Responsible Gambling

Annual Responsible Gambling
Holiday Campaign


The CT Lottery is hosting its 10th Annual “Give a Child a Toy, Not a Ticket" Holiday Toy Drive from November 20 through December 31, 2023 to help raise awareness that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children, and to collect toys for patients at Connecticut Children's.

To do this, the CT Lottery is proudly partnering with Connecticut Children’s, iHeart Radio and FOX61. We are launching a multi-media effort aimed to educate adults not to buy lottery tickets for children under 18. Instead, we encourage monetary donations to Connecticut Children’s through our virtual toy drive.

Donations will help purchase toys to be used as a distraction from pain before shots, tests and surgeries, and to help celebrate birthdays and special events during longer stays.

Last year, the Holiday Toy Drive successfully delivered more than 3,000 toy donations in total to Connecticut Children's. Over the years, the CT Lottery has coordinated the donation of nearly 30,000 toys, while also spreading the Responsible Gambling message that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children.

Click here if you are interested in making a monetary donation.



Pictured above: Chris Davis, CT Lottery, presents Connecticut Children's staff with last year's toy donations.

We are a proud recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling 2022 Gift Responsibly Campaign Award for our 2021 Holiday "Give a Toy, Not a Ticket" toy drive. Our annual "Give a Toy, Not a Ticket" campaign is geared towards reminding players that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children, and we leverage all of our promotional channels to spread that message. The toy drive component benefits Connecticut Children's, and last year's efforts delivered a record 15,000 donated toys to the hospital to help comfort young patients! 

Responsible gambling is a tenet of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation's mission, and it is one that we focus on throughout the year.