In fiscal 2013, a total of 1,838 Oklahomans called a national hotline seeking help related to compulsive gambling – a nearly 60 percent spike over the previous year.
Then, in 2014, the number of calls fell sharply to 1,310, according to HeartLine, an Oklahoma City call center that fields calls from Oklahomans to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (800-522-4700).
The sudden drop perplexes Danielle Harris, coordinator for HeartLine.
Oklahoma's casinos have seen recent increases in income while revenue is down for the state lottery and horse tracks.
Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac says Oklahoma's casinos saw revenue up 6.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. In the same period, lottery revenue was off 2.3 percent and horse racing revenue fell 8.8 percent
ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma technology company owner accused of supplying illegal gaming software to outlets in Florida has been arrested in connection with a multistate gambling scheme.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says 37-year-old Chase Egan Burns appeared in Caddo County District Court Tuesday as a fugitive from Florida. He's charged in Florida with racketeering, conspiracy and multiple counts of the sale or possession of slot machines, conducting a lottery and keeping a gambling house.