Flanagan.E2 - Essay #2 Pat Flanagan 10-03-07 If You Want to...

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Essay #2 Pat Flanagan 10-03-07 If You Want to Buy a Ticket, Then Buy One. If You Don’t, Then Don’t. In the essay, “Against the Odds, and Against the Common Good,” by Gloria Jimenez, she explains her feelings on state-run lotteries. Gloria feels that, “the states should not be in the business of urging people to gamble.” I agree with this statement except I believe that she left one part out. I think that the sentence should read: The states should not be in the business of urging people to gamble, unless it’s for a good cause. I believe that the states should continue to sell lottery tickets because the funds are used for good causes. The funds that state-run lotteries make are used by the government for education and other important causes. If we did not have state-run lotteries, the government would have to rely on taxation in other areas. However, I view buying a ticket as, “paying an optional tax,” for a chance at winning millions of dollars. Buying a ticket is completely optional even if you are
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