CT Lottery Supports National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 3 - 9
March 01, 2013 -- Consistent with its ongoing and well recognized commitment to increase public awareness about responsible play, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and its Board of Directors pledge its support for National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 3 - 9, 2013.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation urges you to call 1-888-789-7777, a free resource to help those with gambling problems. The Problem Gambling Helpline is a 24-hour toll-free service, established for the purpose of providing information, support and referrals to persons impacted by problem gambling.
“Through our collaboration with experts in the problem gambling field, we know that the gambling problems can affect the entire family,” said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the CT Lottery. “The Lottery remains committed to educating our players, our vendors, our retail partners and ourselves about the dangers of problem gambling. We especially remain vigilant in our efforts to discourage youth from gambling. Help is available.”
A commitment to responsible gaming education and awareness is a core value of the Lottery, reflected in various corporate initiatives. The CT Lottery’s on-going efforts in support of responsible gaming during the past year have included:
• Achieved Level 2 Accreditation on Responsible Gaming from the World Lottery Association
• Participating in and sponsoring the CT Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference
• Reminding adults of the impact that gambling problems can have on families
• Developing a robust holiday responsible gaming campaign that included participating in the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behavior Holiday education initiative, sponsored by McGill University
• Awarded the first “North American 2011 Holiday Campaign Award” by the National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University for creating a special marketing campaign to educate consumers that lottery tickets are not a suitable gift for children under the age of 18 years of age
During National Problem Gambling Awareness Week 2013, the CT Lottery support will include:
• Restricted product advertising from radio and TV
• Broadcast of television and radio PSAs in support of responsible gambling
• Digital billboards to promote the “Gambling is not child’s play” message
• Marquee messaging at Hartford’s XL Center
• A letter to retail partners reminding them about National Problem Gambling Awareness Week and encouraging them to participate
Since 1996, the Lottery has contributed a total of $20,423,000 to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund. In fiscal year 2012, the Lottery provided $1.9 million to the fund.
The CT Lottery is also part of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling, the CT Women’s Problem Gambling Project and the CT Coalition for Responsible Gambling, which includes representation from all of the gaming organizations in the state, as well as the Division of Special Revenue, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Problem Gambling Services and the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.