I received this copy of a letter that YGI plans to send to the Oklahoma Lottery Commission:
The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Montreal, Canada has been committed to understanding and addressing youth gambling behaviour by actively engaging in research, training, treatment, prevention, information dissemination and policy development for over a decade.
As part of the Centre’s work in prevention, we would like to support organizations and Lottery corporations such as yours in taking part in an annual press release campaign. The goal of the initiative is to encourage Lottery corporations to actively collaborate with a local problem gambling organization to raise awareness of the risks of buying or offering children and adolescents lottery products as gifts. In particular, the press communiqué would be released a month before the Christmas holidays and would encourage parents and relatives not to offer lottery products as Christmas or Hanukkah gifts to underage minors.
For three consecutive years, our Centre has partnered with a number of Lottery corporations in promoting responsible gambling behaviour through the release of a press communiqué just before Christmas, urging parents to think before giving their children lottery tickets as presents. This prevention activity, while simple to implement, raises considerable public awareness and garners positive media interest.
We have included a sample press release in order to facilitate the process of developing your own, should you choose to follow in our initiative. We have also included a fact sheet for additional information as well as a pamphlet about our Centre.
Should you require any additional support or information, please do not hesitate to contact Carmen Messerlian at the coordinates below, or for more information visit our website: www.youthgambling.com.
Jeffrey Derevensky, Ph.D. Carmen Messerlian, M.Sc.
Co-Director Director of Program Development
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 514.398.4438
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