Welcome to Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Ohio For Responsible Gambling is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio. Four State Agencies in Ohio are working together in this effort; The Ohio Lottery Commission (OLC), the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC), and The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). OhioMHAS serves as the resource partner for the new initiative and the lead agency responsible for prevention and treatment of problem gambling.



  • The 32nd National Conference on Problem Gambling will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Downtown Hilton, on July 20, 21, 2018. Details to follow.
  • 2017 - Ohio Receives Three National Awards for Problem Gambling Services - Read the PDF
  • Ohio 2012 Gambling Survey Key Findings - Read the PDF.

Tips on Responsible Gambling

  • Set limits on time & money.
  • Know risks before you bet.
  • Keep gambling a social activity.
  • Never borrow to play.
  • Don’t chase your losses.
  • Bet only what you can afford to lose.
  • Gamble with money set aside for entertainment.
  • Never gamble when depressed or under stress.
  • Avoid mixing gambling with alcohol or other substances.

Common Warning Signs

  • Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses.
  • Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble
  • Restless or irritable when not gambling.
  • Borrowing for gambling.
  • Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts.
  • Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling.
Get Set Before You Bet