Scientific Games Joins Efforts to Prevent Underage Lottery Play
Scientific Games has announced that it is once again joining the National Council on Problem Gambling’s “Gift Responsibly” holiday campaign.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Scientific Games has joined the campaign, which seeks to raise awareness that lottery games are not for children. Scientific Games will be joining forces with lotteries in the US, Canada and Europe to campaign against giving lottery games to children during the holiday season.
Youth problem gambling has emerged as a significant growing public health issue. We applaud Scientific Games’ commitment to raising awareness about the risks of youth gambling through the Gift Responsibly Campaign. Our message is a simple one: lottery tickets are never appropriate gifts for children.
Scientific Games runs a ‘Healthy Play’ responsible gambling program, which provides lotteries with educational tools to help players better understand the risks associated with lottery games. The company has also published the ‘Healthy Play Guide’, which includes an overview of the Healthy Play tools and initiatives.
Carla Schaefer, the VP of Responsible Gaming for Scientific Games, stressed that there should be a year-round effort to prevent underage lottery play. She added, “This means knowing the minimum age to purchase lottery games where you live or travel, and if you see the sale of lottery products to minors, report it.”
Scientific Games works with 130 lotteries across 50 countries and it has achieved the World Lottery Association’s Responsible Gaming Framework Certificate of Alignment.