Gresham gamblers lose $25 million from video lottery
UPDATE: This article has been revised to clarify the total amount of money generated by the Oregon Lottery.
Feeling lucky? Maybe you shouldn't. New numbers show the long odds of winning big on an Oregon Lottery video terminal.
In the past year, Gresham's gamblers dumped more than $25 million in revenue into the state-owned slot machines. The terminals are programmed to pay out less than they take in.
Oregon authorities share a smaller slice of the pie with lotto retailers, who took home a combined $5.6 million in Gresham. Compensation is proportional to the amount spent at each location.
Troutdale's speculators forked over about $6.3 million last year for the privilege of spinning the reels, earning bar and deli owners approximately $1.4 million.
In Fairview, bettors lost roughly $3.22 million — while vendors netted a total of $743,000.
Wood Village's risk-takers spent $2.7 million. Retailers subtracted $587,000 from the pot.
All told, Multnomah County residents paid the state $263.8 million in what are essentially voluntary taxes. Statewide, those who pressed their luck forfeited $910.1 million in lottery terminal revenue. Including other lottery products like Powerball, the total net gain for lawmakers is roughly $1.2 billion.
It's no surprise then that Lottery revenue is now Oregon's second-largest source of income, topped only by the state's personal income tax.
After taking a deep dive into the data from the Oregon Lottery Commission, The Outlook has tabulated the list of the top 10 most profitable lottery retailers in East Multnomah County.
All numbers stretch from June, 2016 to June, 2017.
Top 10 lottery bars where gamblers lost the most:
1. Dotty's No. 23, 901 S.W. Highland Drive, Gresham
Total profit: $1,214,757
Retailer's share: $239,682
2. Dotty's No. 26, 3157 S.W. 257th Ave., Troutdale
Total profit: $1,189,771
Retailer's share: $235,354
3. Diamond Darcy's, 785 N.E. 242nd Drive, Wood Village
Total profit: $1,118,941
Retailer's share: $222,843
4. Dotty's No. 38, 2420 S.E. Burnside St., Gresham
Total profit: $1,106,445
Retailer's share: $220,688
5. Patti's, 2253 N.E. Burnside St., Gresham
Total profit: $1,039,827
Retailer's share: $209,046
6. Dotty's No. 25, 2505 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale
Total profit: $1,039,803
Retailer's share: $209,040
7. Lighthouse Deli No. 1, 2418 S.E. Burnside St., Gresham
Total profit: $1,017,691
Retailer's share: $205,161
8. Dotty's No. 18, 1595 N.E. Division St., Gresham
Total profit: $953,775
Retailer's share: $193,953
9. Shari's No. 227, 881 S.W. Highland Drive, Gresham
Total profit: $948,767
Retailer's share: $193,148
10. Joseph's Deli, 2870 N.E. Hogan Road, Gresham
Total profit: $928,150
Retailer's share: $189,582