What is wrong with gambling?March 5, 2021
Alabama resoundingly defeated the powerful gambling machine in 1999. However, this by no means ended the desires of those that are bound and determined to bring legalized, gambling to this great state. Efforts are underway now to resurrect this issue again. Since history repeats itself, most politicians know that the public (Christians in particular) grows weary of fighting the same battles once victory has been tasted.
An estimated 100 million Americans wager over 600 billion dollars annually.
Americans gamble more money than they spend on groceries.
Lotteries are the most-played form of legalized gambling in the U.S. In fiscal year 1997, Americans wagered 5.8 billion on lotteries — about $135 for every man, woman, and child in the nation. Lotteries are the only form of gambling in the U.S. that has a virtual government monopoly.
34 years ago, only one state, New Hampshire permitted a lottery. As recently as 1963 lotteries were banned in every state in America. Today, 37 states and D.C. have legalized state-run lotteries.
Gambling produces no wealth and entices people into compulsive behavior.
The money comes from the pockets of those who have lost it.