The Dark Side of Lottery Playing


A lottery is a game of chance where players pay a small amount of money for a ticket and then have numbers drawn or spit out at random by machines. Prizes are awarded to winners if enough of their numbers match those drawn by the machine. Lotteries are a common form of gambling, and Americans spend over $80 Billion on them every year. But there is a dark side to lottery playing that needs to be addressed.

Most modern lottery games offer an option for players to let a computer randomly pick the numbers they want to play. Some people believe this will improve their chances of winning, but the truth is that any set of numbers has an equal chance of being picked. The best way to increase your odds of winning is to cover a wide range of numbers from the pool, and avoid numbers that are close together or ones that end with the same digit.

Many states promote their lottery games by saying that the money they raise is used to help children, the elderly and other worthy causes. While it’s true that lottery revenue does help these groups, the fact is that it is far more money than most states would generate with a very moderate tax rate on their working class residents.

The Bible tells us that it is God’s desire for people to earn their wealth through hard work, rather than relying on get-rich-quick schemes. When we spend money on the lottery, it distracts us from our responsibility to serve others and build up an emergency fund.