The Problem with the Lottery

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  1. Plus it funds all these sorry waste of space pre k and kindergarten programs that are crooked themselves. Not to mention the amount they take from the "winner" for "taxes". Long story short this is the main reason they quit teaching statistics and probability in schools bc if you understood how they work you wouldn't play the lottery and then all that money would eventually dry up

  2. God this dude talks in such a pretentious snobbish way. I like his material but he’s the “well, actually..” guy at the table at family get togethers lol

  3. And you gotta add that most of the jockpot winners just ended up ruining their lives. They just can’t handle that much money and thats the reason why they are poor in the first place

  4. People don’t like paying taxes to fund improved infrastructure, but they would rather essentially flush their money down the drain to stand an astronomically low chance of getting rich.

    This is the adult equivalent of flying a broccoli into a kid’s mouth.

  5. Hi Johnny. Here again, writing to ask you to make a video or video apology about the Established Titles scam and how you promoted it months ago. (Not knowing it’s a scam I’m sure) You owe that much to your audience since you’re all about integrity and ethics. If this is deleted I’ll just keep posting it until you answer, cheers!

  6. But whether or not it benefits the poor in terms of social programs, does it really matter — because the amounts they spend on lottery tickets is small compared to obligation tax. Do the poor really purchase the equivalent of 10% of their income in lottery tickets?

  7. Okay so if the lottery wasn’t a “tax”, wasn’t owned by the government, but by some big corporation. It’d be okay? Gambling is a stupid game invented for stupid people so that rich get stupid rich.

  8. The key point: Government revenue can and should be thought of as one big pool of money. The proceeds from the lottery might be "for education", but if education was funded by (say) corporate taxes before, then all the lottery did was to enable the government to pass a corporate tax cut. (This happened in North Carolina, and I'm sure other states too.)

  9. I remember going to Atlantic City many years ago (Trump Casino Days) and watching bus loads of "simple souls", poorly-dressed lower income people arriving with glittering hope in their eyes of winning big. I felt so bad for them, wanted to tell them to keep their money instead to buy groceries and medicines instead. You don't have to be a Mormom to see gambling and lotteries as an evil curse on the less fortunate.

  10. A tax on DUMB people
    There are poor people who are smart enough not to believe in that
    And medium class people who do that
    Education matters a lot too, but it's mostly about intelligence (at least if they know the chance they have of winning)

  11. This is why if I do spend money on lottery tickets I limit myself to 10$ per month, and I go months without buying anything. Once in a while it's fun to try, but definitely view it as "I'm never seeing this money again." Not as "I could win millions".


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