5PM, March 14, 2016
Media Contact: David Geier, Director, Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program
Media Release: Governor Pete Ricketts Designates March as National Problem Gamblers Month in Nebraska
Lincoln: Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation, February 3, designating March as National Problem Gambling Month in Nebraska. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month because one of the biggest sports betting events of the year, the NCAA College Basketball Championship tournament, occurs in March.
Better known as March Madness, an estimated 40 million Americans will bet in “Final Four” office pools and other forms of betting on the event, totaling approximately $9 billion each year. Betting on the Super Bowl alone is estimated to total approximately $8 billion a year. Research indicates that for every $1 in tax revenue from gambling, taxpayers spend $3 in social, legal and incarceration programs that stem from gambling problems.
“The nine members of the Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling are family people, and not different from other Nebraskans in their love of sports,” said Ed Hoffman, chair of the commission. “We just need to be aware of the risks to our families of developing problem gambling disorder and be able to see the signs of risky gambling behavior before real trouble hits.”
As many as 28,000 Nebraskans may suffer a problem gambling disorder, and as many as 200,000 adult Nebraskans may be at risk of developing a gambling problem, according to David Geier, director of the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program.
“As more Nebraskans know the serious harm that results from a problem gambling disorder, and can read the signs of a person they know getting in trouble with gambling, they also need to know that help exists,” said Geier. “The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program provides funds to help Nebraskans and their families suffering a problem gambling disorder.”
According to Geier, the warning signs include:
- Betting more money than you can afford to lose
- Gambling more money to win back money you lost
- Borrowing money or selling something of value to gamble
- Other people saying that you have a gambling problem
- Health or financial problems the result of gambling
- Feeling guilty when you gamble
- Betting higher and higher amounts of money to get the same thrill from gambling
For more information, please visit problemgambling.nebraska.gov to locate a certified problem gambling counselor near you. Call 402-471-4451 or 1-800-522-4700 any time.
Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program 700 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 402.471.4450