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States with less Indian gaming presence rank higher for addictions




The Chickasaw Nation owns and operates the WinStar World Casino and Resort, in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Photo from Facebook

States with fewer tribal casinos are the most addicted to gambling, according to a new study.

Nevada, South Dakota, Mississippi and Montana were the top four states in terms of addictions, WalletHub.com said in the report. While those states are not devoid of Indian gaming, non-Indian and commercial facilities far outweigh tribal options.

The rest of the top 10 showed a similar pattern. Of the bottom five, two states -- West Virginia and New Jersey -- don't even have tribal casinos.

The only exception to the trend was Oklahoma, which ranked five on the list. The Sooner State is home to the largest number of tribal casinos in the nation but it was still surpassed by states with less of an Indian gaming presence.

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