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Which states have the most to gain from legalized sports betting?

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    Which states have the most to gain from legalized sports betting?

    Whether the government likes it or not, illegal sports gambling is something that exists and economists estimate that the industry is worth up to $500 billion dollars worldwide today. In spite of this, gamblers and sports enthusiasts alike have pushed for legalization in recent years in order to cut out some of the dangers associated with unregulated wagers, and has since inspired the recent Supreme Court vote in favor of overturning the 1992 law which made sports betting illegal in any state except for Nevada. With the decision now in the hands of individual state governments, people in states all over the country are now debating the positives and the negatives associated with the prospect of their state legalizing regulated sports gambling.

    Proponents of nation-wide legalization have argued that regulated sports betting would enhance the fans’ consumption of professional sports because it would not only provide added incentive to watch the games, but it would simply provide fans with a more geographically convenient means of doing the same thing that has been going on legally in Las Vegas since 1931. In the minds of many, however, the glaring hole in this argument is the fact that having gambling of various kinds restricted to Nevada for all these years has helped potential addicts treat the institution as an occasional vice, whereas widespread legalization would offer addicts a vehicle by which to throw their life savings away all too easily and regularly.

    While there is a wide array of differing opinions pertaining to the pros and cons from a consumer perspective, what about the government benefits? State governments not only stand to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and additional tax revenue if they were to legalize sports betting in their respective state, but are also likely increase the job count for their citizens in desperate need of work.

    Using a recent study from Oxford University, Stacker analyzed the estimated financial implications of every state’s prospect of legalizing regulated sports betting. Read on to learn how much your state could benefit from legal sports gambling.

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    #51. Arkansas

    Estimated total sales: $149 million (per capita: $65.36)
    Estimated jobs gained: 971
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.88
    Estimated state tax revenue: $18.4 million (per capita: $8.08)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.19%


     

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    #50. South Carolina

    Estimated total sales: $251 million (per capita: $65.67)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,618
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.65
    Estimated state tax revenue: $32.0 million (per capita: $8.36)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.34%


     

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    #49. Kentucky

    Estimated total sales: $230 million (per capita: $67.47)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,441
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.74
    Estimated state tax revenue: $27.0 million (per capita: $7.92)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.22%


     

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    #48. Tennessee

    Estimated total sales: $371 million (per capita: $72.32)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,315
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.09
    Estimated state tax revenue: $42.6 million (per capita: $8.31)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.28%


     

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    #47. Vermont

    Estimated total sales: $37 million (per capita: $72.42)
    Estimated jobs gained: 234
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.44
    Estimated state tax revenue: $4.7 million (per capita: $9.30)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.15%


     

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    #46. Georgia

    Estimated total sales: $575 million (per capita: $74.19)

    Estimated jobs gained: 3,347

    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.51

    Estimated state tax revenue: $63.8 million (per capita: $8.23)

    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.29%

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    #45. Utah

    Estimated total sales: $162 million (per capita: $76.27)

    Estimated jobs gained: 1,010

    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.08

    Estimated state tax revenue: $17.6 million (per capita: $8.29)

    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.23%

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    #44. Alabama

    Estimated total sales: $291 million (per capita: $77.46)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,902
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.29
    Estimated state tax revenue: $37.2 million (per capita: $9.92)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.37%


     

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    #43. Hawaii

    Estimated total sales: $84 million (per capita: $77.79)
    Estimated jobs gained: 448
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.20
    Estimated state tax revenue: $10.8 million (per capita: $9.98)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.15%


     

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    #42. North Carolina

    Estimated total sales: $627 million (per capita: $80.64)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,903
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.78
    Estimated state tax revenue: $72.9 million (per capita: $9.38)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.27%


     

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    #41. New Hampshire

    Estimated total sales: $87 million (per capita: $81.13)
    Estimated jobs gained: 497
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.53
    Estimated state tax revenue: $10.4 million (per capita: $9.70)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.42%


     

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    #40. Montana

    Estimated total sales: $66 million (per capita: $81.15)
    Estimated jobs gained: 454
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.14
    Estimated state tax revenue: $8.2 million (per capita: $10.11)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.29%


     

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    #39. Nebraska

    Estimated total sales: $117 million (per capita: $81.90)
    Estimated jobs gained: 740
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.60
    Estimated state tax revenue: $13.3 million (per capita: $9.32)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.25%


     

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    #38. Texas

    Estimated total sales: $1,680 million (per capita: $82.01)
    Estimated jobs gained: 9,344
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.67
    Estimated state tax revenue: $191.8 million (per capita: $9.36)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.35%


     

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    #37. Maine

    Estimated total sales: $090 million (per capita: $83.93)
    Estimated jobs gained: 588
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.07
    Estimated state tax revenue: $11.5 million (per capita: $10.70)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.27%


     

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    #36. Virginia

    Estimated total sales: $544 million (per capita: $84.66)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,873
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.00
    Estimated state tax revenue: $63.3 million (per capita: $9.84)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.29%


     

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    #35. Idaho

    Estimated total sales: $108 million (per capita: $86.68)
    Estimated jobs gained: 736
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.00
    Estimated state tax revenue: $13.5 million (per capita: $10.86)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.30%


     

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    #34. Oregon

    Estimated total sales: $295 million (per capita: $91.57)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,837
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.09
    Estimated state tax revenue: $35.2 million (per capita: $10.92)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.32%


     

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    #33. Alaska

    Estimated total sales: $50 million (per capita: $92.23)
    Estimated jobs gained: 237
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 0.90
    Estimated state tax revenue: $5.6 million (per capita: $10.39)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.42%


     

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    #32. Florida

    Estimated total sales: $1,548 million (per capita: $94.34)
    Estimated jobs gained: 9,545
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.40
    Estimated state tax revenue: $188.6 million (per capita: $11.50)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.52%


     

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    #31. Ohio

    Estimated total sales: $881 million (per capita: $97.88)
    Estimated jobs gained: 5,382
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.16
    Estimated state tax revenue: $103.9 million (per capita: $11.55)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.34%


     

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    #30. Illinois

    Estimated total sales: $990 million (per capita: $100.38)
    Estimated jobs gained: 5,119
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.78
    Estimated state tax revenue: $120.4 million (per capita: $12.21)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.32%


     

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    #29. Wyoming

    Estimated total sales: $45 million (per capita: $101.30)
    Estimated jobs gained: 272
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.48
    Estimated state tax revenue: $6.0 million (per capita: $13.57)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.33%


     

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    #28. West Virginia

    Estimated total sales: $151 million (per capita: $103.62)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,019
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.41
    Estimated state tax revenue: $22.1 million (per capita: $15.21)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.42%


     

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    #27. Wisconsin

    Estimated total sales: $482 million (per capita: $107.32)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,068
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.43
    Estimated state tax revenue: $61.5 million (per capita: $13.70)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.34%


     

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    #26. Colorado

    Estimated total sales: $463 million (per capita: $109.09)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,617
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.97
    Estimated state tax revenue: $54.1 million (per capita: $12.74)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.39%


     

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    #25. Kansas

    Estimated total sales: $239 million (per capita: $109.81)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,513
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.02
    Estimated state tax revenue: $29.6 million (per capita: $13.59)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.35%


     

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    #24. Arizona

    Estimated total sales: $585 million (per capita: $110.70)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,662
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.23
    Estimated state tax revenue: $73.7 million (per capita: $13.95)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.50%


     

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    #23. New York

    Estimated total sales: $1,725 million (per capita: $111.00)
    Estimated jobs gained: 7,976
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.78
    Estimated state tax revenue: $238.8 million (per capita: $15.36)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.29%


     

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    #22. Maryland

    Estimated total sales: $516 million (per capita: $111.23)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,655
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.91
    Estimated state tax revenue: $66.0 million (per capita: $14.22)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.30%


     

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    #21. California

    Estimated total sales: $3,455 million (per capita: $115.03)
    Estimated jobs gained: 17,239
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.11
    Estimated state tax revenue: $429.5 million (per capita: $14.30)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.25%


     

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    #20. Michigan

    Estimated total sales: $893 million (per capita: $115.41)
    Estimated jobs gained: 5,443
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.39
    Estimated state tax revenue: $115.6 million (per capita: $14.95)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.40%


     

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    #19. Missouri

    Estimated total sales: $546 million (per capita: $116.58)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,424
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.13
    Estimated state tax revenue: $65.6 million (per capita: $14.01)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.52%


     

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    #18. South Dakota

    Estimated total sales: $77 million (per capita: $118.06)
    Estimated jobs gained: 522
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.36
    Estimated state tax revenue: $9.4 million (per capita: $14.47)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.51%


     

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    #17. Indiana

    Estimated total sales: $603 million (per capita: $119.38)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,919
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.70
    Estimated state tax revenue: $76.1 million (per capita: $15.06)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.36%


     

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    #16. Washington

    Estimated total sales: $699 million (per capita: $124.50)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,703
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.07
    Estimated state tax revenue: $89.6 million (per capita: $15.96)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.37%


     

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    #15. Pennsylvania

    Estimated total sales: $1,264 million (per capita: $125.11)
    Estimated jobs gained: 7,428
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.50
    Estimated state tax revenue: $150.0 million (per capita: $14.85)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.38%


     

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    #14. Minnesota

    Estimated total sales: $531 million (per capita: $125.61)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,093
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 3.12
    Estimated state tax revenue: $65.9 million (per capita: $15.58)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.25%


     

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    #13. Massachusetts

    Estimated total sales: $682 million (per capita: $125.72)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,261
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.51
    Estimated state tax revenue: $77.8 million (per capita: $14.33)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.28%


     

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    #12. New Jersey

    Estimated total sales: $875 million (per capita: $125.94)
    Estimated jobs gained: 4,410
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.17
    Estimated state tax revenue: $118.1 million (per capita: $16.99)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.35%


     

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    #11. North Dakota

    Estimated total sales: $74 million (per capita: $128.83)
    Estimated jobs gained: 451
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 4.18
    Estimated state tax revenue: $9.0 million (per capita: $15.61)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.23%


     

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    #10. New Mexico

    Estimated total sales: $205 million (per capita: $129.75)
    Estimated jobs gained: 1,388
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.74
    Estimated state tax revenue: $29.0 million (per capita: $18.33)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.53%


     

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    #9. Delaware

    Estimated total sales: $104 million (per capita: $139.68)
    Estimated jobs gained: 588
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.92
    Estimated state tax revenue: $13.7 million (per capita: $18.38)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.34%


     

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    #8. Iowa

    Estimated total sales: $348 million (per capita: $144.67)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,297
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 4.89
    Estimated state tax revenue: $46.2 million (per capita: $19.20)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.51%


     

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    #7. Rhode Island

    Estimated total sales: $125 million (per capita: $147.91)
    Estimated jobs gained: 742
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.95
    Estimated state tax revenue: $17.7 million (per capita: $20.96)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.53%


     

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    #6. Connecticut

    Estimated total sales: $437 million (per capita: $155.31)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,157
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 2.52
    Estimated state tax revenue: $58.6 million (per capita: $20.81)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.37%


     

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    #5. District of Columbia

    Estimated total sales: $91 million (per capita: $163.18)
    Estimated jobs gained: 297
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 1.31
    Estimated state tax revenue: $7.9 million (per capita: $14.18)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.10%


     

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    #4. Louisiana

    Estimated total sales: $598 million (per capita: $168.40)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,827
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 4.00
    Estimated state tax revenue: $78.3 million (per capita: $22.07)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.68%


     

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    #3. Mississippi

    Estimated total sales: $396 million (per capita: $175.80)
    Estimated jobs gained: 2,767
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 4.75
    Estimated state tax revenue: $57.3 million (per capita: $25.42)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.74%


     

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    #2. Oklahoma

    Estimated total sales: $606 million (per capita: $205.56)
    Estimated jobs gained: 4,076
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 5.46
    Estimated state tax revenue: $78.5 million (per capita: $26.64)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.91%


     

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    #1. Nevada

    Estimated total sales: $514 million (per capita: $227.84)
    Estimated jobs gained: 3,250
    Estimated jobs gained per 100 unemployed persons: 4.45
    Estimated state tax revenue: $74.2 million (per capita: $32.89)
    Estimated state gambling tax revenue as a % of 2017 overall state tax revenue: 0.85%


     

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