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July 30, 2014

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Lottery could help Nevada’s schools

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Once again the Powerball lottery reached a high amount, and once again, Nevadans flocked to Arizona and California because the biggest gambling state in the country does not have a lottery.

Not that we the people don’t want one, but we all know who runs this town: the casinos and their owners.

It’s nice that we are helping the schools of other states while our schools here in Nevada cry for money.

Yes, the casinos are our mainstay here, and we wouldn’t want them to go out of business if we all started to spend a dollar on a lottery ticket.

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  1. Lottery could assist with increasing money for Nevada's schools. What will assist with improving the students' educations? More money? That's the implication. It's wrong. It's how, why, and what the money is used for that betters their educational achievement and success.

    Carmine D

  2. Again we see a person equating funds with "quality" education. One has little to do with the other. Quadrillions have been flushed down the public "education" toilet and the system remains stagnant or worse; in a unionized and "progressive" stranglehold. I saw photos of stupid people lined up to throw their money, whether hard-earned or welfare derived, down the lottery toilet. They are part of the "some-thing-for-nothing" class that is so prevalent in American society these days. Lotteries are Bernie Maddoff on steroids and the suckers simply can't wait to hand over their money. Ah, well, that's the price we pay for a "free" society which produces functionally illiterate "graduates" from public schools!

  3. I'm all for lottery funding of education. Although I can't really avoid taxes, I refuse to evade them. Lotteries, however, are another story.

    I was in California in 1984 when the voter first enacted a lottery to assist education. At that time I told myself that I really SHOULD buy a ticket. I'm STILL saying it now that California entered PowerBall consortium. I will continue saying it if/when Nevada starts its own lottery.

    Yes, I approve of funding education - but NOT if it means I have to buy a lottery ticket to do so. I know enough about odds to want nothing to do with most lotteries. Powerball - odds of being a winner? A bit over 175 million to one AGAINST! The odds that I'll drown in my bathtub tomorrow (and I'm a shower type...) are better than THAT!

  4. We are not talking about odds or anything else. We are talking about a business that we could keep here instead of give it out to other states.

    You don't want it here because it will just get 'wasted' in education? So you'd rather other states 'waste' it than Nevada.

    You'd rather Nevadans spend money for gas and other incidentals just to buy a ticket out of state?

    You don't want it here because you do not want to perpetrate the 'wanting for something free." You want to control how people think and behave?

    Is this some kind of special logic? Some kind of delusions of divinity?