Newspapers all over the state this morning had above-the-fold pictures of jubilant local lottery winners. With scratch-off tickets going on sale yesterday for the first time in N.C. history, state-sponsored gambling was the topic of statewide conversation.
Where were the pictures of people losing the lottery? Given the odds, they should have been much easier to find than the winners. For those who believe that the media only reports the bad news, the lottery is a glaring exception. And that’s unfortunate, because there are only two real winners of a state lottery: the out-of-state mega-corporation that runs the games, and the precious few lucky stiffs who defy fortune and win big.
Everyone else loses. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, a player who wants to win ten dollars in the Tic Tac Toe scratch-off game would have to spend an average of $112 on the game to do so.