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"Understanding Gambling"
Gambling is simply putting something at stake on the outcome of an event before it happens. People usually gamble because they hope to gain something of larger value. Gambling includes everything from buying a lottery or a scratch
ticket to playing Bingo to betting on the outcome of a sports event.
"What is problem gambling?"
Problem gambling is gambling to the extent that it causes emotional, family, legal, financial or other problems for the gambler and the people around the gambler. Problem gambling can get worse over time, and gambling problems can range from mild to severe.
"What are some signs of problem gambling?"
When people have a problem with gambling, many times they feel like they need to bet more money more frequently, feel irritated when they try to stop, and think that they can “chase” their losses to recover money. This can lead to more gambling, despite financial loss and the trust of friends and loved ones. In general, people with gambling problems usually spend a large portion of their income on gambling.

Every time you flip a coin your chance of getting heads is 50% and your chance of getting tails is 50%. This means that if you flip the coin 10 times and it comes up heads all 10 times, the chance of getting heads or
tails on the 11th flip is exactly
the same: 50-50. The outcome
of each coin toss does not affect the next. The coin does not have a memory. Although many people think that losing streaks are more likely to be followed by wins, you are never “due” to win.
People who have a problem with gambling often believe that things like “luck” can affect their
chances to win. For example, some people who play slot machines believe that playing one specific machine for a
long time, or that wearing their lucky shirt, can favorably affect their chance of winning. These things have no effect on chance.
Chance is chance.