New York Lottery reminds players scratch tickets aren’t for kids

New York Lottery leaders said scratch-off tickets shouldn’t be in kids’ stockings.
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 5:41 AM EST
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Lottery leaders are reminding people that scratch-off tickets don’t belong in kids’ Christmas stockings.

Experts say youth problem gambling has emerged as a significant and growing public health issue. Because of that, parents are being urged not to gift lottery tickets to children.

“No matter the occasion, the New York Lottery’s scratch-off games are not appropriate gifts for children,” Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer said in a statement. “This holiday season, we remind players that Lottery games should be gifted only by adults to adults.”

A campaign was just launched to keep gambling among adults. The legal age for gambling in New York state is 18+.

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