Lottery Tickets for Kids a No-No

Several U.S. and Canadian organizations have joined forces to urge adults to resist giving lottery tickets as holiday gifts to minors which could be a “gateway”
to a gambling addiction.

The National Council on Problem Gambling joined the Canada-based International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours to warn parents
this holiday season about the risks of giving lottery tickets and scratch cards as gifts to minors.

“NCPG partnered with McGill’s Youth Gambling Centre, the leading academic center on youth gambling issues, on this campaign as we believe these concerns
transcend borders and deserve comprehensive and practical responses,” said National Council executive directorKeith Whyte.

Loto Québec, the Centre’s original partner in the effort, was joined in 2006 by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and by the Nova Scotia Lottery and Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation in 2007.

This year the Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Lotteries signed up, as did the Canadian Gaming Association and the Alberta
Gaming and Liquor Commission.

The collaborative campaign also has received unanimous support from the Responsible Gaming Sub-committee of the North American Association of State and
Provincial Lotteries.

The groups’ announcement said research indicates a majority of adolescents gamble at least occasionally, and that “lottery products may be a gateway to
problem gambling.”

Gambling is also also linked to other risk-taking behaviors, including smoking, drinking and drug use.

“We know that playing the lottery at a young age can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life,” said Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of
the centre and a noted expert on problem gambling among young people.

“The vast majority of persons who choose to engage in gaming activities do so responsibly; yet we cannot and do not ignore that gambling can be risky behavior,
especially for our youth,” said Anne M. Noble, President and chief executive of the Connecticut Lottery.

“While lottery tickets are popular, entertaining and affordable, we ask parents and caregivers to find more suitable gifts for their children and teenagers,”
she said. “We will continue to partner with our retailers and the mental health community to promote a clear message that gambling is not child’s play.”

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Submitted by Rick Alm on December 10, 2008 – 1:33pm.

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