Connecticut breaks even on gambling addiction - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Connecticut breaks even on gambling addiction

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

People in Connecticut may not be among those most addicted to gambling, but they're more addicted than half the country.

A new study from the personal finance website WalletHub.com ranked Connecticut as the 20th state most addicted to gambling.

The state was also given by researchers a "gambling friendliness" rank of 19 and a "gambling problem and treatment" rank of 27.

Connecticut is home to the Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun casinos in Ledyard and Uncasville. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have also joined forces for a potential third casino in the state.

The states most addicted to gambling were Nevada, South Dakota and Mississipp, respectively.

Those least addicted were Utah, Nebraska and Alabama.

Researchers for WalletHub compared all 50 states to determine where the problem of excessive gambling was most prevalent. They looked at 13 metrics which included illegal gambling, lottery sales per capita and percentage of people with gambling disorders.

Gambling is considered a medical condition. The Mayo Clinic said gambling disorder affects slightly more than 2 percent of all U.S. adults.

“Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction," the clinic said.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, the addiction can lead to serious economic consequences. It costs $6 billion a year.

Individually, a male addict can accumulate an average debt of between $55,000 and $90,000. Females can average $15,000, according to debt.org.

To read the complete results of WalletHub's study, click here.

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