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Arizona Lottery Studies Problem Gambling

30 January 2003

PHOENIX, Arizona – As reported by the Associated Press: "A study funded by the Arizona Lottery seeks to find out how many Arizonans have a gambling problem and how best to spend $500,000 a year in education and treatment money.

"The Lottery Commission expects results from the $140,000 project, believed to be the first of its kind in Arizona, in March.

"…The study seeks to identify the number of people in the adult population who have or are experiencing moderate to severe difficulties with gambling, said Rachel Volberg, who's heading the study for Gemini.

"Problem gambling is a serious issue in Arizona, the extent of which remains unquantified, said Don Hulen, executive director of the Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling Inc.

"…The prevalence of gambling in Arizona is evidenced by the revenues of different gaming operations in the state. Indian casinos do an estimated $1 billion in annual revenue, and that figure is expected to rise with expansions allowed under Proposition 202.

"The state Lottery recorded almost $300 million in sales last fiscal year, and wagers on horse and dog races totaled about $275 million in the same period.

"For comparison, all casinos in the Reno-North Lake Tahoe market do $1 billion a year in combined gaming revenues…"

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