Colorado Lottery Urges Responsible Gift Giving

DENVER –  The Colorado Lottery wants to remind our customers to exercise good judgment when choosing Lottery tickets as gifts for minors this holiday season. While we view our games as a great entertainment option for adults, lottery tickets may not be appropriate for those under the legal gambling age, who may not understand the risks involved in playing.

“We encourage our customers to use common sense when making Lottery ticket purchases,” said Colorado Lottery Director Jack Boehm. “Giving Lottery tickets as gifts to minors could encourage gambling, therefore, we ask our customers to take the time to explain the significance of the gift to underage family members.”

The Colorado Lottery is joining forces with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling (Montreal, Canada), in calling attention to this important issue during the gift giving season. Some tips for safe playing include: setting a spending limit and stopping when that limit is reached.  It is important to keep in mind that winning and losing are both a part of a game.  If players expect to win, they should also be prepared to lose.

The Lottery has been a longtime proponent of responsible gaming. Since 1998, the Lottery has promoted the “Play Responsibly” campaign, urging players to purchase our games for fun, and to seek help when it interferes with other obligations, friends and family. This responsibility message is on the back of every ticket we sell, and incorporated into our advertising, public relations and Web site.

The Lottery also funds the Problem Gambling Hotline, which last year directed 398 people with various gambling addictions to treatment options in Colorado.
In addition, we are active in the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado, which educates the public about problem gambling, the treatments available for gambling addiction; and supports research into problem gambling, its sources and treatment

For more information or assistance, call the Compulsive Gambling Hotline: 1-800-522-4700.


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December 12, 2008
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