LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 01: Socially-distanced slot machines are shown with every other game out of service at Bellagio Resort & Casino as the Las Vegas Strip property prepares to reopen on June 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The resort has been closed since March 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Hotel-casinos throughout the state will be able to reopen on June 4 as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. MGM Resorts International plans to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and The Signature on Thursday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Massachusetts residents love to gamble. It’s been proven with the opening of our local casinos (MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park, Encore Boston Harbor). It has also been proven with the most recent approval of online sports betting which just became legal March 10th. According to data provided by Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the three local sportsbooks generated $2 million in revenue for the state in its first month. In regards to the local casinos, in the month of December, they generated $103 million for the state of Massachusetts. Does this make Massachusetts a gambling addicted state however? Statistics aren’t exactly adding up.

Did you know that gambling addiction is an actual medical condition? It effects 1-3 percent of Americans and it’s in the same category as alcohol or drug addiction. In case that didn’t make you feel any better, how about these statistics. The average gambling addicted man builds up an average of debt between $55,000 and $90,000 and the average gambling addicted female rakes up around $15,000 in debt. This is according to Wallet Hub who did a study on the most gambling addicted states. Where Massachusetts lands on this list however, may surprise you.

How did Wallet Hub come up with its findings? They used 20 key metric ranges to determine where gambling is the most prevalent in each state. Lottery sales was included in the study as well as illegal gambling operations as well as the number of adults with gambling disorders. With the addition of Encore Boston Harbor and with online sports betting now being legal, you would think Massachusetts would be in the top 10 on this list. Believe it or not, it is NOT. Now, Massachusetts is not in the bottom 10 either. Below, we’ll fill you in on where Massachusetts lands. Thank you to Wallet Hub for this study and thank you Massachusetts for not breaking the bank gambling…yet. (Keep scrolling…Massachusetts will be mentioned LAST)

Bellagio Resort In Las Vegas Demonstrates Coronavirus Safety Protocols Ahead Of Reopening

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 01: Socially-distanced slot machines are shown with every other game out of service at Bellagio Resort & Casino as the Las Vegas Strip property prepares to reopen on June 1, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The resort has been closed since March 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Hotel-casinos throughout the state will be able to reopen on June 4 as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. MGM Resorts International plans to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and The Signature on Thursday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • #13 North Dakota

    Ranked 10th for gambling friendliness and 39th for gambling problem and treatment.

    Gambling addiction in ND: A closer look

    Gambling addiction is a very real problem for many families throughout the state. To get a better idea of how serious the issue is, we spoke to people who've seen its impact firsthand. Four percent of North Dakotans - or about 19,000 people - had a gambling addiction in 2017.

  • #12 Texas

    Ranked 26th for gambling friendliness and 3rd for gambling problem and treatment.

    2023's Most Gambling-Addicted States: Texas ranked among top 15 in study

    With the recent headlines discussing the possibility of legalized gambling in Texas, a recent study could not have come at a more convenient time. PREVIOUS: Texas bill would allow voters to decide on expanding gambling As part of WalletHub's 2023 Most Gambling-Addicted States, researchers looked into all 50 states examining data ranging from illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to the share of adults with gambling disorders.

  • #11 California

    Ranked 21st for gambling friendliness and 5th for gambling problem and treatment.

    2023's Most Gambling-Addicted States

    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.

  • #10 Oregon

    Ranked 11th for gambling friendliness and 22nd for gambling problem and treatment.

    Sports gambling addiction on the rise in Oregon since DraftKings became state lottery's operator

    Sports gambling has never been easier, but the consequences have significantly increased after the Oregon Lottery made the switch to a popular betting app, DraftKings."We started seeing more calls for help around sports betting," said River McKenzie, Program Manager at the Meridian Outpatient Prob

     

  • #9 Pennsylvania

    Ranked 6th for gambling friendliness and 46th for gambling problem and treatment.

    Pennsylvania among states most addicted to gambling: report

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported record revenue last month. It may come as no surprise, then, that Pennsylvania was ranked by a separate report among the most gambling-addicted states in the country. WalletHub conducted and published a study which found the states most addicted to the pastime by first establishing two key dimensions: "Gambling-Friendliness" and "Gambling Problem & Treatment."

  • #8 West Virginia

    Ranked 4th for gambling friendliness and 40th for gambling problem and treatment.

    West Virginia ranks high for gambling addiction, but there is help

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTRF) - It's in every state. It's happening to people you know. Problem gambling doesn't look the same as the stereotypes. It's not just a person who spends hours in a casino, because gaming is readily available on our phones at any time.

  • #7 Oklahoma

    Ranked 5th for gambling friendliness and 33rd for gambling problem and treatment.

    Does Oklahoma have a gambling problem?

    RECENT FINDINGS. I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE RATES THAT ARE THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION, BUT THEY CERTAINLY ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN MANY OF THE STATES AROUND US. A RECENT STUDY BY ELITE RESEARCH SHOWS GAMBLING PROBLEMS ARE ON THE RISE IN OKLAHOMA.

  • #6 New Jersey

    Ranked 9th for gambling friendliness and 12th for gambling problem and treatment.

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  • #4 (tie) Mississippi

    Ranked 8th for gambling friendliness and 4th for gambling problem and treatment.

    2023's Most Gambling-Addicted States

    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.

  • #4 (tie) Louisiana

    Ranked 3rd for gambling friendliness and 21st for gambling problem and treatment.

    Louisiana Is 2023's 4th Most Gambling-Addicted State - L'Observateur

    With the gambling industry bringing in a record $60 billion in revenue last year, and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023's Most Gambling-Addicted States, as well as expert commentary, along with its Kentucky Derby Facts & History infographic.

  • #3 Montana

    Ranked 7th for gambling friendliness and 2nd for gambling problem and treatment.

  • #2 South Dakota

    Ranked 2nd for gambling friendliness and 9th for gambling problem and treatment.

    South Dakota's gambling problem

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) -- A recent study has claimed that South Dakota is the 2nd most gambling addicted state in the union based on gambling friendliness and treatment statistics, noting that South Dakota is among the states with the highest per capita numbers of casinos and gaming machines.

     

  • #1 Nevada

    Ranked 1st for gambling friendliness and 1st for gambling problem and treatment.

    Nevada - National Council on Problem Gambling

    If gambling is causing a problem in your life we encourage you to ask questions, gather information and conduct research on the type of help that is most appropriate for your situation. This information is intended to be a starting point-it is not a complete list of information or services.

  • #25 Massachusetts

    Ranked 22nd for gambling friendliness and 32nd for gambling problem and treatment.

    Massachusetts Sports Betting Is Here. Will More Gambling Addiction Follow?

    Massachusetts is making a big wager: legalized sports betting won't lead to a surge in the number of residents with a gambling addiction. Legal in-person sports betting for people over age 21 began January 31, just in time for Superbowl LVII, pitting the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, on February 12.

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