Illinois Lottery promotes responsible gaming during National Problem Gambling Awareness Month | News
CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Lottery is teaming up with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to raise awareness about excessive gambling and where people can get help for gambling problems.
According to the NCPG, more than six-million Americans make known their gambling problems every year. The Illinois Lottery is also creating a series of public service messages aimed at eliminating excessive play, preventing underage play, gifting responsibly, recognizing the signs of problem gambling and knowing where problem gamblers can turn for help.
“The Illinois Lottery is committed to raising awareness about responsible gaming year-round,” said Lottery Superintendent, Michael Jones. “We encourage adults who are so inclined to play the Lottery because it is fun, and it provides substantial funding for a host of good causes. But we want everyone to play responsibly, and strongly encourage those with gambling problems to seek professional help. One way to find such assistance is by calling the 24-hour, toll-free gambling hotline printed on the back of every Lottery ticket (800-252-1775).”
Officials say this year marks the second year that the Illinois Lottery is participating in activities during National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
They have a toll-free hotline that people can access 24- hours a day for help. The hotline number is 800-252-1775.
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