Responsible Gambling

Annual Responsible Gambling
Holiday Campaign


The CT Lottery’s 8th Annual "Give a Child a Toy, Not a Ticket" Holiday Toy Drive successfully delivered more than 15,000 toy donations in total to Connecticut Children's. The CLC in partnership with iHeartRadio, has donated nearly 30,000 toys over the years, while also spreading the Responsible Gambling message that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children.

From November 18 through December 21, 2021, 14 U-Haul locations, six Geissler’s Supermarkets, all 10 Sportech retail locations and several local area businesses participated in the toy drive. Most notably, Stop & Shop made the first time commitment to participate in all 89 of its Connecticut stores and alone presented over 6,000 toys.

“Promoting responsible gambling is a constant priority for the CT Lottery, and it’s important to us that we drive home the message that lottery tickets are entertainment for adults 18 years and older,” said Greg Smith, President & CEO, CLC. “It’s extra special for us to be able to deliver that message each year, while also helping Connecticut Children’s in their goal of providing comfort and enjoyment to patients who are in the hospital, whether during the holidays or any other time of year.

“Connecticut Children’s is grateful to partner with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation for the eighth year in a row, and delighted 89 Stop & Shop locations joined in this wonderful holiday campaign,” said David Kinahan, president of Connecticut Children’s Foundation. “The Give a Toy, Not a Ticket” donations provided joy and holiday cheer to hundreds of patients over the holidays and will continue to engage, entertain and heal thousands of children throughout the year.”


Pictured above: In an effort to bring more awareness to the cause, a press conference was held on December 16th to present Connecticut Children's with more than 6,000 toy donations collected from Stop & Shop locations alone...with more on the way!

Thank You from CT Children's

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.

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