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Ohio Lottery encourages responsible gifting this holiday season

CLEVELAND – Ohio Lottery Scratch-Offs are often a choice for a last-minute gift add-on or stocking stuffer, but they are not for kids.

The Ohio Lottery reminds adults and its retail partners that lottery tickets are for adults aged 18 and over and are not suitable gifts for minors.

Every year the Ohio Lottery joins the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors and several other lotteries in the national holiday campaign to increase public awareness about the serious issue of youth gambling.

“Lottery games are fun, and we want to make sure our players balance the fun and play responsibly year-round. That includes making sure lottery games aren’t gifted to children in the holiday season or any time,” said Michelle Gillcrist, Ohio Lottery Executive Director.

Research by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.

The Ohio Lottery is engaged in many responsible gambling programs to encourage responsible gambling. See our holiday spot encouraging responsible gifting here.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.

You can find additional responsible gambling resources here.

The Ohio Lottery has contributed more than $31 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit