On the C concourse of Port Columbus, at the end of a row of vending machines, sits this colorful Ohio Lottery device. It apparently allows you to play virtually every game the Ohio Lottery offers — from the scratch-off instant games to the full lottery drawing decided by the rattling ping pong balls. I guess there must be some bored travelers who might want to pass the time waiting at gate C52 by getting a mini gambling fix, and if so, the Ohio Lottery is happy to help them feed the beast.
Turn on a football game, and you’ll see incessant ads for Draft Kings and Fan Duel. The little fantasy football group at the office has morphed into a big business with commercials with footage of exuberantly celebrating winners and testimonials where players talk about their winnings and the thrill of competing for cash.
And, of course, Ohio is now home to three casinos and a number of “racinos” that combine horse racing with hundreds of slot machines. No matter where you live in the Buckeye State, you don’t have to drive far to plop yourself in front of a one-armed bandit with a cup of quarters. And if you go to a bar after your racino visit, odds are there may be a Keno game available for your enjoyment as you sip your beer.
We live in an era where it’s easier to gamble than it ever has been before. Does anyone think that’s a good thing?