Interesting take on it. Thank you.
In my youngest days gambling was complete sin...at least for the Methodist church.
If anything was given a reward...a ribbon for memorizing bible verses, we were told to say a prayer of thanks and to do something nice for the people who didn't get any ribbons.
The ribbons were meant to go in the bible to mark off verses.
Gambling included raffle tickets, lottery, ...
That branch later edged up into the United Methodist. Not sure how they view gambling, but I know they seemed less constricted.
Eventually,I exited organized religion. Several reasons.