DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – As the NCAA Tournament approaches, millions of dollars will be on the line. Gambling addiction has become a significant problem in Illinois and across the country.
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Sports betting affects people of all ages. This is becoming an increasing problem for young people as online sports betting is approved by more states.
“With the legalization of online sports betting, it’s kind of hitting our younger generation, who are now prone to gambling and are more likely to develop a gambling problem,” Teagan Schall, gambling coordinator at WAND News, told WAND News. Heritage Behavioral Health in Decatur.
All forms of gambling affect people in Illinois. Shull says about 400,000 people, or 4% of the population, have serious to moderate gambling problems.