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.

BCLC knows there’s one place that has some super fun stocking stuffer gift ideas for the entire family and has given us a $100 Indigo gift card to share with one lucky reader to help you fill those stockings with some amazing treats. Enter below.



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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.}

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244 comments

  1. Valerie Mallette says:

    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.

  2. Anne Taylor says:

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

  3. William Ng says:

    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.

  4. Tara Betterley says:

    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.

  5. Brenda Penton says:

    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.

  6. Nicole Jubleew says:

    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.

  7. Shannon Grochowski says:

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

  8. em says:

    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

  9. Mike Gismondi says:

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

    WOW. I had no idea!!

  10. angela m says:

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

  11. Alison Braidwood says:

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

  12. Kristi F says:

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

  13. M james says:

    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

  14. Lela S says:

    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.

  15. Courtney G says:

    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!

  16. Calvin F. says:

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

  17. Cairine says:

    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.

  18. Krista M says:

    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.

  19. AD says:

    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!

  20. Donnas says:

    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.

  21. Carla B says:

    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!

  22. Catherine Robichaud says:

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

  23. Wanda Tracey says:

    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!!

  24. Karla Sceviour says:

    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.

  25. Kim Stenner says:

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

  26. jessica s says:

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

  27. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    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.

  28. Jonnie says:

    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.

  29. Shirley A says:

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

  30. Christina Ferguson says:

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

  31. Nate Fuller says:

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

  32. Rob Bear says:

    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.

  33. Sara Lima says:

    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.

  34. Mandy says:

    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.

  35. Angela Mitchell says:

    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.

  36. Caroline says:

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

  37. sab Edwards says:

    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)

  38. Stephanie says:

    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.

  39. Betty S says:

    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.

  40. Wendy Jensen says:

    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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