Retired Capitol chief puts a familiar face on CT’s gambling debate

CT Mirror by KEITH M. PHANEUF MARCH 12, 2019
When former Capitol Police Chief Bill Morgan began buying lottery scratch tickets every day, he knew he had a gambling problem.

When he went to the Mohegan Sun casino to prove he could quit — and instead lost more than he could afford — he knew he couldn’t stop without help. So he sought it.

And when he awoke Tuesday — after more than three years of gambling sobriety — he knew he had to share his story with legislators pondering a significant expansion in gaming in Connecticut.

“This doesn’t define me,” Morgan, said of his problem gambling past. “I’m not letting this be the measure of my life.”

Morgan returned to the Capitol Tuesday as the legislature weighs an array of proposals this year that could dramatically expand gaming.

Those options range from a new tribal casino in East Windsor to online lottery sales to new fees on sports betting legalized last year by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Lawmakers also are considering ordering a new study on problem gambling — something Connecticut’s lawmakers have deferred since since the first tribal gaming facility, Foxwoods Resorts Casino, opened in 1992.

“I was going to be the last person to believe I had a gambling problem,” Morgan told the CT Mirror in an interview shortly before he testified before the Public Safety and Security Committee. “I was the typical Type A personality. I rationalized. I thought I could control the monster.”
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