The Case Against Gambling
Gambling is impoverishing America.
It is taking the money needed to feed and clothe children.
It is destroying the moral fabric of our nation.
It is increasing the wealth of the crime syndicates.
Since part of the money is being used to buy off politicians, it is corrupting our political system on all levels, It is causing otherwise good citizens to enter crime, in order to pay off gambling debts. It is causing an increase in suicides.
Because of the poverty and crime it brings, it is not decreasing—but increasing—the cost of running state governments, Here are facts you should know: “The gambling craze has swept the country with the avariciousness of a prairie fire . . The flames are out of control.”—Columnist Arthur Daley, in the New York Times. In 1984 alone, Americans wagered $177 billion on gambling. That is twice as much as was spent that year on education and fifteen times as much as was donated to all the churches and religious organizations in the nation. The July 10, 1989, issue of Time magazine reported that the yearly gambling estimate had increased greatly. The estimated amount of money changing hands each year in illegal betting alone surpasses our national debt, which is $2.15 trillion. Here is a basic fact. If you forget everything else in this report, remember this: Every time someone wins at gambling, someone else loses. If one man wins a million dollars in a state lottery, the other people in the state who took part lost a million dollars. Actually, they lost more, since the winner only received part of the money wagered. Oddly enough, the only people who win are the ones who do not gamble. Yet even they lost, since the morals of society are being destroyed, their own taxes will increase to pay the increased welfare and crime costs, and, if someone in their home is a gambler, they may have part of their daily bread. In 1976 alone, $145 million was paid into the State of Maryland by gamblers. That means the people of Maryland lost a majority of that money, since much of it went to lottery management or winnings by a few. One New York lottery was $50 million. A single Massachusetts lottery was $22.4 million. In just one of the Illinois lotteries, the jackpot was $40 million. At the time, Illinois governor, Jim Thompson, purchased a lottery ticket as the news cameras shot the scene. Then he announced to the citizens of the state: “I think it’s terrific. There are no losers in the Illinois lottery.” With words like that, what is to keep the school children of the state from taking part? Legalized gambling exists in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia. There are thirty state lotteries. It is estimated that there are now over 15 million compulsive gamblers in America. People will buy ticket after ticket in order to win a state lottery, yet you are more likely to die in an airline crash than win a state lottery (about .5 million to 1). You are more likely to die in a car crash (about 6,000 to 1), and you are more likely to be hit by a falling object (15 to 1). More money is spent each year on gambling in America than is spent on medical care, and this is half of what is spent on food. That is a lot of money. Yet the illusion is that gambling brings winnings, not losings. In state lotteries, only about half the money taken in is paid out to the winners. A sizeable amount of the rest goes to finance the operation. Gamblers meet with just as poor odds when they wager in other ways. Whether it be a racetrack or a casino, a lot of the money goes to the establishment, and far less is paid out in gambling winnings. But, even if there is not middle-man establishment, you still cannot win at gambling. A deck of playing cards has fifty-two cards, thirteen in each of the four suits. Your chance of drawing the card you want is only 1 in 52. Your chance of being dealt a perfect hand (in bridge, for example) is 1 in 635,013,559,599. What about dice? Each die has six sides, so...
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