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Lottery Kicks-off 2nd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” Holiday Toy DriveThe CT Lottery is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” holiday toy drive to benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center starting November 20 through December 18, and to raise awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children.

For the second year in a row, the CT Lottery has partnered with Connecticut Children’s in these efforts. On average, 150 children are treated daily in the center's emergency department alone—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 is great—73,000—ranging from a simple deck of cards or silly bands, to the more substantial, board games and video games.

“We are very excited to be holding our second annual toy drive for Connecticut Children's. It is a way to help to make every child’s visit or stay during the holidays, and at other times during the year, as comforting and enjoyable as possible,” said Anne 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 DROP-OFF:

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off now until Dec. 18th at the following locations:

CT Lottery Headquarters, 777 Brook Street, Rocky Hill. Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm.
CT Council on Problem Gambling, 16 West Main Street, Clinton. Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 3:00pm.
The Wooden Toy, 1275 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. 7 days a week!
U-HAUL Moving & Storage, 1200 Newfield St. (Rt. 3), Middletown. 7 days a week!

For a “WISH LIST” of suggested gift items, go to: www.connecticutchildrens.org/support-us/donate-toys.

On an annual 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) during the holidays to promote the message that lottery tickets are not suitable 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 www.problemgambling.org for more information.

The 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.

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