Please Play Responsibly
The Problem Gambling Help Line 1-800-306-6789 provides 24-hour confidential help to people with gambling problems and their families. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free of charge.
The 2018 Holiday Campaign marks the 11th year that the
National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University will be partnering with Canadian, U.S. and international lotteries to share an important message. The campaign encourages parents and loved ones to gift lottery tickets responsibly only to adults.
For information on The Annual Holiday Campaign of The National Council on Problem Gambling, along with the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University, visit http://www.ncpgambling.org/holiday.
Please remember that lottery tickets are “a joy to give, but not to kids” and are only for adults aged 18+ and older.
Although “good luck” and “best of luck” are common expressions of goodwill, the idea of “lucky numbers” is a myth. Lottery games are games of chance, and the outcome is entirely random. So, don’t overspend on lottery tickets, thinking there is some way to “beat the system”. There isn’t. It only takes one ticket to win, and buying hundreds won’t substantially change your odds of winning.
Play for entertainment, not to make money. As with all forms of entertainment, there is a cost involved. The more you play, the more you pay.
I can improve my chances of winning if I play “smart”.
Your personal strategies, superstitions or “lucky” rituals have no impact on the final outcome of a game. Due to the random nature of the draw, it’s impossible to predict what combination of numbers will be drawn or which SCRATCH ’N WIN ticket in the Retailer’s display will be a winner.
Playing the same numbers every week gives me a greater chance of winning the Jackpot.
Each draw is an independent event, and all numbers have the same chance of being selected for every draw. Your chances of winning are no better using the same numbers or using the quick pick method of selecting numbers.
There are “hot numbers” that are drawn more often than others.
Draws are independent events. The frequency that a number has been drawn in the past has no bearing on when it will be drawn in the future.
There are ways to forecast the outcome of lottery draws.
It’s impossible to predict when a number will be drawn – all draws are random. There are no tools or systems that can help you predict winning numbers.
If the odds are 1 in 4 on a SCRATCH ’N WIN and you buy four tickets, you should be guaranteed a win.
These are overall odds (1 in 4). So you could buy four tickets and win on all four, or win on none, or wind up somewhere between the two. There’s no connection between tickets.