They’re a joy to give – but not for kids.
This holiday season, British Columbia Lottery Corporation is reminding adults that lottery products, including Scratch & Win tickets, are not suitable gifts for minors at any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season.
“Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life,” said Dr. Jamie Wiebe, Director of Player Health for BCLC.
“We encourage everyone to be #GiftSmart and give lottery tickets as gifts only to adults.”
Parents are also being reminded not to stuff kids’ stockings with lottery products of any kind.
BCLC says it also encourages parents to start a conversation with their children about the risks associated with gambling.
More ideas about #GiftSmart can be read on gamesense.com, which includes a Resources for Families section with tools and further information for parents to start a conversation with kids about gambling.