AZ Lottery warns: Don't give kids lottery tickets for Christmas

The Arizona Lottery is warning that lotto tickets should not be given to children as Christmas gifts.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Nothing makes a better stocking stuffer than a lottery ticket.

But while they can be fun gifts for all the adults on your list, the Arizona Lottery is reminding all players that they are NOT suitable gifts for kids.

The Arizona Lottery has joined the "Holiday Lottery Campaign," a collaborative initiative between the National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University’s Youth Gambling Centre.

This annual responsible gambling campaign is designed to increase public awareness about the negative impact of gifting lottery products to minors.

Since 2005, the Arizona Lottery has generated more than $4.2 million for the Arizona’s Division of Problem Gambling to help treatment providers offering problem gambling counseling services. The Arizona Lottery is dedicated to combatting not only under-age gambling, but problem gambling across the state.

“We thank the Arizona Lottery for educating Arizona families about responsible gifting of lottery tickets this holiday season,” said James Ashley, interim director, Arizona Department of Gaming. “Working together, we can help prevent problem gambling issues with Arizona’s youth and have happy and healthy holidays.”

“Responsible Gaming is core to our mission at Arizona Lottery and we are delighted to join the NCPG Holiday Lottery Campaign for another year and help raise awareness of this important issue,” Executive Director of the Arizona Lottery Gregg Edgar said. “We understand that Arizona Lottery games are a joy to gift during the holiday season, but this campaign is a positive reminder to play responsibly and that lottery tickets are not child’s play.”

The Arizona Lottery joins a network of more than 50 national and international lotteries encouraging players to gamble responsibly and to help keep the holiday season festive by gifting lottery tickets only to adults. Non-lottery organizations are also participating in the campaign as an effort to increase awareness on the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season.

The campaign has become a global initiative with the endorsement of the World Lottery Association and North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL).

You can learn more about the lottery online.


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