About this site : Gambling: calculating the risk is an educational website which helps you learn about mathematics and probability, as applied to lotto, instant scratchies, roulette and poker machines. The mathematical challenges get harder the further you go as you gain an understanding about the probabilities of winning and losing.
You will discover something about how these forms of gambling work, their history, how much Australians spend on gambling, and where to seek help if gambling becomes a problem for an individual or family members.
For teachers : Go to the Library to find advice on integrating this site into your program. The Library has learning sequences and classroom activities for Stage 4 and 5 students in mathematics, health and commerce that you can print out and use. This site can help you promote safe and healthy lifestyles to your students by giving them information and skills within a curriculum context.
There is no staking or risking of money on this website, and no winning or losing. In New South Wales only people 18 years of age or over may legally gamble.
Gambling: calculating the risk website presents information researched by staff from the Powerhouse Museum, NSW teachers and Macquarie University. The information on this website is correct at the time of writing (2004).
Financial assistance for this projects was provided by the New South Wales Government from the Responsible Gambling Fund as an information and education initiative aimed at raising awareness about problem gambling in the community. This website is designed to explain the mathematical principles which underpin gambling.
Gambling Help runs a confidential phone service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed by people who really understand how difficult it can be to try to get your gambling under control. They're not there to judge you or tell you that what you're doing is wrong. They're there to listen and, when you're ready, they're there to provide helpful, practical tips and information. The number to call is 1800 858 858