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.

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