Holiday Campaign Press Release

Posted: December 10, 2019 in News

Montreal, December 10, 2019

Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play
Responsible gambling holiday lottery campaign a reminder to adults

Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery
products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life. This research prompted the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to join forces in launching the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign. Since 2002, the simple goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the winter holiday season.

In 2019, 100% of Canadian and U.S. lotteries, along with numerous international
lotteries and non-lottery organizations, have joined the Campaign to promote
responsible gambling.

Jeffrey Derevensky, Director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems
and High-Risk Behaviors said, “the Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign is
a great way to encourage responsible gambling by gifting lottery tickets responsibly only
to adults.”

“The Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign educates communities that
lottery tickets, the form of gambling with the broadest participation, are not child’s play,”
explained NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.

Endorsements from the World Lottery Association (WLA), North American Association of
State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), and the European Lottery Association (EL),
highlight the global reach of the campaign.

The 2019 Responsible Gambling Holiday Lottery Campaign participants include:

Lottery Level 3: British Columbia Lottery Corporation; Connecticut Lottery Corporation; DC Lottery; Hoosier Lottery; Illinois Lottery; New Jersey Lottery; Oregon Lottery; Virginia Lottery

Lottery Level 2: Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission; Austrian Lotteries; Florida Lottery; Hrvatska Lutrija d.o.o.; Iowa Lottery Authority; Ireland’s National Lottery; Kansas Lottery; Kentucky Lottery Corporation; Maine Lottery; Massachusetts State Lottery; Michigan Lottery; Minnesota Lottery; Missouri Lottery; New York State Gaming Commission; North Carolina Education Lottery; Ohio Lottery; Rhode Island Lottery; Texas Lottery Commission

Lottery Level 1: Arizona Lottery; Arkansas Scholarship Lottery; Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC); Atlantic Lottery; California Lottery; Colorado Lottery; Coos Health & Wellness; Delaware Lottery; Georgia Lottery Corporation; Idaho Lottery; Loto-Québec; Lottotech Ltd (Mauritius); Louisiana Lottery Corporation; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Montana Lottery; Nebraska Lottery; Nederlandse Loterij (Netherlands Lottery); New Hampshire Lottery Commission; New Mexico Lottery; North Dakota Lottery; Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation; Oklahoma Lottery; Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation; Pennsylvania Lottery; Saskatchewan Lotteries; South Carolina Education Lottery; South Dakota Lottery; Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation; The Mississippi Lottery Corporation; Ukrainian National Lottery (UNL); Vermont Lottery; Washington’s Lottery; West Virginia Lottery; Wisconsin Lottery

Non-Lottery Participants: AdCare Educational Institute of Maine; Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC); CACY Community Action for Capable Youth; Community & Family Resources; Community Action for Capable Youth; Community and Family Resources; Indiana Council on Problem Gambling; Jackpocket; Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling; Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers; Maine Council on Problem Gambling; Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling; mkodo; Nicasa Behavioral Health Services; Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance; Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services; Problem Gambling Network of Ohio; RI Council on Problem Gambling; Rosecrance Jackson Centers; Scientific Games; Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health; SustainableGAMING; The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling; The Zepf Center; Umatilla County Public Health


About the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
For 25 years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk
Behaviors at McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed
at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues. The Centre has developed numerous award-winning prevention programs and provides
consultations to government agencies around the world to develop responsible gambling

Help and resources
If you are concerned about your gambling habits or those of a loved one, call Gambling:
Help and Referral at 1-800-461-0140 or go to . The
helpline is confidential, bilingual, and free. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
throughout Québec.

About the National Council on Problem Gambling
NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral
on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit for confidential help.

Katherine Gombay
McGill Media Relations Office

About McGill University
Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top ranked medical doctoral university. McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,200 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,800 international students making up 31% per cent of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 19% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

The 2019 Holiday Campaign is Here!!

Posted: September 12, 2019 in News

2019 Holiday Lottery Responsible Gaming Campaign

Each year, NCPG and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University ask lotteries to support our responsible gaming campaign and help raise awareness regarding the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season. The campaign is endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the European Lotteries (EL), and the World Lottery Association (WLA).

Whether or not it is legal for minors to participate in lottery games in your area, a responsible gaming message during the holidays is always welcomed. Over the past twelve years, participation has grown tremendously. In 2018, 100% of U.S. and Canadian lotteries supported the campaign.

Lotteries can opt to participate at one of three different levels of involvement. The higher the level of participation, the more campaign activities you are asked to commit to. Additionally,  non-lottery organizations can participate in the Holiday Lottery Responsible Gaming Campaign.

Participation in the Holiday Campaign is FREE! To join the Campaign as a participant SIGN UP HERE. Participants will have access to additional campaign resources. We encourage you to reach out to your local problem gambling advocacy group or state health agency to partner with them in this effort.

Participants must sign up by November 18, 2019 to be included in the official press release and campaign announcements. NCPG Members who participate in the Campaign are also eligible for NCPG’s Holiday Lottery Campaign Award. If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact

Participation Deadline: November 18, 2019 – Sign Up Now!


The recipient of the 2019 Durand Jacobs Award is Ivy-Lee Kehayes for her paper titled “Drinking motives and drinking behaviours in romantic couples: A longitudinal actor-partner interdependence model.” The Durand Jacobs Award recognizes outstanding work related to the psychology of addictive behaviors, and is dedicated to the late Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong efforts to help mentor students.

Join us in Denver

Posted: June 5, 2019 in News

Join our team as we present research at the NCPG’s 33rd Annual National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling from July 17-20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Derevensky will be part of a Sports Gambling summit on July 17.

Gambling and Risk Taking Conference

Posted: April 1, 2019 in News

Join us at the 17th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking, happening May 27-30, 2019 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  Our team will be presenting some of the latest research from our Centre.

2019 Durand Jacobs Award – Call for Papers

The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University invites submissions to the 2019 Durand Jacobs Award competition, to be awarded to the best graduate student paper related to the psychology of addictive behaviors. This annual award is dedicated to Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong desire to help mentor students. Published and/or publishable papers will be considered by the selection committee, comprised of an international panel of experts in the field. The recipient will receive an award plaque and their work will be featured in the Youth Gambling International newsletter. Graduate students from all related disciplines are encouraged to submit their papers by April 15, 2019.

Please submit all entries electronically in Word format to
If you have any questions, please direct them to:
Lynette Gilbeau by email, or telephone: (514) 398-4438.

For the first time since its inception, the 2018 Holiday Campaign achieved 100% participation from all Canadian and U.S. lotteries.  Thank you to all the lotteries for spreading the message that “Lottery tickets are not child’s play!” We look forward to the 2019 campaign.