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Free Counseling For Cumpulsive Gamblers And Their Families.
Free counseling for compulsive gamblers and their family members is provided through agencies contracted through the Missouri Department of Mental Health. A list of these agencies, along with a complete list of certified compulsive gambling counselors in Missouri, can be found at this site. Click Here

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Do you have a question about problem or compulsive gambling? Would you like to make an appointment for free treatment from a certified compulsive gambling counselor (Only available to Missouri residents)? E-mail a counselor and start finding the help you need. All e-mails will be answered within 15 hours. If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Missouri Lottery Self-Exclusion Program (SEP)
SEP is a responsible gaming resource for players who classify themselves as problem or pathological gamblers to reduce the incentive to play Missouri Lottery games. Since Aug. 1, 2013, the Missouri Lottery has offered a program that allows players to enter into voluntary lifetime self-ban agreements with the Lottery prohibiting those individuals from claiming prizes of more than $600 and accessing the My Lottery® Players Club.

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Missouri Casino List of Disassociated Persons (DAP)
The Missouri Gaming Commission administers a List of Disassociated Persons for problem gamblers. The List, created in 1996, provides problem gamblers with a method to acknowledge they have a gambling problem and to take personal responsibility for it by agreeing to stop visiting casinos in Missouri for the rest of their life, with the option to petition to remove their name from the List five years after placement on the List. The List directs Missouri casino operators to:
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  • Refuse check cashing privileges; and
  • Deny participation in player programs.
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Compulsive gambling is a behavior disorder in which an individual has an uncontrollable preoccupation and urge to gamble. This results in excessive gambling, the outcome of which is loss of time and money.

The gambling reaches the point at which it compromises, disrupts or destroys the gambler's personal life, family relationships or vocational pursuits. The key signs are emotional dependence on gambling, loss of control and interference with normal functioning.