When the lottery matures .... | Arkansas Blog

When the lottery matures ....



... it's not likely to be a pretty picture. See Florida, as richly described by the Tampa Tribune, where after 22 years all the familiar lottery themes are evident -- the preying on the poor, the need for new games to keep revenues up, the loss of legislative fervor for  programs financed by the lottery, the disproportionate tendency of lottery scholarships to go to middle income families.

Arkansas is in its lottery honeymoon. Players are happy. Current college students with sufficient grades are anticipating a windfall. Check back in 20 years. If I'm still around, I expect I still be glad I voted against it.

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