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NJ Lottery: Don’t ‘gift’ lottery tickets to kids

11-28-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Lottery officials are working to discourage the gifting of lottery tickets to minors, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

The lottery has once again joined forces with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey in their efforts to prevent underage gambling this holiday season. While adults are not legally barred from buying tickets and giving them to minors, state law does requires that ticket buyers be at least 18 years old.

Donald Weinbaum, the council’s executive director, urged adults planning to give lottery tickets as gifts should consider the age of the recipient when making their choices.

Experts say adult problem gamblers frequently report beginning gambling during childhood, often between 9 and 10 years old, with other family members.