By BBN Staff: The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) says that it has learned that children are being sold Lottery/Boledo and scratch tickets, which is against the law.
The NCFC issued a statement, reminding business owners that selling games of chance to minors is prohibited by law under Section 14 of the Lotteries Act Chapter 151 of the Laws of Belize.
That section states “Every person who gives, sells or offers for sale to any person under the age of sixteen years any paper, ticket or token authorizing, or for the purpose of enabling or entitling, any person to receive any money or valuable thing on any event or contingency of or relating to any lottery commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.”
The NCFC has called on the Belize Police Department to crack down on business establishments that are selling games of chance to children and also called on the public to assist by reporting any such establishment.
“We also urge parents to desist from sending minors to purchase these items,” the NCFC said. “It is only by working together that we will create the best environment in which to raise our children.”