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National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 7-13

CLEVELAND -- March 7-13, 2011 is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, dedicated to increasing public awareness of the availability and benefits of problem gambling treatment.  The Ohio Lottery 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.  

During National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, communities nationwide are working to raise awareness of the consequences of problem gambling and the resources available for individuals whose gambling is causing disruption in their lives. Treatment for problem gambling is not only available, but is also effective in improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families. This initiative is also a celebration of the men and women who are overcoming problems associated with their gambling behavior.

“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 Interim Director Dennis Berg.

The Ohio Lottery developed and distributed 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 Ohio’s annual Problem Gambling Conference held in March in conjunction with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.

For more information about problem gambling, select the “Resources” tab on our website,

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