Internet Sweepstakes-Is It Gambling? Volume 15, Issue 15

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Internet Sweepstakes-Is It Gambling? Volume 15, Issue 15

Post by tammy rigsby » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:39 pm

There are dozens of Internet Sweepstakes Centers in Florida. Their popularity has increased greatly over the last 2 years with Floridians but there is quite a dilemma regarding these facilities which is; is it gambling? These places are not regulated by the state and are more or less, dealt with on a county or city basis as far as legality. Some counties have been very vigilant in shutting them down as they feel they violate gambling laws set by the state while other counties simply let them be. The owners of these centers state that they are not promoting gambling and patrons are simply buying Internet time and can surf the web while their sweepstakes entries are being revealed. However, not many seem to be “surfing” the web while this is happening, they are playing slot machine like games to try and rack up credits that can be redeemed for cash. Moreover, individuals are having problems due to these establishments. They are becoming addicted at a rapid rate and are suffering severe consequences. The players these centers attract are a different demographic than what the FCCG usually sees in that they are lower income, mostly female and a high percentage of older adults. These individuals may not have typically gambled at a casino but now, there is gambling right in their hometown that appears to offer the same experience and the same effect. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Internet Sweepstakes Facts
The FCCG has received dozens of calls from people who are experiencing problem due to these centers since 2009.
-80% are women
-Average household income is below $25,000
-40% are older adults (55+)
-50% are retired or unemployed
-Average household income is below $25,000
-40% are older adults (55+)
-50% are retired or unemployed

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Preoccupation with Gambling
Risking Relationships
Gambling to Escape
Relying on Bailouts
Increasing Bets to Sustain Thrill
Concealing Activity
Loss of Control
Chasing Losses
Illegal Activities
Agitated when Stopping or Cutting Back

Check these out!!!!
www.gamblinghelp.org

http://gamblinghelp.org/forums/


Books:
Personal Foul
Tim Donaghy

Gambling in America
Earl L. Grinols

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-236-4848 for information and resources.

HELP STARTS HERE

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