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.

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