A Joy to Give, But Not To Kids: Give Lottery Products Responsibly + #Giveaway!

BCLC Lottery Holiday Campaign

Last year, we were asked to share an important message – the importance of remembering that as fun as holiday scratch tickets can be (and they definitely are kinda fun) – they are a form of gambling, and they should never be gifted to children. We were so thrilled with the responses we received from everyone, that we are sharing the message again this year, and would love your support in helping us spread the importance of age appropriate gift ideas.

As the holiday season approaches, the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has launched its annual holiday campaign reminding shoppers to think twice about whose stocking they might be stuffing.

Most people love getting lottery tickets, including Scratch & Wins, as a gift, especially if they win! And while scratching a ticket in hopes of a prize definitely feels like child’s play, BCLC would like to remind you they are anything but – lottery tickets are still a form of gambling and shouldn’t be given to kids under 19.

Giving kids lottery tickets may seem harmless enough, but research has shown many adult problem gamblers report starting to gamble at an early age, some as young as 10. Of the many risk factors associated with problem gambling, gambling at a young age is one of the most significant.

In fact, kids are gambling at an early age, with research showing that 43% of those surveyed have gambled in the past year. Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject.

So the next time you pop by your local lotto retailer for a few last minute gifts, remember to keep the (underage) kids in your life off that particular list.

BCLC encourages parents to visit GameSense for Parents to learn more tools and supports to start a conversation with kids about gambling.

BCLC Lottery Holiday Campaign

We know the best part of the holidays is finding that perfect gift, stuffing those stockings full of fun and excitement and watching everyone have a magical morning – we also know the challenges that come with finding things to fill those stockings with! There are some super fun gift ideas that cost just as much as a scratch ticket that you can scoop up at your local dollar store that will give a much more lasting memory.

Instead of reaching for those scratch tickets to fill stockings, include items that offer long-term fun! Reach for small travel games, early stage readers or novels, fun pencils and holiday erasers and of course – themed holiday candy! Include small family traditions such as an orange, candy cane or roll-up socks in the bottom and remember to keep the kids off the lottery gift list.

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{This post is sponsored by the British Columbia Lottery Corportion, we were compensated to share this information with you. All opinions are our own, and we truly agree with this message.}

244 Comments


  1. Don’t give lottery products to kids under 19! Good to know!

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  2. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  3. I definetly wouldn’t give lottery tickets to kids! These go in my grnamas stocking or mine.

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  4. I learned that the average problem gambler started at the age of 10!

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  5. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images everyday.

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  6. I learned that the types of gambling activities with the most participation by kids under 18 are Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  7. Had no idea that children as young as 10 gamble

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  8. i learned that the average gambler starts at 10yo…yikes!

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  9. I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10, which is terrifying really

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  10. Wow…I learned that Kids are exposed to gambling images almost every day — from the corner store that sells lottery tickets to TV ads for poker and the local casino.

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  11. I learned that Gambling is being started by children as young as 10 years old.

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  12. Hard to believe that the average problem gambler started gambling at the age of 10. wow

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  13. I had no idea people would purchase lottery cards for children… seems like a terrible idea

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  14. I found it hard to believe that kids are gambling earlier than we expect. The kids are doing things some much earlier than we did at their age. The facts were shocking. I need to be more aware.

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  15. The average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. That’s crazy

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  16. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. So young!

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  17. I learned how to talk to them about gambling (games vs gambling)

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  18. I can’t believe a problem gambler can be born as young as age 10!

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  19. I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

    Wow!! I really need to talk to my kids about it more. My family has a huge history of gambling problems.

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  20. I learned that one way to bring up the conversation about gambling with your kids is to talk to them about the difference between skill-based games (like video games and sports) where practice can pay off, versus gambling where the outcome is random and chance-based.

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  21. Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject

    Had no idea!

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  22. I learned that a lot of problematic gamblers began the habit at the age of 10.

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  23. Dont give lottery products to kids under 19

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  24. That kids are gambling than I thought

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  25. Reading the difference between skill-based games versus gambling where the outcome is random and chance-based.

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  26. I learned that studies have shown that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Scary.

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  27. Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke

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  28. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  29. Wow I can’t believe problem gamblers start as early as 10!! That’s insane!

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  30. I learned that a lot of gamblers begin the habit at the age of 10

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  31. I learned that there is a Problem Gambling Help Line
    (1-888-795-6111) which is available 24 hrs a day!

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  32. Kids who say their parents have gambled in the past year are significantly more likely to participate in gambling activities themselves.

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  33. I learned that gamblers can start as early as age 10

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  34. I learned the website offers tips to open up the lines of communications regarding gambling with your kids.

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  35. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. That is crazy

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  36. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10

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  37. Don’t give lottery products to kids under 19!

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  38. I learned about blocking kids access to gaming sites.

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  39. I learned that a gambling addiction can start at 10. I was very surprised to hear that.

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  40. That gambling addiction can start as early as 10!!

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  41. I learned that the average age gambling started was 10! Eep

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  42. I did not know that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke

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  43. i learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Wow, I had NO IDEA!

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  44. I learned kids are gambling at an earlier age

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  45. I learned that kids start gambling at 10 years old

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  46. hold on.. kids start gambling that early?!?! 10 years old? Never would’ve thought about that. Going to look closely at my godson when he interacts with his friends now

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  47. Don’t give kids lotto tickets

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  48. I learned that studies have shown that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Yikes!

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  49. I learnt the average age of gambling starting was 10 🙁

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  50. I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10 – crazy!!

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  51. Glad gambling problems are getting addressed!

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  52. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than to smoke or do drugs.

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  53. Wow…43% of kids surveyed have gambled in the last year.

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  54. I learned that the average gambler starts at 10

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  55. I learned that the average problem gambler starts gambling at age 10.

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  56. I learned that the average problem gambler started at age 10

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  57. Kids are exposed to gambling images every day

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  58. I learnt that children can start gambling as early as 10?!!

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  59. I learned that many problem gamblers started when they were as young as 10 years old.

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  60. I learned that some kids start gambling as young as 10.

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  61. I learned that kids as young as 10 are gambling.

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  62. I learned that gambling can start as early as 10

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  63. The average gambler starts at 10 yrs old

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  64. Learned the average problem gambler started at age 10.

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  65. Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  66. I learned that “Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.”

    WOW. I had no idea!!

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  67. I learned that 43% of kids in BC say they have gambled in the last 12 months. Wow, that’s a lot!!

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  68. wow, i never thought about kids gambling

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  69. I learned not to give lottery tickets to kids under 19, some adult gamblers started young.

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  70. i learned how prevalent gambling images are to children everyday

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  71. I was shocked to discover that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  72. Learned the average problem gambler started at age 10.

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  73. I learned that Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject

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  74. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  75. I learned that the average problem gambler starts at the age of 10.

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  76. Average problem gamblers start at age 10!? holy smokes.

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  77. I had no idea that kids can start to gambling as early as age 10. Shocking!

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  78. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than to drink or smoke!

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  79. Kids are gambling earlier than I thought.

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  80. I learned some easy ways to bring up the subject of responsible gambling, like when a lottery winner is announced on tv.

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  81. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at the age of 10. This is very surprising to me!

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  82. that kids need to be taught about gambling issues at a young age

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  83. I had no idea that children were gambling at such a you age, yikes!

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  84. I learned that some problem gamblers started as early as 10 years old.

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  85. The average problem gambler started gambling at age 10!

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  86. Kids are exposed to gambling daily.

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  87. Wow…I learned that kids start sometimes start gambling at the age of 10

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  88. The average gambler started at 10 years old. Yikes!

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  89. Surprised that that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10

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  90. I learned that the average problem gambler starts gambling at age 10.

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  91. I learned that the average problem gambler started around age 10! Yikes!

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  92. I learned that the average problem gambler starts at 10. Crazy!

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  93. I learned that kids who say their parents have gambled in the past year are significantly more likely to participate in gambling activities themselves.

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  94. I learned that you should not introduce or promote lottery tickets to kids as it can make them more likely to have a gambling problem later in life

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  95. I learned how early kids get into gambling.

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  96. Books remain relevant in the 21st century-youth still love to explore the world through reading. A book on budgeting could be helpful in discussing why lottery tickets are not the same as planned savings. Financial planning also can help direct post high-school life plans with some guidance on money tips.

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  97. the average age gambling starts is 10.

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  98. I learnt kids are gambling earlier now

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  99. Don’t buy lottery tickets as a gift for kids

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  100. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble, than to do drugs or alcohol. Not something I ever thought about with my kids, but now I’m aware!

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  101. i learned too many young kids gamble

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  102. The average gambler starts young!

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  103. I was shocked to learn that kids as young as 10 gamble.

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  104. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images almost every day.

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  105. I learned that there is a gamblers hotline available.

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  106. Gambling can start as early as 10 years of age.

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  107. Shocking that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject.

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  108. When reading about seniors and gambling I read: Increased leisure time in retirement, which could potentially lead you to gamble more than you intended. This could definitely be a problem for some.

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  109. I learned that you should’t give lottery tickets as a present because it will get the children into gambling.

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  110. I learned the in young minds the part of the brain that is responsible for risk assessment is not developed.

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  111. From the BCLC site I learned that kids’ brains are still developing & therefore less capable of assessing the risks of gambling; that they see gambling as exciting & will often ignore the negative outcomes associated with it.

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  112. That problem gamblers start as young as 10…wow, that is young.

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  113. I learned that 43% of kids surveyed have gambled in the past year.

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  114. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images every day

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  115. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling every day though ads, parents, corner stores etc.

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  116. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  117. I cannot believe that anyone would give their child scratch tickets?! Sheesh!

    I was shocked to learn that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Shocking!

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  118. I was surprised to learn that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. That’s so young. A store sold scratch tickets to my friend’s son and his friend when they were only 9 years old. She was so upset. She called the police on the store clerk. I hope he learned his lesson.

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  119. I learned the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10 years of age

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  120. I learned the gambling problems can start as early as age 10.

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  121. Interesting, I didn’t know kids were gambling so much! So young!

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  122. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  123. I learnt that It’s never too early to start the conversation with kids about gambling

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  124. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images every day. Pretty scary.

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  125. I learned kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke.

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  126. I learned the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  127. I learned the average problem gamblers started at age 10. Scary.

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  128. I learned that the average problem gambler starts gambling at age 10.

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  129. Kids are beginning to gamble at a very young age!

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  130. I learned that gamblers first started at age 10
    crazy!

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  131. Wow – I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  132. I think all of us are pretty shocked that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  133. I learned that the average gambler started at age 10

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  134. I did not know that kids are gambling at age 10!!
    I had no idea about this issue thanks for the info!

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  135. I didn’t realize that the most common gambling activities for kids under 18 are scratch & win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of games!

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  136. I learned that problem gamblers started gambling as young as 10 years old!

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  137. I was very surprised to learn the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. That’s much younger than I would have guessed.

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  138. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject. I was shocked to learn that gamblers first started at age 10!!

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  139. I didn’t realize that kids are exposed to gambling media all the time and the earliest started at 10.

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  140. I learned that Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.–what?? That is crazy,,I would have never thought that.

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  141. I’ve learnt that worldwide the average gambler started at age 10. Wow

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  142. The average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  143. Children as young as 10 are gambling

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  144. I was shocked to learn that the average gambler begin gambling around the age of 10 years.

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  145. I read that there are children as young as 10 gambling

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  146. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. That is just scarey.

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  147. I learned…Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  148. I learned that the average problem gambler started at the age of 10

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  149. I learned that there are many forms of gambling and that children are exposed to it at a very young age.

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  150. I learned that kids start family big at age10? That’s scary for sure!

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  151. Kids learn about gambling at a young age.

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  152. I learned that the average problem gambler started at the age of 10!

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  153. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke.

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  154. read that the average age of gambling was 10 – thats terrible

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  155. Wow kids can start gambling at 10!

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  156. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Yikes!

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  157. I learned that the gambling addiction can start at early as 10.

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  158. Kids under 18 are most likely to gamble with scratch tickets.

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  159. I learned that kids become gamblers much earlier than we think

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  160. I learned that the average gambler started at age 10.

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  161. I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  162. Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Wow, I had no idea about this.

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  163. I learned that the average age for a problem gambler to starting gambling was 10 years old!

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  164. I learned that the most used gambling for kids under 18 are Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  165. I learned that the average gambler started gambling at age 10. That seems really young!

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  166. I learned that gambling addiction starts at around the age of 10.

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  167. Gambling is for responsible adults only, within limits! Scratch tickets are gambling and not for kids.

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  168. I learned the types of gambling activities with the most participation by kids under 18 are Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  169. I learned that kids can start gambling as young as 10.

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  170. I am shocked that studies have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  171. not to give lottery products to kids under the age of 19:)

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  172. Gambling addicts started gambling around age 10? Crazy!

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  173. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  174. I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images every day. At first I didn’t think that was true but the more I think of it, the more I agree.

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  175. Surprised to learn that gambling is tried more than drinking, smoking and drugs!

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  176. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject.

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  177. I learned that “Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke” = shocking!! 🙁

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  178. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  179. What a shock to read that 10 year old children are gambling. Thank you for the informative post.

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  180. I learned that kids under 18 are more likely to participate in Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  181. It’s amazing that most problem gamblers started at ten years old, I never associate gambling with kids. Very surprised.

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  182. I learned – Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  183. Surprise to see kids again 10 are gambling… I didn’t even know what gambling is

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  184. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  185. Wow. 43 percent of kids in BC have gambled in the past 12 months. Probably the internet will continue to drive this.

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  186. I was shocked that most people wit a gambling problem started around age 10.

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  187. Problem gamblers were exposed to scratchers early in life (age 10)

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  188. The variety of tips and information is agreeable.
    It’s common sense not to give lottery tickets to kids.
    Under the age of 19 is not allowed.

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  189. i learned that problem gamblers start as early as 10 years old

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  190. very surprised to learn that problem gamblers start at age 10

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  191. I learned that redeeming a lottery ticket that was given as a gift is considered gambling. That offends common sense for adults because the gift receiver didn’t spend any money. For kids, it doesn’t seem logical either — what is logical is that possession of the gaming item should be prohibited for kids — just a a fine line definition problem I think on BCLC part on trying to simplify things on the web.

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  192. I learned that kids with parents who gambled in the last year are more likely to gamble as well.

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  193. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10

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  194. I legit cannot believe how EARLY it starts!! My dad never really played poker or anything like that, but I used to play dominoes and cards with my mom and gramma. It makes a lot more sense on why some of my mommy friends are so strict about it. I would never think that was something to worry about.

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  195. I learned that the average problem gambler started at age 10.

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  196. I learned if a parent has gambled in the past year, a kid is more likely to gamble

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  197. I learned that kids start gambling really young! And that there’s a resource at gamesense with info on how to talk to them about it.

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  198. I wouldn’t even let my kid scratch them!!

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  199. It’s never too early to start the conversation about gambling

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  200. I learned that the average problem gambler started at the age of 10 – that’s insane!

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  201. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10

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  202. I learned that scratch and wins, poker and betting on the outcome of a game are the 3 most common types of gambling with kids.

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  203. Very surprised to learn that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  204. I was shocked to hear the average gambler stated at the age of 10.Will def have a talk with my 15 year old son!

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  205. I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke.

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  206. I’m shocked and dismayed to learn that worldwide studies found the average problem gambler starts at age 10

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  207. Amazed to learn that gambling is more prevelent than drinking with some kids.

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  208. I learned that the average age of starting gambling is age 10.

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  209. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10

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  210. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  211. I’ve learned that I need to be more responsible when purchasing my lottery tickets when the kids are around.

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  212. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  213. I was shocked at how many kids gamble and that problem gamblers start as early as ten!

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  214. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Shocking!

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  215. The average problem gambler started at the age of 10!

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  216. Gambling or games of chance have been around for a long time and its never too early to start talking to your kids about it. I recall playing marbles as a child for “keeps”. yep…gambling…. there are the games of chance even in walmart ..the “claw” game and although our prov gove says they are games of chance and you can’t have these there for kids to play, they are not monitored at all (its supposed to be that every game player is a winner according to literature I’ve read)

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  217. The average problem gambler starts at age 10! I had no idea.

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  218. I learned that kids can start as young as 10 years old and become addicted. That’s scary!

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  219. I learned that the Average Problem Gambler started as young as 10 years old.

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  220. I was shocked to learn that young kids are exposed to gambling

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  221. I never thought about the fact that kids are exposed to gambling images everyday 🙁

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  222. the part of kids brains capable of risk assessment aren’t fully developed until after adolescence

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  223. I was shocked to learn that kids as young as 10 are gambling online.

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  224. I learned that the average problem gambler started at age 10 Wow

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  225. I was shocked to learn that such a severe gambling habit often starts at age 10 on average.

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  226. I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  227. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  228. As a person who has a “black jack” table felt for nights when friends come over, I learned:
    Kids who say their parents have gambled in the past year are significantly more likely to participate in gambling activities themselves

    I believe I will be careful what they hear or see.

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  229. I learned that I should bring the conversation up naturally, like when watching poker on TV or during the announcement about the latest lottery winner.

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  230. I learned that gambling can start as ear;ly as 10 years of age

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  231. apparently kids who gamble as early as age 10 are at risk for gambling into adulthood

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  232. I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  233. I visited the Gamesense for parents website and what I learned is that kids are starting to gamble earlier. Oh man, that is bad.

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  234. I was shocked to learn that some kids start gambling as early as age 10.

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