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The folks at Bloomberg News have just released their latest “sucker index” in which they rank state lotteries for how much they actually pay out in prizes in comparison ticket sales and state income. 

Interestingly, although North Carolinians spend less per capita on lottery tickets than a lot of the other 42 states with a lottery (we’re 23rd),  the state ranks pretty high on the sucker list — 16th out of 43.  That’s in large measure because the prize payouts here are so low (28th out of 43).

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So, you think you understand the basics of the gambling industry and what it means for our government to partner with the corporations behind it?

Think again.

Despite industry attempts to sanitize what goes on in the casinos and betting parlors that are spreading across the national landscape, the hard truth is that the core of the business frequently boils down to this: Read More

Lynn Bonner has an interesting story in Under the Dome today about state Senate Republican heavyweights Phil Berger and Tom Apodaca telling folks in Cherokee that the Senate has the votes to allow the introduction of “table gambling” in North Carolina.

To which, all a person can say is: “Oh really? And exactly how will the GOP leaders explain this to their conservative Christian base?”