Most of you don't know that I am anti tax. I can't stand for a government to raise /implement a tax to pay for something unless there is a natural disaster or other public health concern that justifies it. Now recently I supported a tax raise localy for hotels it was 3% and they raised it to 6%. Still at six percent it is lower than most cities I've been to. The lottery is a TAX; a voluntary tax; but a tax nonetheless. Now why do I oppose a voluntary tax. Because you take a government give them money and lo and behold in a year or two years or three etc... its not enough so then they need to raise taxes again. Govenrments need to learn to be responsible with their money. Now my thinking has hit a dead end. Look at the people who use the lottery. All people of any race and economic standing play the lottery. But look at the percentages. Its a tax on the poor. The people who by and large spend their income on lottery tickets 45/50/100$ at at time are the ones who pay least amount of taxes. So it takes more of those who pay little or no income tax and allows them to pay some. Now I still have a hard tim ewith the lotto but I guess I will have to accept it as a just means of income.