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On Anniversary, Numbers Tell Story Of Casino Impacts

On Nov. 22, 2011, Gov. Deval Patrick ended a long-running Beacon Hill debate and made casino-style gambling legal in Massachusetts. Surrounding him were (L to R) Rep. Reinstein, Speaker DeLeo, Sen. Flanagan, and Reps. Wagner, Dempsey, and Holmes. Only Wagner and Holmes are still in office. [SHNS/File]

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, Gov. Deval Patrick put pen to paper and made casino-style gambling a reality for Massachusetts. A decade later, the vision for expanded gaming has not been fully realized yet, players have pumped more than $25.6 billion into slot machines alone, almost 5,000 people are working in the casino industry here and the state has raked in nearly $1 billion in gaming revenue.

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