Lottery 101 – Why You Shouldn’t Play the Lottery


Lottery is a form of gambling in which numbers are drawn to determine a prize. In some cases the proceeds are used for good causes. The lottery is one of the most popular forms of gambling, with players betting a small amount of money for a chance to win a large sum of money. Some people use the money from winnings to pay for bills, while others may choose to invest it and grow their fortunes.

The practice of distributing property through lottery is ancient. The Old Testament has dozens of references to lotteries, and Roman emperors often gave away land and slaves through the lottery. Modern lotteries are often used for military conscription, commercial promotions in which property is given away randomly, and even the selection of jury members. In most lotteries, a winner is determined by random drawing. In the rare event that you win, there are huge tax implications, and many winners go bankrupt within a few years.

Some play the lottery because they want to get rich quickly. However, true wealth comes only through hard work and long-term investment. Using the lottery as a get-rich-quick scheme is statistically futile, and it also focuses your attention on temporary riches rather than God’s call to earn your wealth honestly: “The hand of the diligent makes much wealth” (Proverbs 14:8). Americans spend over $80 Billion on lottery each year – that is a lot of money that could be better spent building an emergency fund or paying off credit card debt!

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