Play Responsibly

A responsible approach to lottery games helps keep it entertaining.

Playing lottery should be fun encourages responsible lottery play. Lottery games are designed to entertain players while providing 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.

This negative impact can be seen in areas of your life including your health, relationships, career, and finances. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that it is perfectly normal to need help and that reaching out is often 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 confidentially and without judgment. The National Council on Problem Gambling operates a 24-hour helpline available across all 50 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands.


What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling occurs when an individual continues their gambling behavior despite harmful consequences in their relationships, career, or finances.

How do I know if I have a gambling problem?

Common symptoms of problem gambling include lying about your gambling behavior, the urge to bet increasing amounts of money, and an inability to stop or control gambling despite negative consequences.

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 relationships and career, or suicide.

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

Not at all. No one who gambles is immune to developing a problem. 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 many factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing problem gambling. These can include genetic predispositions to addictive behaviors as well as their upbringing and family life.

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

How often someone 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 lives of those around them.

Play Responsibly Resources By State

Arizona Arizona Division of Problem Gambling
(800) 639-8783
Arkansas National Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 522-4700
California The Office of Problem Gambling in California
(800) 4262-537
Colorado Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado
(800) 522-4700
Connecticut Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
(888) 789-7777
Delaware Delaware Council on Gambling Problems
(888) 850-8888
District of Columbia National Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 522-4700
Florida Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
(888) 236-4848
Georgia Georgia Crisis and Access Line
(866) 922-7369
Idaho National Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 522-4700
Illinois Illinois Helpline
(800) 426-2537
Indiana Indiana Gambling Hotline
(800) 994-8448
Iowa Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
(800) 238-7633
Kansas Kansas Responsible Gambling Alliance
(800) 522-4700
Kentucky Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 426-2537
Louisiana Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling
(877) 770-7867
Maine 211 Maine
211 or (866) 811-5695
Maryland Maryland Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 426-2537
Massachusetts Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health
(800) 426-1234
Michigan Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline
(800) 270-7117
Minnesota Minnesota's Problem Gambling Program
(800) 333-4673
Mississippi The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling
(888) 777-9696
Missouri Missouri’s Division of Behavioral Health
(888) 238-7633
Montana Montana Council on Problem Gambling
(888) 900-9979
Nebraska Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling
(833) 238-6837
New Hampshire New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling
(603) 724-1605
New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.
(800) 426-2537
New Mexico New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 572-1142
New York New York State Services for Problem Gambling
(877) 846-7369
North Carolina North Carolina Problem Gambling Program
(877) 718-5543
North Dakota Gambler North Dakota
Ohio Ohio Problem Gambling Online Resources
(800) 589-9966
Oklahoma Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling
(800) 522-4700
Oregon Oregon Problem Gambling Resource
(877) 695-4648
Pennsylvania Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania
(800) 426-2537
Puerto Rico Administración de Servicios de Salud y Contra la Adicción
(800) 981-0023
Rhode Island Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling
(877) 942-6253
South Carolina South Carolina Gambling Helpline
(877) 452-5155
South Dakota South Dakota Problem Gambling Helpline
(888) 781-4357
Tennessee Tennessee REDLINE
(800) 889-9789
Texas National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline
(800) 522-4700
Vermont Problem Gambling Resources in Vermont
(800) 522-4700
Virginia Virginia Council on Problem Gambling
(888) 532-3500
Washington Washington State Problem Gambling Helpline
(800) 547-6133
West Virginia Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia
(800) 426-2537
Wisconsin Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling
(800) 426-2535
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Health
(866) 571-0944