Play Responsibly

Keep it Fun, Keep it Safe

Looking for help? You’re not alone.

Call 877-718-5543
Text "morethanagamenc" to 53342

Tips for Responsible Play

Playing responsibly keeps games of chance fun and keeps you from playing outside your limits. With these tips, playing the lottery doesn’t have to turn into a problem. Stay smart the next time you buy a ticket and turn playing responsibly into the only way to play.
Set limits on how much you play
Play the lottery for fun or as a social activity
Pay your bills before playing
Have other hobbies outside of playing the lottery
Know the risks before you play
Put family and friends first

Help a Friend

Problem gambling doesn’t just affect the player, it can take a toll on family and friends as well. If you know of a friend or family member that might have a problem, the best thing you can do is speak up. Your words and actions make a difference. If you do not know where to start—no worries. There are plenty of resources available to help. A good place to start is the North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline at 1- 877-718-5543.

Having the initial conversation can be hard. But remember, you’re being a good friend by reaching out.

Looking for help? You’re not alone.

If gambling has become a problem, there is hope. Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Is it time to take a break? We can help.

If you play our games through subscription or Play at the Pump, you always have the option to take a break. NCEL offers our players the option to voluntary exclude themselves from being able to purchase tickets. From one week to ten years or more, you can control your playing.

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