NEW JERSEY – During this holiday season, the New Jersey Lottery has joined forces with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ), the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University to build public awareness that lottery products are not an appropriate gift for minors.
“Lottery tickets are popular stocking stuffers and easy choices as a gift to slip into a card. New Jersey law requires lottery purchasers to be 18 years of age. During the holiday season and throughout the year, the Lottery is deeply committed to the prevention of underage gambling,” said New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James A. Carey, Jr.
To reinforce the concept, the Lottery is launching a holiday advertising campaign that includes the messaging, “Tis the season to gift responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.” This advertising campaign underscores the message that is present on the “Responsible Play” section of the Lottery’s website.
The CCGNJ and the Lottery continually work together throughout the year to discourage underage gambling and to promote responsible gambling. Acknowledging the Lottery’s achievements in Responsible Gaming and its efforts to prevent underage gambling, the World Lottery Association has awarded New Jersey Lottery its Level 4 Certification, the highest Responsible Gaming certification available in the industry.
According to Felicia Grondin, executive director of CCGNJ, “The Lottery is a valuable partner with the Council in efforts to reinforce the message that parents and other adults should refrain from gifting lottery tickets to minors. The Council is grateful to the Lottery for its commitment to the prevention of underage gambling. We urge parents to use good judgment in making gift selections for their children and to refrain from giving them lottery tickets.”