The holiday season is fast approaching, and the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has launched its annual holiday campaign reminding shoppers to think twice about whose stocking they might be stuffing. Are you purchasing lottery tickets or Scratch & Wins as stocking stuffers? If you are, please make sure they are going to someone who is of legal age to receive them.
A couple weeks ago for the first time ever our oldest daughter noticed the sparkly cards at the grocery store as I was returning an item. She immediately started asking about them. I would never have thought that I’d have to explain what Scratch & Win cards are to a preschooler! To her, they were simply paper with pretty holiday pictures and a whole lot of glitter. Yes, here I was explaining to her what gambling is.
Many give and receive lottery tickets, including Scratch & Wins, as a gift over the holiday season. While scratching a ticket in hopes of a prize definitely feels like child’s play, BCLC would like to remind everyone that they are anything but that – lottery tickets are still a form of gambling and shouldn’t be given to kids under 19.
Giving kids lottery tickets may seem like it is 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. Young minds are still developing and are less capable of risk assessment. With kids, young people, seeing things like gambling as glamorous thanks to Hollywood movies, they think it is simply something exciting and in turn ignore the negative outcome that can come from it.
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. Also, start having a conversation with them about gambling while they are young. Your kids are inundated with the promotion of gambling when they see the lottery tickets and Scratch & Win cards in the store, to the advertisement of casinos and playing poker online and on TV. It’s everywhere. Help prepare your kids to make responsible choices.
BCLC encourages parents to visit GameSense for Parents to learn more tools and supports to start a conversation with kids about gambling. While these conversations may seem like they don’t need to start at a young age, they do.
One reader of Discovering Parenthood will win a $100 gift card to Chapters Indigo thanks to BCLC. Giveaway is open to Canadians only and will be closed on December 25th with a winner drawn the next day.
Go visit the BCLC GameSense for Parents site and tell us one fact you learned in the comments here. Visit the rafflecopter below to officially enter and see the bonus entry options, good luck everyone who enters!
We would love to have you follow us on social media, find us here:
Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and some content for this post was provided to us by BCLC.
We were compensated for sharing this information with you.
We firmly believe in the importance of this message.
Please give responsibly this Christmas season!