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Gambling Control Unit to Meet with College Athletic Directors Ahead of Sports Wagering Rollout

The rollout of sports wagering in Maine is expected to take place next month. Before the wagering goes live, Maine’s Gambling Control Unit is spearheading an effort to educate college
students and athletes about the harmful consequences gambling can cause.

The Gambling Control Unit along with AdCare Maine Problem Gambling Services, and Epic Risk Management will be holding two educational Zoom meetings with college athletic directors across the state this month. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss the risks students and athletes face, the technology that can track illegal gambling activity, and the prevention and
treatment options available.  

Sports wagering in Maine is prohibited under the age of 21. If you are under the age of 21 or bet for someone under the age of 21 you can face legal repercussions. NCAA sports wagering rules do not allow student-athletes to bet on any sport sponsored by the NCAA including college and professional or to share information for sports wagering purposes.  

According to the NCAA, sports wagering activity is widespread on college campuses. It is prevalent among 18- to 22-year-olds, with 58% having engaged in at least one sports betting activity. 67% of students who are living on campus are bettors and tend to bet at a higher frequency. 41% of college students who bet on sports have placed a bet on their school’s teams
and 35% have used a student bookmaker. 

Gambling Control Unit Director Milt Champion said: We feel getting this information directly to Athletic Director’s first will be a good start, with our Unit also being willing to provide individual team discussions on the issue, if requested. Prevention and recovery advocates worry about the increase in those reaching out for assistance and we are preparing and ready
to assist when needed.

211 is Maine’s Problem Gambling Helpline. If you are concerned about your gambling or the gambling of a loved one, 211 Maine employs live specialists who are available 24/7 with information about resources and services. Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211.

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