There are certain places you think of when you think of gambling. Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, but nowhere in North Carolina immediately comes to mind. Yes, we have options like Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and the new Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain. Both are popular, but gambling in North Carolina doesn’t have a chokehold on people the way it does in other states.
Last year the gambling industry saw record-breaking profits last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s not just casinos, sports betting is also extremely popular. (Personally, my teams give me enough stress I don’t need money riding on it too). As the Kentucky Derby is fast approaching where millions of dollars will be bet, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Most Gambling-Addicted States.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 20 key metrics to create this report. The data set ranges from the presence of illegal gambling operations to lottery sales per capita to the share of adults with gambling disorders.
Gambling Addiction in North Carolina (1=Most Addicted, 25=Avg.):
- 40th – Casinos per Capita
- 39th – Gaming Machines per Capita
- 15th – Gambling-Related Arrests per Capita
- 4th – iGaming Revenues per Capita
View the full report here