The Wisconsin Lottery is getting a leadership award from an unlikely organization; the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.
Council Director Rose Gruber says they have partnered with the lottery for several years, to get the word out about problem gambling. She says those efforts include putting the hotline number on the backs of tickets and in promotional materials, and running ad campaigns to promote help for gambling addictions.
Gruber says the lottery isn't a big contributing cause of problem gambling. However, sometimes people call the gambling help line number of the back of a lottery ticket, thinking it's connecting them to the lottery. She says that's resulted in more than a few people asking for help when they realize the resource is available to them.