Massachusetts Casino Trends Survey Reveals Some Surprises
A survey of more than 3,000 New England residents conducted this week by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Policy Analysis reveals some facts that are interesting Massachusetts’ casino-goer trends, and perchance those of the country as a whole.
Those surveyed spanned five New England states, minus Vermont, and were not exclusively casino-goers. Of those surveyed, however, more than half, 52 percent, engaged in some form of gambling, be it casino, lotto tickets, or betting on sports.
Not Absolutely All Gamblers
Probably the most interesting result associated with survey is the fact that of these who visited an area casino, nearly 20 per cent did perhaps not gamble at all, and were presumably drawn solely by the shopping or dining offered at the casino. This really is a razor-sharp increase from just six years ago whenever a similar survey discovered that just 7 percent of casino site visitors did not gamble.
Among other findings, it was discovered that casino-goers are spending less money on average, and travelling less to reach their gaming destination, no doubt a by-product of this struggling U.S. economy.
‘Convenience gamblers don’t care about bells and whistles, they desire to relax and play slot machines and they would like to do it near to home,’ said Clyde Barrow, executive director for the UMass center, who is been overseeing the yearly survey on area gambling habits for six years.