Gotta love this post by Balko about a woman who embezzled $2.3 million from her boss while spending $6000 a day on lottery tickets. He cites the article about the situation as saying:
Gambling experts say lottery splurges are among the most common types of compulsive gambling.
And yet the states spend millions promoting their own lotteries, while sending SWAT teams after anyone who dares to challenge their monopoly over games of chance.
I would only add that it’s even more absurd than that: they spend millions promoting games that are purely games of chance – lotteries – while sending SWAT teams to stop people from playing poker, a game of skill. Apparently, it’s only immoral and dangerous to bet against one another in a game where your skill has some control over the outcome; it’s perfectly fine to bet against the government in a game that they are guaranteed to win.