March 4-10, 2012 marks National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the availability and benefits of problem gambling treatment.
The Ohio Lottery is dedicated to helping those with gambling addictions, and we have joined this effort to help educate the public about problem gambling warning signs. Part of that mission is done through the Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-589-9966), where individuals can call for help. The helpline is staffed 24/7 with trained specialists who can guide an individual to the help they may need.
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.
The Ohio Lottery also 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.
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.
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.