Massachusetts gambling revenue in top 10 and adding more forms to Gamble

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Massachusetts set legislation in place in 1987 and 2004 that designated money for problem gambling and assigned the Department of Public Health to administer it. These funds are intended to address the approximately 115,186 (2.2%) who are believed to have a problem. The funding provided for this is 20 cents per capita which is 22nd nationally.

With a state lottery, pari-mutual wagering and charitable gambling, the state revenue is $4.74 billion (nationally ranking 8th). In 2011 legislation approved an expansion which will add 3 casinos and a slot parlor in an existing horse racing track (pari-mutual wagering).

The Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline handled 639 calls in2012 but as of that time there were no numbers available for people who received treatment.

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