NJ officials to counter underage gambling

    By: Phil Gregory

    As part of the American Gaming Association's Responsible Education Week, New Jersey lottery officials are visiting ticket sellers to emphasize the prevention of underage gambling. The campaign is called "Not 18 Yet? No Bet."

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@Gmail.com

    As part of the American Gaming Association’s Responsible Education Week, New Jersey lottery officials are visiting ticket sellers to emphasize the prevention of underage gambling. The campaign is called “Not 18 Yet? No Bet.”

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    You have to be at least 18 years old to buy or sell lottery tickets in the Garden State.

    Donald Weinbaum, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, says the lottery is one of the many forms of gambling that may end up causing problems for young people.

    Weinbaum: Gambling among youths, problem gambling, is about twice the rate as among adults. Kids are reporting problems playing cards, sports betting, even casino.

    Weinbaum says as much as 8 percent of New Jersey kids have gambling problems and his group offers a variety of education and counseling programs to help control the gambling habit.

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