NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Lottery (NJL) and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ) have recently announced their annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” awareness campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to remind residents that New Jersey law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets by or to anyone under the age of 18.
This year, the campaign’s kickoff event was held at Corner Xpress, 5 Lawrenceville Pennington Road in Lawrence Township, a lottery retailer. There, NJL Executive Director James Carey and CCGNJ Acting Executive Director Felicia Grondin renewed their organizations’ commitment to responsible play and the prevention of underage gambling.
“The New Jersey Lottery has a longstanding commitment to promoting responsible play and preventing underage lottery participation,” Carey said. “We work closely with the CCGNJ to raise awareness about the age restriction on lottery play amongst our retailers in New Jersey and we support the Council’s ongoing efforts to prevent underage gambling. Responsible gaming is central to our overall mission of providing a first-class Lottery experience.”
The “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” campaign includes a brochure providing information about the most prevalent types of teen betting, and ways to recognize signs of a gambling problem, for retailer and player education. It also lists contact information on how to receive advice and assistance. These brochures are available at over 7,000 lottery locations or you can view it online at njs-cdn.lotteryservices.com/content/dam/portal/pdfs/responsible-play/No18-NoBet_Brochure_English.pdf.
“Preventing the onset of gambling addiction among adolescents and young adults is a major focus of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. The New Jersey Lottery’s message of how to recognize signs of problem gambling in minors is of significant benefit to the Council in its work to educate residents about the dangers that exist for young people who engage in any type of gambling,” Grondin said. “The Lottery continues to be a great partner in promoting Council’s helpline number. If a parent thinks their child might have a gambling problem, they can call 1-800-GAMBLER® anytime for support and information.”
For more information and help for compulsive gambling problems, visit 800gambler.org.