The California Lottery Supports Problem Gambling Awareness Week
SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery today joined other organizations recognizing the week of March 7, 2010, as the 8th Annual California Problem Gambling Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to educate and raise public awareness that problem gambling affects people from all segments of society and can negatively influence the gambler’s family, friends, employer and community.
“By raising awareness of the warning signs of problem gambling and promoting the excellent help that is available, we can help mitigate problem gambling in California," said Joan Borucki, Director of the California Lottery.
Gambling in California provides entertainment for many people, a source of revenue for state and local governments, and creates many jobs for our residents. Most Californians are able to gamble responsibly, however, almost 4 percent of the adult population experience significant difficulties as a result of their gambling addiction.
To combat the problem, the Lottery has joined forces with several state and private agencies to promote Problem Gambling Awareness Week. Agencies include the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, California Horse Racing Board, California Gambling Control Commission, Department of Justice’s Bureau of Gambling Control, UCLA Gambling Studies Program, Department of Mental Health, California Council on Problem Gambling, and cardroom and tribal gaming industry representatives.
As always, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person’s budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if someone knows of someone who may have a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.
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