How can you tell if someone you know has a gambling problem?

(WTNH)–J.R. scans his power ball tickets from the last drawing. No big winner, so he and his frowned Roberto Rosado are buying more for the billion plus jack pot in Meriden.

“How do you know when to say enough is enough?” News 8 asked him.

“When I run out of money, and my wife stops me,” he said, laughing.

These two have set limits, which is hard for some people to do. So how do you or a loved one has a problem?

Here are some warning signs you might want to look out for:

-The belief that gambling will fix money problems

-Lying about the extent of one’s gambling

-Neglecting family, work, or school due to gambling

-Borrowing or stealing money to gamble

J.R. Benitez says you need to play in moderation.

“You have to be responsible just like anything else,” he said.

While many people can play for fun, Dr. J. Craig Allen of Rushford says Powerball is a tough one for chronic gamblers to pass up on. It’s on TV, billboards, and in just about every gas station in the state. And the payout, more than a billion dollars, makes it easy for problem gamblers to get into trouble.

“This is going to make it extra hard to ignore it. And you are going to have to work extra hard at your relapse prevention skills,” Allen said. “So finding other things to do with your time. And protecting yourself.”

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