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On this episode of Community Affairs, Ronnette Rollins talks with Nicole Jordan about Problem Gambling Awareness. In addition to March being Women’s History Month, it’s also Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Nicole Jordan is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the District of Columbia’s Office of Lottery and Gambling where she oversees all marketing, communication and public relations.

The Goal of Problem Gambling Awareness is to increase public awareness of problem gambling; availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

What are some Problem Gambling indicators? What actions would suggest you may need help?

  • Increased preoccupation with gambling
  • “Chasing” losses (betting more to recoup losses)
  • Loss of control
  • Playing for investment as opposed to playing for entertainment
  • Is gambling negatively impacting other areas of your life?

If you or someone you know exhibits these behaviors over an extended period of time, it’s time to reach out for help. In the discussion, Nicole mentions several resources available to assist with problem gambling. Most importantly, there’s a national 24-hour, confidential helpline, 1-800-522-4700. The National Council on Problem Gambling offers an online screening tool on their website, www.ncpg.org. In addition, the DC Lottery’s website has a “Play Responsibly” page which lists several self-help resources, online community, self-exclusion, etc…

About Nicole Jordan:

With over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in corporate, nonprofit and consulting environments, she currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the District of Columbia’s Office of Lottery and Gaming where she oversees all marketing, communication and public relations.

Her team generates over $240 million in sales annually which is used to fund the City’s social services programs.

Nicole began her career in the communications field as a television producer for various production companies including Discovery Communications and WEN production in the United Kingdom. In this role, she learned how to tell compelling stories that motivated people to action.

She transitioned into marketing while promoting her independent short film and has held marketing positions in corporate, nonprofit and consulting environments.