All Lottery players must be at least 18 years old, so Lottery tickets shouldn’t be used as gifts for minors. This includes tickets for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as the popular instant game tickets, which often are given as gifts during the holidays.
The holidays also may be a stressful time for some people and cause them to overspend. If a player bets more than they can afford to lose, they may have a problem. The Lottery provides a free, anonymous helpline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For confidential help, players may call 800-270-7117.