Even if you win, Someone still loses.
Leaving a child in your care unattended while gambling in a casino is a serious issue that occurs far too often in Pennsylvania. In fact, this is happening to hundreds of kids a year at casinos throughout the state. You read that right. Hundreds!
This decision by a parent or guardian to leave a child in their vehicle or in a hotel room not only endangers the child but can create significant and long-lasting negative results for the adults. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, therefore, is raising awareness with a campaign titled “Don’t Gamble with Kids”. This program is designed to shed light on the issue, not just for those adults who may consider leaving a child unattended in order to enter a casino, but to the gaming public who can look for and report these incidents before a tragedy occurs. Leaving kids unattended for even one bet is never worth the gamble and together we can work to stop this problem.
HERE’S HOW WE ARE MAKING AN IMPACT
You may not have considered the many ways that gambling with your child’s welfare can adversely impact your life. Here are just a few.
A charge can result in not only a fine but potential court and lawyer fees.
Endangering the welfare of a child such as leaving them unattended in a car or hotel to gamble is a crime that not only can lead to penalties, but can be reported to child welfare authorities and affect your family.
The PA Gaming Control Board can place you on its Involuntary Exclusion List meaning you are permanently banned from entering any casino in the state or face a criminal trespassing charge.
DON’T GAMBLE WITH KIDS
We’re encouraging all casino personnel and the public to say something when they see something. Along with our new public service announcement, we’ve produced social media posts and a wide range of on-site materials for casinos to help raise awareness of the issue. Together, we can save our children from this form of child abuse and neglect.
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The unfortunate frequency of these dangerous events has led the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to create Don’t Gamble with Kids.We also want the gaming public to understand the scope of this problem and if they see a child unattended in a parking lot, hotel or elsewhere to report it to casino personnel or local authorities.
HOW TO HELP
If you encounter a situation where a child is left unattended near a casino, please contact:
If you or someone you know has or may have a gambling problem, please find help at:
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