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The Dog Ate My Scratch-it (Photo) - 08/11/22

Aug. 11, 2022 – Salem, Ore. – Officials at the Oregon Lottery have seen Lottery tickets in many different states. Washed in a pair of jeans, dropped in a mud puddle, and even run over by cars. But earlier this week was a first.

The Oregon Lottery received a letter with a torn-up ticket and a picture of two dogs. That’s right, the dogs ate the Lottery ticket.

Nathan and Rachael Lamet of Salem sent the damaged ticket to the Lottery with a note and a picture of their two Alaskan Klee Kias, “Apple” and “Jack.” The Lamets have owned the dogs since they were puppies, “Apple” is 11 months old and “Jack” is two years old. 

“For some reason we left the ticket on the ottoman and they decided it was delicious,” said Rachel Lamet. “I went to bed and when I woke up it was eaten to the point that I thought it was unable to be checked. But my husband thought it was hilarious and someone might get a good laugh at at the very least. He said it’s for sure a winner.”

Oregon Lottery personnel didn’t roll over, and fetched all the pieces of the ticket and were able to put the ticket back together, and soon realized Nathan was right. The “delicious” $3 Pharaoh’s Gold Crossword was an $8 winner.

When the Lamets found out they had won, and the check was being mailed to them, they couldn’t believe it was actually a winning ticket.

“That’s too funny,” Rachael said. “We are definitely getting more chew toys, they go through a lot. We love them, but they are crazy sometimes.”

The Oregon Lottery does mail-in claims so players can send in their winning tickets through the mail. Usually these claims are processed and paid within 10 business days. 

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. And above all, make sure the ticket is out of reach of any furry friends!

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $14 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veteran Services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org  

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Oregon Lottery Wins National Award for Multi-cultural Outreach Program (Photo) - 08/09/22

At the recent National Council on Problem Gambling Conference, the Oregon Lottery was recognized for its multi-cultural outreach responsible gaming program.

Each year the National Council on Problem Gambling honors individuals and organizations from across the US and the world for their work on problem gambling and responsible gambling. 

The Oregon Lottery won for their “Coping with Problem Gambling” campaign which utilized statewide digital and print media platforms. With the population in Oregon growing and becoming more diverse, Oregon Lottery’s leadership says it is crucial for the Lottery to be culturally relevant to all Oregonians.

“We make it a priority to translate our digital content messaging, and our website in Spanish, our second most spoken language in Oregon,” said Oregon Lottery Responsible Gaming Program Manager Krystal Smith. “Topics translated include things like playing responsibly, problem gambling resources and help for others impacted by gambling behaviors.”

Over 600 individuals worldwide attended the oldest and largest annual conference on gambling addiction and responsible gambling. Now in its 36th year, the event brings together individuals and organizations working on prevention, education, treatment, responsible gambling, regulation, research, and recovery. This year’s event was held in Boston.

“The best way we have found is to connect with people is through content and messaging that resonates with them,” said Smith. “The Oregon Lottery Problem and Responsible Gaming overarching strategy is to connect with problem gamblers when and where they need it most. We also provide help to anyone impacted by someone else's gambling. This is fundamental to how we operate and sell Oregon Lottery products. We know our products come with risk, and we have a responsibility to help people when they need it.”

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential, and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $120 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment and prevention. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is neutral on legalized gambling. Based in Washington DC, NCPG is the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to minimize the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction. If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers hope and help without stigma or shame. Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat.  Help is available 24/7 – it is free and confidential.

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Oregon Lottery's Stacy Shaw First American Elected to Canadian Responsible Gambling Board (Photo) - 08/01/22

August 1, 2022 - Salem, Ore. – Oregon Lottery Senior Product Marketing Manager Stacy Shaw has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGC). Shaw is the first board member from the United States in RGC’s 40-year history. 

RGC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention whose Board of Directors comprises professionals with deep and broad expertise in public policy, community service, problem gambling, addiction treatment and more. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with RGC and my colleagues on the board and know that Oregon Lottery’s Responsible Gaming program will benefit from their diversity and experience,” Shaw said. “Engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders is foundational to continually improving our responsible gaming efforts and being on the RGC board presents an unprecedented opportunity to do that on an international scale.”  

“RGC is thrilled to have Stacy Shaw start her term as an RGC Board Member,” said Shelley White Chief Executive Officer of the Responsible Gambling Council. “Her role with the Oregon Lottery will bring new perspectives that will help broaden the breadth and depth of our Board. She is also our inaugural member from the US. Stacy’s strong leadership focus on research, learning and collaboration, makes her a perfect fit for RGC and an invaluable asset to supporting and growing our Board governance and fulfilling our organizational mission, that gambling should never come at a human cost.”   

The Oregon Lottery is widely recognized for their commitment to integrating responsible gaming best practices into every aspect of their business, maintaining the highest level of accreditation for responsible gaming programs from both the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) /National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). 

“Responsible Gaming is part of the brand promise we make to Oregonians,” said Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “We consider responsible gaming to be a key component of the customer experience, equally as important as providing fun and entertaining games. “ 

Reflective of the Oregon Lottery’s commitment to responsible gaming, Shaw joins a growing list of Oregon Lottery staff who play key roles on responsible gaming boards and commissions. 

About the Oregon Lottery

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential, and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $120 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment and prevention. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org 

About the Responsible Gambling Council

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention. For 40 years, RGC has worked across the globe to reduce gambling risk by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs. The RGC promotes the adoption of improved play safeguards through best practices research, standards development, and the RG Check accreditation program. The RGC also works with all sides to foster collaboration, create safer gambling spaces for players and communities and to build a more sustainable gambling industry.

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Oregon Lottery Earns International Responsible Gaming Certification (Photo) - 07/18/22

SALEM, Oregon – The World Lottery Association (WLA) has once again recognized the Oregon Lottery with the highest certification level for its Responsible Gaming programs. 

The WLA Level Four certification is the highest level of responsible gaming certification recognized internationally, and the Oregon Lottery was one of the first eight lotteries in the United States to reach this level. 

Submissions are reviewed by the WLA’s international panel of corporate social responsibility experts. The WLA Independent Assessment Panel [IAP] recognized the quality of the Oregon Lottery Responsible Gaming programs, and the positive efforts and creative approach adopted and maintained over the last three years. 

“This Level 4 recertification by the World Lottery Association recognizes the Oregon Lottery’s best-in-class responsible and problem gambling programs,” said Barry Pack, director of the Oregon Lottery. “Our commitment to responsible gaming is deeply embedded in every aspect of our business.”

Lotteries that receive a WLA Level Four certification must demonstrate that responsible gaming principles are part of day-to-day operations and that they are continuously strengthening efforts to promote responsibility among players. 

The WLA is recognized as the global authority on the lottery business. It serves the interests of 152 state-authorized lotteries world-wide and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries on six continents. 

The WLA’s Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework is a certification program that outlines lotteries’ level of commitment to corporate social responsibility and responsible gaming. The WLA’s Responsible Gaming Principles and Framework allows for cultural and regional differences and is designed to complement and improve the safeguards that individual lottery operators have in place. 

The 10 program elements are: Research, Employee Program, Retailer Program, Game Design, Remote Gaming Channels, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Player Education, Treatment Referral, Reporting and Measurement and Stakeholder Engagement.

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