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March 3, 2013

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March, 2013 | Media Advisories and Events

California Lottery Joins Problem Gambling Awareness Week Effort


SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery joins other state and national organizations to recognize the week of March 3, 2013, as the 11th 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 it can negatively influence the gambler’s family, friends, employer and community.

The Lottery annually participates in the National Problem Gambling Awareness Week in partnership with statewide communications efforts that promote the 1-800-GAMBLER Hotline. The Hotline is featured on all draw game tickets, Hot Spot monitors and electronic point of sale devices. Additionally, the Lottery website,, and social media pages will have a special banner to connect visitors to the Office of Problem Gambling website.

In past years, the Lottery has produced and distributed a dozen television public service announcements in six languages promoting the 1-800-GAMBLER Hotline. Those PSAs are in the process of being updated once again. The PSAs, seen here and done in coordination with the California Office of Problem Gambling, will air throughout the state during Problem Gambling Awareness Week. The PSAs will continue airing throughout the year. The Lottery will also distribute responsible gaming guidelines to retail locations across the state.

Responsible gambling in California provides entertainment for many people, it’s a source of revenue for state and local governments and it creates many jobs for our residents. Most Californians are able to gamble responsibly, however, almost four percent of the state’s 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, the California Gambling Control Commission, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Gambling Control, the California Council on Problem Gambling, and card rooms and tribal gaming organizations.

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 Helpline at 1-800-GAMBLER.

For more information on how to play responsibly, please click on the following link:

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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