Gambling isn't alwasy fun and games some people are complusive gamblers and become addictedAccording to the Indiana Gaming Commission, nearly 4,200 people have asked to be included in the state’s gambling exclusion list.

It has been reported that 1,846 Indiana residents and 2,338 individuals from other states have asked to be a part of the Voluntary Exclusion Program. The program, which began in 2004, allows individuals to be barred from Indiana casinos for periods of time ranging from a year up to a lifetime.

Individuals who wish to participate in the program must fill out forms in person at a gambling facility and those who request exclusion for one or five years can request removal from the program when the said period expires.

John Shipley, who is manager of compliance at Hoosier Park in Anderson, says the program can be helpful for those who need it.

“The last thing we want is to have folks here who have problems,” said Shipley. “We are an entertainment venue. Some people go see movies, some go play golf, some go to fancy restaurants, and some like to come to Hoosier Park for a night out. But other folks who have problems, they have the program which is a means by which they can help themselves.”

Gamblers Anonymous officials say the exclusion list can be a deterrent, but other types of gambling, like lottery games and bingo, are still accessible.

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