Study names West Virginia the ‘6th most gambling-addicted state’ in U.S.

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A recent study has named West Virginia the sixth-most gambling-addicted state in the U.S.

The personal finance website WalletHub recently released a study titled “2019’s Most Gambling-Addicted States.” The study compared all 50 U.S. states across 20 key metrics. These metrics include casinos per capita, lottery sales per capita, percentage of adults with gambling disorders and gambling-related arrests per capita.

These metrics were used to determine two rankings for each state, the gambling-friendliness rank and the gambling problem and treatment rank. These two rankings were used to determine the overall ranking, between 1 – 50, for each state.

Source: WalletHub

West Virginia ranked sixth in the study, earning the title of 2019’s sixth most gambling-addicted state. The Mountain State also ranked high in the gambling-friendliness ranking, coming in fourth in the nation. However, West Virginia ranked at the bottom half of the gambling problem and treatment ranking coming in at 32nd. 

When looking at individual metrics, West Virginia ranked first in lottery sales per capita and legality of daily fantasy sports. West Virginia also ranked in the top ten by ranking eighth in gaming machines per capita and ninth in percentage of adults with gambling disorders.

For the full information on this study, click here.

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