Gambling survey results released

Mental Health & Recovery Services Board released an analysis of the Ohio Gambling Survey – Round Two data, specifically relating to adults in this area. The Round Two survey is a follow-up to the baseline survey done in 2012, before any of the state’s casinos and racetrack-based racinos had opened. The initial exploratory survey produced statewide data only.

“This analysis helps us to tailor our local prevention and awareness-building efforts around problem and responsible gambling audiences,” said Mircea Handru, executive director of the MHRS Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. “We know that most people gamble a little, but it doesn’t need to be detrimental to themselves or their families.”

The 2016-2017 data collection gathered 800 surveys in this area and more than 24,000 completed responses across the state. The survey included the same prevalence measurement used in 2012, the Canadian Problem Gambling Index, which allows for a summary of gambling activity among Ohio adults and highlights statewide changes in gambling behavior over a four-year period.

Seneca-Sandusky-Wyandot gambling survey highlights:

• Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties adult at-risk/problem gamblers comprise 8.3 percent, or 8,850 people, compared to the state rate of 10.3 percent.

• Young adults ages 18-24 had a higher rate of at-risk/problem gambling at 14.7 percent, compared to other age groups.

• Individuals who never were married or divorced/separated had higher rates of at-risk problem gambling than those who were married, widowed or living with partners.

• Individuals who worked part-time had higher rates of at-risk problem gambling than those who worked full-time.

Ohio adults gamble in methods such as 50/50 raffles, bingo, casinos, keno, horse racing, scratch-off tickets, lottery tickets and sports betting. Proceeds from taxes on casino profits and Ohio Lottery sales help to support schools, local governments and prevention and responsible gambling campaigns and programs.

Funds from Ohio’s taxes related to gambling revenues ensure any Ohioan who needs treatment for a gambling disorder can obtain care at no cost.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 589-9966 or visit