The Texas Lottery designs its games to be a fun form of entertainment. We encourage players to "play responsibly." However, some players may have difficulty knowing when to stop. For some, gambling of any kind can become a problem.
"Responsibility" is a core value of the Texas Lottery Commission. That includes educating our players about important game-related issues and encouraging them to play responsibly. Below are some resources we have identified to help with problem gambling. If you or someone you know has a compulsive gambling problem, we encourage you to seek help.
Gam-Anon.org provides questionnaires designed to help answer questions such as whether a person grew up with a compulsive gambler and whether a person lives with a compulsive gambler. The site also includes a listing of Gam-Anon meetings in different cities throughout the country.
- Telephone: (718) 352-1671
Gamblers Anonymous operates a website that includes an "Q & A" page, recovery program information, and a list of 20 questions to ask to find out if a person or someone the person knows may have a compulsive gambling problem.
- Telephone: (888) GA-HELPS
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website provides information about and links to programs, resources, and hotlines.
- Agency Main Number: (888) 963-7111
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) provides a Problem Gambling FAQ section on its website that addresses questions such as what constitutes problem gambling, how to tell if someone is a problem gambler, and what causes problem gambling.
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) funds research to identify the risk factors for gambling disorders and determine methods not only for treating the disorders but for preventing them. The website also gives information about NCRG education programs and publications.
- Telephone: (202) 552-2689
The National Council on Problem Gambling offers links to information on problem gambling and resources for problem gamblers and their families.
- U.S. Gambling Hotline: (800) 522-4700
We at the Texas Lottery Commission want you to enjoy our games. Please remember to play responsibly!
The Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) does not represent itself as an expert in the field of problem gambling. Any references to problem gambling-related resources are provided as a public service to educate the players of TLC's lottery games. Each person is responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and suitability of all information contained in these resources. TLC makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the information. TLC specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from problem gambling or problem gambling resources. TLC does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in, or related to these resources. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for educational and informational purposes only.