LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ (WCBS 880) – More than 6,000 retailers across New Jersey that sell lottery tickets will be handing out pamphlets under the “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” campaign to discourage underage gambling.

WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron On The Story

Donald Weinbaum of the Council on Compulsive Gambling says more and more minors are getting involved.

“Four to 8 percent of kids are involved with gambling to the point where it’s causing problems,” he said. “That’s significant. That’s about double the rate that we see in adults.”

His agency has teamed up with the lottery for its campaign.

Foster Krupa of the New Jersey Lottery says there are warning signs.

“Selling personal belongings to get money to gamble, showing off money, clothing, and other possessions,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Kelly Waldron. “Unexplained absences at school, for example, dropping grades, increased family conflict are a few of the signs.”

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