Post # 1
I’m in the process of sending out my cards for the holidays and my younger brothers live out of state. They’re three and eleven years old, respectively. I was hoping to put in money in the cards for them, but we’re not really in the position to do that this year. Then I thought, how about I spend two dollars and get them each a holiday-themed scratch off lottery ticket.
I remember being a kid and my mom or stepdad getting me a scratch off ticket when they would go out to the store every month (my parents were bulk shoppers). More often than not, the ticket would be a dud, but sometimes I would win a buck or a free ticket and my stepdad would take it back the next month and cash it in for me and get me another ticket or a pack of gum or something with the money.
I know it’s not legal for kids to purchase them, but I wasn’t sure if it was illegal to purchase them for kids. So I did a Google search. Turns out it isn’t illegal at all. But then I found this:
Basically they’re warning not to buy scratch off tickets for kids for Christmas because there may be a correlation between gambling addiction and letting kids scratch lottery tickets in adolescents.
I was actually surprised to see this research, but am taking it with a grain of salt.
I’m still thinking of getting them dollar scratch offs anyway. What are your opinions, Bees?
Post # 3
My parents used to give me scratch offs all the time. I think they’re fun and quirky, and yeah, somehow it might relate to somebody having a gambling addiction later in life, but that’s to say the same for someone who gives a bit of beer to a kid with an upset stomach or lets them taste a smidgen of wine or what have you leading to alcoholism.
I say do it, I think it’s a cute idea.
Post # 4
I, too, got scratch off lottery tickets as a kid. Actually…it was my mom’s way to bribe my sister and I to go to Mass with our grandfather and to be good! (side note: My sister and I are not Catholic, we’re Protestant) To this day, I still have a fondness for scratch-off Bingo cards :-).
We always loved the scratch-off tickets and also would get some in our Christmas stocking. I say go for it! Just make sure that if they won, they would be able to cash in the ticket in their state. That could be your only roadblock.
Post # 5
I’ve never received any as a child/under 18 but I always scratched my aunts/uncles/parents on birthdays 🙂 I don’t think I would give them to anyone under 18 as a gift, but I see nothing wrong with children scratching them!
Post # 6
I seriously can’t think that one or two dollar tickets will do any harm in the long run. Kids have a blast scratching them!
Post # 7
I think that his between you and the parents, if they have no issue then do it. However, are you going to be getting tickets from their home state? If not, how would they cash any winnings?
Post # 8
Well, crap 😡 I never even thought about that technical issue! D:
Guess they’re not getting lottery tickets from me afterall! XD
Post # 9
If I was a kid, I’d rather get a candy bar or small toy for $1. A scratch off ticket is fun for a few seconds until its a dud, then it gets tossed. So I don’t know if they would become addicts but it just doesn’t seem like a fun way to spend money.
Post # 10
I hate lottery tickets. They are a letdown for me. I would rather have someone buy me a soda.
However – my sister delights in them. I think she actually thinks she has a shot at winning “the big one”.
So – go figure. To each their own, I say.
My only issue with this as a gift is that the 3 year old has no idea what is going on…. I don’t even think that would be something that would interest them. They have no concept of money or winning. The 11 year old would probably prefer an itunes download – which would cost about the same amount of money.
What about Dairy Queen / Baskin Robins ice cream cone certificates? Or even McDonald’s gift cards? They could go with their parents to get ice cream.
Post # 11
Edit– They can’t win if they are under 18. So what is the point? I don’t think there is any relation to an addiction, but I would much rather get a Wendy’s free frosty thing or McDonalds french fry tickets instead.
Post # 12
@3xaCharm: Great suggestions!
@Pollywog: Well, if they won my mom or dad could take it and cash it for them. But I like your other suggestions – thanks!
Post # 13
Oh lord. I highly doubt that getting a child a few scratchers every once in a while is going to leave them as addictive gamblers! It’s all in good fun if it’s only once in a while. I think giving them a few scratchers for christmas is a fun and unique idea. 🙂 I personally got a few every year starting at about 12 years old and it’s safe to say, I’m not an addictive gambler LOL. 🙂
Also, as a kid if I won, I’d much rather have the cash then a sugar bomb treat lol. (I’ve always been health conscious) My parents used to cash in mine!
Post # 14
My aunt would hang them from the tree with all the kids name on one…and we’d scratch it or w/e. I never won 🙁
I have also never ever ever gambled…well except those scratch off tickets LOL.
I thought they were a blast.
Post # 15
A very close friend of mine did become a gambling addict. There was far more too it than just being given scratch tickets. Many of the people in his group meetings were encouraged to gamble as kids in many ways. I used to sell lottery tickets, and selling to a minor was punishable with a fine to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Even if the parent bought the ticket, I was not allowed to accept it from the kid to have it checked or cashed. Knowing what my friend went through, I would not be giving kids lottery tickets. I don’t think it’s a good idea to teach them a sense of enjoyment associated with gambling before they’re old enough to understand.
Post # 16
@DrTeeth: Ah. Your parents are nice. My dad’s response is that giving me money from gambling would be “corrupting the values of a minor”. He kept it (it was only a dollar or two and ended up buying me candy worth at least that much)