COVID-19 Update

The health and wellbeing of our attendees and contributors is NASPL's top priority. We will continue to monitor the most updated information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from health officials and government authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Be on the lookout for continuing email communications from NASPL, and check back here for updates on PDS 2020. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NASPL offices at info@nasplhq.org.

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The NASPL Professional Development Seminar is a unique event designed to bring together lottery industry employees at all levels in a small-group, hands-on format. Workshops cover the primary disciplines in the industry; these formats allow for candid discussions and information sharing among participants and provide attendees with tangible ideas about how to take advantage of the industry's biggest opportunities and find solutions to its biggest challenges. There is no better way to promote communication within the lottery industry, provide education through real-world problem solving, hear case study presentations and experience unsurpassed networking opportunities.
 

The Professional Development Seminar fosters: 

  • Communication within the industry
  • Networking opportunities
  • Education through real-world problem solving
  • Product examples and opportunities
  • Case-study presentations
  • Candid conversations
  • The opportunity to compare experiences in roundtable sessions and small group discussions
     

Welcome to Colorado!
 

On behalf of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the Colorado Lottery, I’m very pleased to welcome you to the 2020 Professional Development Seminar – PDS. 
 

This conference grows in popularity every year, and it’s easy to see why. The quality of the content, and richness of the experience in terms of learning, networking, and the opportunity to become more immersed in our amazing industry just keeps getting better. This year’s format will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions and abundant chances to share information with your fellow lottery professionals. It’s going to be great.
 

Our theme, “Mile High Expectations,” is both figurative and literal. We hope you come with the expectation that you’re going to learn a great deal and build new and stronger relationships with your lottery peers. And at 5,280 feet above sea level, you’ll feel the whole mile. Colorado has the highest average altitude of any state, which you will probably notice when you walk, or breathe, while you are with us. But don’t worry, you’ll get used to it right before it’s time to leave.
 

Water, aspirin, don’t overdo it – consider our altitude disclaimer delivered.
 

At the Colorado Lottery, we feel very lucky to have all of our proceeds dedicated to preserving parks, recreation, open space and wildlife. We’re the only lottery in the world where proceeds are dedicated solely to the outdoors. Since 1983 that has added up to nearly $3.5 billion dedicated to keeping Colorado beautiful, open and wild. We wouldn’t have it any other way. 
 

I personally hope you take some time to get to know Colorado while you’re here. I could use this space to brag up our state -– our amazing national state and local parks, over 200 wildlife areas, the best skiing in the world, two of America’s longest hiking trails and on and on -– but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’ll just encourage each of you to get out into the Colorado air and experience it for yourself. There are ample opportunities within a short drive of Denver, and we’ll be glad to help you find something that fits your interests.
 

If you prefer city activities, Denver has an endless number of places to go and things to do. Be as daring or tame as you want. Try the “Rocky Mountain oysters.” Hint: They are not from the sea. Or sample one of our 500,000 microbreweries (not really, but it feels like that many). Kayak in the shadow of downtown Denver, or just sit in the sun with a cold beverage and a Colorado Lottery Scratch ticket. You get the idea. 
 

We like to have fun in Colorado, so I hope your visit is both an awesome learning experience and a great time. There will be Colorado Lottery staff at every venue and event. Please don’t hesitate to ask us about the Lottery or how to enjoy Colorado. 
 

Thank you for coming!
 

Tom

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