Holiday Message from Problem Gambling Services Program

Gambling on Santa's Surprises?

Lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for youth under 18

Every year thousands of children receive lottery tickets and scratch-offs in holiday stockings and as gifts from relatives.  Columbia Community Mental Health Problem Gambling Prevention Program wants to spread the word that lottery and other gambling prodcuts are NOT for children under age 18.

If gambling is affecting you or your family, contact the Oregon Problem Gambling Helpline at or call 1-877-MY-LIMIT (1-877-698-4648).  You may also send a text to 503-713-6000 or live chat with a representative at  The Oregon Problem Gambling Helpline is a confidential access point for those seeking assistance.

To learn more about problem gambling contact Brianne Mares at

"Research tells us that the sooner a child begins gambling, the more likely he or she is to develop problem gambling issues in later life.  Plus, we know that an estimated 50 percent of people with gambling problems have had a big win early in their lives.  Bottom line is - lottery tickets shouldn't be given to kids."

Brianne Mares,                   Certified Prevention Specialist