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Lottery Tickets Not A Good Holiday Gift For Kids

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 7, 2012

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Lottery tickets might seem like a good stocking stuffer or Hanukkah gift, but you might want to avoid giving them to the kids.

Donald Weinbaum is executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. He says kids who get instant lottery tickets as a gift have a greater risk of developing gambling problems.

 “In compulsive gamblers the brain circuits show abnormalities, and since they’re still forming in adolescents the later that a child holds off on gambling of any kind the more protective it’s going to be.”

Weinbaum says some problem gamblers began gambling when they were ten or eleven years old.  He says parents can get their kids on the right path to becoming responsible adults by finding a more appropriate gift than a scratch-off ticket.

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