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Missouri education is losing money to online gambling.

April 25, 2005
By: Jade Mingus
State Capital Bureau

Missouri lottery games are threatened by casinos found in player's homes.

Jade Mingus tells us why online gambling is taking money from the hands of educators.

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Missouri schools will lose fifteen million dollars this year due to the Missouri lottery's low sales.

One cause of the low sales is the popularity of online gambling.

Missouri Attorney General spokesperson Jim Gardner says his office is concerned about online gambling from a consumer standpoint.

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"The reason it is highly regulated is to assure the integrity of the industry for those who participate."

Gardner also says there are no consumer protections in place for online gaming.

Missouri Gaming Commission spokesperson Harold Bailey says there is no way to know how much of an impact online gambling has on the state of Missouri.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.

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Online gambling is grabbing money from education.

Jade Mingus tells us how illegal gaming hurts the Missouri lottery.

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The Missouri lottery will give fifteen million dollars less to education this year because of lower profits.

The popularity of online gaming is one explanation of the loss in state lottery profits.

Missouri Attorney General Spokesperson Jim Gardner says there is no consumer protections in place for online gambling.

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"We're concerned from a consumer protection standpoint. Someone could put up a large sum of money and get nothing in return, or fall victim to a dishonest game, or perhaps win a great deal and can't collect."

Gardner says internet gaming is highly regulated to assure integrity.

From the state Capitol, I'm Jade Mingus.