‘Youth Crisis’ New York Parents Told Don’t Buy This Gift For Kids
With the holiday season here, top New York officials are telling adults to never buy a certain gift for children.
The New York State Gaming Commission's Division of Lottery is making a request for Empire State residents this holiday season.
Don’t Gift Lottery Tickets to Youths this Holiday Season
The agency suggests New Yorkers never buy scratch-off lottery tickets for kids as gifts.
“Many times, a child’s first exposure to gambling comes in the form of a gifted lottery ticket from a well-meaning adult who may be unaware of the associated risks,” Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer stated in a press release. “We encourage age-appropriate gifts this holiday season and throughout the year and thank our partners across the country in helping to spread the message.”
Youth Gambling Is A "Public Health Issue" In New York
The National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problem say youth gambling is a public health issue.
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Officials are looking to raise public awareness about the risks associated with youth gambling.
Youth Gambling Is A "Growing Concern" In The Empire State
The National Council on Problem Gambling reports that "youth problem gambling is a growing concern" because:
- Many young people report their first gambling experience occurs around 9-11 years of age.
- Approximately 60 percent of high-school-aged adolescents report having gambled for money during the past year.
- Nearly 15% of adolescents are at risk for developing a problem with gambling.
- Around 5% currently have a serious problem with gambling.
"The New York Lottery is committed to providing players with a range of fun, entertaining games in a socially responsible manner. Those seeking help can visit NYProblemGamblingHelp.org or call New York State’s confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369)," officials said in a press release.
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