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If giving lottery tickets as gifts, please give responsibly

December 4, 2017 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:06 AM

The holiday season is officially here. And that means you probably have a long holiday to-do list.

If it looks something like this…

Holiday To-Do List

·        Buy and decorate tree; no popcorn garland. Dog will eat!

·        Hang lights; Don’t forget to take down like last year.

·        Bake cookies; Add more sugar. Aunt Doris said they tasted like cardboard

·        Figure out holiday outfits; Don’t let John wear his superman pajamas (hide them)

·        PRESENTS

Don’t worry. This year’s holiday scratch-off tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift so you’ll have one less thing to worry about this holiday season. You can give them to your co-worker at the white elephant party, to your mailman as a ‘thank you’, or to that special someone.

But, it’s important to remember, they are not suitable gifts for everyone. Lottery tickets are not child’s play. Our games are intended for adults 18 and older.

From working with our partners in the area of problem gambling, we know that some who develop a gambling problem report their first experience came when they were young. And to help stop that from happening, we encourage adults to be active partners with us in preventing lottery tickets from ending up in the hands of minors.

Have fun this holiday season and good luck with that holiday to-do list. 


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12/08/2017 06:52 - JIM B.

I would be remorse to purchase any scratch off tickets to give to my loved ones or family members! It's a well known feeling among the most loyal scratchers in North Carolina that the losing tickets are sent during the holiday season-because really-who's going to complain about receiving a chance (small though it may be)to get their adrenalin pumping at Christmas! Even though your response will differ as to the placement of tickets-we have heard this now for 10-years and the most seasoned purchasers will agree that this is the case. I will takes my chances on scratch offs after the 3rd of January and let your excitement messages be unheard by myself. By the way-have a great Christmas holiday season-beansandtaters.

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