Gambling has undergone a considerable evolution in the United States; while it was once almost universally considered a crime, many forms of gambling are now considered businesses and receive sanction from states that are active partners via their tax collections, which can range from 7 percent to as much as 75 percent of the total take. Additionally, many states own lottery operations outright, making states agents of promoting gambling. This shift from criminality to co-option took place over the second half of the 20th century and ...

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