About 450 people have asked to be banned from Ohio’s four casinos to help prevent them from gambling away their money.
"In Ohio, when the four casinos came here, the state made it so that you can exclude yourself from all four casinos without having to go to the different companies and owners of the different casinos to do that self-exclusion," said Megan Daugherty, a counselor at Muskingum Behavioral Health.
Daugherty says putting yourself on the self-exclusion list doesn’t mean there’s a physical barrier preventing you from entering the casino, but instead if you win, you won’t be able to collect.
"It’s a little added protection for people who are in recovery and are trying to work a good program. But like any type of measures, it really comes back on the person and their choices that they make."
Daugherty says she hasn’t seen an increase in gambling addictions and says it could be years before there’s data linking addictions to the casinos. As part of the state’s plan to get an early handle on gambling problems, more than $6 million will be distributed to organizations that help treat and prevent gambling addictions by the end of the year. If you’re concerned you might have a gambling problem yourself, you can contact the Muskingum Behavioral Health at 740-454-1266.