If playing the lottery has become more than a source of entertainment, the following resources may be helpful.
Call the National Suicide Lifeline Network 1-800-273-8255 or call, text, or chat 988 for direct mental health assistance for those in distress.
Multilingual counselors are available 24/7 to provide support for players, friends and family.
Most people who play the lottery do so responsibly and for entertainment. There is, however, a population whose gambling behaviors become damaging to themselves, their family, and/or their workplace.
Spending more time or money on gambling than planned or able to afford
Increased financial problems and debt
Visiting lottery retailers multiple times a day
Hiding lottery tickets from family members
Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school or family
Continuing to play despite relationship troubles
Borrowing money to gamble
Experiencing anxiety and/or depression
It is illegal to sell or transfer your lottery ticket to someone else, and may result in a Class A misdemeanor. We urge all players to be on the lookout for lottery scams. Read these tips on how to spot and avoid a scam.
Tips on How to Spot and Avoid a Scam
Never give out personal information, like a social security number or bank account number, to anyone telling you that you have won a prize other than Lottery personnel at an official Prize Payment Center.
Say “No” to Fees
Never pay anyone a fee to obtain your winnings. This includes "processing" and "handling" costs.
Hold on to that Ticket!
Secure your ticket. It's essential to claiming any winnings.
Be sure you're following official Hoosier Lottery social media accounts and be aware of requests for your personal information by unauthorized accounts using the Hoosier Lottery brand and/or name.
While on Facebook and Instagram, look for the blue circles with check marks as they signify that you are connected to our official accounts (for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
We will never ask you for your social security number or bank account information through social media or email. Complaints regarding scams can be filed at the Indiana Attorney General's Office.
Check out these factoids, resources and tips for keeping your play positive.