Most lottery players play safely, and for fun. It can be exciting to dream— and even more exciting if the dream comes true! Lottery games exist to raise money for a good cause.
The spirit behind those games is the same spirit behind community raffles to raise money for a school or charity night events to raise money for community projects.
Have you ever wondered what the signs are that you could be playing too much? What would that look like?
A good coach, like Play Smart, can help players determine if they have a potential problem. While no one-size-fits-all guide for potential problem gambling behaviors exists, here’s some common examples for lottery players:
- Chasing losses or ‘getting even’
- Extreme frustration or irritation following a loss
- Comments about ‘needing’ or ‘being due’ for a win
Tools exist to help you know more. One tool, shared today on national Gambling Disorder Screening Day, walks you through a series of questions to help you examine your own play.
The Take The Quiz tool is always available on the Get Support page of our Play Smart program. You can find another helpful quiz here.
Even if you only play for fun, it can be helpful to cover your bases.
- Don’t go chasing losses
- Not feeling yourself? It might be a sign to hit the bench and take a breather
- Ask for help if you need it
If you do find that playing the lottery has become more than a game, know there is free, confidential help available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A licensed counselor can provide free online or in-person services for you or a loved one.
You can talk to someone privately, and at no cost by:
- Texting morethanagamenc to 53342
- Joining a live web chat at morethanagame.nc.gov
- Calling the toll-free helpline at (877) 718-5543
Remember, when you play, Play Smart. And know that if you need it free help and support is available.
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