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Give Responsibly: Lottery Tickets are for Adults Only

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Maryland joins international groups in promoting responsible giving

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency has joined an international initiative to promote age-appropriate holiday gifts of lottery products.

Teaming up with Maryland for the age-appropriate, responsible-giving campaign are the National Council on Problem Gambling, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and dozens of lottery corporations worldwide.

“We know that playing the lottery at a young age is inappropriate and can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life,” said Jeffrey Derevensky, Ph.D., co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University. “We welcome the collaborative efforts of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to help make everyone aware of this issue, as together we can make a difference in preventing underage gambling and gambling problems.” This international public information initiative is in its sixth year.

“In Maryland, we stress the importance of playing responsibly in our marketing efforts and our promotional materials for Lottery products,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “Minors are not allowed in our casinos and should not play our scratch-offs or other Lottery games. We encourage Marylanders to give responsibly when the gift is a Lottery product and be mindful of the recipient’s age.”

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