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Raleigh, N.C. — Two former Charlotte Hornets players joined team president Fred Whitfield Tuesday to go door-to-door in pressing lawmakers for an expansion of legal sports gambling.
Muggsy Bouges and Dell Curry spent the day talking up the financial benefits of legalized gambling. Opponents say it’s a bad bet.
In March, WRAL Investigates reported on a series of reports commissioned by the North Carolina Education Lottery to examine the revenue impact of gambling in North Carolina that found legalization could produce millions of dollars for the state.
Illegal gambling is a multi-billion dollar enterprise in the United States.
John Rustin, of NC Family Policy Council, says that kind of money would bring corruption – both of government and North Carolina’s values.
He says his nonprofit has studied the impact of gambling for more than two decades, and research shows the more prevalent gambling is, the more citizens are going to gamble.
He says gambling leads to all types of problems including addiction, bankruptcy and even domestic violence and suicide.