Mega-Millions Frenzy … Really? A Message From My Friends of The National Council on Problem Gambling. Gamble Responsibly Please.

Mega-Millions Frenzy … Really? A Message From My Friends of The National Council on Problem Gambling. Gamble Responsibly Please.

There will be More Losers Than Winners … 



Mega Millions lottery hits a record $1.6 bln after no winners in Friday’s draw

UPDATE – Personal Note:

Of course, I am NOT rubbing any noses in the fact that last nights Mega-Million drawing HAD no winners.  It just hammers home a wee bit that for those who happened to OVER BUY tickets, it seems today, just a waste of money that could have been better spent on something more fun or constructive.  See, I know there a boatload of people who CAN gamble just for the fun it.  AND?  Many don’t feel or agree that buying lottery tickets if real gambling. Sorry, but it is if you read the ‘definition’ of what the word “Gambling” means:

GAMBLE – The definition of a gamble is a risk.
An example of a gamble is the act of betting that a certain team will win a game.

Gamble is defined as to take a risk, or to play games especially with money for betting.

An example of gamble is to play the slots in Las Vegas.

When you place a bet for money or not as the outcome is uncertain and is a risk? That is gambling.  When buying lottery tickets for a CHANCE to win?  That is gambling.  Now that no one won, just think of those who are Problem Gamblers or even maybe addicted and think about where they will get the money for this next drawing?  Will it be there food money to feed their kids?  Maybe not a pay an important bill like electricity or their heat? Maybe forego a part of their rent or housing money just for a “CHANCE” … Know your ODDS before you risk all that!

No, I’m not a Buzz Kill …Lol.  I WAS an addicted gambler and know this disease and the thinking we trapped into.  It will talk you into doing ALL the above!  Because once gambling has you hooked?  The sickness takes over and we lose ALL the CONTROL.

Don’t waste loads of money for a tiny sliver of hope that you are going to win.  As most times you end at a loss. If you are going to take a Risk, then Gamble Responsibly …  




Mega-Millions Jackpot Media Frenzy Offers Opportunity for Responsible Gambling Messaging.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 19, 201


WASHINGTON, DC – As the Mega Millions jackpot has reached record levels, the National Council on Problem Gambling urges consumers to protect themselves against excessive gambling and calls upon lotteries and the media to promote responsible gambling messages.

Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, states, “The media and consumer interest in high lottery jackpots creates an opportunity to provide responsible gambling messages designed to help people who choose to gamble make informed decisions about their play.”  Responsible gambling efforts should be made by lottery operators and players alike.

Here are four simple responsible gambling tips to know and share:

– Set a limit of time and money spent gambling.

– Don’t gamble to escape feelings of anxiety, stress or depression.

– Know where to get help for a gambling problem.

– Minors are prohibited from most forms of gambling.

“Lotteries play an important role in reminding retailers and players about the minimum age to play and in educating their players about simple steps to promote responsible gambling.”

State lotteries and media are asked to incorporate responsible gambling messaging and the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) into their upcoming promotion and coverage of the Mega Millions jackpot.

The National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700
or is the single national point of access to problem gambling help. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in all 50 states. All calls are confidential and offer local information and referral options for problem gamblers and their families.

In 2017 the Helpline received 233,000 calls, an average of one call every two minutes.



About the National Council on Problem Gambling

NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit for confidential help.




A Tribute – The Passing of an Important Advocate of Gambling Addiction, Ed Looney . . .

           ~ In Memoriam of Ed Looney ~




“There just isn’t anyone like “Ed” who advocates and helps many from the cunning addiction of gambling”

“I didn’t meet past executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Ed Looney until 2007 when I read his article he had written about, “Children’s Gambling” for the “Casino Watch, the dark side of gambling.”
He had become ill, but I reached out to see if I could share his article on my very first gambling recovery blog I had started years ago on Simple Site. He was very sweet and granted me the permission to do so. I learned quickly he was an influential voice of programs for compulsive gamblers, a mentor and loud advocate. And a tireless advocate for those in recovery from the insidious disease of compulsive gambling to many.”
“He was “one of a kind” and had done so much for many who were in recovery from this cunning addiction. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many friends. I was blessed to have known and correspond with him on several occasions. Through his exhausting efforts to help others, raise awareness, educate and inform the public of this dangerous addiction, Ed will be missed by many, including myself for years to come. He has left us a fantastic legacy on how to recover from this addiction”  .. .. ..  Author, Catherine Lyon of Addicted To Dimes

The New Jersey Star Ledger Says:

“Ed was instrumental in establishing and promoting the “1-800-Gambler” telephone number that appears on lottery tickets and billboards and can be heard on the radio and television. This simple message has been used to save countless lives over the past few decades. Ed became an expert on problem gambling and made many speaking engagements to conventions and organizations to spread the message of recovery. Ed served as the executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and he worked with lobbyists and lawmakers to make sure funding was available for assistance for problem gamblers”
– See more at:

A Re-share of an Article Ed Looney wrote for “Casino Watch”:


“We have an epidemic.”
Ed Looney, Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ

“It’s gambling–one of the
fastest-growing addictions among adolescents.

The National Council on Problem Gambling found
that teens with a gambling problem were more likely
to engage in risky behavior such as unsafe sex,
binge drinking and skipping school.

“Today more young people gamble once a week
than smoke, drink or take drugs combined.”

Gambling is “the most popular high-risk activity among teenagers,
outpacing drinking, taking drugs and smoking.

Adolescents with gambling disorders start at age 9.

• Children of compulsive gamblers are often
prone to suffer abuse, as well as neglect.
• Children of problem gamblers are at a
higher risk of developing health threatening
behaviors, including alcohol and drug abuse,
problem gambling, eating disorders,
depression, and suicide.”
Missouri Department of Mental Health


“Teenagers and young adults are the fastest-growing segment of addicts.”


American Psychiatric Association
Annenberg National Risk Survey of Youth
Dr. C. Blanco: Columbia University Medical Center
J. Derevensky & R. Gupta of McGill University
ED LOONEY, NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling
Dalhousie University
Harvard Medical School
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Minnesota Institute of Public Health
National Council on Problem Gambling
M. Stone, Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling
Emily E. Wilson licensed psychologist
H. Wynne: Wynne Resources in British Columbia




Children’s gambling debt can be over $10,000

Half of young people who gamble on the Internet weekly
display signs of problem gambling.



* * * Danger signs * * *
Indicators of possible gambling problem in students:
..Unexplained absences from school
..Sudden drop in grades
..Change of personality (irritability, impatience, criticism or sarcasm)
..Large amounts of money in students’ possession;
……bragging about winning or gambling
..Does the student have an unusual interest in newspapers,
……magazines or periodicals having to do with sports or horse
……racing or lotteries?
..Intense interest in gambling conversations
..Exaggerated display of money or other material possessions
……(e.g., cars, clothes, jewelry)
..Change in behavior (school absences, behavior problems)
..Gambling language in his/her conversation (5-timer, 10-timer,
……bookie, loan shark, point spread, underdog or favorite)
..Exaggerated use of word “bet” in his/her vocabulary
..Sports gambling tickets and/or lottery tickets in their possession
..Playing of gambling-type games on the Internet.
Source: The New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling


Catherine Townsend Lyon, Author & Gambling Recovery Advocate, Writer and Social Media Public Relations for Addicted Minds Treatment Directory