Young do not understand lottery risks

21st April 2000 at 01:00
MOST YOUNGSTERS are confused about the National Lottery, with many viewing some numbers as "luckier" than others. But parental attitudes can make a difference to children's gambling habits - with those youngsters most opposed to the lottery having parents who share their views.

Richard Wood, of Nottingham Trent University, presented research in which 32 children aged 11 to 15 were asked to order 49 statements about the National Lottery according to how strongly they agreed with them. These ranged from "one day I will win the lotery" to "I think the national lottery is a waste of money".

Some children felt winning was down to chance, but also argued that certain numbers were "luckier" than others and felt "more likely" to win using the same numbers each week. Others thought "luck" was the same as "chance" (probability). Children who disapproved of the lottery and gambling in general tended to have parents who were also opposed to these activities.

Richard Wood hopes the research will help inform anti-gambling programmes for young people.

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