Around two million Americans are addicted to gambling, and another 20 million let it interfere with their work and social lives.

On average, gambling addicts have more than double the debt of non-gambling households and are much more likely to have filed for bankruptcy than non-gamblers.

When large-scale gambling such as a lottery is introduced in a state, it increases the number of problem gamblers, some of whom will commit crimes to finance their addiction.

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