One of the propositions on the upcoming California ballot is about changing how the lottery works and increases advertising for the lottery. I have read the pros and cons of the proposition and no one has mentioned that lotteries are effectively a tax on those can’t afford it. (A friend of mine has called lotteries a tax on those that can’t do math.) In many cases, low income people play the lottery in the hopes that they’ll win. While there is nothing wrong with hoping, the reality is that people will keep playing the lottery despite the odds.
Increasing advertising of the lottery will add a tax burden to low income people. This is probably the best reason I can think of to vote against this proposition; we don’t need increased advertising for the lottery and don’t need to encourage more people to play it. How about some real solutions instead of this hidden tax?