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CT Lottery Kicks-off First “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Connecticut Children's Medical CenterAs part of the corporation’s commitment to promote responsible gambling during the holidays, the CT Lottery is kicking-off its first “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” holiday toy drive to benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

On average, 150 children are treated daily in the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Emergency Department—and each child receives a toy. Toys are also given to every child who has a procedure, celebrates a birthday or special event; they are used in multiple playrooms throughout the hospital, and utilized as a distraction from pain before shots, tests and surgeries. In total, the yearly need for donated toys at Connecticut Children’s is great—73,000 toys—ranging from a simple deck of cards or silly bands to the more substantial, board games and video games.

“Holding a toy drive for Connecticut Children's will help to make every child’s stay during the holidays, and at other times during the year, as comforting and enjoyable as possible,” said Anne M. Noble, CT Lottery President and CEO. “It also provides the CT Lottery with the opportunity to promote a very important message for adults—to give a child a toy, not a ticket.”

TOY DRIVE: New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at CT Lottery Headquarters, 777 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, from December 1 – 19th, Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm.  

For a WISH LIST of suggested toys, please visit www.connecticutchildrens.org.

On an on-going basis, the CT Lottery has partnered with the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High‐Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children.

If you or someone you know is affected by a gambling problem, please call the CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Helpline at 1-888-789-7777 or visit http://www.ccpg.org/ for more information.

Connecticut Children's Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children's hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. With a medical staff of nearly 1,100, practicing in more than 30 specialties, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children.

For information about Connecticut Children’s, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org or connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutChildrens/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/ctchildrens.

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