Promoting responsible play is important to the Missouri Lottery. In addition to the responsible play message included on all Lottery tickets and promotional materials, the Lottery is devoting special attention to the issue during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 4 - 10.
During the week, the Lottery will be distributing responsible gaming brochures to all Lottery retailers to make available to their customers; issuing an informal notification to state employees highlighting how to get help; and releasing a free public service announcement featuring former Mafia mogul Michael Franzese.
The message behind the National Council on Problem Gambling's (NCPG) 10th annual awareness campaign, "Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime," is that anybody can develop a gambling problem. According to the NCPG, 2 to 3 percent of the United States population (or 6 to 9 million Americans) will have a gambling problem in any given year. Yet, only a small number of individuals seek out services, such as treatment and self-help recovery programs.
The Lottery encourages players to play responsibly by incorporating the following tips:
- Play only for fun.
- Never borrow money to gamble.
- Don't allow gambling to interfere with family, friends or work.
- Never gamble to win back losses.
- Never use gambling as a way to cope with emotional of physical pain.