Millions of Americans will place their one and only bet of the year on the Kentucky Derby next week. But for millions more, gambling is a constant — and darker — presence. Americans lose $100 billion annually through gambling.
New Jersey — whose gambling enterprises are so significant to the economy — ranksamong states considered “most addicted” by WalletHub, the personal-finance website. Only Nevada, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, and Mississippi ranked more addicted.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics such as gambling arrests per capita (New Jersey ranked 3rd), percentage of adults with gambling disorders (NJ-4th), legality of sports gambling (NJ-5th), lottery sales per capita (NJ-8th), and gaming machines per capita (NJ-27th).