Give Responsibly, Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, The National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University combine efforts to discourage Lottery tickets as gifts for underage children

Results from recent studies show a growing number of high school students reportedly receive one or more lottery tickets or scratch cards as gifts. This, coupled with the growing concern about adolescent problem gambling, prompted the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, the National Council on Problem Gambling, the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University along with dozens of other lottery corporations around the globe to collaborate this holiday season to increase public awareness about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

“We know that playing the lottery at a young age is inappropriate and can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life,” said Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University (Canada). “We welcome the collaborative efforts of 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 year, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is encouraging players to give responsibly. When giving a lottery product as a gift, please be sure to keep the person’s age in mind.

For more information on responsible gambling, visit mdgamblinghelp.org.

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