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Survey: Gambling Could Hurt 26 Percent Of Kansans

A survey finds that up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem, and 26 percent of the state's residents could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.

A Kansas City firm present the survey Wednesday to the state's problem gambling task forces and other service providers. The firm conducted telephone survey of 1,600 adults in Kansas to help determine how to spend $400,000 in new state funding to combat problem gambling.

The survey revealed a need for stronger educational campaigns about prevention and treatment of gambling problems.

A member of the firm that conducted the survey, Doug Ballou, says problem gambling appears to be most prevalent in south-central and southwest Kansas.