A once-dead retail space suddenly revived, a neon sign lit in the shape of a shamrock, a locked door, behind which lay legal gambling. Across the country, recession-weary working people were wiling away hours in places like this, playing poker, keno, and blackjack on blinking screens. So when one of these “sweepstakes parlors” opened in her North Carolina neighborhood, Erin Sroka decided to go inside.
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