In a recent survey by Penn State University, over 30% of gamblers from Pennsylvania admitted they suffer from a gambling addiction. With roughly $1.4 billion in profits, the PA online gambling market in Pennsylvania has become huge business but opens the door to a dramatic increase in problem gambling.
In the study, 25% bettors from Pennsylvania had taken steps to reduce their amount of online gambling over the past 12 months. Roughly 10% admitted they had played with amounts of money beyond their means and felt the desire to wager more to grab the same feelings they had when they first started gambling online.
Around one out of every 20 respondents, roughly 5%, said they had become overwhelmed with online gambling.
Penn State’s survey occurs annually as required by law, helping lawmakers and regulators get a sense of problem gambling within the state’s population.