Warning Signs

How You Can Tell If You or Someone You Know Has a Gambling Problem

  • Bragging about gambling, exaggerating wins, minimizing losers?
  • Spending much of your time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble?
  • Restless and irritable when not gambling?
  • Borrowing for gambling?
  • Hiding the time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts?
  • Lying about how much time or money you have spent or lost gambling?
  • Frequent unexplained absences
  • Giving up family time or missing work or school because of gambling or not stopping even if family members are concerned?
If you answered yes to even 2 or 3 of the above questions, you may be at risk for gambling problems.

Help is Available

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline 24/7 at 1-800-589-9966 . You can also have a live chat with one of our problem gambling specialist, Monday-Friday,
9:00am-5:00pm.

For Problem Gambling Services in your area visit the Ohio Problem Gambling Online Resources webpage.

For additional information contact Responsible Gambling Coordinator Karen Russo at karen.russo@lottery.ohio.gov or 216.774.5747.