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Ex-Lion Angus Reid shares gambling story

February 29, 2016 9:43 A.M.

Former B.C. Lions football star Angus Reid beat the odds to overcome football injuries, health issues and a gambling problem.

Angus is keynote speaker at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Sandman Signature Tuesday, when he will share his inspirational story. The athlete’s challenges on and off the football field included being cut from his first professional football team, physical injuries and serious health issues.

As a professional athlete, his competitive nature also led him to chase losses at the casino, which resulted in a gambling problem. Having overcome this issue with the support of friends, family and B.C. Lottery Corporation’s voluntary self-exclusion program, Angus is now a strong advocate of responsible gambling. 

His talk in Kamloops is one of a number of events marking Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Feb. 28-March 5.

This year, BCLC, in partnership with provincial government’s gaming policy and enforcement branch, Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops, will host local events. The week is designed as a fun, community-based program aimed at promoting responsible gambling and raising awareness about resources available to help reduce problem gambling. 

Residents can learn the facts and get tips about setting limits while winning prizes at the Ok to Play?Events continue at at Chances Kamloops on Thursday, March 3 from noon-4 p.m. Residents can also check out the Ok to Play? booth at the Blazers game on Wednesday, March 2, from 7-9 p.m. 

For more information about the RGAW events, visit www.bclc.com/responsiblegambling. 

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