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FRONTLINE; Betting on the Lottery

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Betting on the Lottery
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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Lottery fever is spreading -- 29 states and $20 billion a year in revenues. Goes behind the scenes of state lotteries to look at promoters and people buying the tickets, and to ask the question, "Who really wins and who really loses?" Looks at state lotteries in Illinois, Mississippi, Minnesota. Reported by James Reston, Jr.

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