Where do you think Louisiana ranks in a list of the top gambling-addicted states?

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If you guessed in the top five, you deserve a pat on the back. According to an article by WalletHub that compares all 50 states, Louisiana ranks toward the top for excessive gambling.

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To get their results, WalletHub used metrics like the number of legal and illegal gambling establishments in a state, lottery sales per capita to the share of adults with gambling disorders, and many others.

Louisiana couldn't crack the top five in categories like casinos-per-state, gaming machines-per-capita, or highest lottery sales, but we blew other states away in the long run. In one of the most interesting categories, Louisiana ranked number three in Most Gambling-Related Arrests Per Capita.

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According to WalletHub, here are the Most Gambling-Addicted States:

  1. Nevada
  2. Mississippi
  3. Montana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Louisiana

Here's how Louisiana stacked up in WalletHub's major categories:      

  • Gambling-Related Arrests per Capita - Third Place
  • Commercial Casinos Revenues per Capita - Fourth Place
  • Gaming Machines per Capita - Seventh Place
  • Gamblers Anonymous Meetings per Capita - Ninth Place
  • Casinos per Capita - Thirteenth Place
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The Mayo Clinic says gambling can lead to addiction because it can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs and alcohol, and Economist.com reports US citizens amass around $100 billion in gambling debts a year.

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