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  • Actors: Investigative Reports
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28PJM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Only a few short years ago, legal gambling was rare and regarded with suspicion if not moral indignation. Today, three quarters of our state governments run legal wagering in the form of lotteries, which Americans spend more on than movies, theatre and recorded music combined! Are lotteries really a painless panacea for increasingly tight state budgets, as many politicians say, or are they a dangerous threat to our society promoted by the very institutions that should be protecting us? Go to the heart of the issue with hard-hitting interviews with everyone from politicians including Senator Paul Simon to recovering gambling addicts who have lost thousands of dollars to the hollow allure of lotteries. And Robert Goodman, author of The Luck Business, reveals the secrets of this growing industry, from the real odds of winning to the surprising fate of many lottery winners. Are they a harmless escape from the pressures of daily life, or a ticket to misery? This is the show you must see before you take another chance on "A Dollar and a Dream."

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on November 24, 2007
This work interviews both people who support and condemn lotteries. However, the work clearly falls on the side of condemning them.

It spells things out. Minors have easy access to buying scratch-off tickets. People can become addicted to lottos. Also, the funds do not address education and seniors as they claim. I was not happy seeing Calvin Butts interviewed as he has made homophobic comments in the past.

Still, this work is dated! It features Senator Paul Simon who died at least five years ago. It even shows the World Trade Center towers standing. Bill Curtis ends by saying, "Maybe one day the lotto will be curbed." Well, it's a decade after this production aired and lotto is stronger than ever and the clouds have not fallen from the sky.
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By Alphonso on July 9, 2013
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The item came new and was very informational on winning and playing the lottery. I recented a lot of tips for this video.
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