Gambling is considered to be any activity where a person risks an item of value such as money or jewelry, on the outcome of an event that is determined mostly by chance. While many think of gambling as going to a casino, playing slot machines or a day at the racetrack, there are many types of activities that involve gambling.
Did you know that that 63.3% of Ontarians gamble at least once a year and that these figures are common across Canada and the world? Many people who gamble may not know they are doing so! For instance, a person who buys a raffle ticket to support their local charity may not consider it as a form of gambling, which it is.
For centuries gambling has been a form of entertainment and fun for millions of people. Gambling, however, has created a variety of problems and challenges for large numbers of people. Roughly 332,000 people in Ontario are experiencing problems as a result of their gambling.
Problem gambling is not just about losing money. Gambling problems can affect a person's whole life.
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