Gambling Statistics

imagesWhat is unique about the current gambling situation is the speed at which it has gone from an undercurrent in American society to high-profile, socially recognized activity.

  • The gambling industry has grown tenfold in the U.S. since 1975
  • Thirty-seven states now have lotteries
  • 15 million people display some sign of gambling addiction
  • Two-thirds of the adult population placed some kind of bet last year
  • Gambling profits in casinos are more than $30 billion while lotteries are about 17 billion annually
  • “Players” with household incomes under $10,000 bet nearly three times as much on lotteries as those with incomes over $50,000
  • In 1973 state lotteries had $2 billion in sales. By 1997, the revenues reached $34 billion
  • Gambling among young people is on the increase: 42 percent of 14-year-olds, 49 percent of 15-year-olds, 63 percent of 16-year-olds, 76 percent of 18-year-olds.
  • There are now approximately 260 casinos on Indian reservations (in 31 states and with $6.7 billion in revenue)
  • Internet gambling has nearly doubled every year since 1997 – in 2001 it exceed $2 billion
  • The Internet boasts 110 sport-related gambling sites
  • According to the American Psychological Association the Internet could be as addictive as alcohol, drugs, and gambling
  • After casinos opened in Atlantic City, the total number of crimes within a thirty-mile radius increased 100 percent
  • The average debt incurred by a male pathological gambler in the U.S. is between $55,000 and $90,000 (it is $15,000 for female gamblers)
  • The average rate of divorce for problem gamblers is nearly double that of non-gamblers
  • The suicide rate for pathological gamblers is twenty times higher than for non-gamblers (one in five attempts suicide)
  • Sixty-five percent of pathological gamblers commit crimes to support their gambling habit