With Christmas season around, lottery tickets have made to the list of gifts often adults give to teenagers or children. It is not unusual to see people buying lottery tickets and giving them as gifts.
The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling has made an appeal to adults in the state to not buy lottery tickets as gifts for children. The gambling authority has said that it would fuel and encourage teens and children to gamble.
Rose Blozinski, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling has said that it is important to keep children away from lottery tickets as the majority of problem gamblers get exposed to gambling in their early years.
“..A lot times when someone became a problem gambler they say ‘I started when I was young’ and had a big win. It increases the risk of somebody becoming addicted to gambling so it’s like wait until they’re older so they can make their own choice and they can understand the risk involved…” said Blozinski.
According to The National Council on Problem Gambling, about 70 percent of teenagers have been involved in some sort of gambling activity in the past 12 months.
Also, about 30 percent of teens gamble about once a week. A significant number of children as young as 9 have been exposed to and participated in gambling.
Wisconsin Lottery, spokesperson Kailey Bender, says: “Any kind of youth gambling can lead to high-risk behaviors. It’s important to get the word out that gambling is not for those under age 18.
We like to participate in the national campaign to remind others of it and do our part along with many other states and actually 100 percent of the lotteries across the United States and Canada are participating in that campaign…”