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INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT GAMBLING

Two decades ago, 2 states had legal gambling and 48 states outlawed it.  Today, 48 states have some form of gambling.  Only Hawaii and Utah do not.

In areas where gambling is legal, personal bankruptcies increase.  One lawyer stated he used to handle two bankruptcy cases a month due to gambling.  Now he handles twenty a week.

One in 20 Americans is classified as a Problem Gambler.

In Michigan, since gambling has been legalized, attendance at Gambler’s Anonymous meetings have tripled.

Experts outside of the gambling industry estimate that peo0ple with gambling addictions account for about 5% of all players – but 25% of casino and state lottery profits. 

Gambling interests have contributed $4.5 million to political parties and candidates at the federal level since 1991.  Center of Public Integrity, 1996 report.  (NOTE:  This number is dwarfed by the amount spent at the state level.