Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 383–396

State lotteries and compulsive gambling

  • Valerie C. Lorenz

DOI: 10.1007/BF01014592

Cite this article as:
Lorenz, V.C. J Gambling Stud (1990) 6: 383. doi:10.1007/BF01014592


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.

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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerie C. Lorenz
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Pathological Gambling, Inc.Baltimore