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New Study Shows Ohio Has Fewer Gambling Addicts Than National Average

Slot machines inside Hollywood Casino in Columbus.
Slot machines inside Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

In spite of having plenty of opportunities to gamble, Ohio has a rate of problem gambling that’s less than half the national rate of 2.2 percent, according to a study just released by the state. The state is still keeping an eye toward developing problems.

The study shows more than 76,000 Ohioans, or just under 1 percent, have gambling disorders.

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says 24,000 people responded to the study. She acknowledges some people might have downplayed or lied about their behaviors.

“But these individuals took a phone call, decided to stay on the phone anywhere from five to 20 minutes long to answer all these questions," she says. "So we feel pretty good about the data.”

A total of 843,000 Ohioans could be at risk for gambling problems. This study was a follow up to one done in 2012, before casinos were legal in Ohio – the gambling disorder rate has now doubled from that rate of 0.4 percent.