Saturday, December 16, 2006

Buying Drinks for Alcoholics

The US Census Bureau reported in its "Statistical Abstract of the USA 2007" (issued on December 15th), www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ , that Americans have spent the following amounts of money to "play various state and multi-state lottery games" since 1980:

1980 -- $2.4 billion
1990 -- $20 billion
2000 -- $37.2 billion
2005 -- $47.4 billion

That is a grand total of US$107 billion since 1980 just on lotteries!!!

As I have said over the years to anyone willing to listen -- "giving the government more money voluntarily is the equivalent to buying an alcoholic another drink" -- it just does not help the situation at all.

Powerball,

Todd

1 comment:

jdsqrd said...

But, but, but...but Todd, you can't win if you don't play. And play. And play.

May the odds be with you, always.