KEEP THE FUN GOOD
The South Dakota Lottery is all about Good Fun. But too much fun is not good fun. That’s why we remind you to always play only for fun. And if you can’t, help is available and always confidential. Because too much fun, is not good fun. Play responsibly. Keep the fun good.
TOO MUCH FUN IS NOT GOOD FUN
In order to keep the fun good, remember to follow a few simple rules when playing. Think of playing as entertainment. Set a time limit and a budget similar to what you would be willing to spend on a night out. In other words, only play as much as you’re willing to lose. And if you do lose, never try to win it back by exceeding your budget or time limit.
PROBLEM GAMBLING HELP
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help and treatment are available. Call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-888-781-HELP. Your call is always confidential.
DOING OUR PART
The Lottery provides up to $214,000 annually to the S.D. Department of Social Services (the program was formerly housed under the Department of Human Services) to pay for problem gambling treatment services. Through the end of FY20, the Lottery has provided nearly $4.5 million to pay for problem gambling treatment services. Treatment is confidential.
The toll-free problem gambling HELPline phone number is also included on all scratch and lotto tickets, video lottery machines, video lottery establishment posters, brochures, lotto game play slips, and this website.
The Lottery also participates annually in activities organized by the National Council on Problem Gambling including "March Problem Gambling Awareness Month" and their holiday campaign against purchasing lottery tickets as holiday gifts for minors. Our agency is also a member of the South Dakota Council for Responsible Gaming.
YOUTH RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING FACTS*
- A large number of young people report their first gambling experience occurs around 9 to 11 years of age.
- Lottery scratch tickets have been shown to present a possible gateway to other gambling activities.
- Approximately 80 percent of high-school aged adolescents report having gambled for money during the past year.
- Two to four percent of adolescents presently have a problem with gambling. To put it into perspective, adults gambling disorder prevalence rates are about one to two percent of the population.
Some adults report giving lottery tickets to children as gifts during the holiday season. If we can raise awareness and education on the risks of giving lottery products to chidren, we can do our part in minimizing potential harm.
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.
HOW TO REACH OUT TO A FRIEND OR RELATIVE*
A problem gambler doesn't necessarily need to "hit bottom" to decide to get help. If someone you know is gambling for more than fun, they may have a problem. Talking to them can seem scary, but they need you to have courage. Here are some ways to begin the conversation:
- Find a comfortable place to talk where you won't be disturbed.
- Keep it simple and straightforward.
- Tell the person you care about them and you're concerned about how they are acting.
- Tell the person exactly what they've done that concerns you.
- Tell the person how their behavior is affecting other people and be specific.
- Be clear about what you expect ("I want you to talk to someone about your gambling.") and what they can expect from you ("I won't cover for you anymore.").
- After you've told the person what you've seen and how you feel, allow them to respond. Listen with a nonjudgmental attitude.
- Let the person know you're willing to help, but don't try to counsel them yourself.
- Give the person information, not advice. Encourage them to call a problem gambling helpline.
If you're the spouse or family member of a problem gambler, it's important for you to take care of yourself and realize that you're not responsible for the gambler's behavior. Even if your loved one isn't ready or willing to get help, you may want to call a problem gambling helpline.
Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It's a serious condition, but with treatment, problem gamblers can put the game in perspective and make decisions to improve their lives and yours.
*Adapted from materials provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling.