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    By sanitizing, sweetening and aggressively promoting gambling, states have contributed to a rise in an addictive behavior, shifted the tax burden toward its poorest constituents, according to a Newsday computer analysis, and making a handfull of companies rich. (Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10, 1995)
  • Everyone's a Loser

    The Washington Monthly looks at the marketing schemes implemented by state lotteries. Critics say that the state targets specific people, and preys on their weaknesses.
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    The Daily Southern examined Illinois' school funding which has created a wide disparity in spending per pupil across the state; the paper found that despite a call for a high quality education system for all students, lawmakers created a system that does not provide even a minimally adequate education for thousands of children, April - November 1994.
  • RE Media study finds New Jersey Lottery players are being cheated

    Re Media (NJ) analyzes and compares New Jersey Pick-Six lottery drawings, focusing on the payouts for winners of the 5 - of-6 correct numbers; finds that the payouts were inordinately low, Oct. 27, 1994.
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    Florida Trends describes how developers are promoting legalized casinos and other gambling as an boon to the state and how legislators and others view it deliriously; in fact the money made at casinos would likely simply come from other Florida industries like horse racing, jai alai and the lottery, May 1994.
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    Washington (D.C.) City Paper reveals the extent of the patronage, political control and graft that is involved with who gets the district's contracts on its lottery, July 9, 1993. # DC Symmes GTECH LTE D.C. Data
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    Virginian Pilot and Ledger Star reporters uncover an Australian gambling syndicate with questionable business ties that succeeded in buying the $27 million Virginia Lottery jackpot, February - May 1992
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    Palm Beach (Fla.) Post finds that the man appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles second in command of the Florida Lottery abused his position by doing personal traveling at state expense, August - October 1992.
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    Village Voice (New York) looks at the state's lottery system, which was set up in the late 1960s to aid public schools; finds that most of the lottery money generated from New York City is used on upstate schools, not those within the city; the people who play and pay are usually the poorest; 45 cents of every dollar raised goes to education while the rest goes for prizes and administration, Dec. 3, 1991.
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    Saginaw (Mich.) News uncovers a fake lottery where city officials used tax dollars to create a one-time-only subsidy for homeownership, with the son of the assistant city manager as the beneficiary, March 10, 1991.