Promoting Lotteries




Peoplefancy lotteries because of the notion of getting rich quickly. Thegovernment encourages it because the odd of winning the top pricesare extremely small and it is a fast way to gain revenue. That is why300 million US Dollars are pumped into lotteries and theiradvertising.

Theway lotteries work

Whena lottery ticket is purchased, a portion of the money belongs to thestate and it is used in the state budget and the other potion goestowards the jackpot. The thousands of dollars of lottery ticketsevery day goes into one jackpot and the larger it gets the morepeople desire to join and try their luck.

Thepoor and middle class are attracted to them due to the hope ofwinning huge sums of money so as to change their lives and economicstatus. However, the chances of winning are very small some estimateone to every twelve million chances. This causes more harm than goodto these citizens and it ends up accentuating the gap between therich and the poor. They therefore destroy the American dream since itis a form of taxing the poor and giving to the rich.

Addictionis a major problem highlighted by the author (Pride, 2000). Thedesire to scratch a ticket or play the slots is not necessarily asign of addiction but when this is overtaken by the constant actionof buying then it becomes a problem. The addiction is characterizedby a lack of control. The average American household spends an annualamount of about 162 dollars on lottery tickets, and the low incomehouseholds spend about 286 dollars (Pride, 2000).

Lotteryaddiction also develops into some other behaviors such as stealingmoney from friends and family or taking part in illegal activity soas to gain money to enable them to gamble or play. Despite the desireto quit gambling many of the addicts are unable to control theiractions and this is when the problem becomes serious because it thenturns into an impulsive behavior and nearly turns into their secondnature.

Everyyear the lottery and gambling industry make 22billion dollars (Pride,2000). Marketing plays a big part in letting people develop a fancyfor winning big. Some of the critics claim that the advertising failsto meet the same accuracy standards of private sector advertising.Others also claim that some winnings are staged just to make peopleinterested and to keep them streaming into lottery shops in the hopesof winning. These critics have the idea that it is wrong for thegovernment to support the lottery.

Recoveryfrom gambling requires serious commitment hard work and the supportof friends and family. Family plays a very important role in thedevelopment of a strong character for the gambler. There are greaterchances of a relapse if the addict is not monitored and the family isalways encouraged to keep the addict away from areas that may causethem to fall back into the vice. A big gap is left in place ofgambling and those taking care of the victim are advised to findsomething in its place. They also even lose the ability to socializeand they struggle with finding a balance. Support is the best form ofremedy when it comes to recovery from gambling.


Pride,W. (2000). PromotingLotteries: Is It Right To Encourage Gambling?