Maltco Lotteries supports the Responsible Gaming Foundation by donating another contribution of €50,000

From left: Kevin O’Neill (General Manager Responsible Gaming Foundation), Hon. Silvio Schembri (Minister for Economy and Industry) and Vasileios Kasiotakis (CEO Maltco Lotteries Ltd.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 July, 2021 at 2:13 pm by Andre Camilleri

Maltco Lotteries continued to reaffirm the company’s commitment towards Responsible Gaming by announcing a further contribution to the Responsible Gaming Foundation in Malta whilst launching its campaign “Balance is the Name of the Game – Play Responsibly”.

Maltco Lotteries, INTRALOT’s subsidiary in Malta and the operator of the Maltese National Lottery, has once again contributed another €50,000 to the Responsible Gaming Foundation to go towards initiatives to sustain responsible gaming in Malta. This announcement has been made as part of the company’s annual CSR programme whilst unveiling the Responsible Gaming Campaign for 2021, “Balance is the Name of the Game – Play Responsibly”.

During a press conference held at Maltco’s Head Office in Iklin, the National Lottery operator announced its contribution to the Responsible Gaming Foundation which was conferred earlier this month.  This contribution has been announced in the presence of Minister for Economy and Industry Hon. Silvio Schembri who was present on behalf of the government. Despite the challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maltco Lotteries has remained committed to contribute towards actively promoting, designing and putting into practice responsible gaming principles, whilst protecting the players’ well-being.  

During the presentation, in his keynote speech, Minister for Economy and Industry Hon. Silvio Schembri highlighted that the pandemic has had a negative impact, exacerbating the trigger of addiction issues primarily due to emotional turmoil, stress, and a feeling of uncertainty precipitated by this unprecedented event in a number of individuals. “Thankfully, the Responsible Gaming Foundation seeks to provide professional help for those who fall victims of this devastating affliction. In fact, in order to obtain a better perspective on the situation, the Foundation has carried out thorough research , and now has better detailed information in hand, which together with other stakeholders, will make it possible to implement a holistic plan. A plan which shall improve care and social services in the field of gambling problems and addictions, as well as raise awareness on responsible gambling. Thus, having these solid foundations in place, the Responsible Gaming Foundation can now move forward with the continuous strengthening and consolidation of their services.  Beyond highlighting the tremendous work done by the Foundation, today’s event demonstrates that industrial players such as Maltco are essential stakeholders in creating an optimum and healthy balance towards responsible gambling.

“Thank you Maltco for never failing to miss a deadline and in being a worthy contributor to the sterling work executed by the Foundation and beyond in the quest towards a safer and more responsible gambling environment’’, said Minister Schembri.

Mr. Kevin O’Neill, General Manager of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, expressed the Foundation’s will to continue strengthening ties with Maltco as a significant partner in the pursuit of promoting responsible gaming. Mr. O’Neill stated that the Foundation will seek to perpetuate the message that enjoying this activity is a possibility with the commitment and goodwill of all stakeholders. “I know that Maltco’s heart is in the right place when it comes to displaying its Responsible Gaming ethos as evidenced by their participation in RGF’s recent training as part of the TAKE ACTION Project to ensure a safe, fair and enjoyable customer experience”, said Mr. O’Neill.

Vasileios Kasiotakis, Maltco Lotteries CEO stated that it is the company’s mission to ensure that our players are entertaining themselves in a responsible manner. “Our commitment is to provide players with responsible entertainment which encompasses the provision of numerous entertaining and cutting-edge games specifically designed on responsible gaming principles.  Furthermore, our agents are receiving ongoing training to devote any required effort, daily, in a continuous endeavour to protect the players from any Problem Gambling issue and direct them as appropriate to a secure and entertaining gaming experience”, concluded the company’s CEO whilst also expressing his deep profound gratitude towards the Agents and stakeholders for their sterling work and contribution.

On a yearly basis, in addition to the annual Responsible Gaming contribution, Maltco Lotteries donates a large sum of money to the Good Causes Fund. In 2020 the company donated a total of €573,920, from unclaimed prizes. These contributions are used to aid and support various entities within the Maltese Society.

Also present at the Press Conference were Maltco & Responsible Gaming Foundation’s representatives and important stakeholders within the gaming industry.

For more information you may email, visit the company’s website, social media pages or call Maltco’s Helpline on 23883333.

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