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Louisiana is one of America’s most gambling addicted states

Gambling exists in every state, even Hawaii and Utah, where gambling is prohibited by law. But all gamblers are different. “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 19 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.

With the Kentucky Derby approaching and gamblers preparing to bet on their favorite horses, WalletHub also released its 2018 Kentucky Derby Facts & History infographic .

Source: WalletHub

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Addicted)

State

Total Score

‘Gambling-Friendliness’ Rank

‘Gambling Problem & Treatment’ Rank

1 Nevada 62.43 1 10
2 South Dakota 53.11 3 8
3 Montana 52.90 2 20
4 Mississippi 51.84 7 1
5 Louisiana 44.77 6 13
6 West Virginia 44.66 5 15
7 Oregon 43.03 4 39
8 New Jersey 42.58 16 2
9 Illinois 39.57 25 3
10 Oklahoma 38.91 8 36
11 Tennessee 37.71 19 7
12 Rhode Island 36.07 14 22
13 Maryland 35.80 26 6
14 Delaware 35.63 11 25
15 Pennsylvania 35.34 9 30
16 Missouri 34.64 31 4
17 New York 34.28 10 37
18 California 33.39 15 26
19 Massachusetts 32.86 17 18
20 Colorado 32.60 20 19
21 Iowa 32.55 21 17
22 North Dakota 31.52 12 47
23 Ohio 30.90 22 23
24 Idaho 30.25 27 24
25 New Mexico 29.22 13 49
26 Virginia 29.05 18 43
27 Indiana 28.61 24 32
28 Wyoming 28.37 28 33
29 Texas 28.36 39 9
30 Minnesota 27.51 32 14
31 Michigan 26.54 29 35
32 New Hampshire 26.50 34 21
33 South Carolina 26.47 38 16
34 Hawaii 26.45 49 5
35 Kansas 24.58 41 12
36 Arkansas 24.34 33 29
37 Connecticut 23.74 23 50
38 Florida 23.23 30 46
39 Arizona 23.01 35 40
40 Vermont 22.78 36 38
41 Maine 22.08 47 11
42 Georgia 21.79 37 45
43 Wisconsin 20.50 42 42
44 Alaska 19.63 44 28
45 Washington 19.36 43 34
46 North Carolina 18.89 45 31
47 Utah 17.87 50 27
48 Kentucky 17.20 40 48
49 Alabama 17.19 46 44
50 Nebraska 16.60 48 41

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