Gambling Survey Results

A Gambling Convenience Survey was conducted with community members of all ages (12- to over 85) in Washington County.  The survey was administered and collected during the first half of 2014-2015 fiscal year at community events, presentations, on our website, at providers, senior citizen centers and colleges.  Here is some of the data that has merged from that survey.

67.1% of the people participating in the survey were female and 32.9% were male.  27.0% were students (full or part time) and 17.1% were retired.  11.3% stated that they were unemployed at the time they completed the survey.

Types of Preferred Gambling
48.2% respondents indicated they did not participate in any form of gambling activity.  However those that did respondent stated that playing the numbers/lottery tickets is the number one preferred activity with 23.1% of the respondents, followed by 20.8% stating that going to the casino was there preferred gambling choice.  Then playing bingo 16.1%, playing cards for money 9.2%, Slot poker/gambling machines 8.2%, playing some game of skill for money (pool, bowling, etc) 6.3%, Playing table games 6.2%, Betting on horses, dogs or other animals 5.3%, Betting on a sporting event (football, basketball, etc) 4.4%, betting on video games 3.2%, and Internet gambling 1.2%.

Imact of Gambling by Others
A total of 18.7% of the 182 total participants indicated that they had been personally affected in one or more significant ways by someone else’s gambling.   Financial problems  was number one with 58.2%, Realationship problems with 45.1%, Employment problems with 12.6%, violence with 8.2%, illegal activity with 8.2%, and other issues not specified 6.6%.

Risk Factors for Problem Gambling
A total of 109 people representing 11.2% of the overall number of respondents answered yes to at least one of these questions.  When asked if they have ever felt guilty about the way you bet/gamble or what happens wehn you bet/gamble?  7.4% said yes.  When asked if they need to bet/gamble more and more money?  7.1% said yes.  5.3% said that they have lied to people about how much they bet/gamble and 3.5% has borrowed money, stolen money or used credit to bet or gamble.

Gambling Activity within Sub-Groups of Respondents
When asked the risk factor questions, those who were in recovery from either drug/alcohol abuse or mental health problems  reported high rates of gambling related activities than those not in recovery. However, those that reported they did not participate in any type of gambling activity in recovery was 34.4% compared to 50% of those not in recovery that reported they did not participate in any type of gambling activity.

Gambling Activity by Gender
55.3% males respondents reported a somewhat higher rate of gambling behavior compared to 49.3% of female respondents.

Gambling Preferences of Males and Females
Males reported a preference for playing cards for money, betting on some type of skill game, playing table games and betting on horses, dogs or other animals.  The only type of gambling that females engage in at a higher rates than males is playing bingo.  Both sexes indicate a prefernce for “going to a casino” at a fairly high rate (21.7% of males and 19.9% of females).

Gambling Activity by Age of Respondents
Adults between 35 – 44 reported a slighly lower rate of gambling than other age groups.  The highest who reported participation in one or more types of gambling were 45 -54.  Followed by 55-64, 18-24, 25-34, 65-74, 35-44, under 18.

Gambling Preferences by Age
Younger people (those under the age of 25 yrs)tend to perfer the lottery, bingo and playing cards for money. The purchase of lottery tickets and casino gambling increases notably among the 18-24 year age group as younger people become legally able to engage in these forms of gambling.   Those between 25-54 stated that they prefer playing the numbers (lottery tickets) and casino gambling.  The older respondents show a small increase in percentage for playing bingo.  None of the people in the older age range indicated any internet gambling or betting on video games.


  • The most prevalent type of gambling engaged inby the respondents is playing the numbers/buying lottery tickets (23.1%).
  • Other preferred types of gambling reported by a notable number of repondents are casino gambling 20.8% and Bingo 16.1%.
  • 18.7% of the total repondents said they have ben “personally affected” in a least one significant way by someone else’s gambling behavior.
  • The most frequently citied impacts of someone else’s gamblign on respondents was related to financial and/or relationship problems.
  • 11.2% of the total respondents are protentially “at risk” based on their responses to questions generally accepted as indicators of problem gambling.
  • Persons in recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health problems are more likely to engage in some form of gambling thanthose who have not experienced substance abuse or mental health issues.  66% of those in recovery report some type of gambling activity as compared to 50% of those not in recovery.
  • Persons in recovery from drug/alcohol buse are 7 to 8 time more likely to exhibit behaviors indicated fo “problem gambling” than those who have no experience such problems.
  • Male respondents then to favor bing, while males favor playing cards for money, betting on horses, dogs or other animals, table games, and engagingin some type of game of skill (pool, golf, or some other game) for money.
  • Approximately one in five respondents of both sexes who report some type of gambling activity chose going to casino as a preferred type of gambling.
  • The percentage of respondents who indicate a preference for going to a casino increases as people age, 53.3% of the survey respondents between 45 to 54 years of age who report some type of gambling express a preference for going to a casino and this rate remains nearly 50% for persons 55 and older.
  • 34.7% of the young people under the age of 18 yrs.  who responded to the survey appear to engage in some form of gambling.   These youth respondents tend to favor playing bingo, playing cards for money, and playing the numbers.