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CT Lottery Kicks-off 3rd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Connecticut Children'sThe CT Lottery is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” holiday toy drive starting November 18 through December 16 to raise Responsible Gambling awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children. Give a child a toy, not a ticket. 

For the third year in a row, the CT Lottery has partnered with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 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 third 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 Frank Farricker, Interim CT Lottery President and CEO. “It also provides the CT Lottery with the opportunity to promote a very important message to adults—to give a child a toy, not a ticket.”

TOY DRIVE - DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off from Nov. 18th - Dec. 16th at:

• CT Lottery Headquarters, 777 Brook St., Rocky Hill, Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
• CT Health & Education Facilities Authority, 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
• CT Office of Early Childhood, 165 Capital Ave., Hartford
• C&A Market, 1088 Boston Post Rd., West Haven
• Casey’s Market, 496 Spring St., Windsor Locks
• Cheshire Gulf, 197 Main St., Cheshire
• DADA Grocery, 757 Meriden Rd., Waterbury
• Geissler’s Supermarket, 965 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor
• Middletown U-Haul, 1200 Newfield St., Middletown
• Scientific Games International, 301 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill
• Terracon Consultants, 201 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill
• The Wooden Toy, 1275 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield
• Qorex LLC, 101 Hammer Mill Rd., Rocky Hill

For a “Wish List” of suggested gift ideas, visit connecticutchildrensfoundation.org/toys.

Since 2008, 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 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 https://www.connecticutchildrens.org or connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/connecticutchildrens) and Twitter (twitter.com/ctchildrens).

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