If you or someone you know has a gambling problem or you're worried that one might be developing, we have a few tips to bring it into line.
Sharing and talking
If you’re worried about your gambling, the best thing you can do is talk to someone you know and trust. Your friends and whānau may already be worried that something is troubling you and may even know it's gambling.
Staying In Control
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem or you're worried one might be developing, we have a few great tips to bring it into line. Find a plan that works for you using our tips below, then share your plan with trusted whānau and friends to help you stay on track.
How Much Are You Spending?
Often gamblers have no idea how much they’re spending; sometimes when it’s spent in smaller amounts it doesn’t feel like much, but when you add it together it’s actually a lot.
Know your odds
You might be hoping that a big win could make a difference for you and your family but your chances of winning while gambling are a lot lower than you might think. Knowing your odds of winning can really put your chances into perspective.
How pokies work
Every pokie machine will ALWAYS take in more money than it pays out, that’s its whole purpose. They’re designed to get you to stay at them for as long as possible, but each spin will have as much chance of winning as the last one, so it doesn't matter if you have a system, you can't beat or cheat a pokie machine.
Using today's technology, it's possible to gamble almost anywhere, 24/7. From the bedroom to the bathroom, even outdoors, and sadly a lot of us have learnt the hard way just how quickly gambling can go from fun to feeling out of control. Here are some of the traps to watch out for and some tips to keep yourself safe so you don’t lose more time and money than you meant to.
Guide to casino games
Step inside a casino and the atmosphere tingles with excitement. While it’s supposed to be a form of entertainment, it can become harmful. You’re likely to spend more than you win, so it should never be counted on as a way to make money.
How lotto works
Before you check your Lotto results, it's easy to daydream about extended holidays and a sports car for every member of the whānau. But what are your true odds of winning Lotto first division or Powerball?
Gaming vs gambling
The line between gaming and online gambling is definitely blurry! "Free-to-play" games, apps and websites offering simulated gambling can be entertaining, but despite their name they could still cost you time and money.
How much is too much?
The amount you can safely spend on gambling comes down to your circumstances and what amount you’re able to lose, without it affecting your ability to pay for other things. For some people, even a few dollars may mean they (or others) have to go without weekly essentials. Ask yourself – is your gambling just for fun?
Real life stories
What may start off as a bit of fun can easily get out of hand for many gamblers. Here are some stories from people who have lived or worked with gambling harm. Check them out.
Know the signs
It’s important to recognise when your gambling is no longer just for fun.
Help and support
There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. In fact, it shows strength and determination to take control.
Face to face
It can often be a huge relief to chat to someone who’s outside of your situation, and doing it face to face is a great way to get more personal support.
Services near you
Wherever you are in the country, free and confidential support for your gambling is never far away. Getting some help to get back on track is just a text, phone call, or Zoom away...
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