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Gambling

Let’s Win Them Back!

Every year, Michigan residents spend billions of dollars on legal gambling. It’s not just trips to the casino – online gambling is now legal in Michigan. So, online casinos, sports betting, and more are just around the corner.

Gambling habits can develop early or late in life. Many popular video games use the same features as casinos and online gambling sites to make their games fun and exciting, providing kids and teens with a sense of anticipation and reward. As senior citizens navigate major life changes like retirement, losing a loved one or experiencing health issues, gambling can be an entertaining escape.

But gambling – or gaming – can slip into dangerous territory. When it starts negatively affecting relationships, finances and mental health, it’s not fun anymore. If someone you care about might have a gambling problem, you can help win them back by calling the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-270-7117.

Teens

Did you know that your favorite video games use some of the same features as casinos and online gambling to make the games fun and exciting? The flashing lights and chimes, virtual slot machines, new game updates with new loot boxes, and betting with skins all build anticipation and are designed to mimic gambling, and it’s part of what keeps you coming back for more.

 

Parents

While video games are a fun, social, and popular activity for teens, they can also provide an introduction to gambling. By staying involved and watching for warning signs, you can help prevent your teen’s gaming from moving into dangerous territory.

 

Seniors

From bingo and card games to casino excursions, gambling can pass the time, provide excitement and offer opportunities to socialize. But when gambling becomes a way to cope with loss, loneliness or isolation, it can become a serious problem that can harm finances, relationships and more.

Warning Signs

If you think you or someone you care about might be at risk for developing a gambling problem, watch for these warning signs. If you need help figuring out what to do next, call the Michigan Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-270-7117. Together, we can win them back!

  • Neglecting bills or other financial obligations
  • Using money set aside for savings, investment, or retirement to gamble
  • Large credit card debt as a result of gambling
  • Keeping gambling activities secret from friends and/or family
  • Changes in mood based on wins and losses
  • Skipping school, work, or other activities in favor of gambling
  • Lying about the amount or frequency of gambling
  • Stealing or selling items to get gambling money
  • Gambling to help forget problems
  • Frequent and unexplained needs for more money
  • Possessing large, unexplained amounts of money
  • Unexplained credit card charges or phone calls

10 Tips for Responsible Gambling

If you do choose to gamble, there are some things you can do to reduce the chances of developing a gambling disorder. Implementing these strategies can help you keep gambling a fun, exciting, and manageable form of entertainment.

  • Expect to lose.
  • Avoid gambling when angry, lonely, stressed, depressed, or upset.
  • Don’t “chase” your losses by making bigger bets to win back the money you have lost.
  • Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money, but rather as an enjoyable form of entertainment performed in moderation.
  • Set money and time limits for gambling and stick to them.
  • Don’t use your credit cards or borrow money to gamble.
  • Don’t gamble under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Take regular breaks from gambling and engage in other enjoyable forms of entertainment.
  • Create balance in your life.
  • Educate yourself about problem gambling.

 

Risk Factors

Anyone can develop a gambling problem, but there are some risk factors that make it more likely in teens or senior citizens. If you’re concerned about yourself or someone you care about, call the Michigan Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-270-7117. Let’s win them back!

 For Teens

  • Living in a single parent household
  • Having a household income below median
  • Having parents who gamble
  • Playing competitive sports
  • Gambling before 8th grade
  • Other mental health issues like anxiety or depression

 For Seniors

  • Unresolved grief from losing a loved one
  • Loneliness and/or isolation
  • Chronic mental illness
  • Living alone
  • Using bus tours to access gambling venues

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