12/03/2014 03:46 EST | Updated 02/02/2015 05:59 EST

Lottery Tickets Inappropriate Christmas Gift For Kids: Alberta Agency

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AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Rows of Tattersall's Ltd.'s scratch lottery tickets are displayed at the counter of a newspaper shop in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007. Tattersall's Ltd., Australia's second-largest gaming company, tripled second-half profit on the acquisition of betting-shop owner Unitab Ltd. and increased wagering on horse races. (Photo by Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Scratch-and-win lottery tickets shouldn’t be going into children’s Christmas stockings, an Alberta agency is warning parents.

Research has shown nearly one-fifth of parents in the province have given their child a lottery ticket as a holiday or birthday gift, according to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).

The agency launched a holiday-themed awareness campaign this week in hopes of changing parental attitudes. 

“Gambling at an earlier age is also a risk factor associated with problem gambling later in life,” according to a press release by the AGLC.

Lottery retailers in Alberta are not allowed to sell to minors.

It is not illegal for an adult to give a lottery ticket to a minor, but if a youth wins, the money must be kept in trust until they reach 18 years old.


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