Playing the lottery is a form of gambling, and gambling is a form of addiction. It can be just as neurologically addictive as a substance abuse. Warning signs of problem gambling (with respect to the lottery) may include trying to control, cut back or stop the purchase of lottery tickets, without success, feeling restless or irritable when you try to cut down, or trying to get back lost money by gambling more/buying more tickets (chasing losses).
Help is available through the FREE 24-hour helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER.
Watch a recent segment with WFMZ about gambling and the lottery HERE.
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