Delaware in top third of ‘gambling addicted’ states

WASHINGTON D.C. — Delaware is the 15th most “gambling-addicted” state in the nation, according to a study published by Wallet Hub — an Online personal finance consultancy.

To pull the results, Wallet Hub compared the 50 states across two key dimensions: “gambling-friendliness and “gambling problem and treatment.”

They measured the two categories using 20 weighted, “relevant” metrics.

They included gaming machines per 1,000 residents, legality of horse-race gambling and “gamblers anonymous” meetings per capita.

Delaware scored a 39.62 on the ranking — a far cry from the predicable front-runner Nevada which scored a 64.11. Utah was considered the least gambling addicted state with a score of 21.05.

Finding itself in the top five states, Delaware scored particularly poorly in the highest lottery sales per capital category.

Though the line between gambling addiction and enjoying the activity recreationally is subject to some interpretation, “gambling disorder” is thought to affect from 1 to 3 percent of all U.S. adults.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gambling can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs and alcohol can, leading to addiction.”
Delaware is host to three casinos, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway & Casino, and Delaware Park Racetrack.

Delaware became the first state to offer expanded sports wagering last year since a landmark Supreme Court decision essentially gave states free rein to do so.

Between last June and the end of 2018, gamblers bet about $87 million on sports statewide.

To read the full report, click here.

For assistance, The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems helpline can be reached at 888-850-8888 or by visiting

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