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Using Gambling to Entice Low-Income Families to Save
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/business/using-gambling-to-entice-low-income-families-to-save.html
By Patricia Cohen
August 30, 2014
While building up savings offers the best route out of poverty, the glamourless grind of socking away a dollar here and there has a tough time competing with the heady fantasy of a Mega Millions jackpot. But instead of attacking lotteries, a growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using them to encourage low-income families to save. They offer what are known as prize-linked savings accounts, which essentially treat every deposit as a ticket in a prizewinning raffle. The idea is to offer the thrill of gambling without the risk. Even perennial losers keep their savings.

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Playing the Odds on Saving
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/playing-the-odds-on-saving/

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

From The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

Gambling 2011
Full article:
* HTML
* PDF
(124K, 7 pages)
Abstract:
This product presents the latest facts and figures on gambling in Canada.

NOTE: this product includes the following interesting tables and charts:
Table 1 Gambling revenues and profits
Table 2 Characteristics of workers
Table 3 Characteristics of jobs
Table 4 Household expenditures on gambling activities
Table 5 Household expenditures on all gambling activities by income group, 2009
Chart A Net revenue from government-run gambling has levelled off recently
Chart B Gambling gross domestic product (GDP) still flat since the recent economic downturn

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August 27, 2010
Gambling, 2010
* Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), casinos and slot machines not in casinos rose steadily from $2.73 billion in 1992, before levelling off and remaining at around $13.7 billion since 2007 ($13.75 billion in 2009).1
* Net revenue from pari-mutuel betting (horse racing) dropped from $532 million to $355 million over the same period (1992 to 2009).
- includes the following tables and charts
Table 1 Gambling revenues and profits
Table 2 Characteristics of workers
Table 3 Characteristics of jobs
Table 4 Household expenditures on gambling activities
Table 5 Household expenditures on all gambling activities by income group, 2008
Chart A Net revenue from government-run gambling has levelled off recently
Chart B Gambling gross domestic product (GDP) turned down before the rest of the economy
Full article:
HTML

PDF (115K, 5 pages)

Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
* Income and expenditure accounts
* Families, households and housing
* Household characteristics
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household spending and savings

Source:
August 2010 issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income
Perspectives on Labour and Income main page
Click "View" for the current issue or
"Chronological index" for earlier issues of this publication.]

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Gambling
July 2009
HTML version
PDF version
(505K, 5 pages)
* Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), casinos and slot machines not in casinos rose steadily from $2.73 billion in 1992, before levelling off and remaining at over $13 billion since 2005, but then dropping for the first time in 2008, to $13.67 billion from $13.70 in 2007.1
* Average gambling revenue per person 18 and over in 2008 ranged from $114 in the three territories to $825 in Saskatchewan, with a national average of $528.2
* Compared with workers in non-gambling industries, those in gambling were more likely to be non-unionized (74% versus 69%), paid by the hour (81% versus 65%), and paid less ($19.85 hourly versus $21.30) and receiving tips at their job (33% versus 7%).
- incl. Tables and Charts:
Table 1 Gambling revenues and profits
Table 2 Characteristics of workers
Table 3 Characteristics of jobs
Table 4 Household expenditures on gambling activities
Table 5 Household expenditure on all gambling activities by income groups, 2007
Chart A Net revenue from government-run gambling has increased steadily
Chart B Growth in gambling has leveled off
Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income
July 2009 issue
July 22, 2009

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Gambling
September 2008
* Full article:
HTML

PDF
(166K, 5 pages)
Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals, casinos, and slot machines not in casinos quintupled between 1992 and 2007. Also, gambling participation and expenditure rates increased with household income.
Source:
September 2008 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income
:

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Gambling, 2007
[ PDF format - 152K, 5 pages ]
May 2007

Highlights:

* Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), and casinos rose from $2.7 billion in 1992 to 13.3 billion in 2006.1
* Net revenue from pari-mutuel betting (horse racing) dropped from $532 million to $387 million over the same period (1992 to 2006).
* In 2006, lotteries accounted for 25% of all net non-charity gambling revenue, casinos 33%, VLTs 23%, and slot machines not in casinos 19%.
* Average gambling revenue per person 18 and over in 2005 ranged from $111 in the three territories to $750 in Alberta, with a national average of $513.2
* Compared with workers in non-gambling industries, those in gambling were more likely to be women (54% versus 47%), paid by the hour (79% versus 65%), and paid less ($18 hourly versus $20) and receiving tips at their job (30% versus 7%).
* Employment in the gambling industry rose from 11,000 in 1992 to 40,000 in 2006.
* One in seven women and men living alone reported spending money on casinos, slot machines or VLTs; however, the men spent more than three times as much as the women-$1,396 compared with $434.3
* Gambling participation and expenditure rates increased with household income. For example, 57% of households with incomes of less than $20,000 gambled in 2005 and spent an average of $491, while equivalent figures for those with incomes of $80,000 or more were 75% and $618.

- includes the following tables and charts:
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Net revenue from government-run gambling has increased steadily
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Gambling revenues and profits
*
Characteristics of workers
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Gambling outpaced other industries
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Characteristics of jobs
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Household expenditures on gambling activities
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Household expenditure on all gambling activities by income groups, 2005

Source:
Statistics Canada

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Gambling in Canada (PDF - 3.6MB)
Winter 1996
"An analysis of the latest Canadian research on gambling, including information on gambling frequency and problems related to gambling. The report contains ten recommendations, including an outright ban on video lottery terminals outside of casinos or casino-like settings."
Source:
National Council of Welfare
NOTE: this site was re-launched in the summer of 2010;
please use the site search egine to find the new link for any report that interests you...

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Citizens’ Group Aims for Elimination of VLTs - Nova Scotia
News Release
April 12, 2005
"Halifax, NS - A new citizens’ group dedicated to the elimination of VLTs from Nova Scotia launched their campaign on the government’s doorstep with a news conference at Province House this morning. Many new faces joined well-known advocates such as actor John Dunsworth, Halifax Citadel MLA Danny Graham, and founder of VOLTS (Video Online Terminators Society) Bernie Walsh to outline plans for the campaign, called GameOverVLTs.com."

GameOverVLTs.COM!
A Campaign for the Elimination of VLTs in Nova Scotia
- incl. links to : MLA Scoreboard - Stories - Myth vs. Reality - Petition - Resources - Need Help? - News

Related link:

The Costs and Benefits of Gaming - A Literature Review
With Emphasis on Nova Scotia

By Karen Hayward
October 2004

Press Release (PDF file - 129K, 3 pages)
Summary (PDF file - 2.6MB, 62 pages)
Full Report (PDF file - 8.4MB, 279 pages)
Media Coverage

Source:
GPI Atlantic
"GPI Atlantic is a non-profit research organization, founded in 1997, committed to the development of the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) - a new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life consisting of 22 social, economic and environmental components."

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GamblingAnon Get help with your gambling addiction today
Gamblers Anonymous
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Canadian problem gambling research/academic websites

Alberta Gaming Research Institute
The Alberta Gaming Research Institute is a consortium of the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. Its primary purpose is to support and promote research into gaming and gambling in the Province of Alberta.
- incl. links to : About the Institute - Events - Gambling News - Library Resources - Links - Newsletter - People Needed - Research

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Problem Gambling Information & Services
"Most people gamble responsibly and without problems. However, for one to four per cent of the population, gambling takes up too much of their money and time, and hurts their family life, employment, finances, well-being and health."
- Problem Gambling Links and Resources
- incl. links to : What is gambling? - What is problem gambling? - Problem Gambling Project - Problem Gambling Service - Youth program - Seniors Specialty - Ethnocultural specialty - Is there a gambling problem in your family? - The experience of family members - Is there a problem? Questions for gamblers - Inventory of gambling situations -
Links and Resources

Source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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Responsible Gambling Council
"Our mission at the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is to help individuals and communities address gambling in a healthy and responsible way, with a strong emphasis on preventing gambling-related problems."
- incl. links to : About Us - Events - FAQ's - Gambling Help - Students - Latest News - Older Adults - e-Library

Canadian anti-gambling exploitation websites

Gambling Watch Network Canada
"Gambling Watch Network - Ontario consists of concerned citizens and groups spread throughout our Province. We form Ontario's ONLY CONSTANT VOICE persistently expecting that our government be balanced in all its gambling advertising and meet truth-in-advertising standards. (...) We think that all citizens -children, young people, parents, seniors- need immediate education and risk reduction programs on gambling and problem gambling issues. We have gathered and are ready to share resources with individuals and communities to inform themselves so that they may make responsible decisions in their community's best interest."
- incl. links to : newsletter | Play Safe Slot Machine | links | problem gambler | recent studies | presentations | our plan | about us | contact us

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Citizen V.O.I.C.E. (Voters United in Combating Exploitation)
"The Citizen Voice Society was formed to address the reckless nature and lack of accountability our Government employs in their Gaming policies at both the federal and provincial levels."
- incl. links to : Discussion Forum - Sign our Gaming petition - Become a Member - Members Area - Links & Resources - Contact Us

International anti-gambling exploitation and news websites

Gambling Watch Global Community Blog
"...a source for latest news, developments and reputable documentation and research on gambling. You'll find many helpful resources and links for anti-gambling advocates."
- incl. links to : General - Canada - USA - Australia -UK - Addiction and Recovery - New Zealand - Activism - Crime - Wisdom and its absence - Asia

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Gambex Blog
"Gambex aims to provide information and review of gambling issues around the world. Gambex stands for - Gambling Experts providing critique and review, Gambling Examination looking at issues more deeply and Gambling Exposure - exposing the facts about gambling."

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