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Lotteries: The Stain of Civilized SocietyLotteries are a form of gambling that involves people paying small amounts of money for a chance to receive a large amount of money. Currently, more than half of the states in the United States operate lotteries that generate state revenue (Hart, Blake, and Jonathan Sofley). Although winning large amounts of money in the lottery may sound like a good idea, the negative consequences are so debilitating to lottery players that lotteries should be prohibited.The extremely low probability of winning, the addictive habit of buying lottery tickets, and the disproportionate negative impact on lower income households make lotteries a negative impact on society. The first reason that lotteries should banned is that lotteries have an extremely low chances of winning, such as the powerball with a ¨1 in 176 million¨ odds (Tell Me More). By spending money on something they are unlikely to win, lottery players waste money they are unlikely to gain back on tickets, therefore this requires “cutting back on basic necessities,” like utility bills, food, and home mortgages (Tell Me More). Lotteries can also cause gambling addictions. Lotteries are extremely addictive because players are tempted play again and again for the thrill of winning money. In fact, certain types of lotteries, video lottery terminals, are more addictive than “well-known culprits such as tobacco, alcohol, and heroin,” (Boxenbaum, Sol.). Lotteries may add to existing gambling addiction problems. For example, in New Zealand “the lifetime (ever) problem gambling at 6.9%” of the population shows how addictive gambling can be (Pearce, J, et al.).  When players lose money in the lottery they may keep paying to try to win their money back (Louise I. Gerdes), leading to an endless cycle of wasting money. Another reason that lotteries should be banned is that they disproportionately hurt the poor. Lotteries prey on the poor because they offer large amounts of money, leading many poor people to spend a substantial amount of their income playing lotteries. According to a national survey carried out in 1998, a household making under $10,000 spent almost $600 on tickets annually when they should be spending it on basic necessities (Tell Me More). This is harmful because they are wasting their money on something with little chance of reward.  These harmful consequences would not exist without lotteries, therefore to benefit the public, lotteries should be prohibited.Although the lottery has some benefits, they are not enough to outweigh the negatives. One of the benefits of the lottery is that the lottery generates state revenue without using taxes. State lotteries have raised over “thirty billion dollars in revenue” (Hart, Blake, and Jonathan Sofley). The problem with this is that the money that was generated is disproportionately taken from people with less resources (The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) thus giving these people less money to pay for basic needs. Another benefit of the lottery is it gives the opportunity for a person to become rich if they won a lottery like the powerball. For example”Mavis Wanczyk won the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history” a $758 million (Wootson, Cleve R., Jr).  The problem with this benefit is that there is an extremely rare chance of 1 in 176 million of winning the lottery (Hart, Blake, and Jonathan Sofley). Therefore, the vast majority of people who play in the lottery will actually lose money and be hurt by it. While the lottery has some benefits, these are still outweighed by the negatives. States use lotteries to raise money, but the costs of raising money through a lottery outweigh the benefits. Since the lottery has a extremely small win percentage people who buy lottery tickets are essentially wasting their money and the fact that lotteries can lead to gambling addiction and prey upon the poor prove without a doubt that lotteries should be prohibited. If the lottery is to continue in the future, parts of society will be impoverished and lack basic necessities. Therefore, we must eliminate lotteries.