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Oregon Lottery joins Problem Gambling Awareness Month effort

Oregon – March marks National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a period dedicated to highlighting the challenges and providing support for those struggling with gambling addiction. The Oregon Lottery, along with various public health organizations, advocacy groups, and gambling operators, is at the forefront of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about problem gambling and the availability of resources for individuals seeking help.

Collaborative Efforts for Support and Awareness

This initiative is a grassroots effort aimed at bringing attention to the dangers of problem gambling and ensuring that individuals are aware of the free counseling and resources available to them. The Oregon Problem Gambling Resource (OPGR) website offers Oregonians access to support services. It offers a range of options for those considering a break from gambling or looking to moderate their habits in a way that suits their lifestyle.

The focus on problem gambling during March has historically led to an increase in the number of people reaching out for assistance, thanks to targeted marketing and outreach activities. Gina Parziale, the Executive Director of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling (OCPG) said “Across Oregon, during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and throughout the year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling (OCPG) is committed to raising public awareness about safer gambling practices and providing resources to get help when someone has a problem.”

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Recent years have seen an increase in gambling due to stress, isolation, and financial uncertainties, with the OPGR receiving 2,765 calls and 200 chats and texts in 2023 alone seeking help. Stacy Shaw, Oregon Lottery’s Senior Manager of Product Marketing and an OCPG board member, highlighted the importance of offering a variety of tools and resources to support individuals at different stages of their gambling journey. Whether someone is looking for strategies for safer play, wishing to reduce their gambling, or seeking counseling to stop altogether, there are options available to help.

Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits have been allocated to fund problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts across the state. This initiative has contributed over $137 million to support services, demonstrating a long-standing commitment to combating problem gambling.

For anyone seeking assistance or more information on how to manage gambling habits, the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource provides online tools, resources, and access to confidential, professional counseling. Individuals can visit opgr.org or call 1-877-MYLIMIT for support. This service is free, confidential, and has been effective in helping many people regain control over their gambling behavior.

Gideon Fairchild


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