The Michigan Lottery and the National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”) are urging customers not to buy lottery tickets for minors (anyone under the age of 18) this holiday season.   Per a recent post on the Lottery website:

Please remember: Lottery Tickets are not for children. . . .Research shows that children who gamble run a higher risk of developing gambling problems as adults. Please be mindful and practice responsible giving when gifting lottery tickets this holiday season.

The NCPG began its Lottery Holiday Responsible Gaming Program 10 years ago with the support of McGill University, and the program has received endorsements from the World Lottery Association, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the European Lottery Association (EL).  Michigan is one of 43 North American Lotteries participating in the campaign. For more information about the annual NCPG and McGill University holiday campaign, please visit ncpgambling.org/holiday.

For anyone seeking assistance with a problem with gambling, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-270-7117), a toll free line with help available around the clock to any Michigan resident seeking help or information relating to a gambling problem.  Additional information on problem gambling is available from the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, a Michigan non-profit organization which assists problem gamblers.  MAPG is the Michigan affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling.  It takes a neutral stand on gambling, and is an organization to help gamblers and their family members by presenting prevention and recovery information.  Those seeking help for a gambling problem or wishing to learn more can find more information at www.michapg.com.


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