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Tips for Betting Responsibly
- 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.
- 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
The Michigan Lottery is dedicated to ensuring our players are provided with a fun and safe form of entertainment. As part of this effort, the Michigan Lottery provides $1 million each year to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support statewide education and treatment programs for problem gambling.
Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline
Call: 800-270-7117The 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.
Michigan Problem Gambling Chat and Text
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.
National Council on Problem Gambling
Michigan Association on Problem Gambling