The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) released the first-of-its-kind statewide assessment of problem gambling in Illinois.
The assessment reports on the prevalence of different types of gambling in the state, the availability of treatment and other services, the prevalence of problem gambling among different groups, and overall attitudes about gambling.
The study found that 68% of adult Illinoisans reported gambling in the past year, with the State lottery being the most popular form.
Statewide, the assessment found that 3.8% of adult Illinoisans — approximately 383,000 people — are considered to have a gambling problem.
An additional 7.7% – approximately 761,000 people – are at risk for developing a gambling problem
Over the past two years, over 245 clinicians have been trained to provide gambling disorder treatment services in Illinois.
If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with gambling, contact the State’s Gambling Helpline weknowthefeeling.org, call: 1-800-GAMBLER, or text: “ILGamb” to 53342.