CT Lottery Supports National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Consistent with its ongoing commitment to increase public awareness about responsible play, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation is participating in National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, March 2015, which is designed to raise awareness of problem gambling and open up discussions about prevention, identification, treatment and recovery.
“Gambling problems can affect the entire family, which means we all have a critical role to play in addressing gambling addiction—by having the conversation,” said Anne M. Noble, President and CEO of the CT Lottery. “Family members can ‘have the conversation’ with those who show signs of gambling disorders. Individuals who find that gambling is causing negative consequences in their life can also ‘have the conversation’ with gambling helplines, which can direct them to valuable resources.”
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-888-789-7777, a free, 24-hour service established for the purpose of obtaining information, support and referrals to persons impacted by problem gambling.
To be a part of the effort to start a conversation about gambling responsibly, share the CT Lottery's "Know Your Limit. Stay Within it," message on Facebook or Twitter #gambleresponsibly.
The CT Lottery’s commitment to responsible gambling
is reflected in various corporate responsibility initiatives. The Lottery’s efforts in support of responsible gambling during the past year included:
• Participating and contributing to the CT Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference.
• Participating in the annual holiday responsible gambling campaign sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University.
• Reminding educators and parents of the impact that gambling problems can have on families.
• Continuing our ongoing marketing efforts to educate consumers that lottery tickets are not a suitable gift for children under 18 years of age.
• Receiving the best new problem gambling-related newsletter award for the CT Lottery's newsletter Chatter that Matters™ by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) at the organization’s 28th National Conference on Problem Gambling.
• Receiving an award for best Responsible Gambling Communications in the Electronic Category for Retailer Training at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Atlantic City.
The CT Lottery’s support of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) this year 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 Problem Gambling Helpline number.
• Point of sale and digital messaging to retail partners reminding them about National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and encouraging them to participate.
• A resolution in support of PGAM adapted by the Board of Directors.
Since 1996, the Lottery has provided a total of $26,348,000 million to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund. In fiscal year 2014, the CT Lottery contributed $2.3 million to the fund.
The CT Lottery is also part of the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling, the Gambling Awareness for All of Connecticut group and the CT Coalition for Responsible Gambling, which includes representation from all of the gambling 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.