Problem Gambling is Now in Our hands (literally). 

As gambling becomes more popular on digital media with the release of Fanduel, Draftkings, BetMGM, and many easily accessible apps, problem gambling addictions have become more prevalent. These apps created a spike of inquiries to state gambling-addiction hotlines, as well as an increase in gamblers who have never step foot in traditional casinos (CNN).  Due to the influx of betting, these apps were some of the dominating ads during this years’ largest sporting events. The hype these created has even led to SNL skits that take a satirical stance on the consequences.

The sports betting industry is set to hit $10 billion in revenue in 2024 (Statistica), and with an estimated 2 million US adults that meet the criteria for severe problem gambling (NCPG), it’s becoming a larger problem with every new platform of betting. Since the legalization of sports wagering and online gambling in 2017, Pennsylvania has accounted for $5.7 billion in revenue in 2023 alone (WHTM).

During this Problem Gambling month, it is important to check in on your friends and family that are using these apps and recognize the signs of a gambling disorder. If you, your friend, or a loved one has been thinking and talking about gambling all the time, gambling despite negative consequences, or experiencing a change in mental health when it comes to stopping, it might be time to ask for help.

Do you think you or a loved one has a gambling problem? Visit here for more information and resources available.

COCA’s RISE Center also has a weekly Gamblers Anonymous support group for those who want to meet in person. It is held weekly from 10 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesdays.



The dark side of the sports betting boom | CNN Business

SNL Skit:

Shapiro administration highlights resources for problem gambling as calls for help increase (

Problem Gambling Fact Sheet (PGAM 2024) (


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