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I’m not a gambler. But when I read back in September 2017 that Howard University’s football team scored one of the biggest upsets in college football history against UNLV − and that a $100 bet would have won $50,000 − I decided to try my luck.

The problem, which I didn’t fully realize at the time, is that sports betting wasn’t yet legal in the U.S. Which explains why it was so hard to find an online bookmaker offering a similar payout for Howard’s next game.

Through extensive outreach, I discovered an offshore website called 5Dimes. I placed a bet, hoping Howard’s then-quarterback, Caylin Newton − NFL star quarterback Cam Newton’s younger brother − would score another upset and thereby help me win a small fortune. Unfortunately, it was not to be, and I lost the $300 or so that I wagered that day with 5Dimes, a website that is no longer permitted to operate in the U.S.

Now that sports betting is legal in the U.S., you don’t have to look hard for a place to bet on a college sports game − especially if you’re a college student. As noted by Miami University statistics professor Jason W. Osborne, sports betting is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of gaming and is also becoming more accessible at college campuses throughout the U.S., putting college students at risk for gambling addiction.

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