Growing Powerball jackpot increases risk for compulsive gamblers

As the Powerball jackpot climbs, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says that some are risking more than just a few dollars. The

As the Powerball jackpot climbs, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says that some are risking more than just a few dollars.

As the Powerball jackpot climbs, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says that some are risking more than just a few dollars. (8/7/13)

TRENTON - As the Powerball jackpot climbs, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says that some are risking more than just a few dollars.

The council says 15 percent of all the calls it takes are from people addicted to playing the lottery.

"We estimate that 350,000 people in New Jersey are either at risk or have a gambling problem," says Jeff Beck, of the Council on Compulsive Gambling. "For them, the jackpot can be enough to put them over that edge."

If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, call 1-800 GAMBLER.


 

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