tab Lottery Rules Privacy Policy Financial Info Site Map Retailer's Corner
tab Visit us on Facebook Twitter You Tube
Rhode Island Lottery We`ve Got Your Game Join the Rhode Island Lotery VIP Club
 
VIP Email:
tab
Password:
tab
tab forgot password?





tab

tab

tab

Home Page
Welcome Message
Lucky for Life
Numbers Game
Powerball
Mega Millions
Keno
Keno
Wild Money
Instant Games
Pulltab Games
Video Lottery
Promotional Events
Winner's Circle
News and Announcements
About The Rhode Island Lottery
Problem Gambling
Unclaimed Winners

 

Rhode Island Lottery 40th Anniversary

Play Responsibly

Rhode Island Lottery Rhody Replay

Rhode Island Bingo Winning Numbers

Rhode Island Keno Winning Numbers

Group Play

Twin River

Newport Grand
tab
tab
Rhode Island Lottery News > In The News > All News >

Lottery Tickets Are Not Appropriate Gifts for Minors

December 22, 2010

Lottery Tickets Are Not Appropriate Gifts for Minors

The holiday season is on the minds of many as it quickly approaches, with the hustle and bustle in stores and shopping centers quickly mounting. Increasingly popular gifts and stocking stuffers include lottery tickets and scratch cards. As an affordable, colorful, and potentially promising gift, they often find their way into the hands of underage youth. The Rhode Island Lottery, the National Council on Problem Gambling, and McGill University are combining their efforts to promote a responsible gambling message this holiday season by urging parents and all adults not to purchase lottery products for underage minors.

Results from a recent study showed that 19% of high school students reportedly received one or more lottery tickets or scratch cards as gifts, of which 86% came from a family member. This, coupled with the growing concern about adolescent problem gambling, prompted the National Council on Problem Gambling, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, and the Rhode Island Lottery to collaborate this holiday season to increase public awareness about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to minors.

There is strong evidence suggesting that 70-80% of adolescents report having gambled for money in the past year, approximately 30% report gambling on a weekly basis, and current problem gamblers report beginning gambling during childhood, ages 9-10.

This year, send children a responsible message. The sale of lottery products is reserved to those 18 years of age and older, similar to age restrictions placed on the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

This holiday season, if you choose to offer a lottery product as a present, please make sure you keep the person’s age in mind.         

For more information contact:

  1. Megan Larsen, Program Manager, National Council on Problem Gambling.  www.ncpgambling.org.  (202.547.9204), meganl@ncpgambling.org.


  2. Lynette Gilbeau, Research Coordinator, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, McGill University, www.youthgambling.com. (514) 398-4438, lynette.gilbeau@mcgill.ca.
 

List All News Articles
  Rhode Island Rhode Island State Seal
  The Ocean State
The Official Website of the Rhode Island Lottery
Benefiting All Rhode Islanders Since 1974

This website, www.RILOT.com, is the official website of the Rhode Island Lottery. It is UNLAWFUL for anyone under the age of 18 to play the Lottery. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the winning numbers information on this website, mistakes can occur. If you have questions about winning numbers, contact the Lottery at 401.463.6500 or visit your nearest Lottery Retailer for the official winning numbers and game information.

tab
tab
© 2014 Rhode Island Lottery. All Rights Reserved. Any and all use of content, logos and/or other features of this website are prohibited without the written consent of the Rhode Island Lottery.

tab