Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2016 Highlights

Thank you to all of our PGAM participants!

This page features some of the outstanding work our state affiliates and community partners across the country did to observe PGAM this year. From conferences and special events, to state proclamations, media coverage, a National Twitter Chat and other outreach, congratulations for all of the advocacy and awareness raising that occurred as a result of these great efforts!

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Problem Gambling Awareness Month Proclamations

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PGAM Highlights


California Training Summit PGAM

Raising awareness at the Program Gambling Training Summit in L.A.: L-R Keith Whyte, NCPG executive director; Robert Jacobson, California Council on Problem Gambling and NCPG board member; Bob Weinstein, CCPG board member; Terri Sue Canale Dalman, California Office of Problem Gambling, and Tom Mariscolo, CCPG board member.














PGAM bus

This bus wrap will travel the streets of North Dakota all year to let people know that help is available through Gambler ND.
Thank you Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and the North Dakota Racing Commission for raising awareness of problem gambling.












NCPG Advocacy Day

NCPG Vice President Marlene Warner, left, met with Senator Elizabeth Warren during our annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. Members also met with staff for Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Markey and Reed, and then on the House side the next day — informing Congress about the results of a recent study on gambling addiction in the US Armed Forces.



















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Kathryn Elliott-Hudson, NCGC-II, BACC, NCPG member and counselor, at the National Indian Gaming Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where the Arizona Council on Problem Gambling had a booth for PGAM. NCPG is grateful for NIGA’s generous sponsorship of our 2016 national conference.
















NCPG’s Keith Whyte with Rhode Islanders raising awareness at their first conference on problem gambling on Friday, 3/11: L to R: Peg Rose, RI Lottery; Nancy Murray, RI Council on Problem Gambling; Angela Wiczek, IGT Jackpots; Marlene Warner, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling; and Tammi Barlow, IGT

















Project Turnabout

This Lunch & Learn was one of several events organized by Project Turnabout in Minnesota, an NCPG member and generous annual conference sponsor.


















CT supports PGAM

Thank you Connecticut Lottery for your support of ‪PGAM‬ and for your commitment to responsible gambling. This article in support of Problem Gambling Awareness Month was featured on their homepage along with two videos expaining how to seek help for you or a loved one.






















This video from the FIVE FACES PSA campaign, highlighting the many faces of problem gambling (created for the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program) was recognized as a 2015 Davey Award Winner, 2016 Telly Award Winner & 2016 KoronisFest Official Selection!

This video captures the real stories about real people in recovery from problem gambling, produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

California Senator Tom Berryhill discusses gambling addiction as California proclaims March to be Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

NCPG’s Keith Whyte explains PGAM and problem gambling in this two-minute interview with Anjali Varma.

A Sampling of PGAM 2016 Media Coverage

After Gambling Addiction and Prison, Joanie Masot Now Helps Other Problem Gamblers Recover: Hartford, CT Courant

We Need to Talk About Gambling and Its Effect on Society: Huffington Post UK

Fantasy Sports Fuel a Rise in Online Gambling Addiction: California Healthline

Yeshiva University Students Delve Into Gambling Awareness Day: Jewish Link of New jersey

When Does gambling Become an Addiction? WDTV News West 5, Virginia

VA Lottery Director Paula Otto: Don’t Take a Chance on Problem Gambling: Virginia Pilot

As March Madness and PGAM Coincide, College Age Individuals Are at 2 to 3 Times the Risk: Kirkwood Student Media