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Games of Chance

For games of chance, no amount of thinking, planning or strategizing will have an impact on the outcome. Each play is totally random and completely unpredictable. Your choices don’t influence your likelihood of winning. 

Sure, you can decide how much to bet or where to place your bets, however different games offer different odds and there is nothing you, as a player, can do to influence the outcome. For this reason, it’s essential to understand how games of chance work before you play them. The more you know, the more fun you’ll have. And remember: you’re always in control of how much to bet, how often you play and for how long.

Before you even start, it’s a good idea to set limits on how time limits and determine a budget to keep within your spending limits.

Rules That Rule

For some games, it is possible to improve your chances of winning by learning more about the game or by developing your skills as a player. But don’t be fooled, chance still plays a big part. No matter your skill level, you still can’t control the hand you’re dealt. The best players in the world know when it’s time to fold.

  • Play for fun, not to make money
  • Set a budget before you start
  • Know how the game works and what the odds are before playing
  • Don’t chase losses
  • Balance gambling with other activities


For the lottery, odds and probability mean the same thing. They both refer to the mathematical likelihood of winning. For example, the odds of winning a 6/49 jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816.

The more you know,

the better decisions you’ll make and

the more fun you’ll have


Is anything truly random?

When you gamble, it may seem like you’re in control of what’s happening, but you’re not—in fact, it’s completely random.

Need Help?

Get in touch with the support you deserve.

Call the NWT Help Line 1-800-661-0844
Nunavut’s Kamatsiaqtut Help Line’s numbers are 867-979-3333 or 1-800-265-3333.