Maryland Lottery commemorates Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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Maryland Lottery commemorates Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the Maryland Lottery takes this opportunity to remind players that games should be a fun and entertaining experience. While the chance to win big can be exciting, it's important to remember these games are for entertainment, not a guaranteed path to riches.

Playing smart: setting yourself up for fun

The Maryland Lottery encourages responsible play. Here are some key tips to ensure you're approaching the games with a responsible mindset:

  • Budgeting for fun: Treat lottery tickets like an entertainment expense. Decide on a specific amount you're comfortable spending and stick to it. Don't chase losses or spend more than you planned.
  • No borrowing for tickets: Lottery tickets should never be purchased with borrowed money. Only play with money you have readily available and can afford to lose.
  • Understanding the odds: The odds of winning a big jackpot are slim. While it's exciting to dream big, understanding the actual odds keeps expectations realistic. Remember, each game has different odds.

Recognizing the signs of problem gambling

Sometimes, the thrill of the game can become overwhelming. Here are some signs that playing the lottery might be turning into a problem:

  • Escaping through gambling: Are you turning to the lottery to escape problems at home, work, or personal issues? Gambling shouldn't be a coping mechanism.
  • Prioritizing gambling: Is gambling taking precedence over work, school, family obligations, or other important activities?
  • Hiding losses: Do you only talk about wins and hide losses from loved ones? This secrecy can be a sign of a gambling problem.
  • Raising the stakes: Are you constantly increasing your bets in the hope of winning back losses? This can quickly lead to deeper financial trouble.
  • Failed attempts to quit: Have you tried to stop gambling but found yourself unable to do so on your own?

Help is available

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, there's no shame in seeking help. Many resources are available to assist you.

The Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling is an organization that provides support, resources, and information for individuals and families affected by problem gambling. Visit their website at for confidential help and support.

The National Problem Gambling Helpline is always available. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-662-4357) to speak with a trained counselor 24/7 every day of the year. This confidential service can provide information and support for anyone struggling with gambling addiction.

The Maryland Lottery encourages everyone to play responsibly and enjoy the games for what they are: a fun and entertaining way to spend a little money. Remember, winning is a bonus, not the expectation.

Additional information for responsible play

The Maryland Lottery website offers a wealth of information on responsible play practices. You can find details on:

  • Setting spending limits: Learn how to set and stick to a budget for lottery games.
  • Understanding game odds: The website provides clear information on the odds of winning for each lottery game offered.

Enjoy the Maryland Lottery and play responsibly.


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