Responsible Play Initiatives
Playing the lottery is a social or recreational activity, something that is fun and entertaining for players, while providing benefits to education and State-supported institutions. As with other recreational and entertainment activities, it is the player's responsibility to exercise caution and, in the case of gaming activities, maintain control of his or her spending.
The New Jersey Lottery is aware that for some individuals any form of gaming can be a problem. As a result, the New Jersey Lottery promotes and encourages responsible play. The Lottery established a Responsible Play Program that includes:
- Distributing a brochure about Responsible Play, developed with the cooperation of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, to more than 7,200 Lottery retailer locations and available at Lottery events and exhibits.
- Adhering to advertising and marketing policies adopted by the Lottery that encourage responsible play and promote the services available through the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ.
- Designating a Responsible Play Manager to spearhead the New Jersey Lottery's further efforts to promote responsible play.
- Printing the 1-800-GAMBLER® number on all lottery tickets, lottery machines, instant ticket vending machines (ITVM), game brochures, and all other advertising materials.
- Linking to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Web site from the Lottery's Web site.
- Creating and airing Responsible Play messages for 10-second announcer read spots.
- Maintaining a working relationship with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and other similar organizations.
- Supporting the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey through attendance at and sponsorship of the Council's conferences and events.
- Serving on the Board of Directors for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Lottery is expanding our current program by:
- Continuing to encourage responsible play among all customers and retailers.
- Investigating additional ways in which to convey the Responsible Play message through various and expanding tools of communication.
- Heightening public awareness of the dangers of problem gaming by continually promoting responsible play messages to customers, retailers, and Lottery employees.
- Continuing to work with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and other similar entities to support their efforts toward problem gambling education, prevention and treatment for the adult and youth population of the State.
State Lottery Law (N.J.S.A. 5:9-1 et seq.) states "no ticket or share shall be sold to any person under the age of 18. Any licensee who knowingly sells or offers to sell a lottery ticket or share to any person under the age of 18 is a disorderly person." To this end the New Jersey Lottery reminds players and retailers that it is against the New Jersey Lottery Law to sell tickets to any person under the age of 18. Lottery staff continues to reinforce the policy with lottery retailers by:
- Pursuing all complaints vigorously by the New Jersey Lottery Security Unit and responding appropriately to ensure compliance.
- Reminding customers not to involve their minor children in lottery gaming activities and to set a responsible play example for their children.
- Continuing to work with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and educational institutions to promote education programs for the youth of the State about the law as it relates to underage gambling.
- Continuing to inform and educate retailers regarding the penalties for selling lottery tickets to persons under the age of 18.
- Requiring retailers to monitor lottery vending machines to ensure that persons under the age of 18 do not purchase tickets and assisting retailers in the placement of vending machines to ensure that retailer personnel can monitor the machines.