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The poison of greed - a rant about gambling
It seems like when people win the lottery, it destroys their lives.
It also doesn't help all the millions of people that DON'T win. Some people spend hundreds of dollars a month on the lottery for nothing. And it's never the comfortable upper-middle class that plays the lottery, it's always the poorer people.
On that same note, go into a casino that's not in Vegas and the majority of the people you see are poorer, definitely not high rollers. A casino gets built in an economically depressed area like detroit, and the politicians and wealthy businessmen say "Oh it's gonna be such a great boost to detroit - millions of dollars a year in tax revenue" - without mentioning where the bulk of that money is coming from - the very people that the money is supposedly helping. Sure, the downtown area has a few new restaurants and some shiny new sidewalks. But the residential part of the city is still exactly the same.
I've been to a casino probably three times in my life, and each time I walked out with less money, and feeling very hollow and "used".