Keep It Fun! Play Responsibly!The Louisiana Lottery Corporation's games are lots of fun! That's why we encourage everyone to play responsibly. Here are a few tips on how to keep them that way:
Problem Gambling Warning SignsMore than half of all Louisiana adults report participating in some form of gaming at least once in the past year and the vast majority of them do so responsibly as a form of entertainment. However, in any given year 5.4 percent have the potential for a problem gambling disorder and another 2.9 percent criteria for a pathological gambling disorder.* Like other addictions, these individuals have power over their urge to gamble, which can result in psychological, financial, emotional, marital and legal problems for them and their families. Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition that can be treated.For some, gambling is no longer fun -- it's no longer a game. Here are some signs of problem gambling:
Help & Hope for Those With Problem Gambling DisordersLike other addictions, those with a problem gambling disorder have little power over their urge to gamble, which can result in psychological, financial, emotional, marital and legal problems for them and their families. Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition that can be treated. For some, gambling is no longer fun -- it's no longer a game.The good news is that hope and help are available. Louisiana is the only state to offer a variety of confidential problem gambling treatments, inpatient, outpatient, private counseling and 12-step meetings offered AT NO COST! Even better, these programs work!If Someone You Know Has a Problem...These are general ways to approach a conversation with someone you love when you are concerned about their gambling behavior. Those with a problem gambling disorder don't necessarily need to "hit bottom" to decide to get help. For more advice, call the Problem Gambling HelpLine toll free at 1-877-770-7867.