Crapped out: How Gambling Is Ruining the Economy and Destroying Lives

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567511208
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Disneyland with Dice: Cannibalizing the Economy Under the Guise of Entertainment 1
Pt. I From Social Ill to Social Will: Gambling Goes Legit
America Inc. Buys Out Murder Inc. 11
Pt. II States Roll the Dice: Betting on the Economy
America's House of Cards: How the Casino Economy Robs the Working Poor 28
Casinos Not a Sure Bet Other States Discover: Analysts Say Area Officials Could Learn From Successes and Failures Elsewhere 41
Rural Renewal: But Poverty Persists as Casinos Thrive in Mississippi County 47
Pt. III The Selling of the Lottery: Promises to the People
Lotto Fever: We All Lose! 60
The Sting: Millions of Losers Every Week: How the State Lottery Became the Worst Bet in Town 67
You Lose! The Sad Turn About the Texas Lottery 79
Pt. IV Corruption, Lawbreaking and the Mob Just Like Old Times
GTECH: They're In It to Win It: Lottery Giant GTECH's Controversial Rise to Power 109
Cardrooms: A Draw for Criminals: Police, FBI, Legislature Keep Close Watch on Casino Growth 120
Gambling with the Mob?: Wise Guys Have Set Their Sights on the Booming Indian Casino Business 126
Twin Cities Man Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas 133
Pt. V Taking the Saps: Advertising and Other Tricks of the Trade
Everyone's a Loser: How Lottery Ads Entice the Wrong People to Gamble 138
The Big Lottery Gamble 146
Tricks of the Trade: The Many Modern Ways Casinos Try to Part Bettors from their Cash 161
Pt. VI Picking Shallow Pockets
And the Poor Get Poorer... Lower-Income Communities Spend Larger Share of Their Money on Lotteries 172
Pt. VII Over the Edge: The Cost of Compulsive Gambling
Mom's Gambling Habit Drove her to Robbery 185
Addiction: The Dark Side of the State's Gambling Boom 189
Staggering Debts Can Grow Quickly and Quietly 193
Gambling's Grim Toll 201
Conclusion 209
Resources 211
Index 212
About the Author 234
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