Lottery Officials Ask Residents Not To Buy Tickets For Children

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Officials with the New York State lottery are making a request of Empire State residents this holiday season.

They're asking people not to buy scratch-off lottery tickets for children as gifts, saying that lottery games should only be gifted by adults to adults. The National Council on Problem Gambling says youth gambling has become a significant and growing issue. People who are struggling with a gambling addiction can get help by calling 1-877-8-HOPENY.

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