Title

"Cover Story" piece on South Portland Bingo, which is owned by Ernie Lamson, a r

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

4-1-1999

Pages

10, 11, 12, 13

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on South Portland Bingo, which is owned by Ernie Lamson, a retired South Portland teacher who profits from the South Portland High School's golf and hockey teams because they depend on bingo for their survival. Lamson still coaches the South Portland High School varsity golf team, and works with the South Portland Golf Boosters, a group that runs bingo games to raise money for golf scholarships, the high school golf program and other sports programs in South Portland. A bill now making its way through the Legislature, which would regulate the relationship between bingo hall owners and their nonprofit tenants, would have little affect on Lamson, who served on a state task force that produced much of the proposed law. Lt. Greg Poulin, head of the Maine State Police's bingo licensing division, estimated commercial bingo halls pump $70 million a year into Maine's economy.

Subjects

Bingo, Gambling, School athletics

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