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It's good to play...?

by fredo
on 7/13/2008 @ 10:31am
The Washington State Lottery is encouraging people to wager their hard earned money and claiming that "it's good to play." Then why does it caution would-be gamblers to "be a smart player?" A truly smart player would never spend a dime on this scam. The odds show that money wagered is basically thrown down a rat hole with a few crumbs left for its educational mission. It seems to me that you can't urge people and caution people about gambling, this is an inconsistant message that just won't wash.

The lottery further acknowledges the problems of addictive gambling by telling people they need to "know their limit." This is precisely the problem that addictive gamblers have. They know their limit all too well. Their limit is to bet the farm.

by NineInchNachos on 7/13/2008 @ 11:23am
the only way to win is not to play the game

by escaping slave on 7/13/2008 @ 9:53pm
Washington State Lottery funds the State of Washington. Why the hell would the government care about you and whether you should watch your limit, whether it be alcohol, gambling, drugs, kids, anything? They do not care about you and they never will....ever ever ever. They will never care, no matter how much money you give them, it won't matter. They do not care about you! And it's not their job, obligation, or duty to care of you or take responsibility for you!

The sooner you understand that, the sooner you'll see through the bull they've been feeding you. Also helps to cut back on that high fructose corn syrup that's in everything these days, as well as fluoride. They drug us to brainwash us. If you were brainwashed, would you know?

Gambling is good, watch your limit. How is that different from: war is peace? slavery is freedom? It's simply 21st Century doublespeak, that's all. You just have to learn the language to know what they're saying.

by fredo on 7/22/2008 @ 9:40pm
ES@You're obviously a well educated person so it's probably easy for you to recognize "doublespeak." The addictive gamblers who in many cases are plunging their families into very grave financial situations are not so aware.

The promotions for the lottery products are carefully scripted to appeal to low income groups and, I believe, to ESL immigrants. Winning, and winning big is made to look like a certainty.

I'm not in opposition to the availability of gambling per se, just in the government's promotion of it. Our government should always give the illusion of taking the moral high ground.