Hoosier Lottery reminds adults to gift responsibly this holiday season

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2013) - The Hoosier Lottery is partnering with several organizations to remind people to play - and gift - responsibly this holiday season. Lottery tickets make great gifts, but should only be given to adults 18 and older.

The Lottery joins the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University (Canada), along with dozens of other lotteries from around the world, to raise awareness of this issue.

"The Hoosier Lottery wants its players to gift responsibly this holiday season by not giving lottery products to those under the age of 18," said Carrie Stroud, director of Internal Controls and Contract Compliance. "We are proud to partner with experts such as the NCPG, McGill University and the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling in order to effectively get this message out to the public. We are using messaging at points of sale, on our website and through social media to communicate this very important message."

"We welcome the collaborative efforts of the Hoosier Lottery to help make everyone aware of this issue, as together we can make a difference in preventing underage gambling and gambling problems," said Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.

"Selecting age appropriate gifts happens almost instinctively for most items," said Jerry Long, executive director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling. "We do not give alcohol and tobacco products to those who are younger than the established legal age for each. Lottery tickets are an inappropriate gift for those under the legal age of 18."

"Both delaying games of chance and by increasing the focus on problem gambling awareness, we are having a positive effect in Indiana as we see a significant decline in youth gambling," said Mary Lay, project manager and research associate with the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program. "We are seeing a reduction in gambling behaviors across all grades. It is important to remember that since gambling is illegal for almost all students surveyed, any level of gambling is a problem for our youth."

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

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Further details on the responsible gifting campaign can be obtained from Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Co-Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, McGill University, www.youthgambling.com. (514) 398-4249, jeffrey.derevensky@mcgill.ca, or Jocelyn Wilcox, Program Administrator, National Council on Problem Gambling, www.ncpgambling.org/holiday (202) 547-9204 ext. 24 or jocelynw@ncpgambling.org.

For more information, please contact Stephanie McFarland at smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

 

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