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Amazing gambling stat of the day: Addicts outnumber casino workers

Recent Policy Watch Crucial Conversation headliner Les Bernal of the national Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation is out with a press release that includes a truly remarkable and sobering statistic this afternoon that would, in any just world, greatly influence members of the North Carolina House has they vote tomorrow on a bill to approve a compact with Harrah’s and the Cherokee Tribe to introduce casino gambling to our state for the first time.

“In a review of casino job numbers from Illinois– state where Harrah’s has two casinos- Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation found there are almost 20% more citizens who have come forward to publicly ban themselves from the casinos because they are addicted – what gambling operators call the “self-exclusion list” – than there are citizens who work at the casinos in that state. The total enrollment of citizens in the state’s voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was 9,171 and the total number of full and part-time casino jobs was 7789.”

So much for the all those new and beneficial jobs for our state.

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