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Minimum age to purchase lottery tickets

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How old should you be to buy a ticket?

16 or 17 [ 1 ]  [3.03%]
18 [ 25 ]  [75.76%]
19 [ 1 ]  [3.03%]
20 [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
21 [ 6 ]  [18.18%]
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Posted: May 10, 2003, 10:18 am - IP Logged
Currently, the minimum age for buying a lottery ticket in the US (excluding special situations, such as "video" lottery) is 18, except for Nebraska (19), Iowa (21) and Louisiana (21). The minimum age in Arizona rises to 21 on Sunday, June 1.

In Canada, the minimum is 18 or 19, depending on the province.


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    Posted: May 10, 2003, 11:32 am - IP Logged

    The older you are...the bet

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      Posted: May 10, 2003, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

      If you are old enough to join military service you are old enough for adult priviledges.

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        Posted: May 10, 2003, 7:16 pm - IP Logged
        Quote: Originally posted by JAP69 on May 10, 2003


        If you are old enough to join military service you are old enough for adult priviledges.


        I agree whole heartedly. Having entered the military at 18 and spending my 20 and 21 birthdays getting my butt shot at and bombed I'd have been pretty pissed if some adult had deigned to tell me that I couldn't buy a lottery ticket, or a drink and a cigarette for that matter. We have to get our priorities straight. If you can die for the country at 18 you're an adult and should be accorded adult rights.

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          Posted: May 12, 2003, 8:31 am - IP Logged

          I joined the Military at 18 back in '85 at the time the drinking age hadn't been raised to 21 until about a year later I believe,anyway 18 should be the standard age for buying Lottery tickets since it's the standard age for everything else.


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            Posted: May 12, 2003, 8:56 am - IP Logged

            I don't think you'll ever be able to drink before age 21 in the US again, unless states are able to lower the drinking age(s) without losing part of their highway funding.


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              Posted: May 25, 2003, 5:32 am - IP Logged
              REMINDER:

              As of next Sunday (June 1), the minimum age for buying Arizona Lottery tickets increases to 21.


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                Posted: May 30, 2003, 6:11 am - IP Logged
                REMINDER:

                Sunday (June 1) the minimum age for buying Arizona Lottery tickets increases to 21.


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                  Posted: June 15, 2003, 8:39 pm - IP Logged
                  An 18-year-old living in the San Francisco Bay Area can buy tickets in their home state. However, if s/he were to take a cross-country drive on Interstate 80, assuming the trip did not involve other states, s/he would NOT be able to play the lottery again until s/he cross the Mississippi River (NV-UT-WY, no lottery; NE, minimum age 19; IA, minimum 21.

                  Illinois allows 18-year-olds to buy tickets. S/he would not be able to play PB until reaching Indiana.


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                    Posted: June 17, 2003, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

                    Has anyone heard of a higher minimum age than 21 (AZ, IA, LA) or lower than 16 (Britain)?


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                      Posted: June 20, 2003, 1:26 am - IP Logged

                      I see that while it's 21 to buy Louisiana Lottery tickets, you need to be just 18 to bet on the horses. The OPPOSITE is true in Texas; 18 for lottery, 21 for horse/dog wagering.


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                        Posted: June 21, 2003, 9:39 pm - IP Logged

                        For the most part, VIDEO lottery players in the US must be 21, even if the state allows 18-year-olds to play its other games.


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                          Posted: June 27, 2003, 1:39 am - IP Logged
                          I may have mentioned that NY has a special rule for its "Quick Draw" keno: 21 to play if alcohol is SERVED on the premises.

                          Some Quick Draw locations are in more traditional lottery businesses, and in OTBs.


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                            Posted: July 3, 2003, 4:50 am - IP Logged

                            A 16-year-old recently won the UK lottery; too young to buy a ticket in the US, Canada, and probably many other countries.

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                              Posted: July 3, 2003, 8:49 am - IP Logged

                              I guess it's the laws of the individual country or the state.  They say an age of 17 here in the US might be "too young", "too immature" to play lottery.  If they're going to put a minimum age to play, why not put a maximum age.  After all, people go senile at a certain age.

                              My suggestion: 

                              Lottery for ages 16 - 65