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Ohio earns national recognition for responsible gambling initiatives at the NCPG Annual Awards Ceremony

Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) received top honors at the 2020 National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling Awards Ceremony, held virtually Friday, July 24. Competing against other statewide gambling prevention programs across the country, ORG was honored in major award categories, winning the following:

  • Corporate Public Awareness Award for Change the Game Ohio, a youth gambling prevention campaign providing information and tools to parents, educators, and youth. 
  • Corporate Website Award for ChangeTheGameOhio.org, which features educational resources, a youth gambling awareness quiz, and a community toolkit with videos, posters, materials, and other educational tools for adults to use to help spread the message about youth gambling prevention.
  • Media Award for Get Set Before You Bet, the main responsible gambling initiative of the state that helps at-risk populations connect to the support and resources they need. This award recognized the campaign for its placement of earned media, which created an opportunity for ORG to be featured in an interview on one of Columbus’ top news networks, NBC4. In an interview on the Daytime Columbus program, ORG discussed the prevalence of problem gambling within the veteran population on the week of Veteran’s Day. See the story here.

Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and statewide Prevention agency Prevention Action Alliance, the state recognizes that the campaigns would not be seen in communities without the ongoing support of county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services boards and Prevention agencies across Ohio. ORG, Prevention Action Alliance and marketing agency Origo Branding look forward to continuing to elevate Ohio’s problem gambling prevention practices to grow public awareness around these issues and to facilitate easier access to treatment resources—all with the goal of keeping gambling a social activity for adults not at-risk and providing help to those who need it. 

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