A seemingly innocent throwaway item posted online Friday created little buzz when it was seen, but it got me to thinking.
If you're a resident of New Jersey or big into politics, no doubt you know Chris Christie, the state's governor. Christie made headlines by announcing he would fly in the face of the federal government's ban on sports betting by opening up New Jersey to betting on games.
The thinking here is this might help casinos in Atlantic City, which stand to lose some business to newly opened casinos in the Philadelphia area, to regain some of that lost money.
It got me to thinking about something regarding betting on games: Why can't this be the case across the United States?
I am not talking about opening up bookie parlors much the same way medical marijuana shops have opened up in states where it is legal to use.
Instead, I offer an example from our neighbors to the north, Canada.
There is a game offered in the country called Pro Line (or Sport Select), where a small amount of money is wagered on the outcomes of three to six sporting events, commonly called a "parlay" in betting terms. Say you wager $5 on the outcome of these events, with the top prize being $50-$100 if you get all of the games correct.
Could a national lottery work in the United States?
Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I do play lottery games myself. NOT sports-betting games, just your garden variety Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, etc.
I could certainly see where wagering large amounts of money on events would get someone in trouble. I don't want to see someone's house taken away or marriage or family disintegrate because they have a gambling problem.
The average person who buys a lottery ticket in the hopes to get rich is fair game for something like this. No doubt if you've been to Vegas and put a few dollars down (emphasis on a few), you've probably left wondering why you can't play a game like this in the USA.
What If You Could Bet On Sporting Events Anywhere?