Lottery as an American Way of Life
This chapter charts the growth of state lotteries in America, as lottery play captures the public imagination. The emergence of multimillion dollar jackpot games transforms American gambling habits and turns lotteries into a ubiquitous form of American consumption. The contemporary gambling dynamic bears little relation to the original justification for lottery formation as a measure to curb police corruption. Meanwhile, a deeply corrupt multinational lottery services sector has emerged, with a priority of spreading ever more gambling. The chapter looks at this emergence in the context of Daniel Bell's 1953 essay, "Crime as an American Way of Life," which posited that gambling would one day become a legitimate American business.
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