Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 213-218

First online:

The sales of lottery tickets to minors in Illinois

  • Thomas E. RadeckiAffiliated withDoctors & Lawyers for a Drug Free Youth

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Fifty retail outlets were tested with a 16-year-old girl in eight central Illinois cities to determine the willingness of retail clerks to illegally sell a lottery ticket to a minor. A total of 49 establishments or 98% sold. In two instances the youth was denied access to cigarettes but sold a lottery ticket despite the sales of both to a minor under age 18 being illegal in Illinois. A very low cost method of correcting the problem is presented.