March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, in partnership with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun, Sportech, and Wondr Nation is pleased to announce that March has been officially recognized by Governor Lamont as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).
“PGAM is a great opportunity to talk about the necessity of having a robust problem gambling safety net that stretches across the state for our citizens” said Diana Goode, Executive Director, CCPG. “From www.responsibleplayct.org that offers great tips and strategies to help keep those that choose to play safe to our 24/7 Problem Gambling Helpline that connects those impacted by gambling related harm with treatment and resources.”
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Problem Gambling Awareness Month. 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 CCPG and appreciate greatly the work and dedication they put forth in supporting responsible gaming across Connecticut,” –said Ray Pineault, CEO of Mohegan. “With the month of March serving as Problem Gambling Awareness Month, it allows for the awareness, discussion, and collective work on this important issue to be elevated even further. Mohegan Sun has also recently updated our information, tips and resources for Responsible Gaming, with details available via mohegansun.com/playing/responsible-gaming.html. Our iGaming partners, FanDuel, also have valuable resources available via fanduel.com/responsible-play/about.
PGAM is designed to coincide each year with March Madness, during which Americans are expected to wager over $3 billion. For the majority of adults, gambling can be a fun and entertaining experience, but there are risks involved. Sports bettors are at particularly high-risk for developing a gambling problem according to the recent National Survey on Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences.
“At Foxwoods, we are dedicated to promoting responsible gaming and providing a safe and enjoyable gaming experience for all our guests. We urge anyone struggling with gambling addiction to seek help and assistance, and we are honored to collaborate with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming and other organizations to raise awareness about problem gambling and the available resources for prevention and treatment,” said President and CEO, Jason Guyot.
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.
“Problem Gambling Awareness Month is an important extension of our robust responsible gambling efforts we put forth throughout the year,” said Christopher Davis, Government Relations and Responsible Gaming Manager, Connecticut Lottery Corporation. “We look forward to partnering once again with CCPG this month to help spread the message that help is available here in Connecticut for anyone who is impacted by problem gambling.”
Luckily, CT has resources available for people adversely affected by gambling and their families.
“Responsible Gambling is a serious matter,” said Ted Taylor, President of Sportech Venues. “Gaming has expanded considerably and we continue to ensure our company and employees align with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and are pleased to actively promote the ‘Responsible Play The CT Way’ mantra to our customers throughout our operations.”
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: www.ccpg.org/resources.
"Creating safe and responsible experiences for players is a continued priority for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and a cornerstone for WONDR NATION," said Anika Howard, CEO & President, WONDR NATION. "We're proud to partner with the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling and raise awareness during Problem Gambling Awareness Month and beyond. Together, we hope to foster a safer, more enjoyable gaming environment and provide crucial resources for responsible gambling.”
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. ###
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