Beware of the risks of gambling and games that really are like gambling.

Some gaming can look like gambling, which is risky. Be suspicious of games that ask you for money.

You might have friends who use sports betting apps and brag about the money they make. But they don’t tell you about their losses. They may also develop an addiction to gambling, which can ruin their lives. 

Stay informed, have fun and play safer!

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Odds and Ends

Three stories about teen problem gambling involving sports betting, online scratch-offs.

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Hello, My Name is Craig

Eighteen-year-old Zack shares his story of gambling addiction in this podcast.

How the brain gets hooked on gambling and can be restored if the gambling stops.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

Are any of these true for you or someone you love? If so, it’s a good time to have a conversation about your gambling with a trusted adult or someone who can help.

You are obsessed with gambling and constantly think about when you can do it again.

You have switched to other types of gambling and are risking more money

You are stealing money from family or friends to gamble.

When you try to stop gambling, you become angry, anxious or sad.

You are lying about or hiding your gambling.

Your grades are going down or you have stopped going to school.

You think you can win back money lost by gambling more.

You can’t stop gambling, even though you have tried to stop.

Gambling isn’t fun anymore. You do it when you feel depressed or upset.

Warning Signs of Problem Gaming

Are any of these true for you or someone you love? If so, it’s a good time to have a conversation about your gaming with a trusted adult or someone who can help.

You are obsessed with gaming and constantly think about when you can do it again.

When you try to stop playing or your game is taken away, you become angry, moody or sad.

You can’t stop playing, even though you have tried.
You experience problems at school or home because of your gaming.

You need to spend more time playing to feel good.

You lose interest in things you used to enjoy – sports, activities or hanging out with friends.
You lie about or hide your gaming.
Gaming isn’t fun anymore.
You continue to game despite exhibiting many of these signs of problem gaming.

Reduce time and money spent on online gambling with voluntary, self-exclusion apps that block online sites.

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