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Problem bet council: Don't give lotto tix to kids

New Jersey's Council on Compulsive Gambling and the state lottery are advising people that they shouldn't give lottery tickets as holiday gifts to children.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Council on Compulsive Gambling and the state lottery are advising people that they shouldn't give lottery tickets as holiday gifts to children.

In a joint statement, the two groups say gambling at an early age can increase the risk of becoming a compulsive gambler.

New Jersey law requires lottery purchasers to be 18 or over, but does not specifically prohibit giving lottery tickets to kids. A recent Yale University study found that youngsters who received instant tickets as a gift tended to begin gambling earlier in life.

The council and the state lottery say adult problem gamblers frequently say they began gambling during childhood, often at ages 9 or 10, and with other family members.

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