Lottery products – great to give but not to minors
Minors Awareness Campaign
Purchasing, scratching and cashing in lottery products are gambling activities, suitable for adults only and not something minors should be encouraged or invited to participate in.
Restricting minors’ access to all forms of gambling is a joint responsibility of government, licensees and the community.
Since lottery tickets were first introduced in Alberta in 1975, the AGLC has had a policy prohibiting the sale, scratching or redeeming of lottery ticket products to or by minors.
Research initiated by AADAC (now Alberta Health Services) in 2008 (The Alberta Youth Experience Survey – TAYES) showed that close to half of all Alberta students participate in some form of gambling, with scratch tickets being the most common activity of choice. The research also indicated that the earlier an individual begins gambling, the more likely he or she is to experience problems with gambling later in life.
2010 Christmas Season Minors Awareness Campaign:
"Santa doesn’t bring kids lottery tickets"
The second seasonal Minors Awareness education campaign is underway. Lottery ticket retailers across the province are displaying a bright, shiny green, holly-festooned version of the Under-18 poster. With these posters and ads in Alberta’s major newspapers, the AGLC is reminding Albertans that lottery and scratch tickets are not appropriate gifts for minors – not at Christmas or any other time of the year.
Purchasing, scratching and cashing-in lottery products are gambling activities, suitable for adults only. Minors should not be encouraged or invited to participate in gambling activities.
2010 Christmas Campaign Products