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News Dec 10, 2013 - 4:44:03 AM

CCPG reminds consumers to "Play Responsibly"

By CT Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG)

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The drawing Tuesday night December 10th, 2013 is estimated at $344,000,000. The odds of winning the jackpot are now 1 in 258,890,848. The CT Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) again reminds consumers to "Play Responsibly."

While Lottery games can be fun and entertaining for some, for others it can lead to serious problems. As the jackpot continues to increase, CCPG wants consumers to be aware of the risk factors that lead to problem gambling and ensure that consumers use good judgment if choosing to engage in a gambling activity.

Some risk factors that can lead to problem or pathological gambling include:
Spending money beyond their means
Lying about the extent of one's gambling
Unable to cut down or stop gambling
Neglecting family, work, or school due to gambling
Borrowing or stealing money to gamble
Belief that gambling will solve money problems

The CT Council on Problem Gambling is dedicated to increasing prevention, education, awareness, and training around the issues of problem gambling. We provide a 24-hour confidential HELPLINE to connect problem gamblers, their families, and others impacted by the gambler's behavior to resources in our state.

It is important to also note that lottery play is intended for individuals 18 years and older. It is illegal to purchase tickets if you are under the age of 18. The CT Council on Problem Gambling also does not recommend purchasing tickets for youth under 18 years of age.

If you think you or someone you care about may have a gambling problem
Don't' Give In......There is Hope
Don't give Up...There is Help

Problem Gambling Helpline
Toll Free - 24 hours

For more info, visit:
Problem Gambling Chat available online
M-F 5pm-midnight; Sat/Sun Noon-midnight

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