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State agency asks colleges to stem number of young compulsive gamblers
And Youngstown racino gets financing from port authority
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The Ohio Casino Control Commission says players under 30 make up a quarter of the people voluntarily banning themselves from the state's casinos due to compulsive gambling
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A state agency wants to enlist colleges to stem the growing number of young people identified as having a gambling problem. The news comes as another state agency plans to help with financing for the Youngstown racino. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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The Ohio Casino Control Commission says the number of players under 30 voluntarily banning themselves from Ohio's new casinos is growing. 
It says younger players represent a fourth of the 365 names on a voluntary exclusion list.

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services hopes prevention and treatment for compulsive gambling addiction can be improved at universities and colleges. At an Ohio State University conference last month, some counselors said they hadn't detected widespread addiction at their schools. The school is about 10 miles from the Columbus Hollywood Casino.

And about 10 miles from Youngstown State, ground was broken this spring for a new racino, one of seven planned in Ohio. The Western Reserve Port Authority has pledged $60 million in financing toward the $125 million project, slated to open next year.

Port Authority board president Scott Lynn says the financing will showcase his agency's ability to spur economic growth in the Mahoning Valley.
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Gripped by Gambling. Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.

I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Lancelot


Posted by: Marilyn Lancelot (Arizona) on May 29, 2013 1:05AM
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