Lottery Launches Annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” Awareness Campaign

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TRENTON – Officials of the New Jersey State Lottery and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. met this week at Lottery headquarters to kick-off the New Jersey Lottery’s annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” Awareness Campaign.

Both organizations are placing renewed emphasis on their continued commitment to responsible play and the prevention of underage gambling. This campaign is held each year to coincide with the American Gaming Association’s annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, scheduled this year August 2-6.

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“This State Lottery has a longstanding commitment to promoting responsible play and discouraging underage gambling of any kind,” said Acting Executive Director Carole Hedinger. “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.”

As part of its efforts, the New Jersey Lottery has launched re-distribution of its “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” brochure to retailers and players. This brochure provides information about the major types of teen betting and some of the signs to recognize that could indicate problem gambling in teens. In addition, the brochure directs concerned individuals about where to go for advice and help. This brochure is available at each of 6,100 registered Lottery retailer locations, at all Lottery-sponsored exhibits and events, as well as through the Lottery website www.njlottery.net. In addition, the “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” slogan and the 1-800-GAMBLER ® Helpline number are continually included on Lottery’s digital messaging screens at all retailer locations.

“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 and in publicizing the 1-800-GAMBLER ® number. If a parent thinks their child might have a gambling problem, they can call that number for advice and helpful resources.”

Today, the Lottery provided the Council on Compulsive Gambling with additional “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” brochures, as well as supplies of pencils for distribution to students who attend the Council’s high school lecture series. The pencils contain the message “LOTTERY IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY, You Must Be 18 Or Older To Play The NJ Lottery” and they help in the effort to combat underage gambling by publicizing that reminder.

The Lottery has participated on the Council of Compulsive Gambling’s Board of Directors since June 1999. Furthermore, the Council’s problem gambling helpline number (1-800-GAMBLER®) is printed on every Lottery ticket, brochure and sign, and appears as a tag line on the Lottery’s radio and television advertisements. Finally, the Lottery’s website directs visitors to the Council’s site (www.800gambler.org) which provides the public with free information and help for compulsive gambling.

Lottery Acting Executive Director Carole Hedinger and Donald Weinbaum, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, discuss Lottery’s annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” Awareness Campaign with media. The campaign is held each year to coincide with the American Gaming Association’s annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, scheduled this year August 2-6. (Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Lottery)


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