Should Gambling Benefit Or Harm Society?

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To what extent can legalizing gambling benefit or harm society? According to the U.S. Travel Association the average direct spending by tourists, both internal and international, in the U.S. is about $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $29,398 a second. As noted by these statistics, the tourist industry produces billions, if not trillions, of dollars in revenue for the economy of the country. With 3 out of 4 tourist are on leisure travel with the intent of spending their money on sightseeing, fine dining, and ultimately on entertainment. Gambling by common definition refers to “playing games of chance for stake”, and includes casinos, lotteries, and race bets. People gamble because, like skydiving or bungee jumping, it provides them with a sense of excitement that helps them temporary escape from the real world. The exhilaration that comes from not knowing if they won or lost the game, along with the competition aspect that some games bring, keeps the players full with thrill and the steadies the flow of money spent. Casinos are designed to hold players in by using various methods such as, removing all clocks so players don 't notice the progression of time and even offer free drinks to keep them hydrated and in place (Business Insider). The average person would gamble an average 4 hours a day (PBS.Org). The practice of gambling is extremely regulated and limited throughout the world, however laws are being changed and looked at in
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