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Ohio Gambling Helpline Saw An Increase In Calls After OSUs Loss To Michigan

Football fans watch the action on wall-mounted video screens in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Resort Casino, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Football fans watch the action on wall-mounted video screens in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Resort Casino, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Last month, Ohio State football lost to Michigan for the first time in ten years. The upset made for a lot of disappointed buckeye fans across the state, but it also led to an increase in the number of calls coming into gambling helplines.

More calls to the gambling hotline after major sporting events is common. That’s according to Derek Longmeier, the Executive Director of the Ohio Problem Gambling helpline.

Longmeier said that Ohio has high gambling addiction numbers when it comes to betting on sporting events.

“As we look at just general gambling, we know from our statewide data that about 1 in 10 Ohioans who gamble are at risk for developing a gambling problem. When we look specifically at sports betting that goes from 1 in 10 to 1 in 4.”

The Ohio Problem Gambling helpline offers phone and text counseling as well as inpatient treatment services for veterans.