The holiday season is in full swing and with Thanksgiving behind us, many are hitting up the stores to buy something for everyone on their Christmas list. But before you make a purchase for someone on your list, please consider a gift that is age appropriate.
The Ohio Lottery Holiday Campaign encourages parents, grandparents and anyone gifting a gift this year to not give lottery products as holiday gifts to minors. Lottery products, such as scratch offs, may seem appealing to children but it is important to remember that they are not appropriate gifts for children under the age of 18. Gifting lottery tickets to children is not only illegal but also encourages gambling at a young age.
Research shows the majority of adolescents gamble, at least occasionally, and that lottery products may be a gateway to problem gambling. Problem gambling has become increasingly prevalent in children as one in ten children between the ages of 12 and 17 has a gambling problem. Additionally, youth gambling has been shown to be linked to other risk-taking and addictive behaviors such as smoking, consuming alcohol and other drug use.
Lottery products are for adults 18 years and older. Send the right message this holiday season by gifting age appropriately and remember lottery products are not child’s play.
For more information about the low risk choice if you choice to gamble visit www.howdoyouplay.info or to speak to someone about your gambling choices email Marilyn@zepfcenter.org or call 419-841-7701 ext. 6058.