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Gambling problems surface around the Super Bowl


Eau Claire (WQOW) - We're just days away from the Super Bowl.  The game, the ads and the halftime show get the most attention, but there's an issue health experts want us to keep in mind.  The game has the attention of many gamblers.

An addiction specialist says office pools and friendly wagers usually aren't a big deal.  But problems begin when gamblers focus on the line, points spread or use a bookie to place bets.  It becomes an issue because for many gamblers, the more they win, the more they gamble.

"But eventually they're going to lose.  Then when they start to lose they start to chase that loss to get that euphoria from winning back again and that's when they get in trouble," says Addiction Specialist, Ed Ramsey.

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling says about 330,000 people in our state have a gambling problem.

The agency says 65% of compulsive gamblers commit crimes to finance their gambling.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem there's a 24-hour helpline: 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

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