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Lottery tickets make the perfect gift – just not for everyone

November 25, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:00 AM

The gift-giving season is officially upon us. Do you know what that means? Long to-do lists and hours spent looking for that just-so-perfect gift. But don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered.

This year’s holiday scratch-off tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer so you’ll have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.

You can give them to your co-worker at the white elephant party, to your mail carrier as a ‘thank you’, or to your brother-in-law. The best part? You don’t even have to wrap ‘em. Show up with a lottery ticket and let the sound of scratching fill the air!

While you’re crossing off, “Get gifts” from your to-do list, remember one important tidbit. Lottery tickets are not for children. Why?

Let’s put it into perspective.

Do we have any classic car fans in the house? While we're sure a good many of us would love to be gifted a ‘55 T-Bird — hello back road cruising — you wouldn’t give that kind of gift to a kid. They wouldn’t appreciate it and many wouldn’t know how to drive it or take care of it.

Think of lottery tickets the same way.

For adults, lottery tickets are thrilling and a great fun. But for kids, they can be dangerous if not understood correctly — exactly like a car! From working with our partners in the area of problem gambling, we know that some who develop a gambling problem report their first experience came when they were young. To help stop that from happening, we encourage you to join with us in preventing lottery tickets from ending up in the hands of minors.

Have fun this holiday season, and good luck with that holiday to-do list. Here’s to a few lottery tickets under the tree this year. 



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12/25/2019 09:27 - Tiffany F.

How can I increase my chances at winning the weekly 500$ drawings NC Lottery
HI Tiffany, all it takes is one entry and you have a chance at winning the drawing. Good luck!

12/08/2019 10:17 - Patricia D.

How do you enter 2nd chance I have tried all 2nd but it will not work.

11/26/2019 12:46 - cheryl c.

is the pick 3 alive drawing or is it picked before hand and then shown a 3pm.NC Lottery
Hi Cheryl, All of our televised drawings, including Pick 3, are done live at the time they are broadcast.

11/26/2019 11:35 - Tim M.

This was several years ago but this guy I worked with, he bought several of the dollar tickets in whatever the games were that year and gave them out as presents to different people like the ladies at the pharmacy. A very young woman won $100 and was tickled to death! He told me this after the fact.

11/26/2019 10:45 - Brenda S.

I am all for that. Love the scratch off tickets.

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