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Ohio Lottery Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Week

CLEVELAND -- March 4-10, 2012 is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, dedicated to increasing public awareness of the availability and benefits of problem gambling treatment. As the gambling landscape in Ohio changes, the Ohio Lottery is dedicated to helping those with gambling addictions and has joined this effort to help educate the public about problem gambling warning signs and promote the Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-589-9966), where individuals can call for help.

On March 6, the Ohio Lottery in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services will host the annual Problem Gambling Conference in Columbus for counselors across the state of Ohio. The conference offers seminars and training from experts in the areas of prevention and treatment of all aspects of problem gambling.

“In order to make a positive impact in the community, we need to be sure that the individuals and families that are in need of services can access them,” said Director Dennis Berg. “This event helps us reach out and provide valuable information and training for the counselors on the front lines.”

In 2011, the Ohio Lottery’s ad campaign titled “Gambling Is All Fun and Games Until…” won the Public Awareness Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling. The Ohio Lottery distributes information cards, TV, radio and print ads, and will be using current communication channels to bring attention to warning signs and increase awareness of the Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-589-9966). Information has also been distributed to the health care community about recognizing problem gambling symptoms.

The Ohio Lottery provides funds to the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) for prevention and treatment of problem gambling, with trainings and treatment centers across Ohio. In addition, the Ohio Lottery funds the Problem Gambling Helpline and Ohio’s annual Problem Gambling Conference held in March in conjunction with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.

Additional information on problem gambling and treatment options can be found on our website at http://www.ohiolottery.com/Resources/Play-Responsibly or by visiting www.odadas.state.oh.us/public/ and contacting the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services.



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