While it may be tempting to try your luck in the lottery, there is a fine line between playing for the big prize and gambling away all your winnings. The latter often leads to health problems, such as substance abuse, gambling addiction, and even suicide. It’s best to stick to the legalized games offered by Singapore Pools and stay within the bounds of the law.
The latest figures from the Tote Board show that a record $9.2 billion was spent on bets in the last financial year ended in March 2022, up by 40 per cent from the previous year. This includes bets on the 4-D and Toto, as well as sports such as football.
A Gojek driver, who only wanted to be known as Mr Cho, said he places bets of up to $400 a week on football matches at Singapore Pools. He has been playing for a few years and says that he is “lucky” to win a small prize every now and then.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, a person with a gambling problem can seek help through the helplines or e-chat services. In addition, the organisers of lottery games and sports betting have also introduced a variety of measures to help those who might be at risk of gambling addiction. For example, family members can file for a family exclusion order through Singapore Pools to suspend an individual’s online betting account.