In February 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Services released a study focusing on gambling in Minnesota. Here are some of the most important takeaways:


27% of Minnesotans know someone whose gambling is damaging their personal, family, or work relationships.


22% of Minnesotans have been negatively affected by the gambling behaviors of someone they know.


57% of Minnesotans said they started gambling at age 18 or younger.


Among all Minnesotans who ever thought they might have a gambling problem, only 14% thought about getting help in the past year.


Minnesotans in higher income households are more likely to gamble than those in lower income households.


Problem gamblers have a higher probability of being diagnosed with a substance use disorder.


At-risk and problem gamblers are more likely to try and win back money they lost, and often gambled longer, with more money, or more frequently than they intended.


At-risk and problem gamblers commonly experience the following problems related to their gambling:

  • Significant mental stress
  • Significant financial concerns
  • Lying to family or others to hide the extent of their gambling
  • Gambling to escape from feeling depressed, anxious, or bad about themselves


The most common form of gambling in Minnesota is purchasing lottery tickets.


Among those who gambled online, fantasy sports and sports betting were the most common.

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Check out the full study here to learn more about gambling in Minnesota.