WHO SAYS the economy is troubled? Why whine about gas prices being too high?
Looking at the daily take from the seven Pennsylvania casinos is a study in the surreal, considering the crunch most of us feel. Consider: On any given weekday, casino-goers wager $40 million; that goes up to about $72 million on the weekends. This generates $2.7 million a day for the commonwealth.
Since the slots parlors opened around the state, gamblers have wagered $21 billion; the state has paid out $19.2 billion, keeping about $1.76 billion. These are head-spinning numbers, and we wonder: What is all that money that people are wagering not buying? And what does society give up by that money going to gambling?