Lottery Launches “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” Campaign

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TRENTON—In conjunction with the American Gaming Association’s Responsible Gaming Education Week, Aug. 3-7, a New Jersey Lottery announced that it is placing renewed emphasis on its continued commitment to responsible play and the prevention of underage gambling.

As part of its annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” campaign, the Lottery has begun re-distribution to retailers and players alike of its “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” brochure, which provides information about the major types of teen betting and signs to look for that could indicate problem gambling in teens.

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The brochure also directs concerned individuals about where to go for advice and help for gambling problems.  This brochure will be available at each of 6,100 registered Lottery retailer locations, at all Lottery-sponsored exhibits and events, at every Speaker’s Bureau presentation, as well as through the lottery website www.njlottery.net.

What’s more, the Lottery is providing to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. quantities of the “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” brochure and supplies of pencils containing the message “LOTTERY IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY, You Must Be 18 Or Older To Play The New Jersey Lottery” for distribution to students who attend the council’s high school lecture series.

In addition, Lottery sales representatives will visit retailers to make certain that the “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” decals are affixed to each Lottery terminal, prominently displayed for store customers’ easy access.

“This State Lottery has a longstanding commitment to promoting responsible play and discouraging underage gambling of any kind,” said Deputy Director of Sales Robert Kersey.  “We have an active partnership with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and look forward to working with them for years to come on a myriad of responsible gaming outreach efforts.”

The Lottery has participated on the Council of Compulsive Gambling of NJ’s Board of Directors since June 1999.  Furthermore, the council’s gambling hotline (1-800-GAMBLER) is printed on every Lottery ticket, brochure and sign, and appears as a tag line on our radio and television advertisements.

Finally, the Lottery’s website directs visitors to the Council’s website (www.800gambler.org), which provides the public with free information and help for compulsive gambling.

“I am very grateful to the Lottery for their support and commitment to all of our initiatives,” said Donald Weinbaum, the council’s executive director. “The Lottery continues to be a great partner in promoting the importance of playing responsibly.”


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