Tips for keeping your gambling under control
- Remember you are taking part for fun and not as a means of investing your money
- Set strict limits on how much time and money you’re going to spend before you play
- Only gamble with money you can afford to lose
- Never spend more money on gambling in the hope that you will win back money you’ve already lost
- Keep up other interests and hobbies
- Don’t turn to gambling to escape from stress
Is gambling becoming a problem?
For some people, gambling can become a problem. If you are concerned about the amount you are gambling and feel it could be taking over your life, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have others ever criticised your gambling?
- Have you lied to cover up the amount you have gambled or the time you have spent doing it?
- Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
- Do you gamble alone for long periods?
- Do you stay away from work to gamble?
- Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
- Are you reluctant to spend ‘gambling money’ on anything else?
- Have you lost interest in your family, friends or pastimes due to gambling?
- After losing, do you feel you must try to win back your losses as soon as possible?
- When you run out of money to gamble, do you feel lost, in despair and like you need to gamble again as soon as possible?
- Do you gamble until your last penny is gone?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed just to get money to gamble or to pay gambling debts?
- Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it is likely that you are experiencing a gambling problem and should seek support.
More information and support with problem gambling
For help and general advice about gambling, please see www.begambleaware.org
For support on problem gambling via a live webchat, go to www.gamcare.org.uk
GamCare also offer a phone helpline on 0808 8020 133.
Amnesty International UK’s self-exclusion policy
We operate a self-exclusion Policy, which means you can exclude yourself from purchasing tickets for future lottery draws.
If you would like to be excluded from the weekly lottery and any other society lotteries promoted by us, you can e-mail email@example.com.
If you opt for self-exclusion, we will refund all the unused funds in your lottery account. Your account will be closed. We won’t contact you to ask if you’d like to be reinstated; it will be up to you to inform us.
If you decide to sign up again, there will be a day’s cooling-off period before you can play, giving you time to consider if you have made the right decision. You can choose to suspend your account at any time.
Our full procedure can be accessed here.