State Reminds Gift Givers Lottery Tickets Not Suitable For Children

New York’s Responsible Play Partnership, comprised of the New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substances Abuse Services and the New York Council on Problem Gambling, reminds holiday gift givers that lottery scratch-off tickets are not a suitable gift for children.

“The New York Gaming Commission is proud to support the National Council’s ‘Lottery Tickets Are Not Child’s Play’ work with our own Gift Responsibly campaign to help increase visibility for this important message at holiday time and throughout the year,” said Ronald Ochrym, Gaming Commission acting executive director.

The 2018 launch of the partnership’s Gift Responsibly holiday campaign marks the 4th consecutive year that the group has partnered with the National Council on Problem Gambling and more than 40 other lottery jurisdictions in the U.S. and abroad in support of the Council on Problem Gambling’s “Lottery Tickets are Not Child’s Play” informational campaign. The National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries recently endorsed the international messaging effort in recognition of the work being done in New York and elsewhere to bring attention to the issues surrounding gifting ;ottery scratch-off tickets to minors.

“People giving out gifts this holiday season need to recognize that lottery tickets are not appropriate gifts for children,” said Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services commissioner. “These games can put young people at risk of developing problems with gambling, and we need to ensure that we take whatever steps possible to avoid those issues.”