Study: Louisiana is 2019’s 10th most gambling-addicted state

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(4/23/19) A study released by WalletHub says Louisiana is the 10th most gambling addicted state for 2019. Mississippi was ranked 4th and Arkansas was ranked 28th.

Gambling exists in every state, even Hawaii and Utah, where gambling is prohibited by law. But not all gamblers are the same. “Recreational” or “social” gamblers, for instance, buy the occasional lottery ticket, take the rare casino trip or bet small stakes in fantasy sports. But they also are mentally able to quit at any point and prevent catastrophic financial loss.

But when the business or pleasure gets out of control, gambling becomes a real medical condition. Gambling disorder, as it’s known, affects about 1-3 percent of all U.S. adults. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gambling can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction.”

That addiction can lead to serious economic consequences. For example, U.S. consumers experience over $100 billion per year in total gambling losses. Individually, a male gambling addict accumulates an average debt of between $55,000 and $90,000 whereas a female averages $15,000. Most cannot afford to pay back what they owe. 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.

The gambling problem, however, is much bigger in some states than in others. WalletHub therefore compared the 50 states to determine where excessive gambling is most prevalent. Our data set of 20 key metrics ranges from presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to share of adults with gambling disorders. Read on for our findings, insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

Most Gambling-Addicted States

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Addicted)

State

Total Score

‘Gambling-Friendliness’ Rank

‘Gambling Problem & Treatment’ Rank

1Nevada64.11111
2South Dakota63.1526
3Montana54.21313
4Mississippi52.7091
5Oklahoma49.67526
6West Virginia48.77432
7New Jersey48.43107
8Oregon46.97627
9Illinois46.27134
10Louisiana44.37741
11Tennessee43.50225
12Minnesota43.11188
13Pennsylvania40.461143
14Texas39.64289
15Delaware39.621916
16New Mexico39.22850
17North Dakota39.121239
18California38.942124
19Maryland38.822515
20Rhode Island37.621540
21Wyoming36.742725
22Colorado36.363310
23South Carolina36.323414
24New York36.301444
25Ohio36.011742
26Massachusetts36.002336
27Iowa35.342635
28Arkansas35.313120
29Virginia35.262929
30Missouri35.16423
31New Hampshire35.063812
32Indiana33.842045
33Kansas33.813519
34Idaho33.583718
35Connecticut33.521648
36Georgia33.113038
37Washington32.373631
38Hawaii32.34472
39Kentucky32.262447
40Vermont31.134028
41North Carolina29.984321
42Wisconsin29.733937
43Maine29.194417
44Michigan28.663246
45Arizona26.154533
46Alabama25.804634
47Nebraska22.874830
48Alaska22.794923
49Florida22.754149
50Utah21.055022

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