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Lottery urges New Yorkers to 'Gift Responsibly': Scratch-off games are not for children


Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 07:00 pm

The New York State Gaming Commission’s Division of Lottery is once again joining lotteries and public health organizations around the world to raise awareness about the risks of gifting lottery tickets to children. The campaign is organized by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.

“No matter the occasion, the New York Lottery’s scratch-off games are not appropriate gifts for children,” Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer said. “This holiday season, we remind players that Lottery games should be gifted only by adults to adults.”

“Youth problem gambling has emerged as a significant and growing public health issue. We applaud the New York Lottery’s commitment to raising awareness about risks of youth gambling through the ‘Gift Responsibly’ campaign,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG executive director. “Our message is a simple one: Lottery tickets are never appropriate gifts for children.”

Those seeking help can visit www.NYProblemGamblingHelp.org, call New York state’s confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369), or text HOPENY (467369). Standard text rates may apply.

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