Oklahoma Lottery Encourages Responsible Play This Holiday Season
Lottery Tickets Are Not For The Underage
Oklahoma City (Dec. 5, 2012) — With the recent record Powerball jackpot and the holiday season approaching, the Oklahoma Lottery is encouraging everyone to play responsibly.
The Oklahoma Lottery is discouraging the use of Lottery products as gifts for underage children. Players must be 18 years of age or older to legally purchase Oklahoma Lottery products.
“Lottery products make great gifts; however, we want to encourage that when giving Lottery tickets as a gift, keep the person’s age in mind,” said Rollo Redburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.
The Oklahoma Lottery recently joined the annual Holiday Lottery campaign, partnering with several other state Lotteries and the National Council on Problem Gambling to increase public awareness about the impact of giving lottery products as gifts to minors. This campaign encourages parents and loved ones not to give Lottery products as holiday gifts to minors.
For more information on this campaign, visit www.ncpgambling.org/holiday.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $500 million has been contributed to education since October 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.
The purpose of the Oklahoma Lottery is to help raise money to improve Oklahoma's schools. The Oklahoma Lottery Commission would like to remind you to please play responsibly and not to use the Lottery games as a replacement for work and daily responsibilities and obligations. If you feel that you may be developing a problem with gambling we have provided you with the following resources for your use to help you with seeking assistance.
Exhibiting five or more of the following compulsive gambling symptoms may
indicate a gambling problem:
- Frequently thinking about past experiences, future plans or how to get money for gambling
- Need to increase spending to reach a high level of excitement
- Have failed at stopping or controlling gambling
- Become restless and/or irritable when trying to cut back or stop gambling
- Gamble to escape problems and to feel better
- Frequently return to "get even" after experiencing losses
- Lie to cover up gambling activity
- Have committed or planned illegal acts to finance gambling
- Have problems with job, school or relationships
- Rely on others for financial help
Assistance with Problem Gambling
National Problem Gambling Help-Line Answered 24 hours a day - call toll free 1-800-522-4700.
Oklahoma Certified Gambling Treatment Programs
Websites for Problem Gambling
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling
Problem Gambling Awareness