According to a recent report, online gambling in Pennsylvania increased by 16% during 2023 – as wagering continues to rise in the state.

Online Gambling In Pennsylvania Increased By 16% During 2023

Since becoming legalized in 2017, gambling has continued to increase in Pennsylvania and a report by Penn State University showed a 16% rise in 2023.

In 2021/2022 the participation increased by 11% and the revenue made in 2023 came in at $2.1 billion, which is 27% more than the previous year.

The Online Gambling 2023 report includes three years of data from around 1,8000 people and was made in partnership with Penn State’s Criminal Justice Research Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

It was also revealed that around half of Pennsylvania reported problems relating to gambling, showing who wagered digitally and in person.

Those who utilized both forms of gambling spent 15 hours a month (average) on gambling and people who gambled offline spent 1.5 hours a month (average).

When looking at gambling expenses, dual-mode gamblers reached $708 per month and offline gamblers spent $170 – with sports wagers ending as the most popular option.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington, Glenn Sterner, revealed how the increased revenue does not distract from the gambling issues faced in Pennsylvania.

He said: “As we see increased revenue and advertising for online gambling, this report serves as a way for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to understand the potential impacts on individuals, families and communities,

“We remain committed to monitoring problem gambling and other issues that may result from greater access to online gambling.”

Latika Davis-Jones, the DDAP Secretary, believes this recent report will help raise awareness for issues relating to gambling.

He said: “Being aware of the current online gambling trends in Pennsylvania will help DDAP in its mission to assess and address how gambling behaviors impact compulsive and problem gambling within the Commonwealth,

“It will also help us to spread awareness that treatment and resources, like the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline, are there when someone needs help.”