You’ve come to the right place to learn more about problem gambling in Minnesota.

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Help at No Cost

Help for problem gambling is available at no cost for gamblers and their families. Here are some resources.

Success Stories

Many Minnesotans have overcome a gambling addiction. Here are some inspiring success stories.


Northstar’s website is a repository for information about problem gambling in Minnesota. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please let us know.

1-800-333-4673 (HOPE)

If you’d like to get help immediately, please call the Minnesota Problem Gambling helpline at 1-800-333-4673 (HOPE).


Signs of Gambling Addiction

Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for compulsive gambling? Here are eight warning signs of a gambling problem:

  1. Increased frequency of gambling activity
  2. Increased amount of money gambled
  3. Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  4. Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  5. Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
  6. Lying about how money is spent
  7. Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
  8. Denying there is a problem

Are You at Risk for Problem Gambling?

Two questions can help determine if you’re at risk for problem gambling.

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Gambling: From Recreational to Addictive

Most people enjoy gambling in a responsible manner. But some develop an addiction to gambling, suffering social, emotional and financial devastation. Virtually anyone—men or women, young or old, and those from every religion, race and socio-economic background—is at risk for developing a gambling problem. Read about the signs of problem gambling here.