Montana 4th gambling-addicted state, study says
April 27, 2016
Montana ranked fourth in terms of being the most gambling-addicted state, according to a study released Tuesday by a consumer advocacy website.
The Treasure State was third when it came to gambling friendliness and 38th when it came to gambling problems and treatment rank, WalletHub’s study found.
“I wouldn’t be surprised, given how gambling is on every street corner,” said Charles Sygowski, director of office administration with Delaware Council on Problem Gambling, which handles calls for the Montana Council on Problem Gambling. “Any kind of package store can have a separate room that has 10-20 machines in it.”
Neil Peterson, executive director of the Gaming Industry Association of Montana, said he read the report and had questions.
“I see their methodology, but I can’t get any information for how they came up with the points,” he said, adding he was surprised Montana ranked above New Jersey, where there is more betting, and Oklahoma, where there is open-ended gambling.
“It’s confusing to me,” he said.
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