Kentucky Derby 2017: Gambling problems by state; where does Pa. rank?
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Ah, May. The weather is warming, the sweat is trickling down foreheads across the country and horse racing is about to slide back into the national spotlight.
And as Saturday’s Kentucky Derby attracts attention, so too will bettors. No sport is more tied to gambling than horse racing, and thousands will place bets on first leg of triple crown this week.
So, with that in mind, we thought we’d look at the states most prone to gambling addiction, according to data compiled by Wallethub. The website gathered information on gambling venues, sports betting, gambling treatment and other factors (more on the methodology here.)
If you need to know, Pennsylvania ranks as the 27th most gambling-addicted state in the country. The full list is below.
Gambling addiction score: 13.45
Quick fact: Alabama is one of six states with no lottery.
Gambling addiction score: 13.64
Quick fact: Nebraska is tied for the fewest gambling-related arrests per capita.
Gambling addiction score: 14.45
Quick fact: Utah is one of six states with no lottery.
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Quick fact: Bettors wagered a total of $192.6 million on the 2016 Kentucky Derby, but most of that came from outside the state.