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A responsible approach to lottery games helps keep it entertaining.

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LotteryUSA.com encourages a responsible play approach. Lottery games are designed to be entertaining and as a way for the community to generate additional funds for social, education, and health programs. If you find that playing the lottery is starting to negatively impact your life, or that of those around you, there is help available for you.

This negative impact can affect different areas of your life including your health, relationships, career, and finances. Whenever you find yourself in this situation, remember that it is perfectly normal to need help and that reaching out is normally the best way to move forward.

If playing the lottery is negatively affecting your life, there is help available for you 24/7. Professionals will help you overcome this situation with complete confidentiality and without judgment. The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network offers those seeking help a single national access point to local resources in all 50 states as well as the US Virgin Islands. This network is operated by the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Play Responsibly and Problem Gambling FAQS

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling can be defined as an urge to gamble continuously and compulsively with no desire to stop, despite being aware of the harmful and negative consequences.

How do I know if I have a gambling problem?

If you prioritize being able to afford to gamble before buying essentials such as food, paying bills, or paying rent, it could mean you have issues with gambling.

How bad can problem gambling become?

Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Extreme cases of problem gambling may result in financial ruin, legal issues, loss of family and career, or even suicide.

Is problem gambling the result of irresponsible or weak-willed people?

Not at all. Anyone who gambles can develop problems under certain circumstances such as not being aware of the risks or not doing so responsibly. This problem is very hard - sometimes even impossible - to tackle alone, regardless of how strong willed you are. This is why reaching out for help is so important.

What causes problem gambling?

There are several factors such as a person's ability to cope with stress or their genetic tendency to develop addictions of any kind. Even social upbringing, environment, and moral attitudes toward gambling can cause an individual to be unable to control gambling.

How often do you have to play or how much money do you have to spend before gambling becomes a problem?

How often one plays or how much they have spent or won playing the lottery does not determine the existence of a problem. Problem gambling becomes an issue as soon as it starts to have a negative impact on any area of an individual's life or the life of those around them.

Play Responsibly Resources By State

State Organization Phone
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling Arizona
1-800-NEXT-STEP (1-800-639-8783)
Arkansas National Council on Problem Gambling
California The Office of Problem Gambling
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-4262-537)
Colorado Problem Gambling Colorado
Connecticut Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
Delaware Delaware Council on Gambling Problems
District of Columbia National Council on Problem Gambling
Florida Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
1-888-ADMIT IT (1-888-236-4848)
Georgia Georgia Crisis and Access Line
Idaho National Council on Problem Gambling
Illinois WeKnowTheFeeling.org
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-4262-537)
Indiana Indiana Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
Iowa Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
1-800-BETSOFF (1-800-238-7633)
Kansas Kansas Responsible Gambling Alliance
Kentucky Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Louisiana Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling
Maine 211 Maine
211 or 1-866-811-5695
Maryland Maryland Alliance for Problem Gambling
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Massachusetts Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Michigan Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline
Minnesota DHS Problem Gambling
1-800-333-HOPE (1-800-333-4673)
Mississippi The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling
Missouri 888BetsOff.org
1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633)
Montana Montana Council on Problem Gambling
Nebraska Problem Gambling Nebraska
1-833-BetOver (1-833-238-6837)
New Hampshire New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling
New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
New Mexico New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling
1-800- 572-1142
New York New York State Services for Problem Gambling
1-877-8HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)
North Carolina North Carolina Problem Gambling Program
North Dakota Gambler North Dakota
Ohio Ohio Problem Gambling Online Resources
Oklahoma Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling
Oregon Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
1-877-MY-LIMIT (1-877-695-4648)
Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania
1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
Puerto Rico Jugadores Anónimos de Puerto Rico
(787) 257-2204
Rhode Island Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling
South Carolina South Carolina Gambling Helpline
South Dakota Problem Gambling Helpline
1-888-781-HELP (1-888-781-4357)
Tennessee Tennessee REDLINE
Texas Texas Play Responsibly Resources
Vermont National Council on Problem Gambling
Virginia Virginia Council on Problem Gambling
Washington Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling
West Virginia Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia
Wisconsin Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling
1-800-GAMBLE-5 (1-800-426-2535)
Wyoming National Council on Problem Gambling