Lotteries Cheat and Corrupt people Essay

693 Words Nov 20th, 2013 3 Pages
Lotteries Cheat, Corrupt The People
In “Lotteries Cheat, Corrupt The People” George F. Will argues that lotteries have done nothing but corrupt and cheat the people of this country. Will compares gambling to a game of jai alai saying it is a “game for the entertainment of gamblers and the benefit of, among others, the state treasury.” However, I disagree completely and truly believe that lotteries do much than that. Lotteries give personal enjoyment to those who are gambling and hope to those who are hopeless. Along with the benefits it brings to the individuals who participate, the government also profits by gaining money that they can than spend on other valuable practices.
The majority of gamblers do not gamble for the money; they
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Will says “Gamblers are drawn disproportionately from minority and poor populations that can ill-afford to gamble, that are especially susceptible to the lure of gambling…” Minority’s and people with lower income see gambling as a chance of hope that could possibly turn their lives around; especially a person who unfortunately has to work a minimum or sub minimum wage job to support their family. From the moment the ticket is purchased to the date they announce the lucky numbers; hope of a life-changing event is instilled in the ticket holders mind. Along with the thought of hope that lotteries bring to the table; they also provide very important funding to their communities. People who are uneducated about the lottery look down upon it. Mainly people believe it is nothing but a scam along with an addictive way rush that can drain away all of the players money. Apart from personal enjoyment and hope, lotteries give back and support their communities. Nation wide states need the support of its people before creating a lottery. California’s State Lottery was erected due to the promises of giving back and supporting statewide education. California recently passed a bill stating that eighty seven percent of sales generated through the lottery will go back to the public through prizes and contributions to education – leaving the rest to government expenses. Lotteries are not brought to states for the purposes of cheating and corrupting the people; they are intact to

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