Connecticut Regulators Safeguard Children from Gambling
By darren
The state agency that runs legalized gambling in Connecticut is taking new steps to prevent underage gambling. The Gaming Policy Board, which oversees the Division of Special Revenue, adopted a resolution Thursday to limit advertising and marketing content that would entice children to gamble.

The resolution comes in the wake of an ill-fated plan to sell a cartoon computer lottery game. The division had approved the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s March 6 release of the CD-ROM lottery game before Attorney General Richard Blumenthal stepped in and said the game was illegal.

Blumenthal also said the game might appeal to children ages 5 to 12, since the art, content and pace of the interactive, cartoon computer game resembled programs designed to teach children to read and count. The board's resolution requests the Division of Special Revenue review and update state policies to ensure 'that the strictest legal tests and legislative mandates to prevent gambling by minors are always met.'

Gaming Policy Board member William F. Farrell said the state appreciates the revenue from gambling, but needs to ensure that the games are not marketed to children. Under the new resolution, 'everyone understands where we can and cannot go.”

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