by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Everybody knew only organized crime (a term which does not exclude the General Assembly) could be trusted with gambling. Mere citizens lack the whatnot vested in the winners of popularity contests to handle games of chance like an Education Lottery. Low-life plays for entertainment, for addiction, and for false hopes; but the state would make sure gamers play for children.
And so, in a game of red light/green light, the legislature and the courts have, after local governments expected revenue from taxing the video gaming industry, outlawed sweepstakes machines. Maybe gasoline prices can increase as a result.