Comment: A state lottery is different

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A state lottery is different

than say, granting the right to play poker. State lotteries are legalized by giving people the impression that the lottery can help the state's schools. I did an essay on it a couple of years ago in college. The amount of revenue lotteries provide relative to the amount of law enforcement is needed because of them and the costly dependency they create doesn't cause the state to come out on top that much.

But, even if it was economically beneficial. The money that comes out of a lottery is coming out of fathers' pockets who should be providing for their families instead of wasting their money on lottery tickets. Yeah, I know, binge gamblers and addicts only make for about 15%-20% of gamblers. But, it's not right for the government to take advantage of human weakness in order to gain revenue.

"The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests." - Charlie Reese