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It's March Madness and the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Reminds Fans they don't have to Wager to Enjoy the Game
Date:3/12/2010

 
  • 97% are male
  • 54% had committed illegal acts (30-35% is the norm)
  • 49% report having problems at work due to gambling
  • 35% have placed bets with bookies
  • 35% wager online
  • Average debt was reported at $58,450

According to the NCAA, more than 10% of Americans participate in March Madness “office pools”. “It is important to keep in mind that even small stakes office pools can have devastating impacts on employees who may be already struggling with a gambling problem,” states Fowler.    “With approximately one third of gamblers contacting the Helpline reporting that they have committed illegal acts to fund their gambling, (reported acts range from larceny, fraud, embezzlement to many others), employers should be more attentive to not only the disruption these pools can cause for some employees, but also to the potential losses that can be incurred by the business through loss of time and productivity by employees who are engaged in March Madness office pools.”

The FCCG therefore urges the media, government, businesses, schools and others to be aware of the potential negative impacts during March Madness, to publicize the HelpLine number, 888-ADMIT-IT so that those who need help are able to access help resources, and to support those recovering from compulsive gambling during this heavily wagered sporting event.

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