I saw that on a talk show today, and it made me so angry!! I love gambling, a little too much, and I have gotten myself in trouble with it. But, I'm not going out trying to sue the local bar I go to because I lost money in the machine and someone "should have stopped me". That is just rediculous, and if she even wins I will have NO respect for the legal system in the US.
Of course they aren't going to stop her and she had to know she had a problem. Heck, I knew I had a problem which is why I stop going to places where I can gamble, unless I do have extra money, and when that's gone (and it usually is) I STOP.
When my mom died, I was left her entire estate, including her 401k, her savings account and 2 houses. I went through her 401k and her savings account in months, because the way I dealt with her death was to ignore it and spend hours playing the poker machines. And, I did win sometimes...that is what feeds it. You win one night, and you NEED to go back the next day because "that machine was hitting good!". It took me a while to realize that isn't the way it is. They hit....maybe once every few months. So, a few months after her death, I was broke and still had the bills to pay for 2 houses, taxes to pay, etc. I scraped through it, and came out on top, but I will NEVER use gambling as "therapy" again.
So, I can understand what she was feeling, but it was her fault, not the casinos. (I have NO idea why I shared that, but there it is).