Experts urge caution with Powerball gambling

Experts urge caution with Powerball gambling


OF THE STORY.
REPORTER: IT’S A FEVER GRIPPING
THE NATION.
BUT IT’S NOT THE FLU SENDING
PEOPLE TO THE STORE IT’S THE
POWEBALL.
CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T ENTER.
REPORTER: TICKET SELLERS, LIKE
BILLINGS MOBIL IN WATERBURY,
HAVE SEEN CUSTOMERS POUR IN TO
BUY WHAT COULD BE THE WINNING
TICKET.
CLERK WILL ERNO SAYS THE
MOMENTUM HAS ONLY PICKED UP
SINCE THE DRAWING ON SATURDAY.
PEOPLE JUST COMING IN BUYING
ANYWHERE FROM ONE TICKET TO I’VE
SEEN ONE PERSON COME IN AND BUY
200.
REPORTER: WITH THE JACKPOT AT
$1.5 BILLION IT’S THE LARGEST IN
THE U.S.
PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT USUALLY BUY
IN ARE GIVING IT A SHOT.
FIRST TIME IN PROBABLY FIVE
YEARS.
REPORTER: PSYCHOLOGIST RICK
BARNETT SAYS THERE’S NOTHING
WRONG WITH THAT.
BUT CAUTIONS THAT IT CAN BE A
PROBLEM IF IT CAUSES MORE ISSUES
IN SOMEONE’S LIFE.
SPENDING MORE ON IT THAN YOU
CAN AFFORD, RUINING
RELATIONSHIPS, INTERFERING WITH
WORK, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH,
THEN IT BECOMES A PROBLEM.
REPORTER: BARNETT SAYS THE VAST
MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE SOCIAL
GAMBLERS.
AND ONLY 1 TO TWO% OF THE
POPULATION HAVE A GAMBING
ADDICTION.
FOR THOSE WHO FEEL THEY MAY BE
LOSING CONTROL HELP IS
AVAILABLE.
A NUMBER ON THE BACK OF LOTTO
TICKETS WILL CONNECT YOU TO A
HOTLINE, AND FORWARD YOU TO
RESOUCRES LIKE BARNETT.
WHILE THE ODDS OF HITTING THE
JACKPOT ARE VERY SMALL, JUST 1
IN OVER 292 MILLION.
IT’S NOT STOPPING FOLKS FROM
DREAMING BIG.

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