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Problem Gambling Awareness Day is Sept. 29


CONTACT: Chuck Baumann
Phone: 503-540-1015
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September 24, 2012 - Salem, Ore. - In support of Problem Gambling Awareness Day, Sept. 29, the Oregon Lottery began airing its nationally-recognized responsible gambling TV ad, “Ready. Set. Play.” today.

“The ad is part of the Oregon Lottery’s ongoing program to provide information to Oregonians about the issues surrounding responsible and problem gambling and that help is available throughout the state,” said Oregon Lottery Director Larry Niswender.

“Ready. Set. Play. focuses on healthy playing habits and presents the idea that setting limits should be an integral part of getting ready to play,” said Assistant Director for Retail Operations and Marketing, Stacy Shaw. “The spot depicts gambling as a social activity that is only one part of an evening out with friends.”

September 29 has been proclaimed by Governor Kitzhaber as Problem Gambling Awareness Day. Oregonians for Gambling Awareness Organization (OGAO) led the effort to have the day recognized and to shed even further light on problem. “The OGAO plays a vital role in promoting problem gambling awareness and helping problem gamblers seek treatment,” said Niswender. The OGAO is not affiliated with the Oregon Lottery.

Since 1992, nearly $60 million in Lottery proceeds have funded problem gambling treatment in Oregon. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit

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