As of Monday, there were 34 people on the Massachusetts sports betting voluntary self-exclusion list.
That’s according to Massachusetts Gaming Commission spokesperson Thomas Mills, who also told PlayMA there were approximately 1,350 individuals on the casino voluntary self-exclusion list.
Massachusetts’ voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) program allows people to put themselves on a list that bars them from gambling at a casino, betting at retail and online sportsbooks, or both.
The length of the self-exclusion period is up to each individual. Options are one year, three years, five years or a lifetime. The only way to be allowed back in a casino or on a sportsbook app is by completing a reinstatement session with a problem gambling professional after your self-exclusion period ends.
How to enroll in the Massachusetts VSE program
There are several ways to enroll in the VSE program:
- Call the 24-hour Safer Gaming Education Line at 1-800-426-1234
- Visit the GameSense website and enroll via online chat
- Enroll in-person at any GameSense Info Center at one of the Massachusetts casinos
- Contact the MGC 617-533-9737 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment
One interesting note: Those who enroll in the VSE program for sports betting or casino gambling can still play any Massachusetts Lottery games.
MA’s commitment to responsible gambling
The Massachusetts VSE program is an example of the state’s commitment to responsible gambling. It is generally thought of as one of the best states when it comes to addressing problem gambling. Its six-year longitudinal study of problem gambling in the state — from 2013-19 — reflects that.
Plans for MA sports betting tax payments also reflect that commitment. A total of 9% of online and retail sports betting tax payments will go toward the Public Health Trust Fund. That houses many of the state’s responsible gambling programs. In 2022, that fund received $17.2 million from the state budget.
If the high end of PlayMA‘s sports betting revenue projection proves to be true, the Public Health Trust Fund could receive a $7.8 million boost when the market is fully mature. That’s 45.5% of the entire 2022 fund.
If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 1-800-327-5050 or visit www.mahelpline.org/problemgambling to speak with a trained specialist for free, 24/7