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New Jersey is one of the most gambling-addicted states, according to a survey. Here’s how it ranks

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New Jersey is one of the most gambling-addicted states, according to a survey. Here’s how it ranks


Gambling addiction is a disorder that affects about 1-3% of all adults nationwide, according to Psychology Today.

WalletHub looked into how much the compulsive medical condition impacts people in each U.S. state and found that New Jersey is the 10th state where excessive gambling is prevalent.

The survey determined gambling-friendliness as well as gambling problems and treatment across the 50 states.

“Our data set of 20 key metrics ranges from the presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to the share of adults with gambling disorders,” WalletHub said.

While it found that New Jersey ranked 10th overall, the survey found that the state tied in No. 3 in the percentage of adults with gambling disorders with Kansas.

N.J. also ranks No. 16 in lottery sales per capita and No. 27 in gambling-related arrests per capita, but it ranked No. 1 for legality of daily fantasy sports and sports gambling.

This is compared to the 10 most gambling-addicted states, which include:

  1. Nevada
  2. South Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. Louisiana
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Mississippi
  8. West Virginia
  9. Oregon
  10. New Jersey

However, New Jersey funds a variety of education and treatment programs available to people with gambling disorders. These include weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings throughout N.J. and the New Jersey Casino Gambling Self-Exclusion Program.

You can contact the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-GAMBLER or the National Council on Problem Gamblingfor more resources for gamblers, friends and family and information on various treatment options. A full list of treatment centers is available here.

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