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November 30, 2020


Hello, Justina. That language in state law predates my time working at the lottery. It's my understanding that it dates back to the start of the lottery in 1985 and has to do with discussions about property rights. My understanding is that a lottery ticket, once purchased, becomes a person's property, and under property law, the owner can gift the ticket tp someone else if they choose to do so and are not taking that step for a nefarious reason, such as to try to circumvent a different provision in the law. Some lottery ticket purchasers through the years, for example, have gifted a ticket winning a large prize to a grandchild to help pay for college expenses.

Then why ages 21 plus can buy but underage can cash them in if under a certain amount...thus them getting excited for the rewards and not seeing that it can be a losing addiction

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