North Carolina Education Lottery: Let's talk about problem gambling

The lottery’s job is to offer fun games to raise money for education in North Carolina and, at the same time, work to protect the interests of those who choose to play our games.

With that goal in mind, each March, we partner with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the N.C. Problem Gambling Program to raise awareness of resources to support someone who might show signs of problem gambling, whether it is caused by playing the lottery or any other type of gambling.

So let’s talk about that a bit. If you enjoy playing the lottery, what are the warning signs that you’re playing too much?

  • “Chasing” losses in an attempt to break even
  • Going without basic needs in order to buy lottery tickets
  • A preoccupation with lottery games
  • A need for more money to play lottery games more frequently
  • Restlessness or irritability when you try to stop playing.

We want to make sure you know that help is available in North Carolina. Anyone can reach out to licensed professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Call: (877) 718-5543, a toll-free helpline
  • Text: morethanagamenc to 53342
  • Online Chat:

Most of our players enjoy lottery games without issue. But if there comes a time when playing the lottery doesn’t feel like fun, that’s a sign that it may be time to take a break.