(05/17/2007)
The West Virginia Lottery's plan to be in charge of helping addicted gamblers is been caught in the cross-hair of controversy.

Critics say the lottery's control of helping gamblers is much like the liquor industry providing help to alcoholics.

The National Council on Problem Gambling may reroute hot line callers away from West Virginia's "treatment program" if the Lottery pursues a plan to take over the service.

Keith Whyte, executive director of the council, says the Lottery's plan to oversee the Problem Gamblers Help Network is troubling.

He says "Agencies that promote gambling cannot effectively counsel gamblers who become hooked."

The WV Lottery says it is just an administrative issue.


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