AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course kicked off Responsible Gaming Education Week.
It’s part of a national effort from the American Gaming Association.
The goal is to call attention to problem gaming and educate the public on how to recognize that problem, as well as what resources are available to anyone needing help.
All week long, the Austintown racino will conduct programs and activities, each with a responsible gaming theme.
“We offer other programs, the helplines,” said Karen Russo, with the Ohio Lottery Commission. “There is help. There’s hope here in Ohio, so we do offer a lot of services and, again, free treatment.”
Russo said the state also allows people to sign up for self-exclusion from gambling facilities in the state to avoid temptation.
They can sign up for a year, five years or a lifetime. If caught inside, they could be charged with trespassing and would not be allowed to leave with any winnings.
If you have a gambling problem and need help, you can call the Ohio Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-589-9966.