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By the Numbers
Statistics address the who, what and why not of gambling
63 percent of Americans approve of legalized gambling.
29 percent of adults say that gambling should be reduced or banned altogether.
22 percent of Americans say that legalized gambling should be expanded.
49 percent of those who have gambled within the last 12 months admit to losing money.
75 percent of adults disapprove of online gambling.
Between 1994 and 2000, the number of gambling trips by Americans has increased 20 percent.
In 1998, of the nearly 15,000 individuals employed by Indian casinos only 10 percent were Native American.
The FBI estimates that in excess of $2.5 billion is wagered on the NCAA Tournament each year.
Suicide rates are 200 times higher than the national average for compulsive gamblers and 150 times higher for their spouses.
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From the February 7-13, 2002 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.
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