International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and National Council on Problem Gambling say don't give kids lottery tickets for Christmas or any other reason.

International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and National Council on Problem Gambling say don’t give kids lottery tickets for Christmas or any other reason.

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Many of us have done it — tucked a lottery ticket in a Christmas card or stocking; or used a scratch-off lottery ticket as a gift tag.

But Chuck Baumann with the Oregon Lottery said only adults can play lottery games or buy tickets, and kids might be upset if they win and can’t redeem the prize.

“We just could not cash that ticket, if they were a winner,” he said. “They could simply turn to their parent and give them the ticket to turn in. But the fact of the matter is you have to be 18 not only to play, but also to validate and receive a prize.”

Wins of under $600 can be redeemed anywhere lottery tickets are purchased. But staff members are trained to make sure that the person signing the back of the ticket to collect, is an adult.

This is the seventh year the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems have partnered with lotteries around the world, to warn about giving kids lottery tickets.