Myths or facts?
1. "Lucky" people have better chance at winning at gambling.
2. "Cold" machines that haven't paid out in a while are due to pay out.
3. "Hot" machines that have been paying off all day will likely continue paying off.
4. If you lose at first, just keep playing and you'll win it back.
5. You can't get addicted to an activity the way you can to a substance.
6. You have to have money to become a problem gambler.
7. There is no treatment for problem gambling-you just need to stop.
Fact: There are evidence-based treatments for gambling addiction, and most people who seek treatment benefit from it.
8. Casinos cheat to get your money
Fact: They don't have to.
9. You need a good "system" to win at slots.
10. Using good luck charms will increase your chances of winning.
11. There are books and websites that can help you learn to be a better slot player.
Fact: There are no “experts” at Electronic Gaming Machines. The outcomes are always random, every time.
12. Problem gamblers are bad at math.
13. If you keep track of when a machine typically pays off, you can increase your chances of winning.
Fact: Casinos can’t set up the machines to pay at particular times of the day or week
14. Casinos pump oxygen in to make you stay longer.
Fact: Casinos don’t pump oxygen in to make you stay longer and spend more.
15. If you don't gamble every day, you aren't a problem gambler.
Fact: Some problem gamblers wager sporadically or on a binge. Many do not play every day.
16. If you keep track of winning symbols and near-misses can figure out when the machine wil pay out.
Fact: You cannot increase your odds at the slots by keeping track of the lemons and other symbols
17. As long as you can pay your bills, your gambling problem hasn't gotten bad yet.
Fact: Problem gambling isn't defined by how much money you've spent, but by the fact that you continue spending time and money in spite of negative consequences.
18. Kids can't become problem gamblers.
Fact: Studies have shown that youth are 2-4 times more likely than an adult to show problem gambling symptoms.
19. You can tell by looking at someone they have a gambling problem.
Fact: Gambling addiction is often called the silent disorder, because unlike with substance abuse you cannot see or smell it.
20. Gambling is less harmful than many other ways to cope with stress.
21. Gambling addiction isn't as serious as other addictions.
Fact: Gambling addiction has the highest rate of suicide among all addictions.
22. Expect to lose. Odds are, you will.
23. If you are good at playing poker, you'll be good at playing video poker.
24. If you play "max bet" your chances are better.
25. The more money you bet, the more likely you are to win.
26. If you leave "your" machine, someone else may win "your" jackpot while you are gone.
27. When buying lottery tickets, you should ask for the ones at the end of the roll.
28. When buying lottery tickets, you should ask for the ones at the beginning of the roll.
29. You should keep track of what Lotto numbers you play, to see which ones have been lucky.
30. Machines located in certain locations in a casino are more likely to pay out.
Fact: Slot machines near the doors and aisle don’t pay more often than others
31. You should check the list of "hot" and "cold" numbers for Lotto, to see which are more likely to win
32. Men are more likely to become problem gamblers.
Fact: Gambling addiction is an equal opportunity addiction. In WV, about half of the callers to 1-800-Gambler are females.
33. If you are a problem gambler, at least you are only hurting yourself.
34. Your credit and financial problems won't impact your spouse.
35. Day trading is not like gambling.
36. If you know a lot about sports, you'll be good at playing Fantasy Sports.
37. There are no "Hot" machines.
38. Playing "lucky" numbers like your birth date is a good lottery strategy.
39. Letting kids gamble isn't like buying them beer or cigarettes.
Fact: In most cases it is illegal for underage children to gamble. Most problem gamblers report that they started gambling at an early age, and children are especially susceptible to the misconception that create gambling problems.
40. Odds of winning Powerball increase as the jackpot gets bigger.
41. Games like Bingo aren't really gambling.
Fact: Any game involving wagering money is gambling.
42. You can't have "withdrawal" from stopping gambling.
Fact: Many problem gamblers report becoming restless or irritable when they aren't playing.
43. Gambling addiction is very rare.
Fact. Studies have shown that around 1% of the population has severe gambling addiction, and another 2-3% show symptoms of problem gambling.
44. To overcome a gambling addiction, you have to find a 28-day in-patient facility.
Fact: Most problem gamblers are successfully treated on an out-patient basis.
45. Gamblers Anonymous is just a bunch of people sitting around telling stories about how much they lost.
Fact: Like other 12-step programs, GA revolves around a group of like-minded people encouraging each other in recovery.
46. You'll never win if you don't play.
Fact: Okay, technically not a myth, but remember the more likely mantra "You'll never lose if you don't play."
47. If you spend a dollar on a lottery ticket, you may least win a dollar, so you're ahead.
Fact: Think about that for a minute.
48. People who win the lottery live happily ever after.
49. If the Roulette Wheel has landed on red several times in a row, bet on black because it's due to come up.
Fact: Classic gambler's fallacy: www.logicalfallacies.info/relevance/gamblers/
50. If you pay attention to patterns, you are more likely to win.
Fact: Outcomes are ALWAYS RANDOM. EVERY TIME.
51. A "near miss" indicates you were about to win.
52. If you can't find someone to pay off your gambling debts, you'll have a clean slate and be on your way to recovery.
Fact: Most problem gamblers say that getting a "bailout" only enables them to continue gambling.