|Posted: October 17, 2007, 5:47 pm - IP Logged|
From the Illinois lottery website:
ILLINOIS LOTTERY VOLUNTARY SELF-EXCLUSION PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND FAQ’s
Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program
The Illinois Lottery offers a program that allows a person to ban him/herself from receiving lottery prizes over $600 as well as any direct-mail or e-mail lottery promotional materials. The agreement bars those individuals who sign it from receiving payment for winning Illinois Lottery tickets at the lottery's five prize payment centers or through the Lottery’s central office.
How does the program work?
Under the policy, a lottery player who wishes to enter into a lifetime self-ban agreement with the lottery signs a contract provided by the Illinois Lottery and has it notarized, then turns it in to the lottery. In the contract, players acknowledge that they are problem gamblers, and that their ability to claim lottery prizes is an unwelcome incentive to them to play. The players acknowledge that they want to reduce the incentive to play lottery games by entering into a voluntary self-exclusion agreement restricting them from claiming prizes at lottery offices.
The lottery maintains a computer database containing the names and Social Security numbers of those who have signed the contracts and checks information against the database whenever someone tries to claim a prize at an Illinois Lottery office. Those players on the list are denied prize payment.
The lottery also removes from any mailing or promotional lists the names of those players who enter into self-ban contracts.
How does a lottery player get a self-exclusion form?
Click here to download and print the most current version of the lottery's self-exclusion form (PDF version). A player may also obtain a form from a Lottery regional or administrative office, or may contact one of the problem gambling assistance organizations listed in our resource directory. When the form is completed and notarized, it must be submitted to:
ATTN: Claims Unit
101 W. Jefferson, MC5-915
Springfield, IL 62702
I'm really wondering how this is going to work and if this isn't a lawsuit in the making.
Might get very interesting.
Missouri has a casino "Ban me" policy but for the most part it's a joke- impossible to enforce.
And I have to ask, why not an all-put ban instead of a $600 and under limit?
Some would say the message here is you can still play, just don't win anything big.
Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.
There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.