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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Focuses on Balance

Nova Scotians are being reminded to balance gambling activities with other things they enjoy as part of 16th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7.

“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week delivers an important message to those who choose to gamble, and even those who don’t,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation, which is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in the province.

“Our message is both entertaining and educational to keep responsible gambling top-of-mind, and ultimately remind people to keep fun in the game by balancing it with other activities you enjoy.”

This year’s campaign message is again referenced from the Responsible Gambling Council’s Informed Decision Making Report, and supported by gambling experts who were engaged in the development of the campaign. It builds on last year’s campaign and responsible gambling tips:
— play for fun, not to make money
— know when to fold
— know your limit and play within it
— take a break
— play smart
— life is about balance
— keep it fun.

“Nova Scotia has among the lowest problem gambling rates in the country and for those affected, it is a serious issue” said Mr. MacKinnon. “We have a role and a responsibility to prevent problem gambling and part of our role is continuing to get the message about gambling responsibly out to the public.”

During the week-long awareness campaign, open house events will be held on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Halifax Casino, and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sydney Casino.

Responsible gambling ambassadors will also deliver responsible gambling information at ticket and video lottery locations and give players an opportunity to complete an online responsible gambling quiz for a chance to win a prize.

For more information on Responsible Gambling Awareness Week or for responsible gambling tips, visit www.yourbestbet.ca.

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Source: Media Release

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