Over 42,000 people in Nebraska, an estimated three percent of all adults, experience gambling problems each year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Communities in Nebraska and nationwide will be working to raise awareness of problem gambling and the resources available for individuals whose gambling is causing disruption in their lives.
You may have a gambling problem if you:
- Gamble for longer than you intended;
- Borrow money to gamble;
- Lie about how much you gambled;
- Bet more than you intended.
Other warning signs are:
- Loss of interest and participation in normal activities with friends and family;
- Avoidance of questions about time and money;
- A sudden need for money/loans; missing possessions or assets; financial instability;
- Decline in health and neglect of personal needs, such as medical, food, utilities, etc.;
- Changes in attitude and personality; emotional instability, withdrawal, depression.
Problem gambling affects the emotional, physical and financial wellness of individuals and their families and impacts every aspect of society. Assistance with problem gambling is available. For more information call the toll free help line at 800-522-4700.
Additional resources are available at:
The mission of the Nebraska Lottery is to generate proceeds for good causes while providing quality entertainment options to Nebraskans. Over $508 million has been raised for the Nebraska Lottery’s beneficiary funds since the Lottery began in 1993, including $11,967,768 for the Gamblers Assistance Program. All 93 counties in Nebraska have benefited from projects funded with these Nebraska Lottery proceeds.