Kansas Gambling a Mixed Bag.


Kansas has an estimated 46,951 (2.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem. The state ranks 38th (2012) with 831.59 million in revenue, but 17th (2013) in funding for treatment with 26 cents per capita.
In 2013 the revenue came from 7,875 electronic machines, 6 Indian Casinos, a lottery, 3 stand-alone casinos and charity gambling.
In 2007 SB66 was enacted forming a Grant Fund for Problem Gambling and Addiction. For last year the fund budgeted 9% or $740,000 to be used specifically for Problem Gambling Services. The fund is under the Authority if the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Iowa gambling revenue middle of the pack but treatment services tops.


Iowa has an estimated 35,184(1.5%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  It is ranked 3rd in funding for treatment, allocating $1.01 per capita which amounted to $3,116,614 in 2013.

Revenues from Gambling come from 20,324 electronic machines, lottery, commercial casinos, Indian Casinos, racetrack casinos, Pari-mutual wagering and charity gambling. At 25th in revenue, Iowa brings in $1.9 billion.  It seems clear that there would most likely be more compulsive gamblers than estimated.

Iowa has its own problem gambling hotline (1-800 Bets off) and in 2012 it received 4,029 calls. 2012 also recorded 677 gamblers and 51 significant others receiving outpatient treatment paid through public funds.  All services are contracted through local mental health and substance treatment agencies.

Indiana Gambling and treatment Is balanced financially.


Indiana has an estimated 59,228(1.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  In response it spent 46 cents per capita on services to help problem gamblers which makes it a top ten provider. As a matter of record they are ranked 10th exactly in funding. Because most people who have a problem are unlikely to report it, the estimate is also likely to be low.

Indiana brings in revenue from 21,963 electronic machines, a lottery, 13 casinos, several racetrack casinos, Pari-mutual wagering, and charity gambling. In 2012 that revenue ranked 14th at $3.47 billion.

Services provided include a problem gambling hotline, counselor training, workforce development, treatment and prevention, media resources, gaming compliance and voluntary exclusion.

In 2013 the helpline received 829 calls and outpatient treatment was provided for 475 people. As a recovering Compulsive Gambler, I know that in the majority of cases the person asking for help had reached a point of despair before reaching out.

Illinois Gambling and Treatment at separate ends of the spectrum


Illinois has an estimated 214,991(2.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  It funds treatment at 8 cents per capita which ranks the state at 34th as of 2013.  When compared to its 9th ranked revenue of $4.32 billion for 2012 it seems low.

The $4.32 billion comes from traditional lottery, 10 casinos, an internet lottery, charitable gambling and pari-mutual wagering.  The funds designated for problem gambling is defined by PA 89-374cqnd 89-626 enacted in 1996.

In 2013 the dedicated funding for problem gambling was $996,300. It was all spent in 4 specific areas:

  • A Gambling Helpline
  • Public Awareness
  • Counselor Training
  • Treatment and Prevention Services

2012 funding resulted in 1,605 calls to the Helpline, 1,678 people receiving outpatient treatment paid for by public funds. It is not unreasonable to believe that this is a very small representation of people who need help.

Idaho gambling revenues low. Gambling treatment non existent?


Idaho has an estimated 25,627(2.2%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem.  Idaho provided $327.14 million in revenue for 2012 making it 43rd in this respect from legalized forms of gambling. The state gained this revenue through 3,911 electronic machines, 7 Indian casinos, pari-mutual wagering, charitable gaming and a state lottery system.

Idaho has no publicly funded treatment for problem gambling as of 2013. As a result any help is directed to the National Problem Gambling Helpline through the Utah- Idaho Council on Problem Gambling which contracts with the Louisiana Problem Gambling Helpline.  All state services are tied to mental health services and are not specifically tied to the gambling directly at this time.

Hawaii and Utah. Joint Anomalies.


Hawaii and Utah are unique in the same way. They stand alone as the only states that have not legalized any form of gambling. This does not however mean that there are no compulsive gamblers there. Their lack of legalized gambling does extend to formal funding of help for the compulsive gambler and those affected by the gambler.

Hawaii has an estimated 23,831(2.2%) and Utah has 43,218(2.2%)of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem. Both states are served by the National Council on Problem Gambling while neither has an associated organization within their boundaries. Calles from Hawaii for gambling are routed through the national helpline to Louisiana and Utah has them directed to the hotline provided by the Utah- Idaho Council on Problem Gambling.  

Considering the ‘estimates’ provided are from surveyed individuals reporting, it is most likely the number is much higher. When looking at these 2 states it is fairly clear why gambling is not legal in them.

Hawaii is a tropical Island which has many great ways to enjoy time without gambling. It also has some unusual risks in the form of volcanic eruption (even though it is not often) and Sharks (which are also not common). People here have far more to do than in say a snowy northern state.

Utah is a state which was founded by Mormons and as a matter of foundational beliefs gambling is not socially acceptable. It is notable that there is a potential for that to change as time goes on because of a more fluid population in the continental states.

Georgia on My Mind. Gambling Revenue and treatment funding


Georgia has an estimated 125,805(1.7%) of adults believed to presently have signs of a gambling problem. In perspective the revenue raised from the lottery and Charitable gambling in 2012 was $3.83 billion (12th in the US).   The revenue brought in seems to contradict such a low percentage of problem gamblers.

Contributing a mere 2 cents per capita, well below the average of 32 cents, gives Georgia a ranking of 26th in funding for treatment.  HB08-487 was enacted in 2013 which provided the ‘opportunity’ for more funding. The present allotment from the state lottery is $200,000 each year to the division of addictive Disease and problem gambling services within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability. The initial money went to U of G for an online course for problem gambling counselors to be developed and made available this year.

As with many states, the national hotline handles calls which are directed to the Florida Council on Problem Gambling.