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Electronic pulltabs' popularity soars in North Dakota.
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Electronic pulltabs' popularity soars in North Dakota.

Electronic pulltabs' popularity soars in North Dakota


The Associated Press - September 16, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota launched electronic pulltabs one year ago and they instantly became the state's most popular form of gambling. And the charities and the state's treasury have ballooned with cash.

Data show North Dakotans wagered $410.5 million on the new machines in the first nine months following their debut.

But critics say the e-pulltabs are simply slot machines in disguise that take away profits from the state's American Indian casinos and have caused problem gambling to soar.

Lisa Vig, who helps run a gambling treatment program in Fargo, called the machines' popularity "very frightening."

She says the e-machines are contributing greatly to "financial distress, emotional distress and family issues."



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