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The Oregon Lottery reminds people to give responsibly this holiday season

by User Not Found | Dec 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
Phone: 503-540-1015
Cell: 503-510-7829​
chuck.baumann@state.or.us

December 10, 2015 - Salem, Ore. – This holiday season, the Oregon Lottery reminds everyone not to give Lottery tickets to minors.

“During the holidays, Oregon Lottery Scratch-its and other Lottery games are easy to use as gift tags or slip into holiday cards,” said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts, “At the same time, we urge everyone that during the holidays, or anytime for that matter, not to give Oregon 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 added during the holiday season. The “give responsibly” message appears on the Lottery’s holiday games website pages and other advertising, reminding visitors not to give Lottery games to anyone under the age of 18 as gifts.

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 provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $81 million in Lottery dollars has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment in Oregon.