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Giving Lottery Tickets to Children for Christmas Could Lead to Addictive Habits

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems advises parents not to give children lottery tickets this Christmas. 

The National Council on Problem Gambling's national campaign "Lottery Tickets Aren't Child's Play" tells parents that lottery tickets could be an introduction to gambling activities for children. 

Breanna Wright discussed Christmas presents for her son Mateo during brunch. Wright said she never considered getting her son lottery tickets as a gift. 

"I rather get a Christmas gift and you not like it and I have a chance to correct it than you get a losing lottery ticket and I didn't win anything. That's a bad feeling," said Wright. 

The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems reported youth are three times more at risk for developing a gambling problem that adults. 

"A gift of a lottery ticket to a child may end up being a future addiction and it won't be realized until later on in life," said Steve Gonzer, Director of Downstate Services for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems. 

The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems has a 24/7 confidential hotline that adults and youth can call if they are seeking help with gambling. The hotline number is 888-850-8888.

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