To our friends and lottery colleagues,

The modern proverb "All roads lead to Rome" has its factual origin in the ancient reference to Roman roads and their relation to the Golden Milestone, a gilded monument erected by Emperor Caesar Augustus in the central Forum of Ancient Rome. All roads were considered to begin from this monument and the distances to all major cities of the Roman Empire were measured relative to this point. Conversely, the Golden Milestone was also seen as the specific point to which all roads in the Roman Empire led.

Both the ancient concept and the modern proverb are befitting to the mission and vision of the WLA. Each of the WLA member organizations is working toward reaching the same Golden Milestone, namely raising funds for good causes. How appropriate it is then that the world lottery community will be converging on Rome for the World Lottery Summit 2014.

Lottomatica and the WLA will join forces to bring about this colossal event, which will be held at the Rome Cavalieri from November 2–5, 2014. Enclosed by fifteen acres of Mediterranean parklands, the Rome Cavalieri overlooks a romantic panorama that has inspired visitors to Rome for centuries. With an international reputation as the leading business and conference hotel in Italy, the Rome Cavalieri offers major conference facilities, spacious meeting rooms, and numerous smaller office suites ideal for committee meetings. The Cavalieri convention facilities feature the latest and best in technology, and employ an experienced, professional team that will provide a full-service backup for the four-day event.

Before and after the convention you will have the opportunity to explore Rome, one of the most exciting destinations in the world. The modern and the ancient coexist side by side in this marvelous city. Be prepared to step into the world's biggest open-air museum with an incalculable immensity of archaeological and art treasures – the Capitoline Museums, the Vatican, Galleria Borghese, and the Colosseum, just to name a few.

Although the World Lottery Summit 2014 is still almost two years away, we are already making preparations to ensure that delegates, exhibitors, and Contributors will enjoy the very best Summit experience. Attendees can look forward to an informative and inspirational business program in an intimate yet professional environment. Our core games, responsible gaming, the integrity of sports, and many other topics central to our industry will be covered in depth with a strategic view toward the future. Delegates can also expect a multifaceted trade show featuring the latest innovations in lottery systems and services. Numerous social events and networking opportunities will also be on offer. More information on this event will be forthcoming shortly.

We look forward to seeing you in Rome from November 2–5, 2014 for the World Lottery Summit 2014 – save the date now!

Jean-Luc Moner-Banet
Président WLA
Directeur Général
Loterie Romande
Marco Sala