The season of giving is in full swing, so the Missouri Lottery is taking this opportunity to remind players to give responsibly. Although Scratchers tickets make fun gifts and gift tags for adults, tickets should not be purchased for those under the age of 18.
The Missouri Lottery, along with dozens of lottery corporations around the globe, has joined forces with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University to increase public awareness about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.
“The Missouri Lottery takes responsible play very seriously,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “We’re not only interested in raising money for public education, helping players realize dreams through life-changing prizes and offering entertainment to Missourians, we’re also in the business of promoting responsible gaming.”
NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte explained that it’s vital to raise awareness early, because research suggests that some problem gamblers report beginning gambling during childhood.
“The holiday campaign is a way to remind people that they can still keep the fun in the holidays, but they don’t need to do so by purchasing lottery tickets as gifts for children,” said Whyte.
Reardon noted that the Lottery is urging players, who wish to buy tickets as gifts, to keep the recipient’s age in mind.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with NCPG and McGill University’s 2012 holiday campaign: ‘Give Responsibly. Lottery tickets aren’t child’s play,’” said Reardon. “We want our players to have fun, but we also want them to be responsible.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit ncpgambling.org/holiday.