Betting on the brackets

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says more than 300,000 Wisconsinites have some type of gambling addiction.

According to Brien Gleeson a Psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic Health System, people struggling with a problem March Madness can get the best of them.

“If they already have a gambling problem and they want to participate in this but they don't have the means to do it they might find themselves thinking about doing something illegal to get a hold of the money,” said Gleeson.

He added gambling problems don't start with March Madness but it could be a gateway. He says if you're going to gamble, go into it expecting not to win.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says doing one pool doesn’t mean you’re addicted to gambling, but if you do multiple pools and get yourself in financial harm and obsess about the result; that’s when you may be in need of help.