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Ohio Lottery Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Lottery is joining the National Council on Problem Gambling to dedicate the month of March to problem gambling awareness to educate the public about problem gambling warning signs and how to get help.

The Ohio Lottery provides funding for prevention and treatment of problem gambling, with treatment centers across Ohio and specialized trainings. Throughout the month of March, counselors from across the state will attend virtual trainings provided by the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio to learn more about problem gambling and how to treat it. 

In conjunction with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Lottery is conducting a mandatory all-employee responsible gambling training  “Feeling Pride and Confidence in the Ohio Lottery’s RG Efforts: Data, Resources, and Tools”.  This training will teach employees the differences between responsible and problem gambling. In addition, employees that work directly with customers or gaming stakeholders will attend additional trainings to learn about safer gambling marketing tools and resources.

“The Ohio Lottery remains committed to responsible gambling programs, not only during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, but at all times throughout the year. We encourage our players to have fun while staying within their limits,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald said. 

The Ohio Lottery dedicates funding for responsible gambling and problem gambling awareness campaigns, including Keep It Fun, Ohio. The Lottery's website, Keep it Fun, Ohio offers Ohioans the chance to learn ways to keep gambling within the limits and how to spot a gambling problem. Visitors can use the “Costulator”, a gambling calculator that lets individuals see the reality of the total amount they spend on lottery games for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year.  The site also offers a direct line to help for those struggling with a gambling addiction.

Gambling may be a problem when it:
  • Causes financial problems;
  • Harms relationships with friends or loved ones;
  • Interferes with work, school or other activities; and/or
  • Impacts physical or mental health.
To get help, please call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966. Confidential Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To learn more about Problem Gambling Awareness Month visit https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/programs/pgam/

Additional information on problem gambling and free treatment options in the State of Ohio can be found on our website at www.ohiolottery.com/Resources/Play-Responsibly or by visiting  www.gamblinghelpohio.org.