Annual Responsible Gambling
The CT Lottery is hosting its 9th Annual “Give a Child a Toy, Not a Ticket" Holiday Toy Drive from November 28 through December 30, 2022 to help raise awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children, and to collect toys for patients at Connecticut Children's.
To do this, the CT Lottery is proudly partnering with Connecticut Children’s and iHeart Radio. We are launching a multi-media effort aimed to educate adults not to buy lottery tickets for children under 18. Instead, we encourage donations to Connecticut Children’s in the form of toys or gift cards.
Connecticut Children's uses toys as a distraction from pain before shots, tests and surgeries, and to help celebrate birthdays and special events during longer stays.
Last year, the Holiday Toy Drive successfully delivered more than 15,000 toy donations in total to Connecticut Children's. Over the years, the CLC in partnership with iHeartRadio, has donated nearly 30,000 toys, while also spreading the Responsible Gambling message that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children.
Pictured above: In an effort to bring more awareness to the cause, a press conference was held on December 16, 2021 to present Connecticut Children's with more than 6,000 toy donations collected from Stop & Shop locations alone!
We are a proud recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling 2022 Gift Responsibly Campaign Award for our 2021 Holiday "Give a Toy, Not a Ticket" toy drive. Our annual "Give a Toy, Not a Ticket" campaign is geared towards reminding players that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children, and we leverage all of our promotional channels to spread that message. The toy drive component benefits Connecticut Children's, and last year's efforts delivered a record 15,000 donated toys to the hospital to help comfort young patients!
Responsible gambling is a tenet of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's mission, and it is one that we focus on throughout the year.