People who have gambling problems can ban themselves from claiming larger Missouri Lottery jackpots under a program started Thursday.
The self-bans are voluntary and last a lifetime. Participants will not be able to claim winnings of $600 or more and won’t be allowed to access a loyalty program. Lottery officials also will remove them from mailing or promotional lists.
The Missouri Gaming Commission already lets people ban themselves from casinos.
Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon said the $600 figure was selected because winnings of that amount or more must be claimed at one of the lottery’s four regional offices. She said it would be impossible to enforce the program at each of the more than 5,000 retailers statewide.
The Missouri Lottery will keep a database of the self-excluded that will be checked whenever someone claims prizes, and those who have banned themselves won’t get any money.
“We have an obligation to our players to operate in a socially responsible manner,” Reardon said.
Missouri is basing its self-exclusion option on programs in Illinois, Iowa and Maryland.
The Gaming Commission said 13,800 people are on the self-exclusion list for casinos.