Ease Of Sports Betting In New Jersey Leads To Surge In Gambling Addictions

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OCEANPORT, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The introduction of legal sports betting in New Jersey last year has led to a dramatic increase in revenues, but has also led to a surge in gambling addictions.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy placed the first legal sports bet at Monmouth Park 17 months ago. Since then, there have been $4.7 billion dollars in sports wagers in New Jersey.

While the revenue is great for the state, with it has come a number of problems with gambling.  

“It can be very difficult for us when we have to hear grown men crying on the phone that they can't stop,” said Neva Pryor, who heads the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.

She says the biggest issue has been the ease of online gambling in the state.

“The draw of the internet, we find to be what's almost fueling the problem,” she explains.

Pryor said she’d like the see more money used to advertise the gambling addiction hotline: 1-800-gambler.