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Lance George, Plainridge Park Casino's general manager, stands in front of slot machines on the nearly-completed gambling floor Monday, May 11, 2015, in Plainville, Mass. Penn National Gaming has invested about $250 million to transform the harness racing and simulcast betting facility into a regional destination scheduled to have is grand opening next month. ( (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Lance George, Plainridge Park Casino's general manager, stands in front of slot machines on the nearly-completed gambling floor Monday, May 11, 2015, in Plainville, Mass. Penn National Gaming has invested about $250 million to transform the harness racing and simulcast betting facility into a regional destination scheduled to have is grand opening next month. ( (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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In just two weeks, the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville will open, becoming the state's first officially sanctioned gambling facility — four years after former Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state's legalized gambling law.

Part of that law requires the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to study the impact of gambling on the state. And Thursday, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's School of Public Health and Health Sciences released a survey of nearly 10,000 Massachusetts residents, asking them about their gambling habits and whether they think casinos will help — or hurt — the state.

That comes amid news that the state Ethics Commission is investigating Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby. The probe was prompted by allegations that he remained involved in the review of Wynn Resort's proposal to build a casino in Everett even after recusing himself.

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Jack LepiarzWBUR reporter. He tweets @Lepiarz

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WBUR: Survey Reveals Mass. Groups At Greater Risk Of Gambling Problems

  • "Among problem gamblers in Massachusetts, men, African-Americans and those without a college education are at greater risk, the survey found."

MassLive: UMass Survey: 59 Percent Of State Residents Say Expanded Gaming Will Have 'Neutral, Beneficial Or Very Beneficial' Impact On Massachusetts

  • "'Not many people realize how unusual it is for a problem gambling survey to be completed before some new type of gambling becomes available,' said Rachel Volberg, the study's principal investigator."

The Boston Globe: Mass. Gambling Panel Chief Faces Ethics Inquiry

  • "The State Ethics Commission is investigating gambling commissioner Stephen Crosby for a possible conflict of interest in his review of a proposed resort casino on land owned by a longtime friend."

This segment aired on June 11, 2015.

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