SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — This winter, the Oregon Lottery is rolling out new accountable gaming coaching to assist Video Lottery retailers determine alternatives to supply free assets to individuals who could also be impacted by a playing challenge.

The brand new coaching, known as “Accountable Gaming & You,” is for the greater than 2,100 Video Lottery retailers across the state. The coaching is designed to coach retailer employees on find out how to acknowledge and search for alternatives to direct individuals to the free assets obtainable to all Oregonians and different useful instruments associated to playing behaviors.

“Connecting individuals to downside playing assets and offering accountable gaming info helps gamers make knowledgeable selections once they play lottery video games,” mentioned Krystal Smith, Drawback and Accountable Gaming Program Supervisor for the Oregon Lottery.

“The shared dedication now we have with our retail companions is a crucial step in bringing this coaching to all retail staff and in the end handed on to our lottery gamers.  It’s not solely good for a retailer’s enterprise it is a crucial a part of our mission as a lottery.” 

Dave Thomason, proprietor of Southern Oregon Elmer’s, which manages 31 places providing Oregon Video Lottery video games, says he’s dedicated to having 100 p.c of his 500-person employees educated by way of this system.

“I believe it’s our duty to be part of this coaching,” Thomason mentioned. “The overwhelming majority of the gamers now we have are accountable and have limits on themselves. It goes with out saying there are of us who’ve an issue, so I actually like the thought of us being conscious, to the extent we will, play an element in ensuring that downside gamblers know what sorts of assist can be found to them.”

Jim Fox, proprietor of Fox Den Eateries, agreed.

“It’s a particularly essential program,” Fox mentioned. “We additionally tie this coaching along with our alcohol server coaching. Information is king and having our employees conscious of points and packages that may assist our prospects in the event that they want you will need to us. We just like the coaching program the Oregon Lottery has put collectively and can have 100-percent of our employees take the coaching.”

New this yr, retailers who present an impressive dedication to employees coaching can be awarded the We Help Accountable Gaming” seal.

One p.c of Oregon Lottery proceeds are directed at funding free packages that help individuals who have playing points.  To this point, greater than $99 million has been directed to those packages.  The Oregon lottery is dedicated to serving to retailers present a enjoyable and entertaining play expertise for all lottery gamers.

“Persevering with to commonly present this efficient coaching to customer support employees demonstrates the dedication of the Lottery to steer the trade as a nationwide instance of company duty to all its prospects and retailers,” mentioned Tom Moore, Oregon Council on Drawback Playing Govt Director.

State {officials} with the Oregon Well being Authority additionally mentioned this system is an effective manner to assist retailers and prospects play Oregon Lottery video games responsibly.

“At OHA, we all know that whereas lottery video games might be enjoyable, additionally they include dangers for dependancy. We recognize the Oregon State Lottery’s dedication to serving to retailers and prospects observe accountable gaming practices, make knowledgeable selections, and if wanted, join with free remedy companies,” mentioned Greta Coe, Oregon Well being Authority Drawback Playing Companies Supervisor.

Smith added, subsequent up is a brand new coaching module designed to assist the particular wants of shops who promote different Lottery video games like Keno and Scratch-it’s. 

For the reason that Oregon Lottery started promoting tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned greater than $12 billion for financial improvement, public training, state parks, watershed enhancements Veterans companies and Out of doors College. For extra info on the Oregon Lottery go to

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