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April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

Gambling, "Yes" or "No." As far as the state of Texas was concerned, lottery gambling was considered braking the law up until the mid 1980s when the lottery was approved. I had always thought that it was ironic that the state of Texas decided that gambling was OK as long you gambled on the state controlled lottery. My question has always been "Why was lottery gambling illegal in the first place?" What was the point of making gambling against the law? Were you protecting us from losing, or being scammed out of our hard-earned money? I don't have the answer for this question, and I am pretty sure no one else an answer that makes sense.

To gamble, or not to gamble, that is the question..

We can sit around and play the "What If" game all day long and look for signs of immoral behavior, then try to regulate it. My question has always been this: If I go to work and make money, whose business is it if I decide to gamble with my money? Who decides if gambling would be considered wasteful or immoral? Why would we want to give someone else the power to decide when we are wasting our money? Let me understand this, if I spend $1500 in a poker game and lose my money, am I breaking the law because I am wasting my money? What about the person who won my money? Did they also break the law? I have a brilliant idea! How about this! "Stay the hell out of my wallet, and let me decide what, where and how I want to spend my money. Why don't we try that?

If you are going to control gambling:

Why not control other parts of our lives too? How about having a person at the store inspect our groceries to decide when we have had enough Twinkies, or chips? Seems to me that obesity is a bigger problem (No pun intended) than gambling. How about limiting people on the amount of money they can spend on toys, such as jet skies, bass boats, motorcycles, and Plasma TVs etc? Who is protecting us from wasting our money in these cases?

Some people think gambling is immoral.

When it comes to gambling, I just have one question for you, have you ever been at the corner of Coit and Cambell, and made a left turn? Believe me you are gambling, not with your money, but with your life! Have you ever driven up the Toll-way during rush hour? You are gambling every time you step into a car. Who am I hurting if I sit down at a poker table and play, my family? What should I be doing with my money instead, buy beer and cigarettes, take skydiving lessons? Just so I understand the rules In the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex: I can pay to jump out of a plane, purchase wine and cigars, pay money to see naked women dance, rent XXX movies, bungee jump from a tower, shoot people with paint balls in a mock war, but I can't sit down and play a card game?

Seems to me that the State of Texas says "Gambling is OK as long as you do it with us."

And that's OK with you? Why not also allow the State of Texas to be the only source for shoes? If you want to buy shoes, you have to buy them from the state. They could charge $500 for a pair of shoes and make a 1000% profit, all in the name of "raising money for the children." Did you know that the Texas lottery collects a minimum of 50% vig (Vig is a percentage the house charges for running the game). Let's compare the Texas Lottery to other forms of gambling, for example in casinos the game of craps can have less than a 2% vig (Depending on how you play), roulette has less than a 6% vig. Keno (Which is really a lottery), has a 18% to 34% vig (25% average). The Texas Lotto collects a minimum of 50% vig (More than twice as much as the worst game in the casino, which is Keno). Exactly who are they taking advantage of with this high vig? The poor, the ignorant, people without calculators? If the Texas lotto were a casino on the Las Vegas strip, no one would ever play there with such lousy odds.

With that being said, I enjoy gambling and I still play the lottery

Am I a hypocrite for gambling in the Texas Lottery? Maybe so, or maybe I play because I like gambling and I realize it's the only game in town. However, if I had a choice I would rather be gambling with better odds, or maybe even a different game. My point is this; "Make up your mind, either gambling is immoral and should be banned, or it's not." What is immoral is for one organization to have a monopoly on the game, then make it against the law to compete. Competition in gambling is good, just like everything else, gambling in an open market ALWAYS lowers the price, improves the quality and gives the customer the best deal. That's my opinion.

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