Losing the Lottery: Why the State Should Not Enter the Gambling Business

For more than 20 years, North Carolina lawmakers have rejected a lottery, and rightfully so. There is a mountain of evidence showing that a lottery is bad public policy because it creates multiple social and economic problems. After all, the lottery is gambling. And if gambling becomes the accepted public policy of this state, there will be negative consequences. This paper reviews these consequences, including the social and economic issues, as well as the constitutional case against a statewide referendum.

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