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CT Lottery Supports Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011Consistent with its ongoing and well recognized commitment to increase public awareness about problem gambling, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation renews its support for Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011.  

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation urges you to call 1-800-346-6238, 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.  

Anne M. Noble, President & CEO of the CT Lottery notes that, “Through our collaboration with experts in the problem gambling field, we know that the gambling problems can affect the entire family.  The Lottery remains committed to ensuring that the public knows problem gambling can be prevented and that youth should not engage in lottery play.  Our mission is to spread a message of help and hope.”

In a new radio public service announcement from the CT Lottery, UConn Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma lends his support to remind the public of the risks associated with underage gambling.

A second newly created Lottery PSA features New England Patriots legend John Hannah.  Hannah’s message to parents also supports the Lottery efforts to educate youth and adults about safe activities for children.  

The CT Lottery and the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling are also currently working with Youth Rights Media, a New Haven based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to make informed choices through the use of video media production.  The video, which focuses on making sound decisions, will be released at a later date.

A commitment to responsible gaming education and awareness is a core value of the Lottery, reflected in various corporate initiatives.  The CT Lottery’s efforts in support of Problem Gambling Awareness Week 2011 will include:

  • Restricted product advertising from radio and TV;
  • Broadcast of television and radio PSAs in support of responsible gambling;
  • Outdoor digital billboards to promote “Gambling is not child’s play” message;
  • Information messaging at retail locations to provide Problem Gambling Helpline information;
  • Marquee messaging at Hartford’s XL Center;
  • Support for a press event endorsed by the CT Partnership for Responsible Gambling on March 8 at the Legislative Office Building.

Since 1996, the Lottery has contributed a total of $17,548,000 to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund. In fiscal year 2010, 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 Gambling Awareness Committee, 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.

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