SEIGMA Research Quoted in Topic Article

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is home to the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) Study

May 22, 2019

Research findings from the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study, led by Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg, have been cited in a Topic article on the potential harm state-lotteries pose to Americans.

The article criticizes state government efforts to help problem gamblers. The author writes that “2 percent of adults have a gambling problem. The numbers are higher for people playing the lottery, particularly games that provide instant gratification. Traditional lotteries like Powerball have a problem-gambling rate of 3.3 percent, while for instant-scratch games it’s 4.4 percent, and for daily games like Keno, it’s 7.6 percent.”

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