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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

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Cross-posted from Democracy-NC’s “Link of the Day“:

Simply amazing…

“McCrory’s Opening Miscue

Guess where Pat McCrory ended his swing across the state, announcing the official start of his campaign for governor as the candidate who will “turn North Carolina around” and end the “corruption” of the Democrats? The trip finished in Wilmington, with a large McCrory rally at a pool hall and grill – which is owned by Steven Hebert, a donor to former House Speaker and convicted felon Jim Black, and which is stocked even today with video sweepstakes games from Southland Amusements, a company run by Robert E. (Bobby) Huckabee III. Huckabee’s Southland Amusements & Vending Inc. was at the center of the corruption complaint filed by Democracy North Carolina in July 2004 against Jim Black’s network of video-poker donors. Back then, Hebert had Huckabee’s video poker machines in his bar; the two have been doing business together for years. Many of the individuals listed in the complaint funneled campaign money to Black through other donors, with or without their knowledge, including Huckabee’s sister and Hebert’s wife-to-be, Holly Abbuhl. In testimony at the State Board of Elections investigation into the complaint, it came out that Hebert gave Abbuhl the money to make her $1,500 donation to Black. Huckabee avoided testifying at the hearing by conveniently being out the country, but the taint of his dealings continues, as does the controversial evolution of video poker in North Carolina. It’s a surprising blunder to see Pat McCrory pledging to “turn around” pay-to-play politics at a place like Wilmington’s Break Time Billiards & Grille.”