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Got a problem with gambling? Banning yourself is an option

DES MOINES – Iowans with a gambling problem – either with the lottery or casinos – have an option at their disposal to help themselves – self banning.

The Iowa Gaming Association offers a program to allow a person to ban him/herself from each particular casino.

According to its website, a Statewide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was created in 2004 so a person can sign one form and not be allowed at any Iowa licensed casino.  This program, prompted by the Iowa Legislature, was created as a deterrent as a part of the industry’s comprehensive responsible gaming initiative.

By signing an exclusion form, a person can voluntarily request a lifetime ban from all casinos in Iowa. This form will then be disseminated to all IGA member casinos (The two tribal casinos are exempt from participation).  The form can be downloaded and taken to the nearest casino.

A banned person who is discovered with winnings at an IGA casino forfeits any jackpot, slot credit or chips to the Iowa Gambling Treatment program.

The Iowa Lottery also offers a person the opportunity to ban him/herself from receiving lottery prizes over $600 as well as any lottery promotional materials.

To ban yourself from the Iowa Lottery, download the most current version of the lottery’s self-exclusion form, print it, and have it notarized. It should then be turned in to any Iowa Lottery regional office.

In the contract, players acknowledge that they are problem gamblers, and that their ability to claim lottery prizes is an unwelcome incentive to them to play. The players acknowledge that they want to reduce the incentive to play lottery games by entering into a voluntary self-exclusion agreement restricting them from claiming prizes at lottery offices.




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