Mr. Don Feeney
Director, Research and Planning,
Minnesota State Lottery
Mr. Don Feeney has been research and planning director at the Minnesota State Lottery since 1991. He is responsible for the lottery’s market research, policy analysis, corporate social responsibility programs, strategic planning and legislative relations. He previously worked with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, the State Demographer’s Office, the Minnesota State Planning Agency and as a policy advisor to former Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich.
Mr. Feeney has been a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling since 2003 and served as president from 2011 to 2013. His research interests include the relationship between public opinion and gambling policy, public awareness of problem gambling, and gambling and popular culture.
Mr. Feeney holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of science in applied mathematics from Brown University.
Gambling and the Millennial Generation
The most commonly used methods of problem gambling treatment, prevention, and responsible gambling were developed for or by baby boomers. But the Millennial Generation – those born between 1982 and 2004 – are different. They think differently, they communicate differently and they gamble differently.
This session will explore the ways in which the Millennials differ from preceding generations, differences in their gambling behaviour, and their attitudes and beliefs about problem gambling and responsible gambling.
At the conclusion of the session Mr. Feeney will lead the audience in a critical analysis of responsible gambling messaging that is directed towards Millennials.