Washington, DC The National Council on Problem Gambling calls on Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas leaders to restore funds to prevent and treat gambling addiction. “The refusal of Arkansas leaders to dedicate even one cent of their lottery revenue to help individuals and families devastated by addiction to the lottery is unconscionable. A state that reaps windfall profits from its lottery monopoly has an ethical and economic obligation to minimize the social costs of gambling addiction.” stated NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.
The legislation that created the state’s lottery in 2009 included a provision dedicating $200,000 in unclaimed lottery prizes to the Department of Health for problem gambling programs. In 2015 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to eliminate this program and its funding.
Click here to read and download the entire release: NCPG Calls on Arkansas Leaders to Take Responsibility for Gambling Addiction
See also our 2015 report on Arkansas problem gambling calls to the NCPG helpline: Analysis of Arkansas Helpline Calls