Think of the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment
Set a dollar limit and stick to it
Set a time limit and stick to it
Accept losing as part of the game
Don't borrow money to gamble
Don't let gambling interfere with family, friends or work
Don't gamble to win back losses
Don't use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain
Know the warning signs of problem gambling
Myth: There are Video Lottery terminals (VLTs) that are “hot.”
Fact: When you play a VLT, each play result is drawn from all possible combinations and the chances of winning are always the same. The number of past wins or losses has nothing to do with when the next payout will come. This means there is no such thing as a “hot” machine.
Myth: Some VLTs are “due” to pay.
Fact: All outcomes – wins and losses – are entirely random. There is no set pattern and no way to predict the outcome of a game.
Myth: VLT payouts are adjusted by the Oregon Lottery®.
Fact: While VLTs and the Lottery's central computer system are constantly communicating, the Lottery's central computer can’t make changes to the way specific VLT games play, nor can it make any changes to payout rates. Software located within each VLT controls all information specific to the games, including their payout rates and their randomness. The software runs independently from the central computer system.
Myth: Players can control the outcome of a game.
Fact: It is impossible for a player to control the outcome of a game. There is nothing that you can do while playing that can improve your chances of winning. Hitting the stop button will not impact the outcome of play in any way. In fact, the outcome of each game is determined as soon as you hit the play button.
Myth: It is possible to “chase” and recoup losses.
Fact: VLTs are programmed to pay out less than they take in over time. Playing any type of Oregon Lottery® game should be considered a form of entertainment and should not be played for investment purposes.
Learn to Manage your Gambling or Quit Gambling Altogether
So maybe there was a time when you practiced responsible gambling, set limits and stuck to a budget, but for whatever reason your gambling escalated and now you think you may have a gambling problem. There are people standing by who are ready to help and resources that can get you back on your feet. If you think you, or a loved one, a friend or a co-worker has a gambling problem, visit OPGR.ORG. Oregon Problem Gambling Resource is a resource for people who need help with a gambling problem or addiction.
Take a quiz to determine if you are at risk, see videos of other people who have struggled with the same issues (who are now in recovery) and gather information about how to get on a path to personal and financial recovery. Treatment is free and confidential, not only for the gambler, but also for family members who may be affected by a gambler’s addiction. Help yourself and those around you, visit OPGR.ORG or call 1-877-695-4648 and start your healing process.