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Florida Lottery The Player's Guide

Play Responsibly

Playing responsibly is all about knowing your limits and playing within your means.

Our games are intended to be a fun, low-cost form of entertainment. Plus, you get the added benefit of helping fund Florida education. We know that most of our players enjoy playing our games for the fun and excitement of it, but for others, gaming of any kind can create a problem. We aim to help those players, too.

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Play Responsibly Tips

Check out our helpful tips for safer gaming to make sure you’re always playing responsibly.

  • Don’t think of the Lottery as a way to make money.

    All of our tickets are intended to be fun games, not a source of income.

  • Set a dollar limit and stick to it.

    It’s important to set a budget for what you can afford to spend on the Lottery, using your discretionary income. Don’t spend more money than you initially intended or can afford.

    Discretionary Income
  • Never chase your losses.

    Not winning is part of playing the Lottery. Don’t assume that you can earn back the money you have already lost. Know when to stop.

  • Never borrow money to play the Lottery.

    Friends don’t play with friends’ money.

  • Don’t play when you are upset or depressed.

    You should avoid doing many things if you are upset or depressed. Playing the Lottery is one of those things. Keep the fun in playing.

  • Know when to ask for help.

    Resources are available if you are struggling with an addiction. More information about some of the organizations that may be able to help can be found below.

    Addiction Resources

Addiction Resources

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Help is available if you need it.

We want our games to remain fun for our players at all times. But we recognize that some people can develop a problem. If you or a loved one are struggling with a gambling addiction, we encourage you to seek help by contacting one of the organizations below.

These organizations provide all kinds of resources to those who may have a gambling problem, some of which include support group meetings, treatment with a certified counselor, and self-help recovery workbooks. The selected organization(s) will work with you or your loved one to determine the resources best suited to their needs.

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

Multilingual Helpline:
888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848)

National Problem Gambling Helpline

Gamblers Anonymous

Florida Hotline:
855-222-5542

Discretionary Income

Only use discretionary income to play.

A big part of being a responsible Lottery player is only using discretionary income, or money you can afford to lose, to play. Discretionary income is the amount of money you have left to spend, invest or save after you have paid for necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Some other things you could buy with discretionary income are new shoes, movie tickets or that new best-selling book.

To determine your discretionary income, the Florida Department of Financial Services created the Your Money Matter$ tool. This website aims to provide you with resources for creating personal budgets and spending plans so you can manage your money wisely.


View other financial resources provided by the Department of Financial Services

Know the Odds Before
You Play Them

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What are the odds?

No, really, it’s very important that you understand the odds associated with each game. While the odds vary from game to game, the odds of winning all work the same way. We want our players to have fun when playing, so remember, it only takes one ticket to win.

Must Be 18+ To Play

Our games aren’t child’s play.

We are committed to preventing underage gaming. Lottery games are designed to be a fun, low-cost form of entertainment for those over the age of 18. Sure, Lottery tickets can make a great gift for birthdays, holidays, or other special events, but please remember they should only be given to, or played by, adults.

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When you play responsibly,
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