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National Gambling Awareness Week: March 5-11

National Gambling Awareness Week
I was browsing the Maryland State Lottery website, looking for the Mega Millions winning numbers for the $370 million jackpot when I saw that this week is National Gambling Awareness Week.

As you know, I’m a weekly buyer of lottery tickets. I spend about $6 a week on Mega Millions and Maryland Multi-Match, and I know I lose more than I win, but it gives me a little bit of hope and wishful thinking. I can go without buying lottery tickets if I have to go out of my way to buy them, or if the jackpot is too low. I don’t personally think I’m addicted to gambling (I have no urge to go to Vegas), but I’m going to read through the NPGAW materials to make sure.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is pleased to present the 5th Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Week campaign, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign. It will be held March 5-11, 2007.

The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally.

The NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.

Our research finds that 2%-3% of the US population will have a gambling problem in any given year. That’s 6 million to 9 million Americans yet only a small fraction seek out services, such as treatment and self-help recovery programs.

If you or someone you know needs help, read through the materials and see if you can get help.

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