Lottery Tickets aren’t Child’s Play - Give Responsibly this Holiday Season
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
November 26, 2013 - Salem, Oregon
With Black Friday just around the corner signaling the start of the holiday shopping season, the Oregon Lottery is reminding everyone not to give Lottery tickets to minors.
“During the holidays, Oregon Lottery Scratch-its and other Lottery games are easy to give as stocking stuffers, use as gift tags, or slip into holiday cards,” said Oregon Lottery Director Larry Niswender, “but only if the recipient is 18 years of age or older. We urge everyone that during the holidays, or anytime for that matter, not to give Lottery tickets to anyone under the age of 18. There are age restrictions on buying Lottery games and it’s important that we ask that those same restrictions also extend to the giving of these games.”
While age restriction messages are prevalent on all Oregon Lottery sales terminals and tickets, additional responsible gambling messages are being added during the holiday season. The “give responsibly” message will appear on the Lottery’s holiday games website pages, reminding visitors not to give Lottery games to anyone under the age of 18 as gifts. Online digital shorts will also appear in the same theme as the Lottery’s holiday TV ads conveying the give responsibly message, as will Scratch-it gift envelopes.
This marks the sixth year that the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canada’s McGill University have partnered with lotteries around the world, including the Oregon Lottery, to share the message - lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children.
Oregon Lottery proceeds have provided and will continue to provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment in Oregon.
Oregon Lottery • 500 Airport Road SE, Salem, OR, 97301 • PO Box 12649 Salem, OR, 97309-0649 • www.oregonlottery.org
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