Responsible & Safe Play

Keep it for Adults. 18+ Always Awareness for National Problem Gambling Education Month

The Illinois Lottery will proudly participate in National Problem Gambling Awareness Month beginning March 1, 2014. The National Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign with the goal to educate the general public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling. Furthermore, this campaign will raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally to those who seek it. Previously observed during the first week of March, the campaign now encompasses the entire month of March to coincide with the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament; one of the most widely bet upon events in the U.S.


In honor of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, we are reminding Illinoisans that players must be at least 18 years old to participate in any lottery game. The Illinois Lottery appreciates the unique obligation publicly sponsored gaming programs have to protect consumers and to maintain the highest standards of social responsibility and underage play protection. By emphasizing responsible gaming and consumer protection in all we do, the Lottery operates under procedures that emphasize our core values of integrity and responsibility.

I encourage you to explore the Winner’s Handbook on our website at to discover the full range of responsible gaming tools and helpful information we provide for our players.

Thank you for supporting the Illinois Lottery and helping us fund education and capital improvement projects as well as other worthy causes including Breast Cancer research, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, Veterans programs and Multiple Sclerosis research. During this month, and every month, I encourage you to remember: when you play, play responsibly.

Michael Jones,
Lottery Superintendent


Responsible and Safe Play

Playing the lottery can be fun and exciting. The possibility of life changing jackpots, daily wins and instant prizes not only brings out the excitement in our players, it can also bring forth risks for our players. The Illinois Lottery is committed to ensuring that our players are protected from potential risks including gambling addictions and fraud schemes.

Responsible Gaming

We want you to have fun playing our games, but we want you to play responsibly! As part of our commitment to consumer protection, we have implemented a comprehensive Responsible Gaming strategy that is evident throughout all our operations.

Our Responsible Gaming Program focuses on three main areas:

1. Underage Play Prevention

2. Excessive Play Prevention

3. Problem Gambling Support

Learn more about the Illinois Lottery Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program (VSEP) and to find resources available if you think that you or someone you know has a gambling problem.

In addition, we have developed an action plan to achieve Level 4 Certification from one of the most respected lottery associations in the world, the World Lottery Association (WLA) by 2015. Our plan incorporates the framework of WLA certification into Illinois-specific responsible-gaming components to ensure that our responsible gaming strategy is responsive to our players, communities, and regulatory bodies served in Illinois. In July 2012, we proudly announced that we received Level 2 certification from the World Lottery Association based on our high standards of corporate and social responsibility.

Learn more about the Illinois Lottery Level 2 WLA certification.

Protect Yourself

Attempts to deceive players, especially Internet users, into believing that they have won a lottery prize are now common place. Read our tips and guidelines to help protect you from becoming victim of these schemes.