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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.

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Guide to casino games

Casinos are built to be exciting and entertaining, but each casino game is designed so players are disadvantaged. Get some tips on how to stay safe.

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.

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How does the Lotto draw work?

Many New Zealanders get lured into daydreams, but the odds of winning lotto are against us. Learn more about the reality, in numbers.

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?

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Gaming vs gambling

The line between gaming and gambling online can be blurry; particularly for the younger generation. Keep your whānau safe by looking out for common traps.

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.

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Related information

Check out these other pages for safer gambling support and guidance.

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Safer gambling

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.

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How much is too much to spend on gambling?

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?

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