Lottery participation by youth with gambling problems: are lottery tickets a gateway to other gambling venues?

  • authors:

    Jeffrey Derevensky, Jennifer Felsher, Rina Gupta
  • published in

    : 2004
  • summary

    : The aim of the present study was to investigate the types of gambling activities youths with gambling problems participate in and whether the lottery is a key gambling venue for these young people. Secondly, we sought to ascertain whether youths with gambling problems display similar gambling behaviour with lottery tickets as those addicted to traditional forms of gambling. Participants were 1,072 young people, 10-18 years of age, in Ontario, Canada. Youths with gambling problems reported having a preference for lottery tickets compared to other forms of gambling. Differences were found for the frequency with which probable pathological gamblers reported going to the store specifically to purchase lottery tickets. Furthermore, probable pathological gamblers reported chasing their losses after having played the lottery more than the other gambling groups. This research demonstrates that youths with gambling problems gamble primarily with lottery products and exhibit similar pathological gambling behaviour (e.g., chasing) as those individuals addicted to other forms of gambling venues. Furthermore, the results suggest that lottery tickets are a potentially addictive activity that introduces youth to the exciting properties of gambling.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
  • is part of a publication

    : International Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 4
  • issue

    : 2
  • copyright

    : © 2009 Informa plc
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 109 - end page: 125
  • keywords

    : gambling persistence , gambling problem , lottery , lottery tickets , youth , youth gambling
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