It seems fitting that right after the nearly half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot that we begin Responsible Gaming Education Month in Missouri. During August, the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling will be sponsoring public service announcements encouraging citizens to play responsibly when visiting a casino or playing the Lottery. As a charter member of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, the Missouri Lottery works year-round to support the “play responsibly” message, including training for employees and retailers to recognize signs of problem gambling.
“It only takes one ticket to win” is not just a catch phrase. Literally, only one winning ticket was sold for the Powerball jackpot last weekend. Buying multiple tickets does not significantly impact your chances of winning. Therefore, we encourage everyone to play only for fun and always within your means.
If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, free help is available. Call 1-888-BETSOFF or visit the www.888betsoff.org website. Please play responsibly.