2020 New York State Problem Gambling Prevalence Survey

Research and Data
Author(s): NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), Prepared by RTI International
Year Published: 2020


The 2020 New York State Problem Gambling Prevalence Survey Overview was conducted by NYS OASAS and RTI International between July 24 and December 21, 2020.  The purpose was to provide information on New York State adults participating in past-year gambling activities and to gather information on New Yorker’s attitudes and behaviors toward gambling, awareness of resources for problem gambling services, and other substance use and mental health concerns. 


Quantitative Data

  • 68% of NYS residents have not gambled in the last 12 months.
  • 4.4% are at risk for developing a gambling problem. (these individuals met up to 2 of the criteria for Gambling Disorder).
  • 0.7% are problem or pathological gamblers. This includes:
    • 0.3% problem gambling (exhibited harmful effects of their gambling), and
    • 0.4% pathological gambling (preoccupation, loss of control, irrational thinking, continuous gambling despite negative consequences).

Risk Factors

Highest Risk Populations
  • 18-24 year-olds.
  • Those with a substance use disorder.
  • Non-Hispanic black men.
  • Those with an income below $30,000.
  • Those with a HS diploma or less.
Additional High-Risk Populations
*Identified through community-based surveys done through the Problem Gambling Resource Centers.
  • Veterans
  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
  • Aging population.
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color).


Summary of Study Here


2020 New York State Problem Gambling Prevalence Survey Final Report. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 2021.

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