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Gambling vs. Gaming Gambling is defined as “risking money, or something of value, on the outcome of something involving chance.” This would include, but is not limited to: slot machines, bingo, raffle tickets, sports betting, online poker, dice games, and casino games. Gambling and gaming are different, but research is showing there may be a link between the two. Did you know? This is the first generation of youth to be exposed to gambling every day of their life!? Here is the connection! : many youth are fascinated with video games/ gaming. The lights, noise, and instant gratification of achieving a level or obtaining a coin is appealing to many. Today’s video games mirror Video Lottery Terminal/slot machines. According to the Responsible Gaming Council, “Compared to adults, young people are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop a gambling problem.” • So how do I know if my child is having a problem with gambling? Here are a few of the signs that could indicate that gambling may be a problem in your child’s life: • Knowing the point spread on games • Organizing sports betting pools • Showing off new clothes or merchandise • Selling or pawning valuables • Stealing money • Skipping school • Forgetting about homework • Lying about where they are • Mood swings and emotional withdrawal.

Local Assistance If you or a loved one is having a hard time with their gambling, there is help. Ask yourself these three questions: 1. During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling? 2. During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled? 3. During the past 12 months did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends, or welfare? If you answered yes to one of the three questions, you may have a problem with your gambling. We encourage you to contact 1-800- BETS OFF.