Betting Their Tuition Away
KENT, OH — Gambling among college students is not a new phenomenon but with growth of internet betting and easier access to gambling sites it is now, more than ever, easy to bet online.
Locally, Christopher Miller is a sophomore at Kent State who bets on sports on sites like Draftkings and Fanduel every single day of the year.
“I have probably bet thousands of dollars in total,” Miller said. “But, I am always aware of the dangers I could get in gambling. I try to keep it in moderation.”
According to collegegambling.org, 6% of college students suffer from a gambling addiction, 5 % more than that of U.S. adults. Miller says he doesn’t see it as an addiction but more as hobby and something he enjoys doing.
Scott Lendak, a friend of Miller’s says that Miller’s mood can change day-to-day depending on how is bet of the day is going.
“I think Chris will be alright. He never bets too much and he has good self-control. I don’t know though, with that stuff, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about him sometimes.”
There are currently no restrictions on gambling at Kent State but they are not alone. In a recent study by The University of North Carolina Wilmington it was discovered that nearly all Universities in the U.S. have restrictions against drinking, while only 22% have restrictions on gambling.
Miller says if it ever becomes a real problem he would quit betting on sports.