Less than thirty years ago, most casino gambling happened in Las Vegas. Now almost every state in the US is home to both casinos and lotteries. Business is booming, but many people are worried that easy access to casino games is ruining thousands of lives. More and more young people are counted among those identified as “problem gamblers.” A panel talks about the spread of casinos, how state coffers are benefitting, and why some people can’t resist taking a high-risk chance at getting rich.


  • Valerie Lorenz Executive director of the Compulsive Gambling Center
  • Dr. Howard Shaffer Director of the division on addiction at Harvard Medical School and associate professor of psychology
  • Frank Fahrenkopf President and CEO of the American Gaming Association
  • Bernie Horn Communications director for the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling


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