Responsible Play

There are lots of ways to celebrate your lottery wins, but only one way to play… responsibly.

Playing Maryland Lottery games can be a fun and exciting form of entertainment. While most people play responsibly and within their means, some have trouble setting and maintaining limits. For those individuals, what starts out as entertainment can adversely impact their finances and their relationships with family and friends. If you believe that you or someone you know has a gambling problem, the Maryland Lottery wants you to know that help is available and only a phone call — or a click — away.

Be a Low-Risk Player

Remember, Lottery games are for entertainment, not a way to make money;

Decide on a loss limit prior to playing, and stick to it;

Never borrow money to gamble (using a credit card is a form of borrowing);

Remember, there is no special method or ability that gives you an advantage with games of chance;

Play with money set aside for entertainment, never with money for everyday expenses;

Make sure to include other forms of entertainment in your life;

Don’t play the lottery when highly stressed, depressed or troubled in any way.

Source:  Responsible Gambling Council, responsiblegambling.org

  • Spending a lot of time gambling – missing work, school, family obligations, or other important events.
  • Hiding gambling losses – frequently talking about winning, but not sharing information about losses or family finances.
  • Gambling to escape – using gambling to escape from pressures at home or work, or being motivated to gamble out of loneliness or grief.
  • Suffering severe mood swings – becoming anxious or angry, or having changes in one’s state of mind when not gambling, or depending on the outcome of gambling.
  • Increasing wagers – betting higher amounts in the hope of breaking even or winning back losses.
  • Attempting to stop gambling, but can’t – compulsive gamblers may try to stop, but in most cases are unable to do so without help.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming operates a voluntary exclusion program (VEP) for individuals who wish to ban themselves from playing Maryland Lottery games or gambling in Maryland’s casinos or electronic instant bingo halls.

Individuals who register for voluntary exclusion agree not to purchase or play Maryland Lottery games or to visit the state’s casinos or electronic instant bingo halls.

Things to know about voluntary exclusion:

  • Placement on the list is completely voluntary and your name cannot be added to the list by anyone but yourself.
  • The application must be filled out and submitted in person at Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency headquarters in Baltimore or at any casino in Maryland. To arrange an appointment to submit an application at MLCGA headquarters, please call at 410-230-8798. Applications may be submitted at a Maryland casino anytime during casino operating hours.
  • You must present a government-issued photo ID for the application process.
  • You must not be under the influence of any alcohol or controlled substances during the application process, so you can make a sober and informed decision.
  • You can elect either a two-year or lifetime exclusion.
  • A person enrolled for a two-year exclusion may request removal from the list at the expiration of that time period by completing a Request for Removal Application. A person applying for removal from the VEP must first undergo a problem gambling assessment by a professional who conducts problem gambling assessments, complete any recommended treatment, or complete an approved healthy-decision making or gambling treatment/prevention program. The Maryland Lottery will have the final determination on whether an applicant can be removed from the voluntary exclusion list.
  • If you violate the voluntary exclusion program, you contractually agree to redeem or liquidate all unredeemed items that have monetary value and designate that their winnings be contributed to the Unclaimed Prize Fund.

FAQs about the Maryland Lottery Voluntary Exclusion Program can be found here.

To view a sample application click here, but the application must be filled out and submitted in person at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency headquarters in Baltimore or at any Maryland casino.

To arrange an appointment to submit an application at the MLGCA headquarters, please call the Responsible Gambling Program Coordinator at 410-230-8798. Applications may be submitted at a Maryland casino anytime during casino operation hours.

Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling – mdgamblinghelp.org

Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling – mdproblemgambling.com

Maryland Council on Problem Gambling – 410-375-1421

National Council on Problem Gambling – 1-800-426-2537

Gambler’s Anonymous International Service Office – 213-386-8789

Gam-Anon International Service Office – 718-352-1671

NASPL Problem Gaming Resource Center

NASPL Problem Gaming Frequently Asked Questions

24-Hour Help

To connect individuals to services including counseling, treatment, self-help and support groups, a 24-hour helpline can be reached at 1-800-426-2537. You can also gather more information through the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling at mdgamblinghelp.org.

Maryland residents are eligible for free problem gambling assessment and treatment through the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (667-214-2120; helpmygamblingproblem.org).

Additional Resources

Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling – mdgamblinghelp.org

Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling – mdproblemgambling.com

Maryland Council on Problem Gambling –
410-375-1421

National Council on Problem Gambling –
1-800-426-2537

Gambler’s Anonymous International Service Office – 213-386-8789

Gam-Anon International Service Office –
718-352-1671

NASPL Problem Gaming Resource Center

NASPL Problem Gaming Frequently Asked Questions