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August 25, 2006

State Lotteries Feed Off Addiction
from staff reports

A New Yorker embezzles a million dollars to play the lottery.

State lotteries are often touted as fairly safe ways to gamble, but now they are being unmasked as some of the most addictive forms of gambling. In fact, a New York woman was arrested for embezzling more than a million dollars to support her lottery addiction.

Annie Donnelly will spend the rest of her life repaying more than a million dollars to Great South Bay Surgical Associates. Jerry Prosapio, cofounder of Gambling Exposed, and who used to be addicted himself, said there’s still hope for her.

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