Newspaper: Ohio gamblers lost almost $10 billion in 4 years




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper analysis of legal gambling in Ohio finds that those playing scratch-off lottery tickets and making bets at casinos have lost nearly $10 billion in the past four years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2c0fO1k ) that almost $63 billion was bet while about $53 billion was won from 2012 to 2015.

The newspaper examined legal forms of betting at the state's four casinos, seven racinos at horse-race tracks and the Ohio Lottery.

Much of gamblers' losses provide a boost to Ohio schools, cities and counties. For example, the lottery sent more than $1 billion this year alone to public education.

Critics say gambling has put a strain on some Ohioans.

A state study this year found that 4.7 percent of Ohio adults are at risk of becoming problem gamblers.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
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