From a NY Times piece:

A New York Times examination of lottery documents, as well as interviews with lottery administrators and analysts, finds that lotteries accounted for less than 1% to 5% of the total revenue for K-12 education last year in the 23 states that use lottery money for schools. Most of the money raised by lotteries is used to sustain the games themselves. And as they compete for a small number of core players and try to persuade occasional customers to play more, nearly every state has increased, or is considering increasing, the size of its prizes, further shrinking the share of each dollar going to education and other programs.
NY Times 10/7/07

The lottery, in addition to being an immoral tax on the poor, which involves the state duping the most gullible and the least likely to be able to afford such duping, also proves to not be able to accomplish nearly as much of the “good” as it’s hyped to accomplish. The lottery is fool’s gold for all concerned.

4 responses »

  1. Graham says:

    No doubt people will say they play the lotteries “so that they can give money to education”…

  2. Byron says:

    And 91% of Americans admit that they “lie regularly”. True. And it would explain what you say!

  3. Graham says:

    Read something today that combines this with the thread on compulsory voting.

    Labour have come up with an interesting idea- if you vote in local elections, then you are automatically entered into a local lottery.

    I wait the legislation for this with bemusement. A crazy idea- even for Labour.

  4. Byron says:

    The silliness of politicians seems to know no boundaries.

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