Public resistance to tax increases, the political power of gambling interests, and the growing pursuit of easy money have led to the legalization of some form of gambling in the District of Columbia and every state except Utah and Hawaii. An enormous increase in the amount of money Americans are betting has accompanied the wildfire growth of gambling in America. In 2012, Americans spent $91.9 billion on all forms of legal gambling in the U.S. and lost $37.3 billion. It is time to take a closer look at this issue and to develop a response.
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