Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math
Ranger does not play Lotto because it is a sucker's game operated by a corrupt state government designed to siphon money from desperate citizens who see no other way out of their financial straights, shy of robbing a zippy mart.
Ergo, they play lotto with the illusory hope of salvation caused by nothing but a crack at random luck and happenstance. Adverts for Lotto invite the unwitting saps to Play to Win. Nothing but a game, and how dangerous can that be, except when the desperate participants lay down $50 at a time, a sizable chunk of a week's earnings.
The actions of the state are deplorable and unconscionable. The television ads always stress what you can win, but never mention the infinitesimal odds of actually winning any of the money going into the vampire-like state system.
Where in the Constitution is there implied or stated authority for the state to gather revenue through gambling? Gambling is gambling, even when state-sanctioned. If it is illegal for the Mafia to run numbers, then so too should it be for the state. The state should be held to a higher standard than is organized crime.
When this type of advertising is used by salesmen, disclaimers are always present along with related consumers affairs information. Why is the state Lotto Commission exempt from truthful disclosure in their predatory advertising?
With the cheery colors and confetti and official logos, these ads must seems to many to have the imprimatur of the state. Is it too much to suggest that these insistent ads pitch an aspect of wholesomeness, much as if they were the state Department of Children and Families or any other such agency constituted to help the citizens?
When state governments prey upon the poor and dispossessed, then it is clear that the American dream is a 22 million-to-one long shot. Would any rich investor buy a stock with a 22 million:1 chance of success?