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CT Lottery Supports Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012Consistent with its ongoing and well recognized commitment to increase public awareness about responsible play, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation renews its support for Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012. 

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.
 
“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 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.” 

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 play during the past year have included:

• Becoming a member of the World Lottery Association, and earning Level 1 Accreditation in Responsible Gaming Framework;
• Funding sponsor of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference;
• Funding sponsor of and presenter at the National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference;
• Participant in the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behavior Holiday education initiative, sponsored by McGill University.

During Problem Gambling Awareness Week 2012, the CT Lottery support will include:

• Restricted product advertising from radio and TV;
• Broadcast of television and radio PSAs in support of responsible gambling;
• Feature outdoor digital billboards to promote a “Gambling is not child’s play” message;
• Provide messaging at retail locations regarding Problem Gambling Helpline information;
• Provide marquee messaging at Hartford’s XL Center.

Since 1996, the Lottery has contributed a total of $19,948,000 to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Chronic Gamblers Treatment and Rehabilitation Fund. In fiscal year 2011, 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.

For more information, visit:  ctlottery.org/ResponsibleGambling

 

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