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.

Texas gambling revenue rounds out top 10 but no treatment funding is available?

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Texas, having identified an estimated 417,937 (2.2%) residents with the potential of being problem gamblers, provided 1,858 electronic machines, a state lottery, a Class II Indian gambling facility and charity gambling for them. Texas is ranked 10th nationally for gaming revenue at $4.10 billion without the Indian revenue included because it is regarded as Confidential. 

Treatment funding is not provided and all such operations are operating with volunteers. As a result the NCPG contracts with the Louisiana {problem Gamblers Hotline to provide services for the national hotline.

Tennessee gambling revenues from just lottery impressive!

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Tennessee has an estimated 94,621(2.2%) adult citizens who are believed to have a problem with gambling (self-reported survey) who have only a state lottery as of 3012. Interestingly the gambling revenue is reported as $1.31 billion (34th ranked in USA).  Tennessee is equally ranked 38th nationally in treatment spending at 3 cents per capita, well below the national average of 32 cents per capita, and with it they are providing minimal services. In 2012 the helpline received 217 calls and treated 29 gamblers with outpatient counseling.   

South Dakota has minimal revenue from gambling and treatment services are not detailed.

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South Dakota’s self-reported 8,785 (1.4%)  residents who are demonstrating symptoms of problem gambling have 15,260 electronic machines, a lottery, Indian casinos, commercial casinos, pari-mutual betting and charitable gambling to choose from. 

State revenue from gambling is very low at $818.55 million (40th nationally) and it shows in the funding for treatment which is 24 cents per capita (20th nationally).

South Dakota deserves credit for its funding when you consider that other states ranked in the top 20 for revenue do less.  It however has kept most if not all of the statistical information unreported which leaves no way to compare their services provided to others.