An In-Depth look at Ohio’s Helpline

Ohio’s Problem Gambling Helpline

Helping people from all walks of life

Problem gambling affects all different kinds of people. Ohio’s Problem Gambling Helpline is a place that all of them can turn to in times of need. Counselors are standing by 24/7 to guide people to resources they need to help address issues related to problem gambling.

Since 2015, the helpline has received more than 5,000 calls per year. If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, you don’t have to feel like you’re in it alone. The numbers show that every day, people from around the state are getting the help they need – and you can too.

Calls to the Helpline

By County:

  • Cuyahoga: 795
  • Franklin: 419
  • Hamilton: 303
  • Lucas: 195
  • Montgomery: 194
  • Summit: 151
  • Mahoning: 96
  • Butler: 86
  • Clark: 57
  • Lake: 57
  • Stark: 56
  • Lorain: 54
  • Warren: 52

By Age:

  • 12-34: 23%
  • 35-54: 37%
  • 55+: 40%

By Reason:

  • Financial Problems: 54%
  • Family Problems: 25%
  • Mental Health: 7%
  • Employment: 4%
  • Legal: 2%
  • Physical Health: 1%
  • Substance Abuse: 1%

By Gambling Activity:

  • Casino Slots: 898
  • Casino Table Games: 581
  • Lottery Scratch-Offs: 388
  • Lottery Tickets: 279
  • Cards & Dice non-casino: 59
  • Keno: 58
  • Horserace Betting: 33
  • Bingo: 32
  • Video Gaming: 20

For more information on problem gambling and resources to help, visit BeforeYouBet.org.



Did you know you can always enroll in Ohio’s Voluntary Exclusion Program? Learn more about the program and how to apply in the blog. The Problem Gambling Helpline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-589-9966. https://t.co/gXVF9tkwcJ #BeforeYouBet #ProblemGambling #HelpStartsHere

Anyone can be at-risk of problem gambling. The number of professional athletes seeking help for gambling addiction has increased since the first coronavirus lockdown. Read more about this recent trend on SkyNews. https://t.co/K1fIYPC1z0

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