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March 2, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Implement lottery in lieu of taxes

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Do you think it is time for a lottery in this state?

The mining industry says no to taxes. Companies will eliminate jobs if we dare to raise taxes on all the money they make.

Casino profits are up, but gaming companies say no to more taxes on them. They would not be able to expand overseas as much.

The governor also says no to more taxes.

The lottery money could go to the education system. Make that 100 percent and I am sure that the casinos will even sell the tickets. (Maybe not if they can’t make big money on it.)

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  1. Is there no end to the gambling lust of some Nevadans? Aren't there enough oppotunities for them to lose their money as it is? The lottery is an end run around passing a new tax and poor suckers line up enmasse to flush their money down a toilet. Anyone besides me see the photos depicting the horde of suckers standing in line for hours to do just that? The "something-for-nothing" crowd was exactly what P.T. Barnum had in mind when he observed, "There's a sucker born every minute!" Nevada is full of them!

  2. The top two lottery sales outlets in California are located just across the border from Nevada. But hey, we're too smart to fall for that and have a lottery of our own that could add some bucks to education. Let's continue to support education in California. It's obviously too late for us.

  3. Looking at the lines prominently featured in media whenever the lottery reaches 5 or 6 hundred million makes you think that "if we only....'. You're looking at only one convenient ticket outlet for Nevadans and only when there is a spectacular draw. Everyday 30 million prizes have no waiting lines. Nevada does not have sufficient population to support a lottery whose earnings would contribute in any meaningful way to the state budget. It is as BChap notes, after advertising, management and promotional expenses, the nut that is left is quite small.A mega lottery run in conjunction with every casino in the state might have a better chance and better profits and payouts.

  4. A lottery is a tax on the poor. Nevadans have the least amount of money set aside for contingencies in the US. It would make a lousy situation worse.
    People need savings and investment. Not more gambling.

  5. EXCELLENT IDEA!!! I probably couldn't get out of paying a new tax, I certainly WOULD get out of buying a lottery ticket - OH BOY! FREE RIDE!

    Incidentally, Zippert1 - It's much more accurate to say that a lottery is a tax on those who fail to understand the most basic statistics. That's true for ALL organized gambling.