Welcome to Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Ohio For Responsible Gambling is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio. Four State Agencies in Ohio are working together in this effort; The Ohio Lottery Commission (OLC), the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC), and The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). OhioMHAS serves as the resource partner for the new initiative and the lead agency responsible for prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

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Problem Gambling Quick Facts

  • Problem Gambling refers to any gambling that goes beyond the “normal” bounds of gambling for fun, recreation or entertainment.
  • Compulsive gambling (or pathological gambling) is a recognized and treatable illness.
  • Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3 times that of adults.
  • Providing a financial bailout for compulsive gamblers may actually make the problem worse.
  • Gambling is not a way to solve financial problems.
  • Children of problem gamblers may be at higher risk for a broad range of health, mental health and school-related problems.

Common Warning Signs

  • Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses.
  • Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble
  • Restless or irritable when not gambling.
  • Borrowing for gambling.
  • Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts.
  • Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling.
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