The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) conducted a survey on US citizens' gambling behavior. Among the most interesting results were Americans' loyalty towards lotteries and casinos, the huge desire to gamble even if it was forbidden in the particular state, and the bigger addiction risks among the younger generation. We update our digital outlet's latest casino news category, presenting the most interesting findings.
To bring clarity into the field of gambling regulation and deal with social problems, the NCPG conducted a survey concerning the US behavioral trends and specifics. Some of the figures and tendencies sound really interesting.
Americans love to gamble and prefer lotteries
The survey found that about 75% of US adults participated in gambling, with only 12% had never placed their bets. Even in a few states that prohibit all types of gambling (Utah and Hawaii), more than 50% of citizens were wagering. Interestingly, 20% of the Americans were playing with a sportsbook even if it wasn't legalized in a particular state, and 15% of them were making it online.
However, the preferable gambling option among Americans is the lottery, with about 66% being involved in it. More than 33% confirmed they didn't hesitate to gamble in casinos. Knowing that about 20% of US citizens also like betting, the survey confirmed that more than half of the punters chose three or more directions to gamble.
Trends in addiction and awareness
Even though the survey wasn't too focused on determining the addictive trends, polls included four parameters that meant some kind of problems. As a result, 70% showed no signs of problem gambling, while only 7% noted their repeated problematic behavior. Interestingly, the age differentiation showed that half of under 35 punters confirmed some adverse signals, while 65+ showed only a 10% problematic signs' rate. A majority of the addictive behavior was noted in sports betting, but the survey didn't come up with the reasons (bettors are initially a more problematic cluster or become so after playing with sportsbooks).
According to the authors, Americans show a low level of understanding of what gambling is and how it affects the human brain. Thus, about 32% of gamblers perceive gambling as a way of making money, with half thinking it's a reliable way to do so. Also, the majority of US citizens believe that problem gambling is directly related to willpower, while others think that it's related to genetics or other medical conditions.