Maryland Expands Voluntary Exclusion Program To Lottery PlayersMonday, May 20th, 2013
Becomes third state in nation offering tool to problem gamblers
Maryland Lottery players who consider themselves problem gamblers now have a new option to curb their lottery play. Beginning Monday, May 20, Maryland will become the third state – after Illinois and Iowa – to offer players access to a lottery voluntary exclusion program, or VEP.
Maryland’s VEP, available to state casino players since January 2011, “is an effective tool of personal responsibility,” said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. “The expanded program reflects our continued commitment to promote responsible gaming.”
The VEP permits individuals with gambling problems to legally ban themselves for two years or for life from receiving payment from lottery winnings and prizes and from participating in lottery rewards program. Participating members who win must redeem and forfeit their prizes to the Maryland Problem Gaming Fund.
To join, individuals must apply in person at a Maryland casino or the MLGCA headquarters in Baltimore. Those currently registered in the casino exclusion program will receive information by mail inviting them to join the expanded lottery exclusion program. Signs and brochures explaining the program are available at the state’s casinos and at Maryland’s 4,447 lottery retailers.
Marylanders also have access to a free, 24-hour, 365-day helpline (1-800-GAMBLER) that connects callers to services such as counseling, treatment, self-help and support groups. Additional information is available on our Responsible Play web page or the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling at mdgamblinghelp.org.