This article talks about the government’s involvement in video lottery terminals in the United States and Canada. Video lottery terminals also known as VLT’s are like slot machines except they are completely electronic in nature. With VLT’s you just press a button and the computer inside the terminal plays the game and you either win or lose. In the United States not every state has VLT’s, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Ohio are among some of the states that allow video lottery terminals. These gambling machines are known to be very addictive, and it is no secret that they were built and designed to be addictive.
Like every other game that involves winning money, VLT’s were meant to be attractive and exciting. Video lottery terminals have been shown to be more addictive than many other forms of gambling, and that is why some states don’t allow them. So why do some states allow them and some don’t. Some states voted for the machines and some against them, and thank goodness not all states allow them. These gambling terminals are very addictive and are very destructive for many people. This form of gambling can cause problems in a gamblers life in many ways.
In Canada all provinces have these machines except for British Columbia and Ontario. However Ontario should be allowing them soon as new laws are passed. In Canada, gambling earns the government over 13 billion dollars per year. The amount of that 13 billion that is made from video terminals is unclear at this point, however it should be significant to say the least.
So what is it about these machines that makes them so attractive and addictive. First of all they were designed by specialists in gambling science to make them extremely addictive. If you take a rat and put him in a box maze with a red light and then you give him food every time the red light goes on, the rat will keep coming back. The rat will go back to the spot where food is given every time the red light flashes even though no food is available. It is kind of the same thing with these machines, the gambler likes it so much when he wins something that he will keep pressing the button until he wins again. The player will often stay glued in front of the machine for over 5 hours just waiting for the machine to pay out a large amount even though this might not happen for a very long time.
The specialists that created these video machines made them so that they would be as addictive as possible. So who is behind these games, you may ask. Surprisingly it is our governments who are responsible for these addiction machines. Our governments own and regulate VLT’s in both the United States and Canada.
The thing that bothers a LOT of people is that the government is not up-front about these forms of gambling. The government tells us that a game should remain a game, and that we should play responsibly. How can the government tell us that after intentionally creating a game that is extremely addictive. They create a way for people to become addicted and then they tell us to play responsibly. It’s like a drug dealer who deals drugs and then tells the user to use them responsibly.
It just doesn’t make sense to me, how can our own government be allowed to lie to us so openly, and everyone accepts it. The government even has programs set up to help problem gamblers with their addiction. But here is the kicker, these programs that are financed by the government tell the player to play responsibly, not to quit. However almost everyone knows that people who use services to quit gambling are unable to play responsibly and that is why they are seeking help.
The government is very deceptive and it seems they will do everything and anything they can to take your money. We would expect to see this kind of behaviour from a government in a third world country where dictators and cheats reside. It is sad that this is happening in civilized countries, and that people are willing to accept this deception.
New laws need to be passed where these terminals are either banned, or adequate information about their addictive nature is posted on the machine itself. As it stands right now, you will only see notices about how you should play responsibly on the terminal. It should tell us on the terminal that the game we are playing is highly addictive, at least we would know what we were getting into.