RECORD MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT COULD BRING RISKS FOR PROBLEM GAMBLERS
Hamilton, New Jersey – October 19, 2018 - The Mega Millions jackpot has now reached $970 million and growing, making it one of the largest lottery jackpots in history. For most players, the big jackpot adds to the excitement and justifies the purchase of 1 or 2 tickets for the next drawing on October 19, 2018. The odds of winning are astronomical, but for the cost of a $2 ticket, most players have little to lose. For those at risk of problem gambling, however, the ever-increasing jackpot could be just enough to push them over the edge.
Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet or have serious financial problems hanging over their heads. Some are desperate and may see the Mega Millions drawing as a potential solution, worth wagering their entire pay or remaining savings in the hope of a big win. It's an outside bet at best and a risky one. But it could also be a sign of a problem...
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ (CCGNJ) would like to call attention to some behaviors that could be red flags - indications of a developing gambling problem. These include:
- Playing with money intended for household expenses or other purposes
- Spending more than intended or more than you can afford
- Borrowing money to play and hoping to pay it back out of winnings
- Trying to win back money lost in previous games or in other forms of gambling
- Spending more and more time gambling or thinking about gambling
According to Neva Pryor, Executive Director of CCGNJ, "We want people to know that there is help and hope for anyone over their head because of gambling, whether it's related to lottery or to any other form of gambling. If you think you or someone you know might have a gambling problem, we urge you to call our 1-800-GAMBLER® helpline to learn more.
The 1-800-GAMBLER® helpline is free and confidential, and it is available 24 hours a day throughout the state of NJ. CCGNJ also offers live chat through its http://www.800gambler.org web site. Numerous recovery resources and informational materials are also available from this website, as well as treatment providers.
Playing Responsibly &
Problem Gambling Resources
Must be 18 or older to buy a Lottery ticket. It's the Law!
Please Play Responsibly. If you play the Lottery, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Money needed for daily expenses should not be used for playing the Lottery.
- Set a limit. Don't chase your losses and risk getting deeper into a hole.
- Set some winnings aside for other purposes.
- Winning and losing are both part of playing the Lottery and other gaming activities. If you're only prepared to win, you're not prepared to play the Lottery.
- Playing the Lottery is a recreational activity and not an alternative to work.
Parents are urged to think twice about gifting lottery tickets to children.
If you think you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available in New Jersey 24 hours a day...every day! Call 1-800-GAMBLER®.
Problem Gambling Resources
The Lottery has participated on the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. Board of Directors since June 1999. Furthermore, the Council's gambling hotline (1-800-GAMBLER) is printed on lottery tickets, brochures, signs, and is also heard as a tag line on all of our radio advertisements. Throughout the year, the Lottery's website directs visitors to the Council's site ( www.800gambler.org ), which provides people with free information and guidance about obtaining help for compulsive gamblers.
Since 1983, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. has helped problem and compulsive gamblers. The group was one of the pioneers in the compulsive gambling field and remains one of the leaders in providing professional and compassionate services to a wide range of audiences. The Council's mission is to provide prevention, education and referral services to anyone affected by this illness. They operate the most widely recognized gambling help number in the world, the 1-800-GAMBLER® Helpline. Calling the helpline number offers 24-hour, immediate, confidential assistance to anyone affected by gambling disorder.
The New Jersey Lottery is aware that for some individuals any form of gaming can be a problem. As a result, the New Jersey Lottery promotes and encourages responsible play. If you or someone you know shows symptoms of problem gambling, there is hope. Problem gambling is a treatable illness. With proper treatment, problem gamblers can begin the recovery process and regain control of their lives.
- Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
- Gamblers Anonymous®
- National Council on Problem Gambling