Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 451–460 | Cite as

Video lottery gambling: Effects on pathological gamblers seeking treatment in South Dakota

  • Timothy Morgan
  • Lial Kofoed
  • Jerry Buchkoski
  • Robert D. Carr
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Abstract

Fifty-eight pathological gamblers receiving treatment for addictive illness in two South Dakota hospitals were assessed for types of gambling and grouped into three categories; 15 “video lottery only” (VLO), 36 “video lottery mixed” (VLM), and 7 “not video lottery” (NVL). There were 51 male and 7 female respondents, with a mean age of 38.2. We hypothesized that video lottery would be the predominant type of gambling on several dimensions: level of recent activity, most money lost on one occasion, and number of DSM-IV criteria met. Of all gamblers, 87.9% had pathological involvement with video lottery. Video lottery gambling accounted for the highest level of recent activity. In the VLM group, video lottery gambling led to greater single-occasion monetary losses. In addition, significantly more DSM-IV criteria were met in the VLM group for video lottery gambling than for other forms of gambling these subjects had engaged in. Results indicate that video lottery gambling is the predominant type of gambling behavior engaged in by gamblers seeking treatment for addictive illness in South Dakota. We propose that these findings could be associated with the availability and stimulus differences between video lottery and other gambling types.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Morgan
    • 1
  • Lial Kofoed
    • 1
  • Jerry Buchkoski
    • 1
  • Robert D. Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Dakota School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatry ServiceRoyal C. Johnson V.A.M.C.Sioux Falls

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