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


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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