March 8th, 2016


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PGCB Director of Office of Compulsive And Problem Gambling Recognized For Support of Problem Gambling Efforts

HARRISBURG, PA:   Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, Elizabeth Lanza, has received the “2016 Person of the Year Award” from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.  Director Lanza received the award last week during the organization’s “2016 CCGPA Statewide Conference East” in Trevose. 

The Council presented the award in honor of Lanza’s continuing efforts to ensure that every casino operator has established, and complies with, an approved compulsive and problem gambling plan, her continued efforts to heighten public awareness of the dangers of compulsive gambling and her support of problem gambling efforts in Pennsylvania. 

"Not only are we grateful to Elizabeth for her support and steadfast efforts, but thousands of gamblers and their families are grateful as well," said Jim Pappas, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.  "We are appreciative of her dedication to problem gambling education and outreach." 

“I am very honored to have received this award and want to thank the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania for selecting me as this year’s “Person of the Year”, said Lanza.  “I believe that by working together with the Council and other state agencies, we will continue to lessen the impact of problem gambling in the Commonwealth.” 

The Council of Compulsive Gambling “Person of the Year” is an annual award given out to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to problem gambling efforts in Pennsylvania. 

More information on problem gambling is accessible through the PGCB’s web site, Additional information about problem gambling, or to seek help for yourself or a loved one, can also be found at or by calling 800-848-1880. 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos. 

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.