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Lottery Fever?

Post by Administrator » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:49 am

Lottery Fever?

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Encourages You to Play Responsibly

Just a few days ago, one of the largest Lottery jackpots in history was up for grabs in 44 states and other commonwealths around the country. This Powerball jackpot had millions of people captivated for several weeks as it grew to enormous proportions. In the end, over 750 million dollars was claimed by one person in Massachusetts. This person beat the almost impossible 1 in 292,000,000 odds.

For most, playing the lottery is a harmless activity. People will spend a few dollars on a ticket every now and then and win or lose, they are not affected in any way as the money they use is disposable income set aside for entertainment purposes.

There are however, people who take this activity too far. Money set aside for bills or basic needs are used to play lottery games daily and serious financial strains along with other negative impacts become evident. These include family conflict and neglect, depression and anxiety, resorting to illegal activity and even suicidal ideations and attempts.

Throughout 2016/2017, lottery was the third most cited primary problem among individuals contacting the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine behind slot machines and card games with 13%. Further, lottery was the number one secondary problem (48%) among the gamblers reaching out for assistance.

As always, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) encourages everyone who gambles to do so responsibly.

Tips to gamble responsibly:
-Only spend what you can afford to lose
-Treat winning as a bonus
-Set limits on time spent gambling
-Know when enough is enough

The FCCG is committed to helping those adversely affected by gambling by providing a wide variety of resources including but not limited to; FREE counseling services with a certified gambling addiction professional, 12 step meeting referrals, peer support, Chance for Change workbooks and other literature, budgeting assistance, and social services.

HELP STARTS HERE!

If you are someone you know has a problem, call the confidential 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine now to speak to specialist. Live chat and texting options are also available 24 hours a day. Visit www.gambinghelp.org for more details.

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