In honor of a week that reminds all of us to play it safe, the Illinois Lottery supports Responsible Gaming Education Week by encouraging players to sign their tickets.
Responsible Gaming Education Week was created in 1998 by the American Gaming Association. It is held the first full week of every August. RGEW is held to remind everyone to play responsibly. It promotes responsible gaming nationwide.
The Illinois Lottery is getting in on the responsible gaming vibe and reminding their citizens to protect their winning tickets. The Illinois Lottery is encouraging all lottery players to sign their lottery tickets. This ensures that no one else can turn in a winning ticket claiming it to be their own.
This practice is something that the Illinois Lottery encourages year round. Signing tickets makes the prize claiming process easier. Signing the back of lottery tickets is encouraged in all states. Most state lotteries acknowledge signed tickets as a great way to protect your ticket and practice responsible gaming.
If you lose a ticket without signing it, anyone may turn it in to claim your prize. However, if you remember to stay responsible and sign all of your tickets, thieves can’t benefit. Even if a ticket is redeemed by someone else, most states lotteries will not reward the prize unless the name matching the signature is present.
So remember to celebrate Responsible Gaming Education Week and sign the back of your lottery tickets.