Report: Plainridge Slots Did Not Hurt Massachusetts Lottery Sales

The opening of Plainridge Park Casino had no discernible negative impact on sales of state lottery tickets; however, lottery revenues for some agents near the slot parlor grew more slowly on average than the rest of the state, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“This was a short-term impact study so results could change over time,” said Mark Nichols, a professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno, who was commissioned to produce the report.

The research was led by Rachel Volberg of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in conjunction with Nichols and the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team based in the University of Massachusetts.

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