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Lottery Stocking Stuffers: Protect Your Kids

By Taylor Smith

December 3, 2019

We've all scrambled at the last minute looking for gift ideas. It's easy to walk into a convenience store, grab a few scratch offs and attach them to gifts, cards, or stockings. This year, we're challenging you to avoid giving lottery tickets to children and teens and here's why. 

Lottery Tickets Can Lead to Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors runs an annual campaign discouraging parents from gifting to their teens.

It may not seem like a big deal, after all it's just a little scratch off. But what we don't see is that inside the adolescent brain, they are much more susceptible to problem-gambling later in life. According to the NCPG, "A large number of young people report their first gambling experience occurs around 9-11 years of age." Lottery scratch tickets have been shown to present a possible gateway to other gambling activities.

Right now, when you choose not to give your child or teen a lottery ticket, you're protecting them from the possibly of a problem gambling habit in the future. 

What are Your Options?

There are many different exciting options for kids and teens that won't create a problem gambling issue in the future. 

  • Thinking Putty $3- $15

  • Cord Organizer $7

  • Squishes $5-$10

In order to keep your children from developing a problem gambling behavior in the future, it's important to begin to protect them now. Lottery tickets aren't child's play! Have a great holiday season. 

 

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