By Hunter Wallace
Here’s an issue which we have never discussed before:
“This floored me: Americans in the 43 states where lotteries are legal spent $70 billion on lotto games in 2014.
Seventy billion? I thought. No, that’s impossible. That’s more than $230 for every man, woman, and child in those states—or $300 for each adult.
But it’s true: According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales. …”
What do you think? Are lotteries a regressive tax on the poor disguised as a game? A sin? A good way to fund education?
Alabama is one of the few states that doesn’t have a state lottery. The issue has been debated here as long as I can remember. Lots of people where I grew up drive across the state line to buy lottery tickets in Georgia and Florida. Their money subsidizes education in other states. Politicians always say Alabama would be more like Georgia if we had a lottery, but Arkansas has a lottery too.
Anyway, I never gamble or spend any money on the lottery. I buy lots of books though. I don’t have a strong opinion on the issue.