Over 200 Lithuanian residents ask for help to kick gambling habit

  • 2006-11-08
  • By TBT staff
The State Gaming Control Commission has reported that a total of 216 people have requested to restrict their possibilities to gamble. Under a 2004 program, gamblers that want to kick the habit present their data and photographs to the gaming control commission, which in turn asks gaming establishments not to allow them in. The commission has repeatedly asked gaming organizers to take gamblers' requests into consideration and to ensure that they are not allowed to gamble at their gaming establishments. Gamblers lost 130 million litas (38 million euros) at Lithuanian gaming establishments last year, a rise of 48.9 percent from the previous year. To combat the problem, the State Gaming Control Commission and gaming organizers agreed to implement a program to voluntarily restrict gambling in 2004.