Did you know that Missouri was the first state in the nation to recognize a statewide Responsible Gaming Education Month in 2003? August is Responsible Gaming Education Month in Missouri, and the Missouri Lottery is once again leading the way.
A new Lottery Self-Exclusion Program, SEP, launched today. Citizens who are problem or pathological gamblers can now self-exclude themselves from the ability to claim prizes of $600 or more. Those individuals will also be denied access to the My Lottery® Players Club and removed from all promotional mailing lists. The goal is to help problem gamblers by taking away the incentive of playing the Lottery. Missouri already has a self-exclusion program for casinos, and the Lottery SEP is just another step in helping problem gamblers. Read more about the program on MOLottery.com.
Additionally, the Lottery is a partner in the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling, which was founded in 1997. The Alliance is launching a new awareness campaign this month, including billboards and public service announcements.
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