Did I Win the Powerball?
Did you play the Powerball this week? If so, you know the powerball numbers and results brought no winners among the millions of players who joined you. With no winners, the next Powerball (August 1 drawing) is estimated to be 120 million. What would you do with the winnings?
It’s a dream many of us have. A question friends and family ponder together. A new home. A new car. Send the kids to college. Pay off debts.
How much money have you spent on lottery tickets? Do you use your money meant for food or rent? Keep in mind, lotteries are intended to be “a fun and entertaining way to raise money for education, etc.” It is important to play responsibly.
The National Council Problem Gambling (NCPG) estimates approximately 2%-3% of the US population has a gambling problem. In actual numbers, that’s 6 million to 9 million Americans who may not know that their disorder has a name and that help is available.
Warning signs of a gambling problem
· Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?
· Have you ever lied to people important to you about how much you gambled?
· Have you repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling?
· Do you gamble as a way of escaping emotional or physical pain?
· Have you ever relied on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling?
· Have you ever jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or career opportunity because of gambling?
· Have you gambled to get money with which to pay debts or to solve other financial problems?
· Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling?
· Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
· Do you gamble to try to get your money back?
If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem please call 800.522.4700 for confidential help.