What Does 3 Numbers Pay On The Powerball
While playing Powerball is for some a cheap form of entertainment akin to going to the movies, occasionally people can take it to the extreme, causing problems in their lives and with their families. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, approximately one percent of American adults in a given year display behavior that meets the standard for pathological gambling. The following are some of the warning signs that one has a gambling problem.
Much like those who are addicted to alcohol, people will sometimes gamble to make themselves feel better. A person who is depressed about his current lot in life may turn to Powerball or other lotteries in order to give himself hope for the future. He figures that if he can just win the big jackpot, all of his problems will go away, so he pins his hopes and dreams on playing each week. While it is ok to dream big and to fantasize about one would do with all of that money, it can become a problem if people rely on lotteries for their happiness and hope, and become addicted to the euphoria associated with the game. Not only are they setting themselves up for deep disappointment each time they lose, but it can be easy for pathological gamblers to keep devoting more and more money each week to the lottery in an attempt to chase their dream of winning big. People should recognize that Powerball and other lotteries are not an easy way out of poverty; they are a form of entertainment and a method of raising money for governmental projects such as education.
Another warning sign of a gambling problem is when someone feels irritated or restless when he or she cannot gamble for some reason. Again, certain people rely on playing lotteries or other forms of gambling as their main source of happiness. They are fixated on the next big score, and believe that winning the jackpot is just around the corner. A person who displays this type of behavior is in need of addiction counseling, to show him that there are other, better ways to derive happiness out of life, and the method they have chosen more often than not only ends up in disappointment and bitterness.
Probably the most obvious sign that someone has a problem is if he borrows money to play the lottery. It is bad enough when a pathological gambler buys lottery tickets with his own money, which typically is earmarked for other, more important things such as rent or car payments, but when he starts spending money that he doesn’t even have to buy these tickets, there is potential for a major problem. What usually happens is that after he loses, he will not be able to come up with the money to pay back the original advance, but he believes that if he can just win a future jackpot, he’ll be able to make good on the loan and have a bunch left over. So, he borrows even more money to play the lottery again, and an accelerating downward spiral ensues. Another, more drastic example of this is when office workers embezzle money from their employer in order to buy lottery tickets. The thinking is that once they hit the jackpot, they will be able to replace the stolen funds without anyone knowing, and keep the difference. Obviously, this is never a good idea, as the missing funds are always traced back to the person who stole them, usually resulting in a lengthy prison term.
There are many warning signs of a gambling problem, among them the reliance on gambling for happiness, irritation when not able to wager, and the use of borrowed funds for this purpose. A person displaying any of these behaviors should seek professional help immediately.