(Clinton, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – More bets will be placed on the Super Bowl than any other sporting event this year.

Last year, $99-million in wagers will be placed in Las Vegas.

And while a casual bet may be seen as being in good fun, it can be a far more serious situation for the problem gambler.

Between two-and-10-percent of the bets on the NFL championship game may come from gambling addicts, according to the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.

Executive director Mary Drexler says those hoping to score a big win may have a problem.

She calls it a “hook” that makes someone go back and continue chasing the one big win.

Drexler says that, in turn, leads to more problems like serious financial and emotional issues.

Those who have a problem or know someone who does call the Council’s helpline at 888-789-7777.


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