Lottery tickets not for kids

We thought this was awfully big of the Minnesota Lottery — they put out a news release for the holiday season reminding people that lottery tickets really aren’t an appropriate gift for kids, their singing animal ads notwithstanding.

For one thing, you’re supposed to be at least 18 to play the lottery. But for another thing, and for crying out loud, you could be setting an impressionable soul down a dangerous path.

“Children who receive tickets as gifts tend to begin gambling earlier in life,” said Catherine Perrault of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, the lottery’s partner in responsible marketing. “And previous research has shown that the earlier children begin gambling, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems as adults.”