"Our Commitment to Responsible Gaming during National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Beyond...
This is the second year that during the month of March the Illinois Lottery is participating in activities to support National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. However, the Illinois Lottery is further committed to raising awareness about responsible gaming year-round. For more than 15 years, the Illinois Lottery has helped to fund operations of the 1-800-GAMBLER telephone hotline that offers Illinois residents free, 24-hour access to licensed, certified problem-gambling counselors. We encourage adults to play the Lottery because it is fun, and it provides substantial funding for a host of good causes. But we want everyone to play responsibly, and strongly encourage those with gambling problems to seek professional help.
Towards that end, the Illinois Lottery has created a series of public service messages aimed at: eliminating excessive Lottery play; preventing underage play; gifting responsibly; recognizing the signs of problem gambling; and knowing where problem gamblers can turn for help. To launch our new campaign, beginning March 3rd, people throughout the state will see the first element of our series that encourages our players to "Know Limits." We want people to know that the Illinois Lottery offers a wide variety of games that are fun and entertaining, but we want our customers to not only be responsible, but also be 18 years of age or older. Anything's Possible with the Illinois Lottery when one plays responsibly."
Michael Jones, Lottery Superintendent