Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia trains video lottery workers

By EVAN BEVINS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

This graphic shows the distribution of the 13,000 calls taken by the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline from its inception in 2000 to May 2018. Wood County is on the higher end of the spectrum.
Provided by the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The people who likely have the most contact with potential gambling addicts in Wood County — limited video lottery operator employees — recently received training from the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia.

The first-of-its-kind training to help workers inform folks struggling with gambling of the resources available to help them was held last week at the Williamstown Eagles location.

“It’s not something that has been done with the limited video lottery industry,” said Barbara Fittro, who owns video lottery establishments in Wood, Jackson, Wetzel and other counties. “Everyone that I have talked to after the fact was very, very responsive.”

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