The lure of online gambling during the pandemic 

cell phone displaying a gambling app
Gambling apps and websites have proliferated in recent years and are seeing heavy use during the pandemic.
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During the pandemic, the number of people accessing online gambling platforms has surged

Brick-and-mortar casinos were closed for a time and people stuck at home were looking for ways to escape stress and boredom. 

Sports betting and other online gambling options are illegal in Minnesota, but that doesn’t stop people from accessing tens of thousands of gambling websites. 

Some gambling addiction counselors worry that the expansion of online platforms, the monetization of online gaming and the pressures of the pandemic are making it easier than ever for people to slide into destructive patterns. 

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When does placing a bet on a basketball game turn from a bit of fun into a serious problem that can wreck finances and jeopardize relationships?  

Host Angela Davis talks to two guests about what they see and how to help. 


  • Lisa Vig-Johnson is an addiction counselor specializing in gambling addiction. She runs the program Gamblers Choice based in Fargo, North Dakota.  

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