Learn The Facts
Myth: I’ve noticed a pattern in the numbers that have been drawn over the past few weeks.
Fact: Human brains like to look for patterns. But any patterns you notice in lottery numbers are meaningless. Looking at past numbers is like looking in the rearview mirror of your car – it doesn’t tell you what’s ahead.
Where can I find help if I think I have a problem?
Problem gambling can affect anyone; but there is help. Information and help is also available for concerned family and friends.
- In Alberta, call the Alberta Health Services addiction confidential helpline, toll-free, 24 hours a day:
- In Manitoba, call the confidential and free 24-hour problem gambling helpline at:
- In Saskatchewan, call the problem gambling helpline toll-free at:
- In Yukon, call the Yukon Alcohol and Drug Services at 1-855-667-5777 for a referral to problem gambling support.
- In NWT, call the NWT Help Line (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at: 1-800-661-0844.
- In Nunavut, call Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at: 1-800-265-3333.
Keep it a Game
Although “good luck” and “best of luck” are common expressions of goodwill, the idea of “lucky numbers” is a myth.
Lottery games are games of chance, and the outcome is entirely random. So, don’t overspend on lottery tickets, thinking there is some way to “beat the system”. There isn’t. It only takes one ticket to win, and buying hundreds won’t substantially change your odds of winning.
With any lottery, you have to pay to play, and we encourage you to treat it like any other entertainment activity. Play only if you're enjoying the game.
To learn about common myths and how to recognize if your lottery play is becoming anything other than the game it should be, read: Learn the Facts: Keep it a Game.
You may also wish to check out these websites:
• In Alberta: GameSenseAB.ca
• In Saskatchewan: Problem Gambling Directory of Services
• In Manitoba: mbll.ca/gamesense