March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2022

Contact:
Paul Tarbox, Manager of Public Policy and Communications
(203) 503-1273
pault@ccpg.org
 
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

[Wethersfield, Connecticut, Feb 22nd] 

The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, in partnership with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun, and Sportech, is pleased to announce that March has been officially recognized by Governor Lamont as Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

“With the recent expansion of gambling, it is important, now more than ever, to be educating all of the people that are newly exposed to the various gaming offerings about responsible and problem gambling programs and the resources available to help.” – Diana Goode, Executive Director, CCPG. 

The 2022 campaign theme is “Awareness + Action”. Groups across Connecticut will come together to hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host health screening days, run social media campaigns and engage in other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

“The Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun deeply value the relationship we have with the CCPG and take very seriously the commitment we have to help foster and encourage responsible gambling across Connecticut,” said Ray Pineault, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE). “The announcement of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month by Governor Lamont is something we fully support, and we look forward to the ongoing dialogue, collaboration and investments to the CCPG and this vital cause.” 

Problem gambling is defined as all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Approximately 1% of US adults are estimated to meet the criteria for severe gambling problems each year. While 2-3% would be considered to have mild or moderate gambling problems. Currently Connecticut has 3,565,000 citizens. That means that over 100,000 citizens and over 275,000 family members are impacted by gambling related harm every day.

Jason Guyot, President & CEO Foxwoods Resort Casino states “As a leading member of the gaming industry in the Northeast, Foxwoods recognizes the immense responsibility we have in educating and providing support for those who are impacted by problem gambling. Especially during the upcoming Problem Gambling Awareness Month, we thank the state of Connecticut for offering various resources for those affected, and we will continue to advocate for the development of awareness and prevention programs.”
 
Luckily, CT has resources available for people affected by a gambling disorder and their families. No one is in this alone.

“We are proud to partner with CCPG throughout the year, and especially in recognizing the significance of Problem Gambling Awareness Month,” said Greg Smith, President and CEO, Connecticut Lottery Corporation. “As the Connecticut Lottery enters its 50th year of operation, we remain dedicated to implementing responsible gambling best practices throughout our products and marketing efforts. We remind all players that if you struggle to control your gaming, no recovery begins until you place that first call to the helpline.” 

If you or someone you know is looking for resources and support for problems relating to gambling, call, or chat with our 24/7 confidential Problem Gambling Helpline at 1(888) 789-7777 or visit www.ccpg.org. For more information, visit to www.ccpg.org/resources. 
 
“At Sportech, we take Responsible Gambling very seriously,” said Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues. “For the long-term success of our business in Connecticut, it’s imperative that we align with CCPG and the various gaming partners in the State to ensure Responsible Gambling awareness and services are properly promoted to our valued customers and residents of the State.” 
 
About the CCPG:
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) does not advocate for or against gambling but is committed to working with all stakeholders to help individuals and families impacted by gambling related harm.

CCPG provides Connecticut’s only 24-hour Problem Gambling Helpline, offering support via phone, live online chat, and text. CCPG also implements prevention and education programs serving students, veterans, and other at-risk populations. ###

For more information, please contact Paul Tarbox at (203) 503-1273 or pault@ccpg.org