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Illinois calls 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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Virginia Fantasy Sports Innovation

One Virginia company is trying to remove the biggest complaint about Daily Fantasy Sports: the wealthy players who dump a thousand entries into the pot every day and dominate the winners. Virginia has legalized the games and passed some fairly… Read more

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Blog No 88 Ohio Losses

Ohio now has four large casinos, racinos at seven racetracks and a large lottery. Over the past four years Ohioans have bet $62.9 BILLION at these venues. They lost $9.7 BILLION meaning that 84% of what was bet was returned… Read more

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Petition drive fails for casinos at the tracks

Secretary of State John Gale announced Thursday August 11 that a propose constitutional amendment to allow casinos at the horse tracks fell short of qualifying. Thirty-five percent of the 120,000 signatures submitted were invalid because they were not registered voters,… Read more

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Meaning of the “duty of care”

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled that casinos and suppliers of gambling technology have no “duty of care” to their customers. West Virginia joins Indiana in declaring that casinos have no responsibility to their patrons and cannot be sued… Read more

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Daily Fantasy Sports Update

Here is a brief update of the Daily Fantasy Sports Games as of the end of April. Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington have prohibited them as against state laws on gambling. Attorneys General or Gambling Control Boards in Nevada,… Read more

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Public Gain and Private Pain

Let me say it again with emphasis! Slot machines bring money to owners and government very visibly. The players lose money and suffer in private. The gains are very public, but the losses are borne privately. Until government officials and… Read more

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Les Bernal Recognized

LES BERNAL RECOGNIZED Welcome recognition came the way of Les Bernal recently. Deseret News recognized seven people as “heroes” for making a difference. Les was among them. He was not recognized for his moral stance against gambling, but for arguing… Read more

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Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling

We released our new report today on the Presidential candidates and their positions on predatory gambling: “Standing Up for The Lottery Class: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand On the National Issue of Predatory Gambling.”  You can read the full report… Read more

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Alabama PBS Interviews SPG’s Les Bernal

SPG’s Les Bernal was recently in Montgomery, AL by invitation of the Alabama Citizens Action Program to lobby against a lottery and gambling bill.  Below is an interview with Alabama PBS about predatory gambling and Alabama. Watch it here:  ​http://video.aptv.org/video/2365493405/​

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Washington Post columnist: “Why you should never, ever play the lottery”

Washington Post columnist Matthew O’Brien explains “why you should never, ever play the lottery.” Yet state governments endlessly encourage citizens to do just that, underscoring why we need national reform on this issue. Read his excellent column here.  

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SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Les Bernal recently presented on the public policy of government-sponsored gambling at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee. He explained why any serious effort to address the rising unfairness and inequality in America must include, as part of its… Read more

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SPG files amicus brief in support of casino repeal ballot question in Massachusetts

Yesterday, Stop Predatory Gambling filed an amicus brief with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding the soon-to-heard case on whether citizens can vote to repeal state government’s sponsorship of casinos. Casino interests are strongly opposing the repeal question. Oral arguments… Read more

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Les Bernal on Internet Gambling

Earlier this month Les Bernal, president of Stop Predatory Gambling, testified before the U.S. Congress on the issue of internet gambling. You should hear what he had to say on the issue. Follow this link to the full release from the Institute for… Read more

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NY’s chief advocate of government sponsored casinos admits he doesn’t gamble himself in TV debate with SPG head

Hosted by ABC-TV New York news anchor Diana Williams, watch Les Bernal, National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling, and NY State Sen. John Bonacic, the leading proponent of casinos in NY, debate government’s sponsorship of casinos.

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“What do you do when the toothpaste is out of the tube?”

In the video below, Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling presents to an audience of more than one thousand people at the New York State Capitol about why it is so critical that government phase out its sponsorship of predatory… Read more

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Why “The Good” hang in there in the fight against government-sponsored casinos

Below is one of the best pieces you’ll read about why good citizens fight against casinos. It was written by Ivor Tossell for Macleans Canada. Why the city shouldn’t dump its hopes down a black hole Try as it might… Read more

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The City of Toronto’s Board of Health votes 9-1 against proposed city casino

The City of Toronto’s Board of Health showed uncommon courage and integrity by voting 9-1 against its mayor’s push for a casino. Read the Toronto Sun story below. (you’ll find the full report here.) Toronto’s Board of Health is putting… Read more

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SPG’s Les Bernal speaks about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed

I recently spoke about how government’s experiment with gambling has failed in a speech at Problem Gamblers Awareness Day held at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon on September 28, 2012. Problem Gamblers Awareness Day (PGAD) was founded by… Read more

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Government Casinos as the New Senior Citizen Center

The Atlantic has a must-read story by Amy Ziettlow, an affiliate scholar with the Institute for American Values. Read it below: Are we turning a blind eye to a government-sponsored movement that creates false community, drains money, and undermines dignity… Read more

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The government’s days of practicing gross exploitation through casinos and lotteries are numbered

Below is one of the very best columns ever written about how government’s partnership with gambling has failed. It was just published on July 15th and was written by Australian Senator Nick Xenophon. “Pokies” are the equivalent of slots in… Read more

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“A Crackdown on Gambling, and a Push to Legalize It”

Clyde Haberman of The New York Times has a must-read column about the bizarre approach some public officials have on the issue of gambling. Read it below: Government at all levels has been known to say one thing and do… Read more

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Financing government by exploiting “the weakness of the people”

Today, we share an excellent post by Ivan Zabilka of Kentucky. He writes: Yesterday a retired friend who is cleaning out his files gave me a little booklet called “The Moral Case Against Gambling,” written in 1965 by G. Bromley… Read more

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Iowa State Senator: “What kind of government bets against its own people?”

Iowa State Senator Brad Zaun published the following piece in The Des Moines Register.  From Sen. Zaun: State government’s insatiable hunger to glean more money from citizens reached cleverly into homes across Iowa last week. The Senate passed a bill to… Read more

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As Speaker, Gingrich gutted national commission to examine the failed government program of predatory gambling

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, as Speaker of the House,  “recommended a substantial weakening of a major bill to examine the runaway growth of legalized gambling in America” according to this Washington Post story from May 1, 1996. By eliminating… Read more

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“They own your state”: In his own words, watch super lobbyist Jack Abramoff explain government’s failed partnership with predatory gambling

Speaking at Harvard University, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how your state is “owned” by predatory gambling operators. He starts by explaining that “everything about the gambling industry is politics.” This aired on C-SPAN on December 27, 2011. Thanks to SPG… Read more

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Former Addict: Online Casinos Run by New York, Other States Will Target Gambling Addicts

Former professional blackjack player Josh Axelrad writes an excellent piece in The Daily Beast about how the recent DOJ ruling allowing states to operate Internet gambling sites for profit will result in a system whose speed is stacked against compulsive… Read more

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Who will fight for America’s Lottery Class if not the Department of Justice?

To underscore how much government’s predatory gambling program of casinos and lotteries best represents what is broken about the American political system, the U.S. Department of Justice released a highly controversial opinion – on the day much of the country is… Read more

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Lottery Sales Rise to Record as Cash-Hungry States Search for More Revenue

While severe income inequality continues to worsen here in America, below is an excellent report from Bloomberg News on our government’s primary response to this major challenge: Facing growing unemployment, record home foreclosures, declining tax revenue and an annual budget… Read more

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How did America’s leaders view predatory gambling operators during the Great Depression?

During the Great Depression, leaders like the legendary New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia aggressively went after those who preyed on the financial struggles of his city’s working class. Below is a brief video of Mayor La Guardia dumping… Read more

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Government-created gambling addicts are not equal citizens

In the news video below, WPRI recently spotlighted how more than HALF the revenues from government’s casino program comes from citizens who have been turned into gambling addicts- citizens just like Sandy Hall who appears in this story. She lost… Read more

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New U.S. Census report shows poverty rate at its highest level in fifty years; Government responds with a failed policy that further shrinks the middle class

The New York Times reports today that another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year and the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the… Read more

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“Ultimately, this is about protecting the general welfare and these people, quite frankly, failed that responsibility miserably.”

Parx Casino, a Pennsylvania casino which has local residents losing money 200 times a year thanks to marketing practices like “free play,” continues to be in the news for the large number of parents who have been caught leaving their… Read more

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New Jersey government to end its policy of predatory gambling…for one day

Up and down the East Coast today, government leaders are declaring a state of emergency and ordering residents to evacuate shoreline areas in advance of Hurricane Irene.  The storm is so menacing that it is forcing Atlantic City’s 11 casinos… Read more

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An opportunity to finally have a national conversation about the failed policy of predatory gambling

The New York Post reports today there will be a renewed push in Congress this fall to legalize predatory internet gambling across America.

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Hard times are great for state lotteries

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, California Lottery sales rose $400 million, or 13 percent, joining a long list of states that saw sales increases, including Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Scratch ticket sales helped fuel California’s… Read more

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains why a Chicago casino is one of his top priorities

In a remarkable example of how we no longer challenge citizens to work for better government, Mayor Emanuel quotes JFK in defending his choice to make a Chicago casino a top priority.

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Maine moves closer to “casino republic” status

Dennis Bailey, the talented, longtime leader of CasinosNo! in Maine, sent out the news alert below early this morning. From Dennis: Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives bowed to the unprecedented lobbying campaign by the pro-casino forces and approved three… Read more

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“The smell of desperation on slot machines permeates our political class”

Responding to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s drive for a Chicago casino, journalist James Warren writes one of the best op-ed pieces we have read in some time about the failed policy of predatory gambling. It is a must-read. Here are… Read more

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State-sponsored gambling wildly exceeds the kind of gambling offered by local bookies

A common misperception among some public officials around the country is the idea that if government was not in the predatory gambling business, all of the extreme forms of gambling being promoted today would be available at the local bookie… Read more

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