fez wrote:The poor also give more money to charity as a percentage of their income then the rich.
Is it not possible that many lottery players are attracted by its altruistic side, as well as the possibility of winning millions? As opposed to simply gambling on the horses or in a casino, which serves no other purpose.
LOL I've worked in a charity
run gambling house for 20 years now. It's a bingo hall. Our swim team is funded by proceeds. We net about 18% from a gross of $2,000,000 per year. First of all, 80% of the gross is sourced from welfare. Even a lot of the regular players don't even know
we are a charity. Very little altruism occurring. Second of all, in my opinion, if you have enough money left over after receiving your unemployment check, that you can afford to gamble with it, you are receiving too much benefit. Even though we are beneficiaries, I don't like it.
The local newspaper did a profile of a woman on welfare who was complaining she couldn't make ends meet. Yet, there she was, every Saturday night, in our bingo hall, spending $28 a session. They didn't bother mentioning that. To Fez's point, I imagine her percentage of giving
is a larger percentage than most. But there ain't a darn thing altruistic about it.