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increasingly designed to be more than that
The lottery proponents -- corporations such as GTECH whose prosperity depends on ongoing expansion of state-sponsored gambling -- want us to continue thinking of lotteries as small affairs. "A dollar and a dream." All that stuff.
But the games are designed to function much more like other gambling experiences. It's not just low-stakes scratch tickets with terrible odds that you'd have to be a moron to buy. It's flat-out state-operated slot machines, like in Oregon, a state where severe compulsive gambling has been shown to be integral to lottery revenues.
It's $50 scratchers like they have in Texas. "Fifty dollars and a dream" is another order of gambling altogether. It's intended to get the sucker's heart pumping in the same way slots do.
If the casino business model is objectionable to us as advantage players, the lottery model should probably be more objectionable -- because our governments implicate all of us as co-owners of the enterprise. Foul beyond words, if you ask me.
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