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No Increase In Problem Gambling Seen After MGM Springfield Casino Opens

The MGM lion at the entrance to the Springfield casino parking garage
Paul Tuthill

The opening two years ago of the first Las Vegas-style casino in Massachusetts – MGM Springfield – boosted the local and state economy, provided job opportunities, and did not increase rates of problem gambling.

These were the key findings of new research released this week.

The reports are part of an ongoing comprehensive investigation on the impact of introducing casino gambling into a community.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rachel Volberg, the lead researcher and a research professor at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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