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Safe Toys and Gifts Month: Gift Responsibly This Holiday Season

Post by Administrator » Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:49 pm

>> Bingo's Birthday Month

Bingo's origin dates back as far as 1530, as an Italian lottery called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia". After making its way through the French lotto, it arrived in Germany where it was used as an instructional tool to teach children numbers and letters. In 1929, it finally made it to North America under the name "Beano”, and was made popular at county fairs. [1] Today this game spans across retirement homes and casinos and continues to be commonly used for gambling. Despite its origins (and current use) as a recreational gambling game, it can also be purchased at big-box stores as a toy for children.

If you are planning on purchasing a bingo game for a minor this year, remember to take a lesson from Germany, and to use it as a teaching guide. When introducing this popular game to minors, it is important to keep in mind their age and to stay away from placing bets of any kind.

>>The Risk of Gifting Minors Scratch Off Lotto Tickets

As you check off your holiday shopping list, remember that while lottery tickets and scratch offs may seem like an easy and fun stocking stuffer, playing the lottery is off-limits to minors for good reason. According to Florida statutes, gambling is prohibited to anyone under the age of 18, and recent studies have shown that people who have developed problem gambling behaviors by the age of 30 are three times more likely to have engaged in a greater variety of gambling activities during their childhood. [2]

Additionally, gambling activity is exposed to today’s youth more consistently now than in years past. With a wide variety of gambling-based games and activities easily accessibility through video games, online websites, and even cell phone apps, it can be easy to forget that gambling is dangerous for minors. With the risk of developing gambling problems later in life increasing as the variety of exposure to different types of gambling during childhood increases, it is important to keep in mind how hazardous gifting a minor a lottery ticket can be.

Instead of exposing the children in your life to even more of these gambling activities, and putting them at a higher risk, focus on buying personal and meaningful gifts and stocking stuffers this season.

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[1] Bellis, Mary. “How Was Bingo Invented?” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 24 June 2019, https:/www.thoughtco.com/history-of- bingo-4077068.
[2] Caribonneau, R., Viataro, F., Brendgen, M., Tremblay, RE., Variety of Gambling Activities from Adolescence to Age 30 and Association with Gambling Problems, December 2015.

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