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Experts Advise Against Giving Lottery Tickets To Youth As Gifts

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Experts want you to avoid giving lottery tickets to youth as Christmas Gifts.

Spokespeople with an adolescent treatment center in Winnebago tell us while scratch–off tickets may seem innocent, they can lead to other issues for youngsters down the road.

Naomi Ochsendorf with the Adolescent Treatment Center says, "Often times adolescents don't see that it is illegal for them to do. And parents believe at least they're not doing drugs or alcohol, so what's the harm in a scratch off ticket. They don't realize

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, about 30 percent of adolescents gamble on a weekly basis.