CT Lottery Kicks-off 4th Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Connecticut Children's Medical Center
The CT Lottery is pleased to announce its 4th Annual “Do a ‘Lotto’ Good, Give a Toy!” holiday toy drive starting November 9th through December 15th to raise Responsible Gambling awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children. Give a child a toy, not a ticket.
For the 4th 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 excited to be hosting and promoting our 4th annual ‘Give a Child a Toy, not a Ticket’ responsible gambling holiday campaign,” said Chelsea Turner, Interim CT Lottery President and CEO. “In partnership with iHeart Media, we will be educating adults that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for kids. Instead, we are encouraging adults to consider donating a toy to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. We hope these toys help spread some smiles to kids who are in the hospital during the holidays, and other times throughout the year.”
TOY DRIVE - DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off from Nov. 9th - Dec. 15th at:
• CT Lottery Headquarters, 777 Brook St., Rocky Hill, Mon - Fri: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
• Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, 100 Great Meadow Road, Wethersfield
• Kenny’s Wine & Spirits, 23 Federal Road, Danbury
• The Salad Bar, 856 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill
• Wooden Toy, 1275 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield
• C&A Market, 1088 Boston Post Road, West Haven
• Middletown U-Haul, 1200 Newfield St., Middletown
For a “Wish List” of suggested gift ideas, visit connecticutchildrens.org/support-us/donate-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 problemgambling.org for more information