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  • #6
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    The money for schools from lotteries was supposed to be additional funding. But such is not the case. In state after state the politicians cut education spending by the amount they get from the lottery so it's a wash and the politicians have more money to funnel to their financial backers. Big surprise there huh?
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    Whenever a new way of garnering revenue is proposed by state governments, they always seem to say it is all about education. The 3% that Florida culls from lottery sales is a good example of how that is used as a lure for public approval.
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    @PoliticalSpice People who are trained to have faith in things that cannot be seen, heard or measured aren't that difficult to convince of more mundane miracles, like politicians who keep their promises.
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    My hats off to this marvelous PR stunt, that gets American zombies to spend their money just so the fat-cats can get fatter!!! Bravo!!!

    Oh, and what's the chance of anybody winning? Ummm... Something like 1 in 175million??? Good luck...
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    Why shouldn't the state profit from people exercising their right to be stupid harmlessly - well for the most part harmlessly. For those who dump half their paychecks into lotteries of all kinds, well, at least there is some payback for their addiction.
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    I was living in Florida at the time the lottery was introduced. It was pushed through under the guise that education would benefit tremendously. Liars. Once in place, that lottery money was used for everything from roads to prisons.

    However, and this is a big one, Florida has no personal state income tax, so if it weren't for lottery funds, everyone might be paying a whole lot more in 'forced' taxation. At least with the lottery, it's voluntary.
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    In MO, the money goes exclusively for education but when it came into existance, the politicians gutted the regular education budget.
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    They are a good way to fund schools, its obvious that the money spent on lottery tickets wasn't getting saved for some other grand purpose so why not let the schools use it? I know there will always be a few who play beyond their means, but come on most people that buy tickets are just having a little fun.
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    Lotteries can be thought of as a voluntary tax on people who don't understand statistics. For a buck or 2 you can at least buy the fantasy that you'll win the big jackpot. That's cheaper than getting drunk or high.
  • #1
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    Taxes are a good way to collect money for running schools. Lotteries are a good way to collect money from people that aren't good with numbers.
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    At least with Lotto and Powerball the cut doesn't get placed in the general fund and split with the Indian Tribes and making millions off the casinos
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    @talkenhed
    Yeah, which needs to change. Here in Oregon, the only legal casinos are Native. The voters rejected a bid to legalize a private casino. Every bar, most restaurants, have poker machines. The state is littered with "delis," which are simply "mini-casinos," filled with the machines. In some of them, the "deli" part consists of stale white bread, out dated lunch meat, and mustard and mayo.
    I think it's time that in states which allow gambling, private casinos be legal.
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