Knowing the signs of a gambling addiction

Some of the people most at risk are seniors and veterans

In this Sept. 24, 2015, photo, a man plays an electronic roulette game at the Downtown Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. As gamblers move away from traditional slot machines, game-makers and casinos are looking at new ways to keep people playing. (AP Photo/John Locher)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts will one day be home to three and maybe four casinos, and the state is gearing up to cope with, and treat problem gamblers.

According to the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, more than 400,000 people are dealing with a gambling addiction in Massachusetts.

Jim Gagner of Warren told 22News there are warning signals we can spot. “I would say look at the scratch cards. You have people going in and they’re just buying four, five card lengths of it. There’s a problem.”

The MCCG says people who are most at risk for developing a gambling addiction are seniors, veterans, athletes and people with low income.

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