Get the Facts About Gambling

Ohio Gambling Statistics

  • 4% of adult population might have a gambling problem 1
  • An estimated 1.4% of Ohio adults (125,853) are believed to manifest a gambling problem in Ohio 2
  • 8.2% of Ohioans had gambled some sort of way in the last year. 4
  • 74% of Ohioans participated in buying any type of Lottery game. 4
  • 76% percent of Ohioans agree gambling is not a good way to make money. 4
  • 54% of Ohioans say they only gamble for entertainment purposes rather than to win money. 4
  • Ohio males ages 18-44 of any race or ethnicity, are the largest at-risk population of developing a gambling problem. 3
  • Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3x that of adults. 15% of Ohio youth ages 12-17 are gambling and 3% are experiencing negative consequences from gambling. 3

National Gambling Statistics

  • The 0.9% of Ohio adults estimated to be problem gamblers is significantly below the national average of 2.2% for Individuals having mild to moderate gambling problems. 3
  • Approximately 85% of US adults have gambled at least once in their lives. Research shows that most who choose to gamble can do so responsibly. 3
  • 1% of US Adults are estimated to meet criteria for gambling addiction known as gambling disorder or gambling addiction each year. 3
  • Almost three out of every four Americans (73%) report having bet on at least one of fourteen gambling activities in the twelve months. In twelve states (Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas) more than four in five adult residents reported a past year bet.4


2. National Council on Problem Gambling report by state (2018) [pg 110 – Ohio]


4. National Council on Problem Gambling

    2018-for Ohio / 2021 for National