Head of Missouri Gaming Commission Questions Survey on Gambling

JULY 27, 2005 - Posted at 4:26 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The director of the Missouri Gaming Commission says a new survey on gambling shows that many people don't understand what the word really means.

One-third of Missouri adults surveyed by the Mental Health Department said they had gambled in 2004.

Kevin Mullally is executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission.  Mullally says 33 percent is a low figure.

Mullally believes the number would be higher if those surveyed recognized bingo, office betting pools and similar activities as gambling.  He speculates that many people think gambling only consists of betting at a casino or buying a lottery ticket.

The gambling question was added this year to an annual survey done by the state Mental Health Department on risky behavior.

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