HAMILTON, NJ -- New Jersey Lottery officials and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) kicked off New Jersey Lottery’s annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” awareness campaign.

The campaign seeks to remind residents and retailers that New Jersey law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets by or to anyone under the age of 18.  The agency chose the Hamilton lottery retailer location because of its close proximity to a school as a reminder of the underage gambling prohibition, organizers said. 

Leaders of the New Jersey Lottery of the Council on Compulsive Gambling renewed their organizations’ mutual commitment to responsible play and the prevention of underage gambling at the campaign’s kickoff event.

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 “We have an active partnership with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and support their efforts to prevent underage gambling,” James A. Carey, Jr., acting executive director of the New Jersey Lottery said. “The New Jersey Lottery has a longstanding commitment to promoting responsible play and discouraging underage gambling of any kind.”

Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling, said that the agency has seen an uptick in calls since sports gambling became legalized in New Jersey.

“Right now, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ is in the midst of a major expansion of its community and school-based outreach programs. One of our focuses is preventing the onset of gambling addiction among adolescents and young adults, so the New Jersey Lottery's message and support is particularly important,” said Pryor.

As part of its effort, the Lottery has developed a “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” brochure in English and Spanish providing information about the major types of teen betting and ways to recognize signs of a gambling problem. The brochure provides concerned individuals with contact information on how to receive advice and assistance and will be made available at more than 7,000 Lottery retailer locations, at all Lottery-sponsored exhibits and events, and may be downloaded from the Lottery’s website: NJLottery.com.

Individuals who believe they, or someone they care about may, have a gambling problem is urged to contact the Council on Compulsive Gambling helpline number  at (800) GAMBLER® or visiting the Council’s website www.800gambler.org, which provides the public with free information and help for compulsive gambling problems.