State studying impact of gambling in Massachusetts

Research includes studies on casino gaming, horse racing, lottery tickets

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state is studying the impacts of gambling before the first full resort casino opens in Massachusetts. Under the state’s 2011 gaming law, Massachusetts is required to study the social and economic impacts of gambling.

The research is not limited solely to casino gambling. Researchers from UMass Amherst are studying the impacts daily fantasy sports, lottery tickets, and horse racing could have on the residents.

These findings show men are three-times more likely to develop a gambling problem compared to women, and African Americans are four times more likely to have a gambling problem than whites.

The state hopes to use the data to prevent problem gambling, especially in casino host and surrounding communities.

Expanded gambling also has positive impacts, according to the study. It creates job opportunities, housing, tax revenues, and tourism.

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