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Councils Discourage Adults for Giving Lottery Tickets to Children

Although gambling is illegal and prohibited for children under the age of 18 years throughout America and its various states along with a blanket ban on selling lottery tickets to these underage children, the recent trend has begged to differ, thanks to a loophole. A recent study by a leading university of the nation shows that a shocking number of adults use lottery tickets as an apt holiday gift for children in the search for some cheap thrill and gifting opportunity for them.

This is to be one of the biggest and most shocking pieces of for those parents who had been happy thinking that their kids are at a safe distance from the big bad arena of gambling. Please discourage yourself or anyone you know from giving such gifts to children or teenagers who are easily influenced.

The New Jersey’s Council on Compulsive Gambling reports that by gifting of lottery tickets to children below the age of 18 you are encouraging a habit of a lifetime spent in gambling in them. Also the fact that such a blatant disregard for the law and searching for loopholes will do absolutely no good to the children in due time.

This study on the ill effects of gifting children under the age of 18 with lottery tickets conducted by the reputed American university shows that children tend to such gifts as parents’ consent to gamble (sometime without having any regard for the law prohibiting children under the age of 18 to gamble). It has been seen, with other studies on adult gamblers and gambling addicts that most of the children pick up the habit of gambling around the age of 9 and 10. These are actually supposed to be the molding years in any child’s life.

Although there are extensive laws prohibiting and criminalizing the sale of lottery tickets to children below the age of 18 years, there are no such laws that prohibit gifting of the same to the kids. Many adults have been using this loophole in the law to gift children one or a many lottery tickets, as an ideal holiday gift item.

This piece of regarding the gifting of lottery tickets to children should be regarded as a forewarning to everyone who is considering gifts on similar lines and also must be taken as a precaution by parents and they should be extra cautious in looking out for such gifts being gifted to their children.

Remember that gambling is a serious addiction that has led to many bright minds of the current and the previous generation going down the drains. You will need to be alert and responsible to ensure that you are not playing the initiation part in a kid’s life. Although there are no specific laws prohibiting the same, in the case of a registered complaint, the culprit will be prosecuted to the greatest extent of law.

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