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Should Lottery Be Supported?


Lottery is a form of gambling in which people purchase tickets with numbers on them and winners are chosen by random drawing. The prizes are typically money or goods. There is also a lottery in sports, where people win the right to participate in an event, and in public services like housing or kindergarten placements. Many states hold public lotteries, and the money raised by these can be used for public purposes such as education.

Lotteries are also an example of the biblical prohibition against covetousness: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, his wife, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that is his.” (Exodus 20:17) Nevertheless, people often get lured into lotteries by promises that they will solve all their problems. The fact that people are willing to spend enormous sums of money on such hopes is, at least in part, a reflection of the widespread desire for wealth.

State governments promote lotteries as ways to raise revenue for public purposes, and they can have a positive impact. But there are a number of other costs that are associated with them, and it is important to consider these when discussing whether or not they should be supported. These include the fact that people who buy a ticket are likely to be taxed in the state where they live, even if they only win a small amount of money. This makes a lottery a form of coercive taxation, which is contrary to the principle of free will.