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Problem Gambling Defined
A behavior disorder in which an individual has an uncontrollable urge to gamble, problem gambling is characterized by an increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, irritability when trying to stop, "chasing" losses and a loss of control.
Visiting one lottery vendor multiple times in one day
Borrowing money to gamble
Preoccupation with gambling
Gambling to escape worry or problems
Visiting multiple Lottery vendors in one day
Hiding Lottery tickets from friends and family
Neglecting important responsibilities
Irritability when trying to stop
A need to bet more money more frequently
A loss of control
Prevalence of Problem Gambling
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), approximately 2-3 percent of Americans meet the criteria for problem gambling. Each year, more than 1,400 people reach out for help through the 1-888-BETSOFF helpline.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), approximately 2-3% of Americans meet the criteria for problem gambling
Approximately 1% of Missourians belive their gambling has led to problems in their lives
Since its creation in 2013, 14 people have joined the Missouri Lottery’s Self Exclusion list
Each year more than 1,400 people reach out for help through the 1-888-BETSOFF program
Self-Exclude from the Missouri Lottery
Are Lottery games no longer just games? If Missouri Lottery products are causing you harm, you can sign up to self-exclude yourself from claiming prizes over $600, accessing the My Lottery Players Club account, and receiving text and email alerts from the Lottery.
Sign-up forms can be downloaded here. Forms must be completed in their entirety and notarized.
To mail an application, send the application to the following address:
Attn: Responsible Gaming Coordinator
P.O. Box 1603
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Completed applications can also be hand-delivered to any of the Lottery's offices.
- Jefferson City (Headquarters): 1823 Southridge Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
- Kansas City: 3630 Arrowhead Avenue, Independence, MO 64057
- Springfield: 1506 East Raynell, Springfield, MO65804
- St. Louis: 1831 Craig Park Court, St. Louis, MO 63146
Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling
Founded in 1997, the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling was the first of its kind of coalition in the United States focused on problem gambling by bringing together gaming operators and healthcare providers. The purpose of the Alliance is to:
- Educate Missourians on the potential characteristics and dangers of problem and compulsive gambling;
- Refer compulsive gamblers and their family and friends to free treatment;
- Prevent underage play; and
- Promote responsible gaming.
A founding member of the Alliance, the Missouri Lottery contributes time, talent and resources to provide for all marketing aspects for the Alliance. These efforts include creating TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs), distributing Bets Off billboards, maintaining the www.888betsoff.org website, exhibiting on behalf of the Alliance at trade shows, creating and distributing the Beat Addiction—Choose the Right Path" youth addiction prevention video program, and serving as the Alliance's secretary, which also operates as its media manager.