Problem gambling is gambling to the extent that it causes emotional, family, legal, financial or other problems for the gambler and the people around the gambler. Problem gambling can get worse over time, and gambling problems can range from mild to severe. A problem gambler can be male, female, young, middle-aged, older adult, wealthy, poor, and any individual from any racial/ethnic origin.
• Preoccupation with gambling
• Talks only about wins, not losses
• Gambles as a way to escape from problems
• Hides gambling losses from family members
• Borrows money to fund gambling
• Withdrawal from family and friends
• Inability to stop or cut back on gambling
Since its inception, the Kansas Lottery has encouraged its players to play responsibly. We don't want any player to spend more than he or she can easily afford to lose. The Lottery's "Play Responsibly" messages are located on a variety of materials, with the goal being to provide each player with immediate, easy access to problem gambling assistance. For many years, the Kansas Lottery has contributed $80,000 a year to the Problem Gambling Grant Fund. Primarily, this money has paid for the Kansas Problem Gambling HelpLine. With the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act, an additional two percent of net revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming goes to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund, which may be used to treat not only problem gambling, but alcoholism, drug abuse and other addictive behaviors.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. The Problem Gambling HelpLine is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A trained counselor will answer the call, and information is provided at no charge. Problem gambling treatment is also provided at no charge in Kansas.
You can also visit the following web sites for additional help:
National Council on Problem Gambling Web Site