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Friday, April 29, 2016


Below are a few articles in response the the WALLETHUB STUDY: 


Ohio ranks high for problem gamblers, study says

By Karen Farkas, 
on April 28, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio has one of the highest percentages of problem gamblers in the country, according to a new analysis.
WalletHub,  a personal finance website, examined the percentage of adults with gambling disorders, presence of gambling-addiction treatment programs an number of gambling-related arrests per 100,000 population. Ohio tied for fourth with New Jersey behind Minnesota, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Specific percentages or numbers were not indicated.
Overall, Ohio ranked 17th of all states in gambling addiction. Nevada was first. Pennsylvania was 24th and Michigan was 35th.
Ohio didn't rank in the top five in any other categories in the study, including highest and lowest lottery sales per capita and most and least gambling arrests per capita.
Problem gambling affects slightly more than 2 percent of all U.S. adults, WalletHub said.
In Ohio, which has four casinos and seven racinos, research has shown that 2.8 percent of Ohioans are at some level of risk for problem gambling. Ohio's casinos and racinos have not yet led to an increase in problem gambling, officials recently said.
The state's numerous options for gamblers led to a new campaign last fall to identify problem gambling.
New educational campaign targets problem gambling
Ohio's numerous options for gamblers - including casinos, racinos and the lottery - have led to a new campaign to identify problem gambling.

"Be the 95%" was launched by Ohio for Responsible Gambling, a partnership of the Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Racing Commission.
The campaign and website,, were named for the percentage of people who gamble responsibly.
On a societal level, compulsive gambling costs an estimated $6 billion per year, according to a study by the National Council on Problem Gambling, WalletHub said.
Individually, a male gambling addict accumulates an average debt between $55,000 and $90,000 whereas a female averages $15,000, by one estimate.
Most people do not have adequate resources to pay back what they owe, WalletHub said. As a result, gambling addicts develop a high tendency to amass even more debt, suffer from other health issues, lose their jobs, strain their relationships or even commit crimes.

Study: Mississippi has problem with gambling addiction

by: Tom Dees Updated: 
A group of highly-regarded psychologists and economists who study gambling addiction across the U.S. say Mississippi is among the most addicted states in the country.
The Magnolia State was ranked the third most addicted.
FOX13 examined the report, and there appears to be a direct correlation between the gambling addiction problem and the lack of treatment options.
"I had a personal friend who ran off a very large gambling debt,” Southaven resident Jackie Smith said. “(He) committed suicide because he felt like there was no way out."
James Whelan is Co-cirector of the University of Memphis gambling education and research center. We asked him about treatment options in Mississippi.  
"I am not aware of a gambling-specific treatment facility in the North Mississippi area. We do get folks for Mississippi," Whelan said
Whelan told FOX13 it's not just the gambling that is a problem.
"Committing a crime is something that is well-established and something we do see people with severe gambling problems engage in," Whelan said.
The numbers also indicate Tennesseans struggle with gambling addictions. There is also a lack of treatment options in the Volunteer State as well.

Nevada ranked top state for gambling addiction

Nevada has been ranked #1 in the nation for gambling addiction.
WATCH to learn more.

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