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Welcome to Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Initiatives aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio.

About ORG

Ohio for Responsible Gambling is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio, for those who gamble.

Four state agencies in Ohio are working together in this effort: The Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio State Racing Commission, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). OhioMHAS serves as the resource partner for the initiative and the lead agency responsible for prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

Gambling Problem?

Call Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline

1.800.589.9966 or LIVE CHAT

Common Warning Signs

Are you concerned you or someone you know might have a gambling problem?

Do you:

  • Find yourself reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money to gamble?
  • Need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to feel the excitement? 
  • Become restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling? 
  • Gamble as a way of escaping from problems or relieving guilt, anxiety or depression? 
  • Often return another day in order to get even or chase your losses after gambling? 
  • Lie to family members, friends, therapist or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling? 
  • Participate in illegal activities (e.g. forgery, fraud or theft) in order to finance your gambling? 
  • Jeopardize or lose a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling? 
  • Rely on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling? 
  • Attempt to control, cut back or stop gambling but are unable to do so? 

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, consider taking a closer look at your gambling and reaching out for help.

Please consider seeking help by calling the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966

Responsible Gambling Tips

  • Set limits on time and money spent
  • Gamble only with money set aside for entertainment
  • Bet only what you can afford to lose
  • Know when to quit, don’t chase your losses
  • Never borrow to play
  • Know the risks before you bet
  • Never gambling when stressed, depressed, or in recovery
  • Realize that knowing more won’t guarantee a win
  • Understand that everyone loses over time
  • Balance recreational gambling with other healthy activities
  • Keep gambling a social activity
  • Don’t play to escape
  • Play for fun, not just for money
  • Know what is legal to play in your area
  • Know where to get help (call 1-800-589-9966 or visit gamblinghelpohio.org)

To learn more about responsible gambling resources, please visit BeforeYouBet.org.

Additional Resources

Gambling Problem?

Call Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline

1.800.589.9966 or LIVE CHAT

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2023 National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling

Digital Symposium June 14-15 | Main Conference July 27-28 | Advocacy Day July 26 | Workshops July 26 & 29

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