Mega Hundreds of thousands Jackpots And Powerball provide alternative for accountable gambling messaging

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Mega Millions Jackpots And Powerball offer opportunity for responsible gambling messaging

5 January 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery jackpots each cross the $400 million threshold, the National Council on Problem Gambling urges consumers to protect themselves against excessive gambling, and calls upon lotteries and the media to promote responsible gambling messages.

“There is a lot of consumer and media interest when jackpots for the Mega Millions or Powerball reach eye-popping numbers,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “The National Council on Problem Gambling believes these high jackpot occasions present an opportunity to publicize clear responsible gambling messages that help people who choose to gamble make informed decisions about how they play.”

Consumers should follow these five simple responsible gambling tips:

  • Set a limit of time and money spent gambling.
  • Don’t gamble to escape feelings of anxiety, stress or depression.
  • Know where to get help for gambling problems.
  • Minors are prohibited from most forms of gambling.
  • Don’t gamble with money that is needed to pay bills.

“Lotteries should always include responsible gambling messages, such as the minimum age to play or where those who might engage in problem gambling can seek help,” said Whyte. “We think it is very important for the media to amplify those messages, especially when large jackpots create significant consumer interest.”

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