Gambling Addicted Mississippians Ring Up Billions in Revenue

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — A new study from lists Mississippi as the fourth most gambling-addicted state in the nation. Mississippi also has the highest percentage of adults with gambling disorders. Gamblers Anonymous meetings are held every day in the state and the Mississippi Gaming Commission has a measure called self-exclusion in place but gamblers must first admit their problem. People can exclude themselves from the casino for either five years or a lifetime but could still gamble online. Gambling addiction treatment isn’t covered by insurance, which complicates matters since addicts find themselves in a tough financial situation due to their gambling habits. Casinos brought in over $2 billion in revenues last year. Of that, Washington County received more than $1M in tax receipts.


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