What's your opinion on lotteries?

  1. I live in NC (USA), and we don't have a lottery, but the governor here wants one, saying that it will solve our state's financial woes. I've heard a lot of arguments for and against it, and have some pretty strong opinions of my own, which I'll give later. I was wondering, what do you guys think about them?

    If you live in a state that has a lottery, what do you think about it? Do you play it often? Is it the "solution" the politicians claim it is?
  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Roflmao ask the people in states where lotteries exist to "ease all their woes" (I live in one of them with some of the WORST economic problems, traffic jams and lousy schools) to see if this **lie** is true. (grin).....We also have gambling casinos popping up everywhere with the same "good intentions"..... See all it is a scam. People spend money they don't have and SOMEONE gets rich, but the problems they promise to solve remain. It's a GREAT deal.......as I am Elizabeth, Queen of England and I have a bridge to sell you, I swear.

    Oh and NO I don't play lotteries or frequent casinos. I can't justify spending money I need to clothe, feed and educate my kids on gambling. Yes, the draw to be the "jackpot winner" is there for us but your odds are better to be Queen of England, or darn near that. But that is only my opinion, not humbly stated, I know.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 11, '03
  4. by   Angelica
    My state has a lottery and numerous casinos. I don't think it is a positive trend. I think it only serves to encourage gambling in those that can least afford it.
  5. by   Ted
    Poor way to increase state (or federal) budgets if you ask me.

    New York has the lottery. It was designed to help with school funding. Yet the schools are underfunded. . . . still.

    Then there's the problem of gambling. . . and its addiction. Little old ladies and gents making the unwise decision to fork over what is probably a significant % of their income (even if it's just $20 or $30 per week) with the hope of winning. Not a very uncommon sight. I've seen plenty of "less than average earning" people spend hand over a small wad of money for lottery tickets at my local convience store!!!

    Yea. . . it can be argued that it's their choice.

    Why have a choice to begin with, with regards to this matter, though???? Why "bet" on supplimental money for state (or federal) budgets from lottery income which helps weaken the financial backs of average American citizens even further???
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Individually, it's a tax on mathematical stupidity. I don't have any hard facts to support whether the gambling addiction/increased crime arguments wind up costing more than the revenue supposedly brought in.
  7. by   Ted
    Tilleycs -

    You mentioned that you're from North Carolina. It's a beautiful state. The wife and I are toying around with the idea of moving to your beautiful state once she's graduated from nursing school.

    Maybe we'll be neighbors. . . and can have friendly fire-side chats about politics!

    :chuckle :roll :chuckle

    (Again, apologies about my thoughtless opinion regarding supporters of the tax cut! As my wife puts it, "I practiced low inpulse control!" :chuckle )

    Warm regards,

  8. by   Spidey's mom
    I completely agree with Deb here . . .

    And I cannot justify gambling money away when my family needs it more.

    Used to live in Reno . . . slot machines were everywhere. Grocery stores, laundramats, etc. We never went to the casinos except when we had visitors and THEY wanted to go.

    I'm in CA . .we have a state lottery which is supposed to help the schools as Ted says, but we are laying off teachers by the droves and our little rural schools have had to cut classes.

    My husband and I voted "NO" when the lottery came up for a vote. It obviously won but I don't think has done anything good for anyone except keep alive those "pie in the sky" notions that someday "I'm gonna be rich".

    VOTE NO! Just for the principle of the thing.

  9. by   BadBird
    Lotteries will give more money to the state but instead of using the money to enhance budgets they replace the allotted money to another area and depend soley on lotteries to fund what ever topic they choose which is why many school are still underfunded. Ok that said, yes I play occasionally and I always lose but I do have the hopes of winning one day then I will change my name to Millionaire Bird, LOL.
  10. by   Shamrock
    We've got lotteries in this state and casinos nearby. I will
    buy a lottery ticket on occasion, when I'm feeling lucky. Somehow
    though, the money does not seem to be helping the causes it
    was touted for. I think that the "little old people" that spend their
    money on gaming are going to do it in some fashion if that is their
    "thing", so the presence of the lotto or casinos makes no difference.
  11. by   nurseman
    Having lotteries and casinos has not solved Ontario's financial woes so the government is advertising to try and increase revenues. I play only if the prize is over 10 million and then I only buy one ticket. I can do math so I look at it as spending $2 on entertainment not on a hope of retiring.
  12. by   meandragonbrett
    I think it's a tax for the stupid!
  13. by   ScarlettRN
    Tax the Poor!
    It is a classic bait and switch. TN just had a vote on the lottery so that kids supposedly can go to college free if their gpa is at least a B. What they do is say the lottery money if for education, then, they project how much money the lottery is supposed to bring in that year and LOWER the education budget by that amount....so if the lottery doesn't bring in that much money, guess who suffers. I was so disappointed in the people of TN for passing this travesty.
  14. by   Tweety
    I remember living in NC and the religious right had a problem with it if I can remember, gambling is anti-Christian. I have no opinion since I'm not a Christian.

    I now live in Florida. We have a lottery. We have no state tax, so as long as it keeps away state income tax, then I'm all for it. I rarely play. My spouse will play a few bucks here and there.

    I don't see the harm, it does bring in revenue, but not that much and it's not a cure-all for financial ills.