Almost without exception, nondiscretionary spending in the state budget increases beyond projected increases in revenues. So this could fit into that kind of bucket, where here’s an opportunity perhaps, and we’ve got to balance not only the revenue gains, but any class associated with it.
Things like public safety, problem gambling, impacts to the state lottery which is a billion dollar industry in and of itself. being diverted to the casinos, instead of scratch tickets or other products. no question. So in the case of casinos we try to be thoughtful and built into the law that anyone with a license to operate a casino or in the indication of a single slots facility in, that they would have to offer lottery products as well. We’ve seen in the case of the slots facility that lottery revenues are up significantly in the area where the slots facility is online.
We think it’s attributable to the decision to have the slots facility offer lottery products. So those are the kinds of things we want to make sure we get right. If we look at sports wagering as well.
I can tell you that i go to national conferences involving gaming, and every state looks to massachusetts as the model, particularly with respect to resort casinos. to your point about whether that’s scratch tickets or other lottery revenue being up in that way, in addition to the casino gaming that’s going on, does that then point to we know that gambling is an addictive thing and if we’ve seen a spike in the number of people spending money on these things, do we also need to look at what the rates of gambling addiction are as a result? we do that, and again i think i’ve built safeguards into the legislation that brought online the new industry, which is resort casinos and the slots facility. The data collection, the analysis that will be done, we began to and the massachusetts gaming commission which oversees all of this in massachusetts began to look at some of the issues that you just raised that are of concern. So that we would be ahead of the curve. And there will be an ongoing analysis for as long as these casinos will be operating, we anticipate they’ll be operating for decades and decades.
We think we are ahead of the curve with respect to some of the social ills and other costs. one more point about the money the las vegas review journal reported that $400 billion was put toward illegal sports betting and then in the massachusetts state gaming commission says they think the massachusetts cut could be between 9 million and $61 million. That’s a big gap. Any sense of what the actual number could be if massachusetts decides to move forward with this? they have a metric that has them realizing a low of eight and a high of 61.
And it’s based on three categories that they suggest could be considered in the state. The first would be where you just have bricks and mortar.