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Campaign urges public not to gift lottery tickets to kids

The state Gaming Commission and two other agencies are teaming up on a Holiday campaign to discourage underage gambling by reminding us not to give gifts of lottery tickets to those under 18.

The multi-media awareness campaign entitled “Responsibility is Always A Bright Idea,” urges adults to “Never gift Lottery tickets to kids” and enlists the public’s help to “Let’s all do our part to make sure kids have a vibrant future.”

“The Lottery takes great care to remind players that you must be 18 years or older to purchase a scratch-off ticket,” said Lottery Director Gweneth Dean. “This campaign provides a good opportunity for us to educate players, retailers, and gift givers about the importance of discouraging underage lottery play in light of industry research illustrating underaged gamblers have a greater likelihood to develop gambling problems later in life.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling problem, help can be found 24/7 at the NYS Hopeline: 1-877-8-HOPENY or you can contact your regional Problem Gambling Resource Center:



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