The message that lottery tickets aren’t child’s play has been deemed vital, enough that the National Council on Problem Gambling is launching a campaign this holiday season. It is all about responsible gambling as the purview of parents.
A multitude of participants for the 2020 campaign is promoting on-going education. Among the proponents are national and international lotteries along with related non-lottery organizations.
Everyone believes that raising awareness about the risks of underage lottery play is of utmost importance, especially at this time of year.
Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences – including those with lottery products – may promote gambling problems later in life. Thus, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Canada are joining forces in promoting the upcoming Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign. These responsible gambling advocates have a hard road ahead, but any effort counts at this point.
According to NCPG Executive Director, Keith Whyte, this is of paramount concern.
“The Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign educates communities that lottery tickets, the form of gambling with the broadest participation, are not child’s play.”
The campaign is nothing new and 2020 is the third year in a row. Everyone in the Canadian and US lottery sector are on board at 100 percent participation. Included are numerous NCPG members. Promote responsible gambling is a top priority for all.
Furthermore, the campaign has been endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the World Lottery Association. Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, speaks for them all.
“The Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign is a great way to encourage responsible gambling by gifting lottery tickets responsibly only to adults.”