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March 1, 2022

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

In collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), members of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling recognize March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). This year’s theme is “Awareness + Action.”

Committed to making sure the public understands the warning signs of problem gambling and – most importantly – the resources available to get help, the Alliance is a partnership between the Missouri Gaming Association, Missouri Gaming Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Port Authority of Kansas City and the Missouri Lottery.

Here in Missouri, free help from licensed professionals can be accessed by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing or visiting

Additionally, the Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers.

Approximately two million U.S. adults (1% of the population) are estimated to meet criteria for severe problem gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) meet the criteria for mild or moderate problem gambling. Warning signs include lying to cover up gambling activity and needing to spend more and more money to reach the same level of excitement.

Using the #PGAM2022 hashtag, PGAM brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including public health organizations, treatment providers, advocacy groups and gambling operators that work collaboratively to let people know hope and help exist.

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