Lottery officials: Lottery tickets aren’t gifts for kids

LITTLE ROCK — As the holiday season gets into full swing and Arkansas shoppers may be buying lottery tickets as stocking stuffers, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery issued a reminder to parents and other adults Friday that these tickets are not appropriate holiday gifts for children and teens under the age of 18.

“Parents and caregivers, uncles and aunts, grandparents and friends see the lottery as fun and entertaining,” Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “They may forget that these tickets are for adults. The Arkansas Lottery Commission will continue to partner with our retailers and the Arkansas Department of Human Services to promote a clear message: Lottery tickets are not child’s play.

“The vast majority of Arkansas Lottery players are responsible — they are adults who play for fun, spending only discretionary cash. Our legislators knew what they were doing when they set the legal age for lottery play at 18. It’s a great idea to give tickets to friends and family,” he said, “but please, never to children.”

If you or someone you know may be affected by a gambling problem, additional information is available by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.