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State lotteries claim to be good for education and the general wellbeing of citizens.
But are they? (Spoiler alert: No.)
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JL
JL Hace 2 días
I play when it gets crazy high, because "why not"?
Zoe P
Zoe P Hace 3 días
when i said i wanted oregon to be recognized... not what i meant really
imoshtokill
imoshtokill Hace 6 días
Come to nh, alcohol is controlled by the state as well!
simone foster
simone foster Hace 12 días
They're do it in Australia now on your mobile i stop after a month waist of money.
Clayton Keene
Clayton Keene Hace 12 días
5'000th!
Obviously
Obviously Hace 20 días
"1 in 4 car accidents are caused by texting and driving" People: "won't be me" "1 in 302,575,350 chance of winning a lottery" People: "hey, you never know"
Jo Zen
Jo Zen Hace 13 días
bad example, because 1 in 4 lottery winners was texting and playing
T Cates
T Cates Hace 20 días
Bro you created sharknado
Mar Tijn
Mar Tijn Hace 21 un día
It’s interesting that when spending lottery income on education, Americans consider it a good cause. But when tax is used for that, suddenly the socialism card is played.
Mark Hashman
Mark Hashman Hace 23 días
I find it slightly hilarious that one of the six states that doesn't have a lottery is Nevada. ...I guess it'd be redundant. They've already got plenty of ways to part fools from their money.
Philip Johansson
Philip Johansson Hace 25 días
In Sweden, the state *is* in the liqour business. In fact they're the only ones in the liqour business here.
gspendlove
gspendlove Hace 26 días
I can't tell you how glad I am that there's no lottery in my state (I won't mention its name, but it's Utah).
Alan Smith
Alan Smith Hace 27 días
Lottery - yet another tax on the poor and stupid
TheRedGameboy
TheRedGameboy Hace 27 días
First time I played was waaay in my 20s cause I knew the odds. Then a new game started in my province. After insistence from my mom & others, I played. I broke even, not caring about the chance of a meager win.. and played again. I got 3/4 #s and won $25 instead of the 4/4 prize of $1k/wk for 25yrs (non-taxed b/c it's not America) so 52k annually. I was in fetal position at the driveway of the gas station holding the winning number printout. Saddens me to this day.
Joshua Weinstein
Joshua Weinstein Hace 28 días
2014 I miss those days
Greeder
Greeder Hace un mes
I feel bad about living in Oregon
Kristen Mork
Kristen Mork Hace un mes
The closing bit is the case in Montgomery County, Maryland (in which the liquor stores are run by the state). They advertise how much revenue they generate for the county, strongly suggesting that alcohol consumption is helping keep everyone's property tax rates low.
loveld Lu
loveld Lu Hace un mes
Hello good afternoon good evening to everyone so I have a dream my dream is you no longer have to pay $25,000 for each person in your family for the dentist to take care of your teeth now bitching this there is a dentist school just six miles away from where you live now it doesn't belong to it doesn't belong to a college so you go to this dentist school because they need the practice and they are more than able to do what a real dentist can do even better you don't have to pay for this you get your work done the most expensive thing is what canal you save $25,000 that's also including implant which one's $3,000 ladies and gentlemen you are free you can have two put yourself in death a credit because of your dentist who doesn't give a damn he can charge whatever he wants can you Vision this a load off your mind you are free from death bills and it would take you how long to pay off especially when you work at what Walmart Target Kohl's and your paycheck is so small you barely can pee food for your children are closed and even rent this is the biggest load off your mind because this the dentist is the most expensive and you ever thought $25,000 for one person what can you do with $25,000 if you work at Walmart where was this money works best for you and your family thank you for sharing my ideas and vision have a great morning afternoon evening and night until next time
malee whichurr
malee whichurr Hace un mes
No lottery in my state 🤷🏼‍♂️
Roger Smith
Roger Smith Hace un mes
The states that currently do not have lotteries are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. (which one are you?)
United Space Pirates
Government: gambling is illegal... except for lotteries, lotteries aren't gambling in any way. Public: OK, here is my money.
Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper Hace un mes
I only ever bought lottery tickets with my poker winnings.
Anders Mostue
Anders Mostue Hace un mes
In Norway, it is legally required for our lottery gambling to distribute most of the profits to sports
CleverWire
CleverWire Hace un mes
Ugh these lotto ads are like beer ads. I'm not legally allowed to buy beer, I literally am paying tens of thousands for a financial/economist degree. But I want beer and to buy lotto so bad. :'( so bad. I sometimes stay up late at night imagining how I invest my after tax 100mil (bc why would you pay if you don't win that much after taxes?)
KickAHobo
KickAHobo Hace un mes
You could just not play.
Extran Taves
Extran Taves Hace un mes
fuck pa
khirul aminur
khirul aminur Hace un mes
Im enormously grateful that ive been thought why lottery/gambling/drugs/tobacco/alcohol are haram. Millions of people around the world do not receive such education
Jai Parwani
Jai Parwani Hace un mes
You want us to make it illegal for women to gamble and drink. Because it was tried and well dilailama is a feminist. Dilailama did that not state
Occam's razor
Occam's razor Hace un mes
Huh?
Judgment Proof
Judgment Proof Hace un mes
The lottery is like gambling. You can lose everything gambling. One time someone I knew bought several tickets from a gas station. I don’t know that he won really anything but it’s so sad people on limited income especially are the ones who take the biggest hit. I think what needs to happen is every single card needs to be a winner but they need to limit one per person within a certain amount of time. They can give these out at Christmas to help people buy those Christmas gifts or to help them with Christmas dinner
Steve Garland
Steve Garland Hace un mes
Eh, I live in Florida and it gets pretty big but I don't play. It's so stupid. Why don't they spread it around more instead of giving one guy more money than he'll ever spend in his lifetime? Besides, I've always said that the worst thing that could ever happen to you is to get everything you ever wanted. Elvis? Lennon? Michael Jackson? Kennedy? James Dean? Jimmy Hendrix... Kurt Cobain... Bruce Lee... would this list ever stop? These aren't even lottery winners. These people still had supposedly fulfilling careers. Lottery winners don't even have that.
James Butko
James Butko Hace un mes
It’s interesting to watch these early LWT episodes where John Oliver is still kinda emulating Jon Stewart.
Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes Hace un mes
I hate the lotteries and Sweepstake's and the like. They are of the devil. The devil is in them saying you could and maybe and such. Ask, and receive is hated. I get more, and more disgusted with the maybe of winning money. It is the maybe and could that a devil thinks when a person thinks they know the day and hour of Christ's return. Those lotteries, and sweepstakes people, want people to be on edge, like the fallen angels, who are on edge, all the time. We need universal, ask and receive which is real free trade. The free trade we have now, is a bloody lie.
Cross Farm
Cross Farm Hace un mes
give these people a course in probability 101 so they can see that they will for sure lost money
Joseph Funk
Joseph Funk Hace un mes
I work at Kroger. Employees here tell everyone to fuck off and flip something over once or twice a day
mickiemouseHM
mickiemouseHM Hace un mes
The lottery; hypocrisy at it’s best.
jbchapar
jbchapar Hace un mes
John - do a special on this guy esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-HW7VgI1dQF4.html
TMS
TMS Hace un mes
Watch "If the Lottery was honest" on the "Cracked" channel on ESvid.
TMS
TMS Hace un mes
With odds of 185,000,000 to 1.....I'll pass!
melissa hernandez
melissa hernandez Hace un mes
Awww Illinois, you make me proud to live there 🙄
John Doe
John Doe Hace un mes
"the lottery hasn't provided no additional funding"... that's not what that said. that's not even close to what that said. it said the PERCENTAGE spent on education was either not changing or slightly less. as of when? the answer by the way is per year, since these started in the mid 1900s I think that's wildly disingenuous to use at all. not to mention that the revenue and tax rate from sales and property tax has also increase drastically meaning that there is more money to spend on other things as well. John, to show us something that says percentage is flat or down and jump to "the lottery doesn't even raise money for education" is a bald face lie and you know it.
Chien Yang
Chien Yang Hace un mes
I will explain with an example. Before starting to sell lottery, a state with $1B annual budget devotes 10% or $100M for education. After lottery-sale begins, the state makes $20M in a year. However, instead of $120M, the state still devotes 10%, which is $102M, to education. The reason is while the $20M is devoted to education, the state can and often does remove some of the taxes, the fees, or both which originally earmarked for education. The example John used is North Carolina. When this state starts to sell lottery, some of the corporate taxes originally earmarked for upgrading schools are removed. Therefore, the corporations who have been complaining about the dismal state of U.S. education no longer fund the education. The burden is assigned to the poor.
John Doe
John Doe Hace un mes
I fail to see how any of those ways are better at funding schools. the options you just listed were, in order, force people to give the government money to fund it, engage in a market economy to raise profits for schooling (essentially move schools to the private sector, which I'll admit is a solid idea), or rely on charitable giving to schools, which while I think that's good idea, a lot of people, especially those advocating for big government interventionism like the rest of this pitch, think that would never work, so what you're actually advocating here is that you ban something that people enjoy doing because some people have no self control and make up for the drop in funding by drastically increasing taxes, essentially forcing people who would have never bought a lottery ticket to buy one, just spread out and justified as a tax.
John Doe
John Doe Hace un mes
i feel like the interview with the girl whose addicted to gambling is a tad disingenuous. you present it as though the state is putting a gun to her head and taking her money when in reality she is making a choice to participate in something that she already knows will lose her money. you're blaming an institution for a persons choices and saying that because she has no sense of self control or fiscal responsibility, that makes the system itself vile, bad, and it should be taken away from all the people who responsibly enjoy the fun. I see this argument all the time and I'm not a fan.
Chien Yang
Chien Yang Hace un mes
What John was saying is not whether lotteries should be legal, but whether the government should run such morally questionable enterprise. For example, should the government own porn studios? Do we not feel weird if some of the porn movies are produced by the government?
RMB Studios
RMB Studios Hace un mes
Was the trump talking lmao
Jason Coughenour
Jason Coughenour Hace 2 meses
The girl without food is also a tweaker.
gothnate
gothnate Hace 2 meses
Speaking of alcohol, North Carolina's government IS in the alcohol business with the ABC Board. The ABC website claims it's an independent group, but it's run by the state.
Johan Vang Jensen
Johan Vang Jensen Hace 2 meses
When the news is a joke And the comedian gives actual news
Daddydabs Az
Daddydabs Az Hace 2 meses
Lottery=voluntary tax on the stupid and poor
Mac Daddy
Mac Daddy Hace 2 meses
A schoolteacher won a million a couple years back in my town. I shingled a guys roof the next town over who won 60ish million about 15 years ago. People win that 💩
Jan Sitkowski
Jan Sitkowski Hace 2 meses
Fun fact, in Tsarist Russia, Vodka WAS sold by the state.
Jan Sitkowski
Jan Sitkowski Hace 2 meses
I always tell my dad, that he will never win lottery, and I won't buy lottery tickets. If I will want to waste money I will just burn banknotes instead. Or like play poker or bet on horses. Higher chance of seeing my money back.
danyl barbour
danyl barbour Hace 2 meses
THIS ONE IS GOOD
Angus Scrimm
Angus Scrimm Hace 2 meses
If the money goes back into city state and country why is this country even worse off and still falling apart ? It’s just a scam praying on our brainwashed moronic minds. The government taxes enough and uses lottery to take the very last of money...but it’s even more ironic as we just hand it over.
Vorusen
Vorusen Hace 2 meses
I've been struck by lightning while I was being eating by a shark, then the shark hit the powerball smh
girlgeniusNYC
girlgeniusNYC Hace 2 meses
People who buy lottery tickets each week would be MUCH better off investing that same money into LIFE INSURANCE. For $40/month, you can *guarantee* money for your loved ones upon your death.
FadeFinder
FadeFinder Hace 2 meses
The lottery is just the Willy Wonka golden Tickets for adults.
Frank Garrett
Frank Garrett Hace 2 meses
The USA really is a great country, if you're a middle aged white male
Ameet Chandak
Ameet Chandak Hace 2 meses
Many
András Fehér
András Fehér Hace 2 meses
Lotteries should stay as the property of states, they would be done by private enterprises anyway!
Tiffany White
Tiffany White Hace 2 meses
You can't tell it to people who don't understand how odds work. I tell my mom she isn't going to win, that the odds are 1 in 176 million. She just says, "But what if I am that one person". My mom is extremely uneducated and doesn't understand. But this is what they count on; uneducated, slightly poor folks, looking for a better life.
Nurse Brooks
Nurse Brooks Hace 2 meses
A billion industry for the government, yet they claim they have no funds😒.
Spoopi Boi
Spoopi Boi Hace 2 meses
As a furry. I can confirm I've never played with a giant ball of money
fetchstix™
fetchstix™ Hace 28 días
Your IQ is also a few points greater than those who play the lottery 😉
Scotts Freeny
Scotts Freeny Hace 2 meses
The lottery should be held ia big auditorium so people can see the results. If you see the videos online or on TV then it can be fixed for the profit and benefit of the lottery companies.
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