Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.
This research prompted the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University to join forces in launching the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign. Since 2002, the simple goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the winter holiday season.
In 2019, 100% of United States and Canadian lotteries, along with numerous international lotteries and non-lottery organizations, have joined the Campaign to promote responsible gambling.
“The Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign educates communities that lottery tickets, the form of gambling with the broadest participation, are not child’s play,” explained NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.
Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, said, “the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign is a great way to encourage responsible gambling by gifting lottery tickets responsibly only to adults.”
Endorsements from the World Lottery Association, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), and the European Lottery Association (EL), highlight the global reach of the campaign.
The 2019 Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign participants include:
Lottery Level 3: British Columbia Lottery Corporation; Connecticut Lottery Corporation; DC Lottery; Hoosier Lottery; Illinois Lottery; New Jersey Lottery; Oregon Lottery; Virginia Lottery
Lottery Level 2: Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission; Austrian Lotteries; Florida Lottery; Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.; Iowa Lottery Authority; Ireland’s National Lottery; Kansas Lottery; Kentucky Lottery Corporation; Maine Lottery; Massachusetts State Lottery; Michigan Lottery; Minnesota Lottery; Missouri Lottery; New York State Gaming Commission; North Carolina Education Lottery; Ohio Lottery; Rhode Island Lottery; Texas Lottery Commission
Lottery Level 1: Arizona Lottery; Arkansas Scholarship Lottery; Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC); Atlantic Lottery; California Lottery; Colorado Lottery; Coos Health & Wellness; Delaware Lottery; Georgia Lottery Corporation; Idaho Lottery; Loto-Québec; Lottotech Ltd (Mauritius); Louisiana Lottery Corporation; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Montana Lottery; Nebraska Lottery; Nederlandse Loterij (Netherlands Lottery); New Hampshire Lottery Commission; New Mexico Lottery; North Dakota Lottery; Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation; Oklahoma Lottery; Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation; Pennsylvania Lottery; Saskatchewan Lotteries; South Carolina Education Lottery; South Dakota Lottery; Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation; The Mississippi Lottery Corporation; Ukrainian National Lottery (UNL); Vermont Lottery; Washington’s Lottery; West Virginia Lottery; Wisconsin Lottery
Non-Lottery Participants: AdCare Educational Institute of Maine; Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC); CACY Community Action for Capable Youth; Centerstone; Community & Family Resources; Community Action for Capable Youth; Community and Family Resources; Indiana Council on Problem Gambling; Jackpocket; Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling; Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers; Maine Council on Problem Gambling; Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling; mkodo; Nicasa Behavioral Health Services; Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance; Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services; Problem Gambling Network of Ohio; RI Council on Problem Gambling; Rosecrance Jackson Centers; Scientific Games; Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health; SustainableGAMING; The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling; The Zepf Center; Umatilla County Public Health
About the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
For 25 years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues. The Centre has developed numerous award-winning prevention programs and provides consultations to government agencies around the world to develop responsible gambling initiatives.
About the National Council on Problem Gambling
NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat for confidential help 24/7/365.
Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky (English interviews only)
Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors, McGill University
Communications Manager, National Council on Problem Gambling