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I personally like the saying "the lottery is a tax on the innumerate"



Although it's a bit cruel because the "innumerate" are disproportionately poor. Lottery tickets may be driven more by despair and hope for an improbable escape than by innumeracy.


Considering how much people spend on lottery, and how much value they could get by spending that money on real products, it's innumeracy.


Innumeracy isn't about the poor. I know a lot of people who play the lottery especially when the prize is big.

My concern with the poor and the lottery is exploitative. It believe it is akin to a gambling addiction and a false hope. It is a government run institution that exacerbates a mental illness or exploiting a mental disability.




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