A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 6, 1976

In the practice of their craft, journalists are frequently blessed by luck. It may take the form of a tip on a good story, a chance meeting with someone who turns out to be a Deep Throat, or simply happening to be on the scene when a big news event breaks. But, judging from the experiences of the staffers who worked on this week's cover story, journalists are no luckier when they gamble than anyone else. For example, before New York Correspondent John Tompkins began interviewing lottery directors, betting officials and sources on organized...

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