Play the lottery responsibly
Although we encourage lotto players to keep on believing for a big lottery win in future, players should continuously evaluate their playing habits to identify symptoms of problem gambling.
A problem gambler can be defined as anyone who spends significant money and/or time gambling that they directly/indirectly do harm to themselves or to others.
Typically excessive gambling causes them problems at home or at work and is threatening their financial security.
To finance their gambling problem, gamblers borrow money which they cannot easily pay back and they spend money on gambling which should be spent on personal and household necessities.
Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling which is considered to be an impulse control disorder.With appropriate education and counselling, applicable gamblers can be treated for problem gambling and pathological gambling. Please refer to the resource links below for information on how to obtain further counselling and treatment.
The National Council on Problem Gambling recommends that the appropriate and professional counseling should be obtained where a problem gambler answers 'Yes' to at least one of the following 10 questions below:
1. You have often gambled longer than you had planned.
2. You have often gambled until your last cent was gone.
3. Thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep.
4. You have used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid.
5. You have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling.
6. You have broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling.
7. You have borrowed money to finance your gambling.
8. You have felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses.
9. You have been remorseful after gambling.
10. You have gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations.
Where to get help
If you feel you need some professional assistance, please visit your local body or society on Problem Gambling. Below is a selection of links to resources for certain countries:
- USA: The National Council on Problem Gambling www.ncpgambling.org
- Canada: The Problem Gambling Project www.responsiblegambling.org
- UK: Gamblers Anonymous www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
- South Africa: National Responsible Gambling Programme www.responsiblegambling.co.za
- Australia: Gamblers Anonymous www.gansw.org.au
- New Zealand: Problem Gambling Foundation www.pgfnz.org.nz