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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery teams up with NCPG to raise awareness about problem gambling

Arkansas – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL), in partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), recognizes March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). This significant initiative seeks to elevate public understanding of problem gambling issues, focusing on the promotion of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Raising Awareness and Offering Solutions

Problem gambling, characterized by gambling behavior patterns that interfere with personal, family, or vocational pursuits, poses a significant challenge. It’s estimated that approximately 1% of the U.S. adult population faces serious problem gambling issues, with an additional 2-3% experiencing mild to moderate gambling problems.

Eric Hagler, the ASL’s executive director, emphasizes the commitment to spreading awareness about the effects of problem gambling on individuals and their families. “This month, we are dedicated to promoting awareness about problem gambling and its impact on individuals and their loved ones,” Hagler stated.

The goal is to remind the community that lottery games are designed for entertainment and fun, not as a financial strategy. In 2019, the ASL was recognized for its commitment to responsible gambling, receiving Responsible Gambling Certification from both the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the NCPG. This certification confirms that the ASL adheres to best practices, including comprehensive training for employees and retailers, as well as offering support and treatment options for individuals struggling with gambling issues.

For those seeking more information on responsible play or problem gambling, Hagler recommends visiting the ASL’s PlayersHub at MyArkansasLottery.com/PlayersHub. The site provides valuable resources aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging responsible gambling behaviors, detailing game odds and how to claim prizes.

Recognizing that problem gambling is both preventable and treatable is crucial. Support is available for anyone affected by gambling issues, with the National Problem Gambling Helpline offering confidential assistance 24 hours a day at 1-800-522-4700.

Olivia Martinez



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