Officials see rise in sports gambling ahead of Super Bowl

Sports gambling is a massive industry, and officials said they see an increase during the Super bowl. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say almost $5 billion will be gambled on the Super Bowl this year. In Wisconsin and Minnesota sports gambling is illegal, but many get away with it through online loopholes.

They also said that this is a dangerous time for those susceptible to sports gambling, with March Madness just weeks away.

Even people who don’t usually gamble are still at risk.

“People can bet on the color of Pink’s hair, what Justin Timberlake’s first song is going to be, or they can bet on the coin toss! There’s all kinds of things beyond just the game so there’s this great lure or allure to gamble during this time of the year,” said Mayo Clinic Health System clinical therapist Edward Luker.