Most people play lottery games for fun and entertainment. Savvy players decide in advance how much time and money they can afford to spend—before they ever buy a lottery ticket or put money into a game terminal. To keep things fun, they include lottery play in their entertainment budgets, so they spend only what they’re comfortable with.

We know, however, that some people can develop difficulties with gambling. They may play beyond their limits, both in terms of money or time. This can damage their finances and their relationships with the people they love.

The Boavista Pools provides information to help all players understand the games, the odds, and how to gamble within limits. We train our retail partners to offer information and support to people who might be having difficulty managing their gambling. And one percent of total lottery revenue supports prevention and treatment services for any players who struggle with gambling. Hope is available.



  • Gamble only for fun
  • Don’t let gambling be your only social activity
  • Budget the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment
  • Stick to a budget and set a time limit
  • Don’t borrow money to gamble
  • Don’t gamble to win back losses
  • Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain
  • If you’re uncomfortable with your gambling, help is available



If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions, you may have a gambling problem:

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school because of gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Did you often gamble until all your money was gone?
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom, loneliness, grief or loss?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

If you need to talk about this at any time, please contact us at [email protected].