Stop the lottery

Posted Thursday, Aug. 07, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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I was glad to read the Texas lottery may be phased out by the state Legislature (“Lawmaker panel will soon review Texas lottery,” Sunday).

As a Christian, I am opposed to all state-sponsored forms of gambling.

Those who most frequently spend money on the lotteryare often those who can least afford it. Imagine how many fewer children would go hungry if the lottery were eliminated. Rather than buying lottery tickets, credit card debt could be paid; savings could gain interest. The lottery is a self-selected tax on the poor.

Though replacing lottery revenue is a question I can’t answer, I believe elimination of the lottery would promote the most good for the people of Texas.

— Mark Blake, Flower Mound

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