Rep. Loretta Sanchez: Gambler

Rep. Loretta Sanchez / Wikimedia Commons

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D., Calif.) won between $1,001 and $15,000 in July of last year at the Del Mar Horse Racing Club, Open Secrets has revealed.

Sanchez reported this information, first tweeted by Lachlan Markay, on her House of Representatives Financial Disclosure Statement.

A California Attorney General’s report from May 2006 on gambling in California noted that while horse race betting attracted the smallest number of gamblers in the state among the different forms of gambling, each individual bets more. The report continued:

Studies find that adults who bet on horse racing (both on and off-track) have the highest incidence of problem and pathological gambling of any gambling patrons.  Fourteen percent of pari-mutuel bettors are estimated to be problem gamblers and 25 percent are pathological gamblers.