This week, the Mega Millions jackpot is reaching a record high (estimated at nearly $1 Billion). It could be a big win for a lucky individual – but for those struggling with problematic gambling behaviors, it’s an even bigger gamble.
For most, lottery games can be fun and the chance of winning a big jackpot can be exciting. But for some, any type of gambling can get out of control and result in financial problems, legal issues, family/relationship conflict and even suicide attempts.
Here’s how to keep lottery play safe, this weekend and beyond:
- Play for fun and entertainment and NOT as a way to make money.
- The odds of winning any Mega Million or Powerball jackpot are low (from Maryland Lottery):
=> Mega Million odds: Jackpot win 1 in 302,575,350
=> Powerball odds: Jackpot win 1 in 292,201,338
- Set a limit to the amount of money you will spend on lottery tickets and stay within that budget limit.
- Don’t buy tickets with money reserved for other uses, such as rent, buying food or paying bills.