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.”
Read the full article here.