COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Education Lottery is encouraging players to play responsibly this month. In recognition of "Play Responsibly Month" and "National Problem Gambling Awareness Week," the SCEL is asking this question: What does "Play Responsibly" mean to you?
The SCEL says answering how much lottery play is too much is an incredibly personal decision. According to the SCEL, answers should reflect the entertainment nature of the games and if responses are something other than "for fun," then problem gambling could be an issue.
The SCEL has provided a video of healthy responses from players. You can watch these videos at PlayResponsiblySC.com.
SCEL is united with the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services to educate the public about the primary resource for assistance in the state, the S.C. Gambling Help line.
The toll-free help line, 1-877-452-5155, connects problem gamblers or anyone affected by gambling to a trained counselor, at any time of day and any day of the week.
You can call for information on problem gambling or referrals to begin the treatment process. Resources are also posted on the Education Lottery's Play Responsibly website, PlayResponsbilySC.com.
A total of $2.55 million in lottery funds have been appropriated to DAODAS for the treatment of problem gambling since 2002. The SCEL says treatment is effective and confidential.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is March 4-10 with March traditionally being recognized by the Lottery as "Play Responsibly Month."