Wyoming provides no revenue or treatment information in connection to gambling.

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Wyoming has an estimated 9,676 (2.2%) citizens who exhibit signs of problem gambling (self-reported via survey). It is likely that this number is much higher. It is the only state that has no report of gambling revenue or public funding for problem gambling. The forms of gambling available in the state include 1,505 gaming machines, 14 table games, and live bingo all of this is contained within 4 facilities operated by 2 Indian tribes in the state.

Wisconsin gambling revenue average but funding for problem gambling services very low.

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Wisconsin receives $1.74 billion (ranking 26th nationally) in revenue from 17,997 electronic machines, 22 Indian casinos, a state lottery, pari-mutual wagering, and charity gambling. It is estimated from self-reporting that 57,127(1.3%)  citizens have signs of a gambling problem. Because of this the state spends 7 cents per capita (ranking 33rd nationally) on problem gambling services.

These funds provided for a Problem Gambling Helpline which received 2,071 calls for 2012 which were referred to GA and to nationally certified counselors, Due to a lack of funding however the gambler would be responsible for paying for treatment.

West Virginia shows up Virginia Treatment spending while still being average in gambling revenue.

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32,270 (2.2%)  people on West Virginia are estimated to have symptoms of a gambling problem according to self-reports given on a recent NCPG survey. West Virginia has gambling revenue from 15,942 electronic machines, a state lottery, a video lottery, casinos, racetrack casinos, and charity gambling. In 2012 the revenue was reported as $2.41 billion (21st in the nation).

In 2013 gambling treatment funding was ranked 4th nationally at 81 cents per capita. This is well above the national average of 32 cents. This resulted in a helpline that received 633 calls, and 168 people getting outpatient counseling.

The state of Washington balances gambling revenue ranking with treatment funding well

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The state of Washington estimates that 107,606 (2.1%) citizens (self-reported) potentially have a problem gambling. It offers 28,007 electronic machines, 26 Indian casinos, a state lottery, commercial casinos, card rooms, pari-mutual betting, and charity gambling. With all of this it brings in a total revenue of $2.71 billion and ranks 19th nationally.

The state spends 10 cents per capita on problem gambling services, which also ranks them 19th even though the average is 32 cents per capita for the US.  The state contracts with Louisiana for the Gambling Helpline which received 9,200 calls from Washington. The state also provided 507 individuals with rate paid outpatient counseling, 1 individual was provided out-of-state residential treatment and 16 more received residential treatment in Washington for 2012.

Further information can be found by following the link earlier in this article.

Virginia gambling revenue middle of the road but no funding for problem gambling services.

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Virginia has an estimated 138,849 (2.2%)  citizens with a potential gambling problem (self-reported via survey).  It raises $1.62 billion in revenue from a state lottery, pari-mutual wagering and charity gambling which ranks 27th nationally.

 At this time Virginia provides no public funding for problem gambling services and depends solely on volunteer groups to address problems.

Vermont gambling revenue low, treatment funding average, no real services available!

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Vermont estimates 11,004 (2.2%)  of its citizens are potentially problem gamblers (based on a self-reporting portion of a survey). It has as its primary forms of gambling allowed as of 2012:

  • A state lottery
  • Charity gambling

This brings in a 45th ranked revenue of $100.93b million in revenue to the state. In perspective it spends 32 cents per capita on problem gambling services which is the national average and ranks the state at 12th in the nation.

The gambling help line received between 275 and 369 calls for help in 2012, Treatment is not available through the state and inly 1 counselor is known to be certified for gambling treatment. Vermont has only one reported GA meeting in the state. It is clear that more services are needed and hopefully in the future more will be available.