This Holiday Season, Gift Responsibly

Lottery tickets aren’t for kids. Get stocking stuffer ideas here.

Some “Odds” are Better than Others on Youth Stocking Stuffers

Use these Tips for Stocking Stuffers this Year

December 2020

With a few days until Christmas Day in a year fraught with uncertainty, one thing has remained steadfast for most responsible gambling advocates: lottery tickets aren’t for kids.

Gummy worms: one example of stocking stuffer ideas that are better than lottery tickets for kids.

This year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling has developed a new campaign aimed for parents and others to consider and solicit ideas about age-appropriate stocking stuffer ideas; suggestions, such as modeling clay, Mad Libs, and other ideas for parents and others who may be tempted to gift young people with lottery tickets.

Look, we don’t want to be the fun police here. But while seemingly harmless and like a good spark of fun and hope—especially this year—lottery tickets are not healthy gifts for young people. That’s why we hope to put forward some ideas for others to think about – and for parents and caregivers to share their ideas as well.

For most adults, the lottery is harmless entertainment. But for young people, it’s more risky. Research has shown the earlier in life young people begin to gamble, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem.

Julie Hynes, Executive Director of OCPG, also notes recent trends in video game gift cards that can be used to purchase loot boxes, which also carry risk themselves for young people.

The National Council on Problem Gambling has partnered with the International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk Behaviors since 2002 to educate the public that holiday lottery gifts are not for those underage.

The Oregon State Lottery, which has received a number of honors and awards for its work in responsible gambling, has signed on as a key partner of this effort again in 2020.

Help is free and confidential for anyone concerned about a gambling problem in Oregon by calling the 24-hour helpline, 1-877-MY-LIMIT, or visiting

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