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March Madness is prime time for problem gamblers

LA CROSSE, Wis. -  We're heading into the second week of March Madness and health experts have concerns beyond a busted bracket. Problem gamblers tend to feed their addictions through the tournament.

Those same health experts say the tournament comes at a time of need for many gamblers, happening close enough to Christmas and as an opportunity to offset losses from the Super Bowl.

A clinical therapist from Mayo Clinic Health System says March is one of the busiest times for problem gamblers and there are a number of symptoms that might indicate a problem.


"Missing money, or a shortage of money for household funds, you can watch for increased time away or time spent being pre-occupied with the NCAA tournament and outcomes, you can see increased irritability," said Mayo Clinical Therapist Jeff Court.

If you or someone you know needs help, the Wisconsin hotline to call is 1-800-gamble-5.

Sports betting is illegal in most of the U.S.

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