DC Lottery Joins 2023 Gift Responsibly Campaign to Raise Awareness of Youth Gambling Risks
Washington, DC – The DC Lottery has announced its commitment as a participant in the 2023 Gift Responsibly Campaign, joining lotteries and community organizations across North America and around the world to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery use. The campaign is organized by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.
Research shows that the earlier a person’s participation or exposure to gambling is in childhood, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem later in life. Gambling exposure during childhood could occur because an adult gives a child lottery tickets or scratchers and is unaware of the associated potential risks.
“Gift giving during the holiday season is a longstanding tradition; however, it’s important to remember lottery products should only be purchased and provided to those 18 and older,” says Executive Director Frank Suarez. “DC Lottery is committed to raising awareness that ‘lottery tickets are not child’s play.’
DC Lottery’s commitment to responsible gaming runs year-long and during the winter holiday season, gifting responsibly provides additional focus. During November and December, the DC Lottery will work to promote awareness about the risks of underage lottery use through the issuance of messaging to players, retailers, and the general public via our website, social media channels, as well as public service announcements on radio and television.
“The potential long-term risks associated with underage gambling exposure cannot be understated,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director. “I commend each Gift Responsibly Campaign participant for their commitment to raising awareness about the risks of youth gambling. Now, more than ever, we must continue to insist that lottery tickets are never appropriate gifts for children.”
The DC Lottery is committed to growing gaming in the District responsibly. As part of our ongoing Responsible Gaming initiative, the DC Lottery routinely engages in player education activities, and regulatory enforcement to ensure licensees comply with the laws and regulations covering responsible gambling, and conduct retailer trainings. We always encourage players to do so responsibly and offer a self-exclusion program to those in need.
If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers help without stigma or shame. Call or text 1-800-426-2537 or visit www.1800gamblerchat.org. Help is available 24/7 – it is free and confidential.