The lotto is (gasp!) taking your money

This isn’t going to be a well thought out rant because I just don’t have time for that. But this was just too ridiculous to let go:

In other words, people are continuing to walk into convenience stores to purchase scratch-off tickets — there are lots of different “games,” advertised with much fanfare — in the belief that they have a chance to win the big prize, while in fact they don’t have any chance at all. In one game, says the professor, he discovered that even though the big prizes had been won, the state Lottery folks sent out another 241,000 tickets.

So Hoover has filed a legal claim, seeking refunds of $85 million to people who purchased millions of lottery tickets over the last five years.

Legally, the lottery gets some coverage from the caveat it issues for these games: “Chances of winning are established at the time of printing. Number of winning tickets remaining will change as prizes are won or additional tickets are produced.”

Consider, for example, the game “Aces Wild.” The card beckons with “Win up to $177,777.” But you can’t, because all those prizes have already been claimed. What about the next level down, $1,000? Your chances aren’t good there either, since 48 of the 50 prizes have been claimed.

Fine print aside, when the state sells tickets by advertising a jackpot that a buyer can’t win, that’s misleading.

Maybe, as the old zinger goes, the lottery is a tax on people who aren’t good at math. But that doesn’t mean the state should take them for fools, too.

The lottery isn’t a tax on “people who can’t do math”…the lottery is a voluntary tax on stupid.

The article seems to be assuming that the state runs the lottery to benefit players. Speaking of stupid…

The lottery is a “free money” scheme. It doesn’t matter whether it’s run by casino owners, Indian tribes or the state, institutional gambling is nothing more than a method of separating people from their money without having to actually…you know…produce anything of value.

The entire concept is a scam and a con. Opining that because the top prizes have already been issued, it’s somehow MORE of a scam is ridiculous.

Getting money from people without having to give them anything in return (other than a stupid game card that 9 times out of 10 ends up in the gutter on the side of the street) is THE ENTIRE POINT.

You’re going to sue the state for doing what any halfway intelligent person knows is what they intended to do all along?

Here’s the deal: If people don’t like the way the lottery is run, THEY DON’T HAVE TO PLAY. It’s voluntary. That’s the beauty of it.

With that said, don’t get me wrong: I’m a strong supporter of the lottery…as long as there are idiots stupid enough to voluntarily hand money over to the state through the lottery, that’s money that I don’t have to hand over under threat of violence through taxation.

Heck, most of the “players” are just giving our money back to us anyway. We give them money through food stamps, section 8 housing and welfare and they promptly hand a portion of it back (heck, some hand it ALL back) without complaint at the counter of the local 7-11.

Sounds like a good plan to me. Would it be illegal if anyone other than the government did it? Of course. So what? So would most anything else the government does.


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