March is National Problem Gambling Awareness month.
Louisiana Lottery Corporation and officials remind the public that playing responsibly means:
Gambling only for fun.
Setting a dollar limit and sticking to it.
Thinking of the money spent as the cost of entertainment.
Accepting losing as part of the game.
Never borrowing money to gamble.
Not allowing gambling to interfere with relationships with family, friends or work.
Never gambling to win back losses.
Not gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.
The month's campaign theme “Awareness + Action” encourages people to have conversations about problem gambling with their loved ones and to get the help if they need it.
The Lottery supports that message by providing educational literature at its retailer play centers and including the problem gambling helpline number on its tickets, advertising, news releases and sales materials.
“Louisiana Lottery games are designed to be fun and entertaining. We are determined to help our players keep our games that way by stressing the importance of playing responsibly and promoting the state’s resources for those who may have a gambling problem,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.
The first $500,000 in Lottery proceeds each year are dedicated to funding problem gambling assistance, like the Helpline at 1-877-770-STOP (7867).