approach to Responsible Gambling (RG):
- we develop our products specifically for adults (must be 18+ to play);
- we strive to educate the public about making healthy choices when it comes to gambling through our GameSense Campaign; and,
- we educate the public about the Problem Gambling Helpline (text and chat too) so that if a player, or a loved one, needs help s/he can directly be connected to professional support.
In order to best implement our RG efforts, the CT Lottery participates in the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) - National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) RG Accreditation program, and supports the CT Council on Problem Gambling. The CT Lottery has been certified by NASPL - NCPG at the implementation level. The CT Lottery will continue to build and improve upon its own various RG efforts which include employee training, Retailer training, advertising and communication efforts, player education, stakeholder engagement, research support, and reporting and measuring our progress.
Employees at the CT Lottery are not experts in prevention or treatment of problem gambling. However, the state of Connecticut is fortunate to have many clinical and social science experts in this field. The CT Lottery contributes $2.3 million annually to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' (DMHAS) Chronic Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund, and commits additional resources in various ways including Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and other educational materials. The CT Lottery also contributes additional time and resources to various state and national RG initiatives.