Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 383-396

First online:

State lotteries and compulsive gambling

  • Valerie C. LorenzAffiliated withNational Center for Pathological Gambling, Inc.

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The legalization of gambling, including state lotteries, has resulted in a dramatic increase of compulsive gambling. Not surprisingly, a new profile of compulsive gambler has emerged which differs significantly from the previous profile of white, middle aged, middle class male. This paper discusses public policy issues, lottery advertising, and legislative/lottery support given to address the problems of compulsive gambling.