The well respected U.S. TV news show 60 minutes recently featured a segment on how Americans are getting addicted to slot machines. The title of the show was ‘The Big Gamble’ and the show highlights the problems many suffer with these games. here in the U.K. we call them fruit machines but we also suffer fair share of problems with this type of gambling.
The show reported that “There is now casino gambling now in 38 states, which use the revenue from gambling to help solve their bloated budget deficits. The main attraction at these gambling halls is now the new slot machines – there are close to 850,000 of them in the United States, twice the number of ATMs. We Americans spend more money on slots than on movies, baseball and theme parks combined. But with the modern slot machines, there is a greater potential for a dangerous side effect: gambling addiction, as more people are addicted to slots than any other form of gambling. ”