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10 REASONS TO OPPOSE A STATE LOTTERY
LOTTERIES TAKE MONEY FROM OTHER BUSINESSES. Lottery money is not new revenue. It is redistributed money. Every dollar spent in a lottery is taken away from another business. Mississippi legalized gambling in 1993, and in 1995 its citizens spent more on gambling than they did on all retail sales combined. Those who benefit financially from a lottery are those who sell "false hope"-not the citizens.
LOTTERIES PROMOTE COMPULSIVE GAMBLING. "Lotteries are the cause of the rise of new classes of compulsive gamblers - women and teens. They are more likely to play the lottery than go to a casino or the race track. It's less time-consuming, and it's not conspicuous." -Richard Richardson, Maryland Council on Compulsive Gambling
"What we did was encourage people to engage in the vice. We convinced people to gamble who would have never become involved in gambling. We created a whole new generation of gamblers." -Austin McGuigan, Chief State's Attorney, Connecticut
LOTTERIES HARM CHILDREN AND YOUTH. A survey of Southern California high school students found that the percentage participating in any form of gambling went up by 40% after the state lottery was introduced in 1985. -The New York Times, 5/21/89, 6E
"The lottery is the first step (toward compulsive gambling). In New Jersey, the law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets to anyone under 18. But there is no enforcement. Young teenagers can be seen clustering around grocery stores that peddle tickets, and often these youngsters spend lunch money on the lottery." -Arnold Wexler, Former Compulsive Gambler
LOTTERIES AND EDUCATION DO NOT MIX. "Ohio's lottery agency is taking steps to destroy myths on the importance of lottery to schools to minimize the political fallout. When Ohioans approved the Constitution's amendment that made the lottery possible, many got the impression that the lottery profits would solve the schools' financial problems. It was a myth then. It is a myth now. And it always will be a myth." -Tom Chema, Director of Lottery, Ohio
"The lottery is a 'bad dream' which may turn into a nightmare that may hurt education in the long run." -Betty Castor. Commissioner of Education, Florida
The State PTA and Georgia School Board Association opposed any plan to dedicate lottery monies to education. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution October 23, 1990. B3
LOTTERIES MAKE MONEY FOR MIDDLE MEN. "A 'get something for nothing' philosophy is pushed by vendors, businesses, and retailers who stand to prosper. A lottery promotes a selfish, materialistic culture that relies on chance and luck rather than skill and plain hard work."
LOTTERIES ARE A CONTRADICTION IN TEACHING VALUES. How do we teach students, "Say No to Drugs," using state gambling monies? One vice funds another. "While lottery proponents portray it is as a harmless form of amusement ... critics contend a lottery preys on the fantasies of the poor and vulnerable in a morally repugnant scheme the state should discourage rather than promote." -Business Atlanta, January. 1991
"Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil" - Proverbs 4: 27