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Illinois lawmakers call for investigation

A week ago the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Lottery had not awarded 40% of the biggest prizes. The games started in mid-2011 and several of seventeen big games did not award at least one big prize, and three… Read more

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Gamblers and Integrity

These two words do not ordinarily fit together. The longer you bet in a casino or on the Lottery the more likely you are to be a loser. There are many ways the gamblers scam the players. One of the… Read more

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Do casinos improve lives? The Atlantic forcefully says no

The Atlantic, one of America’s most influential magazines, has ripped the curtain off predatory gambling in its December edition. It’s one of the most compelling and revealing stories ever written about the issue. Please read it and then share it… Read more

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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages the Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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Indian Property Rights

Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote an appeal for Indian property rights, so they can borrow to establish businesses, in the July 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal. For the last three decades about all they could do to make money… Read more

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Vegas Sportbook Underpays Winners

Are you surprised?  Sometimes the regular percentage for gambling establishments is just not enough.  Cantor Gambling (CG) operated sports books at The Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Tropicana, Hard Rock, Palm, Silverton and the M.  In 2014 CG reached a settlement with The… Read more

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The Powerball Frenzy is over

POWERBALL RELIEF Whew!!! Its over and three someones won and will share $1.6 billion. Of the $530 million each will receive. Federal and state taxes will take 40-50% of it leaving $260 million for each of the three. The rest… Read more

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Powerball Frenzy

POWERBALL FRENZY This morning the Powerball grand prize stands at $1.3 BILLION, the largest in history, and more than the budget of several of the smaller countries in the world. As you can imagine, the nation has gone crazy in… Read more

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Rigged Lottery Games

RIGGED LOTTERY PRIZES   If the amount of money is big enough, and the opportunity seems foolproof, many among us would be tempted to steal, unless we have a really strong moral reason not to steal. Apparently that has happened… Read more

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Florida and Daily Fantasy Sports

FLORIDA AND DAILY FANTASY SPORTS   The editors of TCPalm put together an interesting piece concerning daily fantasy sports, The key issue is whether it is a game of skill or chance. Two Florida legislators, a Senator and a Representative,… Read more

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Illinois Lottery Mess

Many of us have read about the road fund mess in Illinois that is beyond the ability of the state to fix. Then came the Great Budget Impasse of 2015 (since July15). The legislature has been deadlocked and is months… Read more

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Connecticut Casino Collapse

The two Connecticut Indian casinos enjoyed over a decade of roaring hot success. They drew over half their customers from out of state, employed over 20,000 people, and fueled expansion from the hundreds of millions they took in each year…. Read more

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Legislative gifts to the New York Lottery

As has been stated by many writers the lotteries are a form of taxation that is regressive. New York has made it worse by adding slots to their lottery. This was done following 9/11 when the state was desperate for… Read more

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Casinos in Maryland

Maryland first legalized slot machines in 1943 in four counties. They were found mostly in restaurants, lounges and gas stations. In 1968 the machines were phased out because of concerns over possible connections with organized crime. The impact was relatively… Read more

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Battle over Chicago casino

Ever since he became mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has pushed for a big downtown casino, the latest near McCormick Palace, the largest convention facility in the city. Emanuel claims the casino would bring $100 million to the city, $200… Read more

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Crooks with Video Licenses

State regulators blame inadequate staff numbers for the failure to note a felony conviction for one applicant granted a license, two known Mob associates and another applicant’s criminal past. One goal of approving video gambling was to shut down illegal… Read more

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Gambling Employment Statistics

Someone may be fudging the figures. The American Gaming Association 2013 State of the States claims there are 332,000 gaming employees nationwide with over half of them in Nevada. The U.S. Government Occupational Employment Statistics says there are only 263,500… Read more

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Kansas has lost with casinos

Hard times hit Kansas. Government leaders sold their soul to the casino business and lost.   In March 2007 the legislature passed and Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill to approve the first “government owned” casinos in the country. Casino… Read more

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Complicated Legal Situation in Connecticut

Despite the best efforts of state legislative research offices, and legislative staff members, laws are sometimes proposed and even passed which conflict. As society has become ever more complex the complications of conflicting laws increase. Connecticut is giving us one… Read more

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Revisiting a Maine casino after eight years

Penn National, a major casino corporation, opened Maine’s first slots parlor in connection with a harness racing track in Bangor, Maine in late 2006. Some of the results were summarized by CasinosNo, a Maine grassroots organization that opposed the casino…. Read more

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Oklahoma Senator wants to end Lottery

A rare event has happened in Oklahoma. A state senator, A.J. Griffin, has suggested shutting down the state lottery. The Oklahoma lottery is one of the smaller ones which produces only $200 million in revenue per year. It costs more… Read more

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Casino cash payments to Native American tribes

The cash from casinos has done some very good things for some Native American tribes. Direct per capita payments may not be one of them. Revenues from casinos go into three main expenditures: direct per capita payments, tribal infrastructure, and… Read more

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The spreading of casino saturation

We have all read the story of saturation of the gambling market in the eastern U.S.  We may not realize it, but the 12 casinos in Atlantic City out-earned the casinos on the Las Vegas strip from 1983-1999.  Such success… Read more

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The Atlantic City Casino Problem is Spreading

The tendency has been to focus on the number four- the number of casinos that have closed. The number 8000, the number (nearly) of employees that are out of work, less so.  The tendency has also been to focus on… Read more

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Duty of care from the casino side

Though written from a gambling industry bias, Kelly and Igelman (2009) examine some of the intriguing cases involving “duty of care.” Perhaps with the exception of undisclosed out-of-court settlements, casinos and other gambling businesses have largely avoided the setting of… Read more

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Even Casino Operators Admit There’s No Such Thing As a “Destination Casino Resort”

At a Philadelphia City Council hearing on February 7, 2013, Penn National Gaming’s Steven Snyder, Sr. Vice President for Corporate Development, admitted that no one from outside of Philadelphia would be coming to a city casino. Many journalists and elected… Read more

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Like other states, how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed

Randy Schultz,  Editor of the Editorial Page for The Palm Beach Post, writes a terrific piece about how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed. Read it below: One of the worst things to happen in Florida happened 25 years ago… Read more

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Improving Chicago public schools includes ending the failed funding stream from the lottery

The Chicago Reporter has a a must-read piece by Alden Loury about how funding the public schools with lottery money undermines efforts to improve education, especially in the poorer neighborhoods who make up the bulk of lottery spending. Read it… Read more

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Casinos aren’t much of a capitalist enterprise

There are some journalists in America who have consistently written powerfully and persuasively about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed. Paul McMorrow, an associate editor at CommonWealth magazine and frequent Boston Globe columnist, is one of them. McMorrow has… Read more

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From Atlantic City to Cincinnati: government gambling is a revenue loser for states

From Citizens for Tax Justice:  New Jersey and Ohio don’t have much in common when it comes to their gambling indus­tries. New Jersey’s Atlantic City is home to a dozen different casinos, the oldest of which has been in oper­ation for over… Read more

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Newspaper blisters the sham of casino “responsible gambling” programs

After many years of watching government’s failed predatory gambling policy unfold in their state, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial unloads on the recent efforts by casinos to eliminate the last of Missouri’s precautionary operating restrictions: offering loans to gamblers. Here… Read more

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Massachusetts Lottery Congratulates Itself for 40 Years of Failure

The Massachusetts Lottery is throwing itself a State House party to tout its 40th anniversary even though it has been a failed public policy by nearly every measure. How has the Massachusetts Lottery failed over the past four decades? It… Read more

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Michigan editorial reveals the naked truth about casinos in Michigan

A Michigan newspaper editorial strongly urges voters not to fall for the sham argument that casinos represent “economic development” for Michigan. Here’s an excerpt: “Expect to hear a lot about economic development and tax revenue. Indeed, the one group that… Read more

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Pennsylvania’s bet, bait and switch

This just in from Stop Predatory Gambling Board member Paul Boni: “In every state, lawmakers legalize casinos on the justification that state proceeds would be used to fund certain special interests (thereby securing votes in the legislature) and then, in… Read more

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The gambling revenue “success” in the U.S.

More than two-thirds of states that legalized casinos, lotteries or racetrack casinos in the past 10 years have yet to see the state and local revenue that political and industry champions of legalization had promised. This fact, reported by Stateline.org,… Read more

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“We need to pretend we care…just long enough to get the casino bill passed”

Boston’s Fox 25 has an excellent report this morning about how states ultimately strip funding for problem gambling treatment even though grand promises were made to help the tens of thousands of new addicts created by government’s predatory gambling policy…. Read more

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Virginia Lottery’s bait and switch

From The Virginian-Pilot on the big fraud of government’s predatory gambling program: Virginia’s lottery receipts are supposed to boost funding for schools. Instead, the annual $450 million goes everywhere but. A quarter-century ago, Virginians approved a state lottery on the… Read more

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Massachusetts predatory gambling bill gets even worse

Below is a strong Boston Globe editorial makes the case why the Governor of Massachusetts should veto the casino bill that may make its way to his desk: THE CASINO bill that the Legislature is sending to Governor Patrick is… Read more

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Who knew public libraries were based on creating addicts and pushing citizens into deeper personal debt

When you are promoting a failed public policy, deceit and dishonesty represent your only way to win and it is all made possible by spending millions of dollars to spread a phony narrative. This explains why as Maine attempts repel… Read more

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