Tips For Betting Responsibly

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    Moderation is the key to responsible gaming.  Here are some responsible gaming tips:

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    • Gambling shouldn't be considered a way to make money, but rather an enjoyable form of entertainment performed in moderation.
    • Set money and time limits for gaming and stick to them. Any money you spend on gambling should be part of your entertainment budget.
    • Your budget on gambling should be based on what you can afford to lose.
    • Gambling is your choice. Don’t allow yourself or others to pressure you to play.
    • Take a break and participate in other forms of entertainment. Gambling should be a fun and limited part of a well-balanced lifestyle.
    • Gambling should not be considered a requirement for having a good time.
    • Avoid gambling when you’re upset, lonely, angry, depressed, or stressed.
    • Gambling is not advised for those in recovery for addictive disorders or dependencies.
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Problem Gambling

  • Problem Gambling

    Problem gambling may affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or financial status. Once it is detected, problem gambling may be treated successfully. The first step is determining if you have a problem or are headed toward a problem. Some warning signs are:

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    • Missing work or sacrificing time with your family to gamble
    • Gambling is causing problems with your family
    • Lying about the time spent gambling or the money you’ve lost
    • Being unable to stop or control your betting
    • Borrowing money to gamble
    • Gambling to get money to solve financial problems
    • Selling or pawning property to get money for gambling
    • Spending money on gambling that should have gone to pay your bills
    • Gambling more to recover your losses
    • Committing a crime or considering committing a crime to pay for gambling
    • Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or suicide


Confidential Help and Support

  • Our Commitment

    Our Commitment

    The Michigan Lottery is dedicated to ensuring our players are provided with a fun and safe form of entertainment. As apart of this effort, $1 million is provided each year to help fund statewide education and treatment programs for problem gaming, as well as the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline.  Moreover, the Michigan Lottery has partnered with the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling to offer live chat (via and text message support services to anyone seeking help for a gambling problem.

    Gambler's Anonymous

  • Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline

    Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline

    The Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline provides confidential, one-on-one support to any Michigan resident seeking help for a gambling problem. Counselors are available to provide immediate assistance including screening services and referrals to treatment or support groups. The toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP

    Call: 800-270-7117

  • Michigan Problem Gambling Chat and Text

    Michigan Problem Gambling Chat and Text

    The Michigan Lottery has teamed with Health Management Systems of America to increase access to problem gambling support through live chat and text.

    Text: 248-648-3363

    Live Chat

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services administers a variety of services to Michigan residents affected by problem gambling. These services include the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline, prevention programs, and treatment programs.

    MDHHS - Problem Gambling

  • National Council on Problem Gambling

    National Council on Problem Gambling

    The National Council on Problem Gambling serves as a national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. For more information visit

    Call: 800-522-4700

    Text: 800-522-4700

    Live Chat

  • Michigan Association on Problem Gambling

    Michigan Association on Problem Gambling

    MAPG is the Michigan affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. The organization helps gamblers and their family members by presenting prevention and recovery information.