Responsible Gambling Resources for the African American Community

February is African American History Month, and in recognition of this important time of year Before You Bet wants to remind Ohioans of the educational resources available specifically designed for the African American community.

Effective outreach and education are always a priority for Before You Bet and as suggested by a recent survey conducted by Ohio for Responsible Gambling, African Americans in Ohio are increasingly becoming at-risk for problem gambling.

According to a study conducted by the International Center for Responsible Gambling, gambling and gambling-related problems are common among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. But new evidence is starting to suggest that African Americans are more likely to experience gambling-related consequences than white Americans.

To educate the African American community on the issue of problem gambling and how to gamble responsibly, the African American Community Toolkit and Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos were created to offer additional resources about responsible gambling. These resources encourage audience members to take the two-minute gambling quiz, set limits, and know their risks. 

Watch the short PSA below: 


Questions? Co-branding requests?

Agency partner Origo Branding is happy to co-brand these new PSAs for organizations at no charge, as well as answer any questions. Please email Caitlin Philips at caitlin@origobranding.com.

Ohio for Responsible Gambling sincerely thanks all organizations and individuals working to raise awareness about the importance of responsible gambling and the resources available to help prevent or treat problem gambling.

Learn more about responsible gambling at BeforeYouBet.org.


Some children may be gifted lottery tickets this holiday season, which means now is the time to have a conversation about the dangers of youth gambling with your child. Find fact sheets and discussion guides to prevent youth gambling at http://changethegameohio.org/education/education-for-parents.

Concerned about your gambling habits or the habits of a loved one? Trained & understanding specialists will answer your call to the #ProblemGamblingHelpline 24/7 & offer free & confidential support. #MakeTheCall today at 18-00-589-9966 or text 4HOPE to 741741.

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