Thanks to the editorial board for the Dec. 10 editorial on the so-called “education” lottery (“Suckers’ bet leaves us all in the red”). The lottery manipulates the least affluent among us to help pay for the education of others by depriving their own children of the necessities of life.
It sickens me every time a lottery official appears on TV to caution people to “play responsibly” and, if they don’t, to contact the gambler’s hotline. The fact is that the lottery administrators have systematically manipulated people to not play responsibly by gradually introducing more and more opportunities to gamble away additional money.
The editorial covered all the important problems inherent in a state-supported lottery. However, I would appreciate your efforts to uncover the actual sources of the ticket sales in order to show that indeed the lottery does disproportionately affect those least able to afford to gamble.
Charles C. Puryear