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Mary Altaffer, File, Associated Press
FILE - This Jan. 4, 2012 file photo shows gamblers at the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack, in the Queens borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to build the world's largest convention center hotel at the New York City racetrack as part of his push to expand gambling in a bid for more state tax revenue and jobs.

NEW YORK — A growing number of Eastern states are embracing gambling as a way to lure visitors and drum up revenue.

New York's governor recently announced that he would work with a Malaysian company to develop a $4 billion convention center and casino on the outskirts of New York City.

Massachusetts passed a law in November allowing up to three casinos. Florida lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow up to three multibillion-dollar casinos.

New casinos are opening in Ohio and Maryland, too, and Pennsylvania is threatening to surpass Atlantic City as a gambling hot spot.

States have embraced casinos as a rich new revenue source, but some experts say states should be cautious about giving up too much to lure these projects, citing growing competition for tourism dollars.