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Lottery Tickets Are Not Suitable for ChildrenWith the holiday season upon us, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation reminds consumers about the risks of underage gambling.  Gaming products, including lottery tickets, are inappropriate gifts for children and adolescents.  The CT Lottery joins the National Council on Problem Gambling and the McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling (Montreal, Canada), in calling attention to this important issue during the gift giving season.

"The vast majority of persons who choose to engage in gaming activities do so responsibly; yet we cannot and do not ignore that gambling can be risky behavior, especially for our youth," said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the CT Lottery.  "Lottery tickets are colorful, entertaining and affordable.  We urge parents and caregivers to help promote responsible behaviors by giving gifts that are age appropriate, and to keep in mind that Lottery products are intended for persons age 18 or older.  We will continue to partner with our retailers and the mental health community to promote a clear message that gambling is not child’s play."

During the busy retail holiday season, the CT Lottery also would like to remind all consumers to play responsibly, whether buying gifts for adults or purchasing for their own entertainment.    

"Responsible gambling means keeping the game in perspective, and limiting your involvement so that it doesn't negatively affect your job, mood, finances, relationships or self-esteem," Noble said.

The Lottery offers several tips to minimize risk behaviors associated with youth gambling:  
>> Don't involve your underage children in your Lottery and other gaming activities;  
>> Set a responsible behavior example for youth by giving age appropriate gifts;
>> If you choose to offer a lottery product as a present, make sure you keep the person’s age in mind.  

The CT Lottery is a co-founder of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling, and also participates actively in the Connecticut Committee for Gambling Awareness, which includes representation from all of the gaming organizations in the state, as well as the Division of Special Revenue, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services, and the Connecticut Council for Problem Gambling. Additionally, the Lottery is an active participant in the CT Women's Problem Gambling Project.

If you or someone you know may be affected by a gambling problem, additional informational booklets are available in gaming establishments, Lottery retailers, offices maintained by the Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the CT Council on Problem Gambling or by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-346-6238, or visiting http://www.ccpg.org/.

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