Learn how to use your GameSense to understand and enjoy gambling.
See what really happens when you play
Myth: Someone used the slot machine right after me and won the jackpot. That should have been my jackpot!
Fact: Slot machines & VLTs use a random number generator to select the symbols you see on screen. Pushing the button the exact millisecond the winning symbol is generated is the only thing that determines a jackpot.
Myth: I thought the VLTs were supposed to pay out 93% of the money I put in. That means if I put in $100, I should get $93 back.
Fact: VLTs pay back 93% of the money they take in over the life cycle of the machine, which could be millions of spins, not just your gambling session.
Myth: This slot machine hasn’t paid out in a long time. It's due for a win.
Fact: Machines are never “due” for a win. Since all machines pay at random, the next jackpot could be right away or thousands of spins later.
Myth: I can improve my chances of winning the lottery by picking certain numbers.
Fact: Picking certain numbers can make playing the lottery more fun, but it won't improve your chances of winning. Your odds stay the same no matter what numbers you play.
Myth: The longer I play a slot machine or a VLT, the more likely I am to win.
Fact: The longer you play, the more likely you are to pay, as the house advantage taken on every spin adds up. There is no way to predict when the next win is coming, no matter how long you play.
Myth: I'm an experienced card player so I can predict the outcome of the game.
Fact: Although skill and experience help you make better decisions than a beginner, you still can’t control the cards you are dealt or the house advantage present in every game.
Myth: If I play long enough, eventually I can win back all the money I’ve lost.
Fact: The longer you play, the more likely you are to lose. Chasing losses just leads to bigger losses.
Myth: My strategy for picking numbers for roulette is to avoid the last 10 winning numbers. They won't win again for a long time.
Fact: The odds remain the same no matter what numbers have come up in the past. With every spin, every number has an equal chance of winning.
When you gamble, the result is never certain and losing is always a possibility. So look at gambling as entertainment, like going to a movie, and not as income.
The more you know about the games, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions before and while you play.
Keeping it fun means playing within your limits. When you set money or time limits before you play, you are more likely to stick to them.
Once in a while, it’s a good idea to take a break from playing. It can help you make smarter decisions, so gambling stays fun.
Chasing losses almost always leads to bigger losses. Chances are, the more you play, the more you’ll pay.
Make gambling just one of the things you do for fun.