Play Responsibly: Keeping It Fun and Safe
Our Responsible Gaming Policy: A Commitment to Our Players and Michigan
Michigan Lottery games are designed to be fun and exciting entertainment. While millions of players enjoy our games responsibly each year, some individuals display signs of problem gambling behavior. For those individuals, the Michigan Lottery is committed to providing tools, information, and assistance finding help. As part of that effort, the Michigan Lottery provides $1 million each year to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to support statewide education and treatment programs for problem gambling.
Responsible gaming has been an integral part of the Michigan Lottery since it was established in 1972. That commitment extends to our online presence. Please review this page for information about how to use our online tools, information about responsible gaming, and contact information for seeking confidential help.
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Online Gaming Safeguards and Tools
The Michigan Lottery’s online services include the industry’s most innovative and robust responsible gaming safeguards:
- Self-Exclusion – Players may choose to take a break from Michigan Lottery’s online gaming. Self-Exclusion means your account will be closed for the selected exclusion length and will not be reopened for any reason during the exclusion period. Exclusions may be set by the player through the ‘Responsible Gaming Tools’ section in ‘My Account’ or with the help of a Michigan Lottery Support Center representative upon request.
- Deposit Limits – Players may set daily and weekly deposit limits. A default $500 weekly limit is set at registration. Deposit limits can be raised or lowered at any time. Lowering a deposit limit will take immediate effect, but players choosing to raise their deposit limits must wait 48 hours for such changes to take effect.
- Age Verification – Age and identity-verification technology is used during account registration to ensure all players are at least 18 years of age. Any instance of a minor found playing the Michigan Lottery online games will result in forfeit of all winnings and possible referral to local law enforcement.
- Play History – Players can monitor the time and money they spend on Michigan Lottery’s online gaming through their personalized account histories. Each account history provides a full overview of the games played, the amount wagered on each game, wins and losses, and deposited and withdrawn funds. Players can access their account histories in the ‘My Account’ section of the site.
- Residency Policy – Players must prove that they are a Michigan resident and located within the state to participate in Michigan Lottery online gaming. Advanced technology is used to determine each player’s location when logging-on to play.
- Security and Privacy -- The Michigan Lottery has strong mechanisms in place to maintain the security of players’ financial information and to protect their privacy.
Tips for Betting Responsibly
Moderation is the key to responsible gaming. Some responsible gaming tips:
- You shouldn’t think of gaming as a way to make money, but rather an enjoyable form of entertainment performed in moderation.
- Set money and time limits for gaming and stick to them. You should consider the money you spend on gaming as part of your entertainment budget and act accordingly.
- Your money limit on gaming should be based on what you can afford to lose.
- Gaming is your choice. You shouldn’t allow yourself or others to pressure you to play.
- Take a break and participate in other forms of entertainment. Gambling should be a fun but limited part of a well-balanced lifestyle.
- Gaming should not be considered a necessary part of having a good time.
- You should avoid gaming when you’re upset, lonely, angry, depressed, or stressed.
- Gambling is not advised for those in recovery for addictive disorders or dependencies.
Problem gambling may affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or financial status. Once it is detected, problem gambling may be treated successfully. The first step is determining if you have a problem or are headed toward a problem. Some warning signs are:
- Missing work or sacrificing time with your family to gamble
- Gambling is causing problems with your family
- Lying about the time spent gambling or the money you’ve lost
- Being unable to stop or control your betting
- Borrowing money to gamble
- Gambling to get money to solve financial problems
- Selling or pawning property to get money for gambling
- Spending money on gambling that should have gone to pay your bills
- Gambling more to recover your losses
- Committing a crime or considering committing a crime to pay for gambling
- Feelings of hopelessness, depression, or suicide
COMMON LOTTERY MYTHS
Don’t let myths and misunderstandings about lottery games affect the way you play. Learn the facts about some common myths:
- MYTH: I’m more likely to win if I play the same numbers each time.
- FACT: Lottery drawings are completely random events and previous results have no bearing on future drawing outcomes. This means that for every lottery drawing, each number has an equal chance of being drawn and every set of numbers has the same chance of winning.
- MYTH: Knowing what numbers have been drawn before will help me form a winning combination.
- FACT: Each number has an equal chance of being drawn, regardless of how many times a number has been drawn in the past. Because lottery drawings are completely random, there are no hot numbers. While winning-number frequency charts are interesting, there is no way to predict a winning number beyond its overall probability of being drawn.
- MYTH: Playing every day will increase my chances of winning.
- FACT: The chances of winning on any day are exactly the same as the day before. Winning numbers are randomly drawn, so playing every day makes no difference.
- MYTH: If I keep gambling, my luck will change and I’ll win back the money I’ve lost.
- FACT: Continuing to gamble with the hopes of winning back lost money is referred to as “chasing” and does not increase your chances of winning. Each time you place a bet, the odds are no more in your favor than they were the last time.
The Michigan Lottery prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from purchasing our products or opening an account on our site. We are dedicated to protecting minors against the risks associated with underage gambling. Some of our preventative safeguards are:
- Age and identity-verification technology used during account registration to ensure all players are at least 18 years of age.
- Denial of a Michigan Lottery account application when an applicant’s age cannot be verified.
- Age restriction warning messages displayed during the account registration process and across the Michigan Lottery site.
- Immediate account suspension for any unlawful or improper use of a Michigan Lottery account, including use by a minor.
- No auto-fill for account sign-in information and automatic log-out after account inactivity.
- Void any prize and refuse payment to any minor found using the Michigan Lottery online services.
For more information about protecting minors, please visit Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. If you are concerned about a minor, please call 1-800-270-7117, live chat, or text 248-648-3363.