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Changes In New York Lottery Won’t Change Gambling Addiction

By Adam Brody SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – For better or for worse, everything changes at some point in time. The New York Lottery is no exception.

The New York Gaming Commission has agreed to make significant changes to the Mega Millions game, including raising both the price, and the jackpot total.

While many may rejoice in the fact that there is more money to win, Elizabeth Toomey and the Prevention Network still believe that those who struggle with gambling addictions will not be scared away by the increase in price.

“When your brain chemistry has been changed, and you do have that addiction it’s not gonna matter. ”

What many do not realize is that there are better odds of you getting hit by lightning, testing as a genius, or even going to the moon than there are to win the lottery.

The Prevention Network works to help people understand that the price paid to play the lottery is not worth losing what is most important to you in life.

“We like to be able to give them the information and the tools to get their help before they lose their life, their health, their families, and their home and the material things in their lives.”

Both casual and addicted gamblers will see these changes instituted for the October 31st drawing. Some, like Toomey, hope that the ghost and cat costumes on Halloween will be more scary than the result of the lottery.