You don't need John Oliver to tell you that state lotteries—or, as your mom calls them, "the stupidity tax"—are a bad deal, but you may not have realized the extent to which they suck.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — There are about as many ideas about how to save Atlantic City as there are residents of Atlantic City (39,551). I don’t say that hyperbolically. When I was there this past weekend every single person I talked to knew exactly what was wrong with it and how to fix it: it’s either Trump’s fault, or the lack of Trump, or because too many casinos opened, or because the casinos aren’t fancy enough—many don’t offer luxury massages and club experiences like in Las Vegas. Or it’s because the city’s inherently gritty casinos tried to be fancy and that was a bad idea. If Atlantic City just goes back to its roots, some people said, perhaps it could be the seedy, smoke-filled pleasure capital of the northeast once again.
When Singapore legalized casinos back in 2005, it also established a National Council on Problem Gambling to produce educational messages about the devastation gambling addiction can cause to lives and families. Leading up to the World Cup, the Council released a heartbreaking PSA to discourage football fans from betting on the event.
Police in Macau have raided two illegal gambling rings that have yielded million dollars of bets related to this year's World Cup tournament. Officers arrested 26 in two raids on a hotel in the Chinese city, apprehending bookmakers who had been taking bets online and on the phone from across the world.