A survey says up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem and 26 percent could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.
The survey was presented this week to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and members of the state’s problem gambling task force. The telephone survey of 1,600 adults was conducted to help determine how the state should spend $400,000 in new funding to combat problem gambling.
Legislators increased the funding to $1.2 million for the fiscal year that began July 1. They were responding to concerns that Kansas was benefiting financially from gambling but doing too little to treat gambling problems.
Kansas has three state-owned casinos and a statewide lottery.
The survey says one in six gamblers did so to win money to pay bills or cope with everyday problems. The lottery was the most common form of gambling cited, with 47 percent of adults playing in the past year.