Massachusetts Gambling News

Boom in youth gambling in Mass. fueled by online sports betting apps

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February 12, 2024 -- Massachusetts

The recent Super Bowl was expected to break records as the biggest gambling event ever recorded in the United States. As states have liberalized laws regarding sports betting, young people - especially men - have been drawn to apps that facilitate and encourage this behavior. Conocomitantly there has been increased concern about whether this can be dangerous for young people. Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health CEO starts this piece with a story about her son.

Click on this link to read the story from the Boston Globe. [Note: The article may be behind a paywall.]

Safe Bet: Is Mass. fulfilling its problem-gambling mandate?

November 10, 2023 -- Massachusetts

Gambling legislation in Massachusetts requires a portion of revenues to be used to reduce the damage caused by expanded gambling. In a new series of three reports, NEPM reporter Karen Brown takes a closer look at where that money is going. Part one examines GameSense and the secondary and tertiary prevention done at casinos to try to identify and help people who are experiencing gambling harms. Part two takes a closer look at the state's Department of Public Health and how they are spending money for prevention and treatment. Part three focuses on the state's research agenda on legalized gambling, and features conversations with our team's principal investigator, Dr. Rachel Volberg.

Find the full coverage here.

Springfield's MGM casino at 5 years

August 20, 2023 -- Springfield, MA

Five years ago, on August 24, 2018, the MGM Springfield casino complex opened its doors amidst high expectations. The casino's relationship with the city and the community has evolved over those five years, through COVID-19 and the recent legalization of sports gambling. MassLive is taking a deep dive looking into the casino's impacts in the surrounding communities.

A first article takes a broad look at the casino's partnership with Springfield, and another looks at how businesses in the city's South End have fared. Find the full coverage here.

Should the lottery expand its offerings to increase profits?

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June 1, 2023 -- Boston, MA

Massachusetts lottery officials are concerned that sports gambling will reduce the amount of money people spend on the lottery and are looking to expand their offerings with more expensive scratch tickets and an online lottery. Spending over $800 per year on lottery products, Massachusetts residents have the highest per capita spending in the country (and possibly the world), which is almost twice that of the next state (New York).

This thoughtful piece looks at the research and both sides of the debate.

Are you and your kids overwhelmed by Mass. sports betting ads? You’re not alone

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March 16, 2023 -- Boston, MA

As sports betting has taken off in Massachusetts, a flood of advertising has landed in the state, which has elicited concerns from the Attorney General's office as to whether these may provoke harm in vulnerable populations. MassLive took a closer look in this piece, collecting opinions from many of the involved parties including regulators, sportsbook industry executives, researchers, and public health experts. SEIGMA's principal investigator Rachel Volberg is interviewed and our recent report on sports betting is referneced.

Read the MassLive story here and find all of our reports here.

Online sports betting is in Massachusetts. What's that mean for young people?

March 16, 2023 -- Boston

WBUR talks to Gaming Commissioner Eileen O'Brien about sports betting coming to Massachusetts.

Listen to the news segment here

The Tenth Annual Gambling Disorder Screening Day is Tuesday, March 14!

For the 10th year, the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Aliiance is hosting Gambling Disorder Screening Day on March 14th. Keep reading for details on how you can get involved!

What is Gambling Disorder Screening Day?
Gambling Disorder leads to financial, emotional, social, occupational, and physical harms, yet many cases go undetected and untreated. Failure to detect gambling harm is due, in part, to limited screening for this problem. Gambling Disorder Screening Day is an international event designed to increase awareness of gambling harm, and support and encourage providers to screen for Gambling Disorder in a variety of settings. This event was established by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard medical school teaching hospital in 2014. Screening Day occurs every year on the second Tuesday of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (March).

Why should I participate in Screening Day?
Screening Day supports patient- and client-facing organizations in identifying individuals who may have Gambling Disorder and who should seek further assessment by building the capacity of these organizations to screen through free educational materials, tools, and resources. On a larger scale, Screening Day raises awareness of, and encourages conversations about, Gambling Disorder.

There are two main ways to participate in Screening Day:

  • Hosts, also called Screeners, are client-facing individuals or organizations (such as mental health providers) who conduct Gambling Disorder screens with their patients/clients on Screening Day.
  • Supporters are non-client-facing individuals or organizations who support the mission of Screening Day. Supporters spread awareness about screening for Gambling Disorder and promote Screening Day.

Hosting a Screening Day Event

Hosting a Screening Day event has never been easier! The Division on Addiction’s free Gambling Disorder Screening Day Toolkit includes an array of educational content, treatment and recovery resources, and promotional materials. Some of the materials found in our Toolkit include:

We hope you find these resources helpful! If you do end up hosting a Screening Day event, we’d love to hear how it went. Please complete our optional Host Data Reporting Form. This form allows us to track Screening Day’s reach, outcomes, and areas for improvement.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

Boston, MA -- August 1, 2022 

MA House and Senate committee members sent a bill to the governor's desk in the early morning hours of August 1, 2022. Governor Baker's has until August 12th to sign the bill and officially bring sports betting to Massachustts. You can read the enacted bill here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H5164/BillHistory 

 

Massachusetts sports betting: Lawmakers reach deal including some collegiate betting as session ends

Boston, MA -- August 1, 2022

Massachusetts Legislators reach a last-minute agreement on a Sports Betting Bill in Massachusetts.

Read the MassLive article here.

Today is the Ninth Annual Gambling Disorder Screening Day!

The Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance is once again hosting the Annual Gambling Disorder Screening Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Please read on to see how you can participate!

What is Gambling Disorder Screening Day?

Gambling Disorder leads to financial, emotional, social, occupational, and physical harms, yet many cases go undetected and untreated. Failure to detect gambling harm is due, in part, to limited screening for this problem. Gambling Disorder Screening Day is an international grassroots event designed to increase awareness of gambling harm, and support and encourage providers to screen for Gambling Disorder in a variety of settings. This event was established by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard medical school teaching hospital in 2014. Screening Day occurs every year on the second Tuesday of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (March).

Why should I participate in Screening Day?
Screening Day supports patient- and client-facing organizations in identifying individuals who may have Gambling Disorder and who should seek further assessment by building the capacity of these organizations to screen through free educational materials, tools, and resources. On a larger scale, Screening Day normalizes, raises awareness of, and encourages conversations about Gambling Disorder. Your involvement – whether as a Screening Day Host or as a Supporter – is vital to the success of this event.

How can I participate in Screening Day?
There are two main ways to participate in Screening Day:

  • Hosts, also called Screeners, are client-facing individuals or organizations (such as mental health providers) who conduct Gambling Disorder screens with their patients/clients on Screening Day.
  • Supporters are non-client-facing individuals or organizations who support the mission of Screening Day. Supporters spread awareness about screening for Gambling Disorder and promote Screening Day.

Information for Hosts
Hosting a Screening Day event has never been easier! The Division on Addiction’s free Gambling Disorder Screening Day Toolkit includes an array of educational content, treatment and recovery resources, and promotional materials. Some of the materials found in our Toolkit include:

We hope you find these resources helpful! If you do end up hosting a Screening Day event, we’d love to hear how it went. Please complete our optional Host Data Reporting Form. This form allows us to track Screening Day’s reach, outcomes, and areas for improvement.

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