We at the South Dakota Lottery want you to enjoy playing our games, but it's also important that you play them responsibly. With that in mind, we offer you the following tips:

Tips for Playing Responsibly

  • Play for fun and entertainment.
  • Only spend what you can afford to lose.
  • Use your entertainment budget to play - not money needed for daily living expenses.
  • Set a spending limit. Once you reach your limit, stop playing.
  • Set a time limit. Once you reach your limit, stop playing.
  • Understand that winning and losing are both a part of gambling.
  • Never borrow money to gamble.
  • Never gamble to win back losses.
  • Don't let gambling interfere with family, friends, or work.
  • Don't use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.
  • Know the warning signs of problem gambling.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling*

  • Preoccupied with gambling and unable to stop
  • Bragging about gambling, exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
  • Restless and irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to win back what you've lost
  • Borrowing money for gambling
  • Lying to hide time spent gambling or unpaid debts
  • Frequent unexplained absences
  • Losing work time because of gambling
  • Jeopardizing a significant relationship or job by gambling

* Adapted from materials provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling

If you think you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, call the toll-free Problem Gambling HELPline at 1-888-781-4357.

Click here for more information on problem gambling.