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Casinos and state lotteries are the most predatory business in America and their windfall is coming at your expense.

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The Lottery is a tax, an inefficient, regressive, and exploitive tax

Max Galka of Metrocosm compiled data from the New Your State Lottery which illustrates the deceptive methods used by the state governments to advertise, distribute revenues, reveal expenses and  inflate ticket costs.   He also goes on to explain why it is not a tax on the stupid but a tax on addicts and their families.

2015 The lottery is a tax, an inefficient, regressive, and exploitative tax

2015 New life for Aksarben neighborhood in Omaha

Redevelopment of the former site of the Aksarben Racetrack and Coliseum has moved very quickly and successfully.  The mixed use 70 acre development project includes restaurants, retail and office buildings, apartments and townhouses, hotels, a fitness center, a movie theater and a park with an ampitheater.  In addition, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has developed adjacent properties working closely with the community to revitalize the surrounding areas as well.

2015 New life for Aksarben neighborhood in Omaha (1)

State Lotteries and Consumer Behavior

This report revealed that household lottery spending is financed primarily by a reduction in non-gambling expenditures, not by a reduction in expenditures on other forms of gambling. The introduction of a state lottery is associated with an average decline of $46 per month, or 2.4 percent, in household nongambling expenditures. Low-income households reduce non-gambling household expenditures by 2.5 percent on average, 3.1 percent when the state lottery includes instant games.  This report was complied by Melissa Schettini Kearney at the Wellesley College and National Bureau of Economic Research.


2015 State Lotteries and Consumer Behavior

Class II gaming hurts low-income tribal members

An article in the Valley Journal explains why the gaming revenues expected with the introduction of Class II are not evenly distributed over all tribal casinos and the benefits expected are often not realized.

2015 Class II gaming hurts low-income tribal members



Experts warn gambling and family violence linked

An Australian advocacy group, Women’s Health East, have explored the relationship between two social issues, gambling and family violence.

2015 Concerning link between online gambling advertisements and family violence, experts warn (1)

Fair Game: Producing Gambling Research

This extensive and important by the UK’s Rebecca Cassidy details the ways in which gambling research is presently conducted and funded. It also identifies a need for more unbiased reporting. It examines the state of gambling research and how it can be tainted by the influence of money or lawmakers who are supported by the gambling industry.

2014 Fair Game Producing Gambling Research

Researches Bet Casino Data Can Identify Gambling Addicts

Researches now believe that the very data casinos use to track customers betting habits can be used as a tool to reduce the problem of gambling addiction.  Similar to the way geneticists have invented tests to predict cancer risk, addiction scientists can use customer tracking information to create computerized models to spot and warn people with high risk profiles.  But is it merely window dressing, with casinos having little incentive to intervene with their most lucrative customers.

2013 Researchers Bet Casino Data Can Identify Gambling Addicts

He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune with Gambling Research

Not surprisingly, a key finding from a team of British anthropologists found academic research into gambling heavily biased, controlled by industry and government.  Gambling researchers maintain funding by producing research that is safe, uncritical and reliably delivered.  What is lacking is the asking of the uncomfortable questions and hearing even more uncomfortable answers, something the government nor gambling industry are inclined to do.

2014 He who pays the piper calls the tune- gambling with research

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