Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has reminded players across the province that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children ahead of the upcoming holiday season.
Taking part in the 2022 Gift Responsibly campaign, organised by the National Council on Problem Gambling alongside the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University, OLG has told parents and other adults that lottery tickets, including instant tickets should not be bought as gifts for minors.
OLG told players that there are heightened risks associated with underage gambling which could lead to problem gambling habits later in life.
The crown agency stated: “Lottery products may be great gift ideas for special occasions, but they are not for children and youth. It’s important that parents and adults understand the proven risks and impacts associated with underage gambling.
“If you decide to buy lottery gifts for friends and family, please ensure the recipients are at least 18 years of age and older.”
OLG is a level 1 participant in the 2022 Gift Responsible campaign, which aims to reduce younger people from exposure to gambling through lottery tickets bought as holiday gifts.
The campaign sees participating organizations deliver education campaigns to communities on the dangers associated with buying lottery tickets for children and the risks of youth gambling.
“Youth problem gambling has emerged as a significant and growing public health issue,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have such support from the lottery community, as well as the non-lottery participants, for the 2022 Gift Responsibly Campaign as we work to minimize gambling-related harm.”