2022 Online Gambling Report Executive Summary

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Jul 10, 2023
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2022 Interactive Gaming Report 1 Pennsylvania Act 42 of 2017 greatly expanded the provision of gambling within the state. Through this act, interactive gaming - also referred to as online gambling - was made legal. As part of this legislation an annual assessment is to be conducted to best understand the impact of this expansion on the Pennsylvania population. During the 2021/2022 fiscal period the 19 iGaming operators and 14 online sports betting locations in Pennsylvania brought in over $1.2 billion in revenue from iGaming (including slots, table games and poker), over $267 million in revenue from online sports betting , and over $27 million from fantasy sports (note that fantasy sports revenue is not separated between offline and online). The 1-800-GAMBLER helpline is a resource available for gamblers, as well as family members or friends of those that may be experiencing problems with their gambling. The number of intake calls to the hotline that specifically mentioned online gambling as the most problematic gambling format for the individual began to increase in the July 2019 to June 2020 reporting period. These calls peaked at 20% of total calls between July 2020 and June 2021 and remained stable at 20% between July 2021 and June 2022 . In addition, there was a 120% increase in iGaming specific self- exclusions during the 2021/2022 state fiscal year, increasing from 1,041 to 2,295 1 . The first year of the study found that approximately 11.1% of Pennsylvania residents had engaged in online gambling of some form in the previous 12 months. Following the first year, modifications were made to the assessment procedure and survey. This report outlines the results of the second year of the assessment and implications of its findings. K EY F INDINGS O NLINE G AMBLING In 2022, 11.0% of Pennsylvania adults engaged in online gambling. Online gambling participation was highest in South Western PA (15.2%) , and lowest in North Western PA (5.5%). 1 Note that self-exclusions refer to individuals that have elected to be banned from a specific gambling type, in this case these are individuals that voluntarily elected to be banned from engaging in iGaming.
2022 Interactive Gaming Report 2 The average age of online gamblers was in the late 30's and the majority were men (66.1%). The majority of online gamblers were currently employed (62.6%) and nearly half had a bache lor's degree or higher (46.7%). More than half (52.3%) had an annual household income $50,000 or above. The most popular online gambling format was online sports betting (54%; see Figure 1). The majority of online gamblers played more than one format. Most people report that they engage in online gambling for enjoyment, because of the convenience, and because of the availability. Nearly 1.5% of Pennsylvania adults engage in some form of offshore or illegal online gambling; this is approximately 13.3% of online gamblers . More than 1 in 10 Pennsylvania adults report that they have engaged in online gambling in the past 12 months. 54.0% 33.3% 31.9% 20.8% 20.4% 15.6% 8.6% 3.6% 3.2% 2.3% 1.5% 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% Online Sports Betting Online Slots Online Fantasy Sports Online Table iLottery Online Poker Offshore Casino Offshore Poker Other Legal Online Offshore Sports Offshore Other Figure 1. The percentage of online gamblers that engage in each online gambling format.
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