Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play

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Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play

This holiday, give a child a gift, not a ticket – and have the conversation with your family about the risks of gambling. More than a third of Maine high schoolers have gambled, and the teen brain is susceptible to addiction. Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.

This research inspired the annual Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the winter holiday season. Each year, the Maine Council on Problem Gambling and Adcare Educational Institute of Maine join the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors in educating the public with the message that lottery tickets aren’t child’s play.

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If you or someone you know, no matter what the age, has a gambling problem, in Maine, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.