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NY Gaming Commission Reminds Residents – Don’t Gift Lotto Tickets to Youths During Holiday Season


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The New York State Gaming Commission’s Division of Lottery is reminding all adult New Yorkers to not gift lottery tickets this holiday season.

“Many times, a child’s first exposure to gambling comes in the form of a gifted lottery ticket from a well-meaning adult who may be unaware of the associated risks,” said Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer. “We encourage age-appropriate gifts this holiday season and throughout the year and thank our partners across the country in helping to spread the message.”

The friendly reminder is part of a campaign by the National Council on Problem Gambling, or NCPG, and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.

The NCPG says youth problem gambling is a growing concern with a majority of young people’s first gambling experience beginning between the ages of 9 and 11. The organization also says nearly 60% of high school adolescents report having gambled money within the past year.

The Gaming Commission is currently running a public service announcement campaign warning about problem youth gambling. More information may be found at PlayResponsiblyNY.com.

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