Gift Responsibly This Holiday Season—Gambling Is Not Child’s Play
With the holiday season now in full swing, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation reminds parents and other adults that lottery tickets, while colorful, entertaining and affordable, are not suitable for children and teens under 18 years of age.
“Our commitment to responsible gaming is deeply embedded in the CT Lottery’s culture,” said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the CT Lottery. “This year’s campaign message ‘Gift Responsibly’ will be included on lottery display screens and point-of-sale materials at all Lottery retailer locations, as well as on digital, vinyl, and mobile billboards throughout the state. We are also pleased to work with educators statewide to spread the word that Lottery tickets should not be given to our youth at the holidays,” Noble said.
The CT Lottery suggests several tips to prevent gambling by children:
-- Don’t involve underage children in Lottery and other gaming activities.
-- Visit www.youthgambling.com to learn about problem gambling and the risk factors for youngsters.
-- Seek professional assistance if you or someone you know has a gambling problem.
Most recently, the CT Lottery achieved Level 2 Certification for its responsible gaming program from the World Lottery Association (WLA), one of only six U.S. lotteries to achieve this distinction. In addition, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and McGill University awarded the CT Lottery the first “North American 2011 Holiday Campaign Award” for creating a special marketing campaign to educate consumers that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children under 18 years of age.
If you or someone you know may be affected by a gambling problem, additional information is available in gaming establishments, Lottery retailers, offices maintained by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the CT Council on Problem Gambling, by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-888-789-7777 or visit www.problemgambling.org.