Lottery gives thumbs down on scratch-offs for kids

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Lottery is discouraging customers from buying scratch-off tickets for children, saying they could become the gift that keeps on giving, but not the kind anyone would want.

Spokesman Chip Polson tells The Courier-Journal studies show gambling can have a negative effect on children. He says it isn't illegal to give tickets to a child, but it isn't advised.

Lottery officials say research indicates the earlier that young people begin to gamble, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem or addiction.

Warning signs of children's possible gambling behavior are frequent unexplained absences, sudden drop in grades, withdrawal from friends, lying about gambling, possession of gambling materials and increased use of gambling language.

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