This weekend’s big game could be a big trigger for New Yorkers living with a gambling addiction.

But Brandy Richards, a team leader with the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center, told Capital Tonight that there are resources available to help individuals and their families.

About 22 million Americans bet on the Super Bowl each year, with nearly one million of those bettors having an issue with gambling. Richards said the accessibility and aggressive advertising of mobile sports betting has already led to more people reaching out for help.

“We now have 24/7 access to bet, right at the palm of your hand. There’s no safe guards to prevent folks from being able to do that” Richards said.

Richards said gambling is often referred to as the “hidden addiction” because warning signs may not be easy to spot. According to Richards, someone may have an issue with gambling if they can’t set limits on the time or amount of money they spend on gambling or if gambling becomes a priority over other important things in their life. Richards said younger people are more at risk to have issues with gambling including men between the ages of 18 and 40.

Richards’ organization, Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center, has resources available for New Yorkers dealing with a gambling issue and counseling for family members that need it. More information can be found on their website or by calling 518-801-1491.