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  • Gamblers don’t feel “addicted”. They may not realize they have a problem.
  •  Anyone who gambles can develop a gambling problem if they are not aware of the risks.
  •  Gambling has the same effect on a problem gambler that alcohol has on an alcoholic.
  •  Problem gamblers are more at risk for developing other addictions, such as drugs or alcohol.
  •  About 2 million(1%) of American adults meet the criteria for “pathological” gambling.
  •  Another 4-6 million(2%) are considered “problem gamblers” or gamblers that are at risk of developing a severe gambling problem.
  •  Children can be problem gamblers; participating in on-line and sports gambling. Children who are involved in gambling are more likely to develop gambling related problems as adults.
  •  The social cost of problem gambling is at least $6 billion per year.
  •  Problem gambling often leads to financial devastation, poor health, substance abuse, depression and suicidal behavior.


For Baltimore and Maryland

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  • Over 150,000 people in Maryland have a gambling problem.
  • Problem Gambling is correlated with an increase in domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Living close to a casino may increase your risk of becoming a problem gambler.
  • Everyone rich, poor, young, old, men and women can be at risk.


College Students

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  • Researchers estimate that 75% of college students gambled during the past year, whether legally or illegally.
  • Approximately 6% of college students in the U.S. have a serious gambling problem.
  • The most frequently chosen gambling activity for college students is the lottery at 41%, followed by card games at 38%, and sports betting at 23%.

Access to Cash:

  • The average college student receives about 25 credit card solicitations per semester.
  • Nearly 30% of all male athletes bet on sports, 26% of athletes started gambling prior to high school and 66% began in high school.

What are the odds:

  • Of a college player becoming a pro football player: 3,000 to 1
  • Of being struck by lightning: 280,000 to 1
  • Of winning a Powerball jackpot: 140,000,000 to 1



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  • Almost 90% of adults in Maryland gamble.
  • For 150,000 adults in Maryland gambling has become a serious problem.
  • Around 2.5million adults suffer from compulsive gambling across the country.
  • Over $500 billion is spent annually on gambling.
  • Adults with a gambling problem are 2-3 times more likely to develop a major depressive disorder.



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  • Over half of all adults who visit casinos are age 50 or older.
  • 70% of seniors gamble each year.
  • More than 1 out of 10 people over the age of 65 are at risk of financial problems because of gambling.



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  • 1% of military personnel experience one serious gambling related problem in their life.
  • It is estimated that at least 36,000-48,000 active duty US service members may have a gambling problem.
  • 40% of veterans seeking treatment for gambling problems have reported suicide attempts.
  • 64% of those who attempted suicide reported their attempt was related to gambling.
  • Veterans in treatment for PTSD are up 60 times more likely to develop a gambling problem


Over 150,000 adults in Maryland have a gambling problem.

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