California Lottery promotes problem gambling awareness

The California Lottery is teaming up once again with the California Office of Problem Gambling to help raise awareness about gambling addiction and the various treatment and prevention options available for free.

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, dedicated to helping those who are struggling with gambling disorders and educating Californians about free treatment resources that are available. Gambling addiction can lead to devastating personal consequences.

“The California Lottery is committed to helping our players stay safe and play responsibly,” said California Lottery Director Harjinder K. Shergill Chima. “Confidential and free help is available for anyone who needs it any time, and that’s something we want all of our customers and their families to know.”

Help from professionally trained counselors is available via the Problem Gambling Help Line, (800) GAMBLER. Players or their loved ones can also text “SUPPORT” to 53342 or visit for free, confidential help 24 hours a day.

The California Lottery also communicates regularly about responsible gaming through social media, its website, and the “Play Responsibly” messaging printed on the back of every Lottery game as pictured here.

These efforts, along with paid advertising, support California’s efforts to promote Problem Gambling Awareness Month and are a significant part of the California Lottery’s responsible gaming program, which has received international recognition with the highest certification (Level 4) from the World Lottery Association.

To learn more about the program, visit

About the California Lottery
The mission of the California Lottery is to raise additional funding for public education, helping to supplement school budgets for K-12 as well as colleges and universities. The California Lottery has raised more than $43.8 billion for public schools through the responsible sale of its games since 1985. Lottery funding for schools is largely discretionary, so administrators and educators can use Lottery money for instructional programs and services they may not otherwise afford. The California Lottery features eight draw games and dozens of new instant Scratchers games each year. More than 95 percent of California Lottery sales revenue goes back to the community in the form of prize payments, retailer commissions and bonuses, and contributions to education. More information about who benefits can be found here

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person’s budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if someone knows of someone who may have a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the California Problem Gambling Help Line at (800) GAMBLER.