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Gambling a problem, especially when the money runs dry

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WQOW) It seems the ads and the halftime show get the most attention at the Super Bowl, but the game also attracts the attention of many gamblers.

An addiction specialist says office pools and friendly wagers usually aren't a big deal, but problems begin when gamblers focus on the point spread and use a "bookie" to place bets.

For some gamblers the more they win, the more they gamble.

Ed Ramsey, an Addiction Specialist says, "But eventually they're going to lose. Then when they start to lose they start to chase that loss to get that euphoria from winning back again and that's when they get in trouble."

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling says about 330,000 people in our state have a gambling problem.   The Agency says 65% of compulsive gamblers commit crimes to finance their gambling.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there is a 24-hour helpline. The number is 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

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