Some of the best stories begin with a simple observation. My story about gambling addition was going in a completely different direction until I laid eyes on a Remington
Chance to Change is one of the 13 agencies in Oklahoma that offers free counseling services to problem gamblers and their families. What sweet irony that its patrons would park underneath a towering advertisement of the very temptation that brought them there.
One Chance to Change counselor told me the billboard is the butt of many jokes. And I think we can all see the humor in it.
Here is what Remington Park president Scott Wells said about the billboard.
“Like any business, our billboard locations are based on traffic — not what kinds of buildings are nearby. That particular billboard is located just a couple of miles from our facility. As a matter of coincidence, that billboard is scheduled to be moved to another location within the next month. In any case, Remington
By next month, the billboard at Chance to Change will probably be replaced with beer or cigarette advertisement.
No one can dispute the influence of advertising on our feeble minds. But I have to wonder, if gambling would be as profitable if mental health professionals had a budget equal to casinos to advertise the uglier side of gambling.