Betting Louisiana

We are not alone, but Louisiana has a problem. We are not exactly the richest state in the nation, but there seems to be a surplus of expendable income. In the past year while our nation has felt an economic earthquake, our state has actually spent more money at racetrack casinos than we did the previous year. How much? $6.40 billion dollars were wagered at the track. That’s a lot of cash…or credit.

More than a fourth of the U. S. adult population visited a casino last year. That’s 61.7 million people. Only the lottery was a more popular form of gambling.

There are 833,000 gaming machines (video poker, slot machines, etc.) spread out across 38 states. Louisiana has 42,910 gambling machines.

Although gambling used to be considered a vice, in a recent survey 81% said they find it acceptable for themselfes or others.

In our state we have 13 riverboat casinos, 1 land based casino, 4 race tracks, 3 tribal casinos. With all of our economic woes, unemployment, and pervasive poverty, consumers in Louisiana gambled $2.456 billion in 2009. We know that the vast majority did not go home with any extra money in their pocket. Take a look at the majestic and beautiful towering hotels and resorts associate with casinos. Wh0m do you think paid for all of this? Every brick was paid for by reaching into the pocket of a gambler. By the losses of the hopeful, these halls were constructed.

Are you a compulsive gambler? How would you know if you have gone beyond recreational gambling and now has a problem? The National Council on Problem Gambling proposes you ask yourself 10 Questions about your Gambling Behavior:

1. Have you often gambled longer than you had planned?
2. Have you often gambled until your last dollar was gone?
3. Have thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep?
4. Have you used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go    unpaid?
5. Have you made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling?
6. Have you broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling?
7. Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling?
8. Have you felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses?
9. Have you been remorseful after gambling?
10. Have you gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations?

If you or someone you know answers “Yes” to any of these questions, consider seeking assistance from a professional regarding this gambling behavior.

I wonder how many Christians are among this large number of gamblers? I wonder how many great works could be funded with that same money? I’m betting Louisiana could experience quite the revival if enough opportunities were created with the funds now directed into the hands of casino organizations.

Resources:
Gamblers Anonymous

Thanks for reading,

john

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