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Illinois Lottery Releases Educational Video, Encouraging Players To Be Smart, Play Smart®

March 6, 2021

Lottery Supports Problem Gambling Awareness Month

CHICAGO—In support of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Illinois Lottery is educating players on the importance of keeping their lottery play fun by making informed decisions on how they play their favorite games. 

The responsible gaming educational video campaign helps players understand how odds work by utilizing a simple deck of cards. Those who know cards, know that the odds of drawing a heart are 1 in 4. However, when four cards are drawn from a deck of 52 cards, there is no guarantee that one will be a heart. It is possible for zero hearts to be drawn because 39 cards in the deck are not hearts. 

This example has been brought to life for players with an educational video that helps them understand the odds of lottery games. The video can be found on the Illinois Lottery’s YouTube page: Illinois Lottery: Responsible Gaming Odds Explained

The Illinois Lottery also encourages players to learn more about how to keep their play fun by visiting the responsible gaming page on the Illinois Lottery website: Illinois Lottery Responsible Gaming.

“Playing the lottery is intended to be fun, but it is also important to play responsibly,” said Harold Mays, Acting Director of the Illinois Lottery. ”We raise additional awareness during Problem Gambling Awareness Month so players know where they can find tools and resources on responsible game play.”

The Illinois Lottery continues to be a proud member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG). In addition, it supports Problem Gambling Awareness Month by bringing awareness of how to play the lottery games responsibly. “The ICPG is proud to partner with the Illinois Lottery to encourage responsible play and support our mission to increase awareness and provide education about available resources in Illinois,” said ICPG Administrator Bill Johnson.

If players are concerned about their play, they can call the 1 (800) GAMBLER helpline to obtain free or low-cost help. The helpline is a 24-hour service that connects callers to information, counseling, and support. Helpline staff is also available by live chatting at or by texting "ILGAMB" to 53342.

“As part of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Illinois Lottery is helping to make sure its players have the information they need about responsible gambling and where to turn for help,” said Elizabeth Thielen, Senior Director of Nicasa Behavioral Health Services. 

During March, the Illinois Lottery will promote responsible play through its social media channels, local publications, and billboard. To learn more about responsible gaming, please visit: Illinois Lottery Responsible Gaming.

The Illinois Lottery is one of five U.S. lotteries certified to Level 3 by the World Lottery Association, the second-highest level of responsible gaming certification. Working with Camelot Illinois, the Illinois Lottery’s private manager, the Illinois Lottery aims to obtain Level 4 certification.


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.