Lottery tickets inappropriate Christmas gifts for kids, parents warned

Scratch-and-win lottery tickets shouldn’t be going into children’s Christmas stockings, an Alberta agency is warning parents.

Parents often give lottery tickets as gifts, but gaming agency advises against it

This poster is part of a campaign discouraging parents from buying lottery tickets for children at Christmas. (AGLC)

Scratch-and-win lottery tickets shouldn’t be going into children’s Christmas stockings, an Alberta agency is warning parents.

Research has shown nearly one-fifth of parents in the province have given their child a lottery ticket as a holiday or birthday gift, according to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).

The agency launched a holiday-themed awareness campaign this week in hopes of changing parental attitudes. 

“Gambling at an earlier age is also a risk factor associated with problem gambling later in life,” according to a press release by the AGLC.

Lottery retailers in Alberta are not allowed to sell to minors.

It is not illegal for an adult to give a lottery ticket to a minor, but AGLC says there is no guarantee the prize can be claimed. If it is, it may be held in a trust until the youth turns 18 years of age. 

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