2017 Gambling Survey Report

Here are the highlights from the 2017 Gambling Survey which was done throughout our county.    Click here for the full report.

  • 58.6% of the adults responding to the WCS-Adult survey say they have gambled within the past year.
  • Based on positive responses to one or more risk factors, there has been an increasing trend over the past six years in the percentage of adult survey respondents who may have a problem with gambling.
  • In 2017, 8.2% of the adults surveyed reported at least one risk factor associated with problem gambling.
  • The most prevalent types of gambling by adults are: purchasing scratch off lottery tickets and raffles or other gambling related activity sponsored by local organizations to raise funds.
  • Nearly one in four (23.6%) of the adults surveyed in 2017 said they know someone who they think has a gambling problem.
  • 12.7% of adults surveyed say they have been personally affected by the gambling of another person.
  • 27.5% of the youth responding to the 2017 WCS-Youth Survey indicated they have engaged in some type of gambling during the past year.
  • The percentage of youth survey respondents reporting different types of gambling through the WCS-Youth Survey has declined over the period 2011-17.
  • 7.5% of the 2017 WCS-Youth Survey respondents said they have engaged in some form of gambling within the past 30 days.
  • 36.0% of students completing the PAYS reported engaging in some form of gambling during their lifetime.
  • 9.9% of the youth surveyed through PAYS report past 30-day gambling.
  • Based on the PAYS findings, the most prevalent types of gambling by youth are buying lottery tickets and betting on games of skill.
  • PAYS data indicates a small decline between 2015 and 2017 in the percentage of youth who reported gambling in the past year related to buying lottery tickets, betting on sporting events, betting on games of skill, and betting on table games.
  • There was a small increase (0.8%) in the percentage of students who reported Internet gambling during the past year based on PAYS results.
  • The PAYS data indicates a minimum of 4.9% of the students surveyed in 2017 may be at risk for problem gambling.