FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Contact:
Art Mongillo, Manager of Policy & Communications
(959) 282-2594
ArtM@CCPG.org


Connecticut Council On Problem Gambling Reminds Parents That Lottery Tickets Are Not Appropriate Gifts For Kids

Wethersfield, CT - While lottery tickets can be fun stocking stuffers for the adults on your list, the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) would like to remind parents and families that they are NOT suitable gifts for kids.

This holiday season, the CCPG is proud to join the Holiday Lottery Responsible Gambling Campaign, a collaborative initiative between the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the  International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University, to raise awareness about the risks of youth gambling and educate communities on the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children.
“Research on youth gambling has shown that the earlier children begin gambling, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems as adults. Public education campaigns such as this play an important role in changing social norms and providing basic facts and education.  Working together, we can help prevent problem gambling issues with Connecticut’s youth and have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season” says CCPG Executive Director Diana Goode.

For more information or help with a gambling problem, call our free, confidential helpline 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-789-7777 or visit  ccpg.org/get-help.

About the CCPG:
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is a non-profit organization focused on preventing problem gambling and helping those who may be impacted. CCPG does not advocate for or against gambling but is committed to working with all stakeholders to help individuals and families dealing with this issue.

CCPG provides Connecticut’s only 24-hour Problem Gambling Helpline, offering support via phone, live online chat, and text. We also implement prevention and education programs serving schools, military and veterans, and at-risk populations.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at  1-888-789-7777  or visit  www.ccpg.org/chat  for confidential help.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Diana Goode, please contact Art Mongillo at (959) 282-2594 or ArtM@ccpg.org.