The state’s Division of Lottery and the New York Council on Problem Gambling have teamed up to urge people playing the lottery to spend within their means.
In a joint announcement Monday, the seemingly opposed groups had a shared message of responsible spending. Lottery Director Robert Williams said the announcement was in keeping with the agency’s emphasis on responsible playing, which is displayed prominently at the more than 17,000 locations licensed to sell lottery tickets.
“We know from experience that the vast majority of Lottery players stick to a strict budget when it comes to buying Lottery tickets,” he said in a statement. “With that in mind, we encourage all of our players to budget ahead for their holiday Lottery purchases just as they would for any other gift on their list.”
NYCPG Executive Director James Maney added in a statement that his group was thrilled to be partnering with Lottery to spread this message. “[We] commend them for their efforts to remind New Yorkers that it is important to be responsible for the holiday season,” he said, “as well as all year-round”.
The NYCPG is a non-for-profit independent corporation that is dedicated to spreading awareness about problem and compulsive gambling and advocating for help to these people.
The two bodies partner year-round to discourage the purchase of lottery tickets by anyone under the age of 18, which is the legal age to buy lottery tickets. They also work together on increasing the awareness about support services available to people who need treatment for a gambling problem. To advance both goals, the Lottery posts signs warning of the age restriction and a referral hotline, 1-877-HOPENY, at all locations that sell lottery tickets and the state’s nine video gaming casinos.
The state’s Division of Lottery was created by a constitutional amendment in 1966. The agency is being consolidated with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board in February to create the state’s Gaming Commission.