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Friday, January 3, 2014 - 12:28pm
Austin, TX (KTSM) — The Texas Lottery has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling as a Silver member as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent problem gambling.
“We look forward to working with the National Council on Problem Gambling to help bring awareness to this issue,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.
The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling. NCPG’s primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families.
Major National Council programs include:
• Operation of the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (800-522-4700), a single national access point to local resources.
• Administration of the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) credential.
• Holding the annual National Conference on Problem Gambling, the world’s oldest and largest problem gambling-specific conference.
• Distribution of literature on problem gambling treatment, research and recovery.
• Organization of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
• Providing education on problem gambling issues to federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies.
“The Texas Lottery has been a long-time participant in our holiday campaign to prevent underage gambling and we welcome future collaborative efforts to prevent gambling addiction,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.