- What is a lottery? How do they work, and why do they exist?
- In the article, the author mentions that lotteries are a "tax on the poor." Do you agree? Why or why not?
- Many people who win lotteries are poor again after a few years. Why is this?
- Why do so many people in the U.S. (21%!) believe that winning the lottery is the most practical way to become wealthy?
- According to the article, advertisements for lotteries are exempt from a "truth in advertising" law. Why do you think that is?
- Do lotteries help or hurt local communities? What about gambling (casinos) in general?
- In the article (not the google doc version!), the author mentions that lotteries have no impact on the budget for schools and local development projects. How is this possible?
- Is there such a thing as "ethical" gambling or lotteries?
- Should people be allowed to participate in lotteries and gamble, or are they not responsible enough to protect their money?
- In English, we have the phrase "the house always wins" - this expression concerns gambling. What do you think it means?